Chord Melody Solo for Ukulele

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Fingerpicking Ukulele and EZ Chord Melody Solo

Since it’s so well known and a simple melody, this is a great song to get you started with fingerpicking on the ukulele. On the recording I played the Fingerstyle #2 arrangement. I should add that, although it’s a simple melody, I’ve arranged it in a Travis Picking style with lots of notes in the #2 arrangement and if you listen to the recording you’ll notice it’s not exactly a beginner arrangement.

The Fingerstyle #1 arrangement is a simplified version and would be best to start with if you’re a beginner.  I also included an EZ Chord Melody Solo.

Melody Only:

 

Fingerstyle Arrangement #2 (the one played on the recording):

 

Fingerstyle Arrangement #1 (easier to play than the #2 arrangement):

 

EZ Chord Melody Solo:

Simple Gifts – Clawhammer Ukulele and Chord Melody Solo

The beautiful old Shaker hymn arranged for ukulele. The audio file is done in clawhammer style. I haven’t done a recording of the chord melody solo but it’s an easy solo (beginner level) with nothing tricky so it shouldn’t give you any trouble if you’re familiar with the tune.

 

 

Here’s just the melody, which I used as the foundation for the arrangements:

 

Clawhammer Ukulele Arrangement:

 

Easy Chord Melody Solo for Ukulele:

I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now – Baritone Ukulele Tablature

 

“I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” was the most popular song in America in 1909. The melody of the song was written by Harold Orlob, who at the time was working as an arranger for Joseph E. Howard, a popular vaudeville entertainer. Howard made it his theme song and took full credit for writing it himself. When Howard’s screen biography (also named “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now”) was released in 1947, Orlob began legal action against Howard for rights to the song. An agreement was reached in which Orlob was granted co-author status. After the movie’s release the song became popular once again and was the second most popular song in the U.S. in 1947.

This classic song has been recorded by many artists including Ray Charles, and it was one of Perry Como’s biggest hits in the 1950s.

I created the arrangements to this song and recorded it playing a baritone uke with re-entrant tuning (dGBE), so instead of the bari uke having an identical tuning to the first four strings of a guitar, the fourth string (D) is tuned an octave higher, which gives it the same relational sound of a standard uke (My Dog Has Fleas). To tune re-entrant like this on a baritone uke you need a lighter fourth string. I use another baritone uke first string for the fourth and tune it to D instead of E.

If you have more than one baritone uke you might want to tune one with a low D and another with a high D. That’s what I do although I almost always play with the high D. Keep in mind though if you only have one baritone uke and it has a low D string that you can play these baritone uke arrangements and any others that I arrange with either a high D or a low D. They will sound fine either way and the tablature remains the same although the standard notation would be slightly different because of the D string being an octave lower.

I have provided three different arrangements of “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” for baritone uke. The MP3 features the Fingerstyle Solo.

 

 

Here’s a chord melody solo…

 

This is the fingerstyle solo that I played on the recording…

Greensleeves (What Child Is This?) – Baritone Ukulele Tablature

I thought that I had recorded this arrangement on the baritone uke at some time in the past, but after a thorough search of my old computer archives I’m thinking that maybe I did the arrangement but never recorded the song. I’ll put it on my to-do list, but in the meantime, here are the tabs. Since most people know this tune already you can probably figure out how they should sound without hearing me play them. If you’re interested in me doing a recording, please leave a comment and let me know. I’m always more likely to do something if somebody lets me know they’re interested.

 

The first arrangement is actually just the melody, chords, and lyrics. I used this as a foundation for the other two arrangements.

 

The next arrangement is an easy chord solo that combines the chords and melody with some simple strums.

 

The final tab is a fingerstyle arrangement, still combining the melody and the chords but with more fill-in notes in between for a fuller sound.

Away in a Manger – Baritone Ukulele Tablature

 

Here’s an old video of this arrangement from 2005. The quality of the video is pretty bad but it will at least allow you to see how I played it.

Note:  All of the following arrangements for the BARITONE ukulele so the tuning and chords are different than on a standard uke. You can play this same arrangement on a standard ukulele just like it is but it will be in the key of C instead of the key of G.

 

The first arrangement is just the melody with basic chords. I included standard notation as well as tablature.

 

Here’s the fingerstyle accompaniment arrangement I used in the recording on the verses where I sang.

 

This is a more basic chord melody solo that you can play if the other one is too difficult.

 

This is the fingerstyle solo that I played on the recording. If it’s too difficult, just play the easier one above until you get the hang of it then advance to this one.

Amazing Grace – Ukulele Tablature

 

The first tablature arrangement is just the basic melody of the song in the key of C. You can play it for practice with single notes and also use it to create your own arrangements.

 

On the following arrangement I added a fingerstyle accompaniment pattern below the melody as an example. This is what I played on the recording on the verses that I sang.

 

The next tab is an easy chord melody arrangement. This is a pretty simple arrangement and is a good one for beginners since the tune is familiar to everyone and it sounds good when it’s played slowly. The “R” with the curved line on each chord stands for “Roll.” When you see that just do a nice slow downward strum with your thumb.

 

The last arrangement is similar to the chord melody solo above. The chords are the same. The big difference is that you are playing fill-in notes so the 3/4 rhythm of the song is heard. This makes it harder to play but a lot of the fill-in notes are on open strings so once you get used to it it’s fairly easy. The recording features the fingerpicking solo along with pattern picking for the accompaniment (while I’m singing the verses).