Fingerstyle 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:

Sittin’ On Top of the World – Fingerstyle Accompaniment for Ukulele

I’m only including one arrangement for Sittin’ On Top of the World because that’s all I played in the recording. It’s a bouncy and kind of bluesy traditional tune that I recorded in the key of G and in between a couple of verses I played a harmonica solo. The fingerstyle ukulele accompaniment that I play while I’m singing is Travis Picking style — be sure to keep your thumb moving and alternating 4 times in each measure.

 

Here’s what I played on the uke…

Under Honolulu Moon – Fingerstyle Ukulele

This is a song I co-wrote with Larry W. Jones back in 2002 (he wrote the lyrics and I wrote the music). I had actually never been to Hawaii but went in 2011 and again last week (November 2013 as I write this) so I put together some photos from both trips to go along with the song. I played a tenor uke for the audio when I recorded it in 2002, and this is that recording. Dedicated to my wife Linda, who has put up with me for the past 35 years.

 

I’m including my fingerstyle ukulele tablature arrangement for both the accompaniment and instrumental part of the song.

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…