Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords and Lyrics

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” was written by John D. Loudermilk in 1960. It became a Top 10 hit in 1967 for The Casinos then was a #1 country hit for Eddy Arnold in 1968. Neal McCoy’s version reached #4 on the country chart in 1996.

 

I played it fingerstyle in 6/8 time in the same way I’ve played some other 6/8 songs.

 

There are 6 counts in each measure (6/8 time):

 

1 – Pinch 4th, 2nd, and 1st string with thumb, index, and middle fingers

2 – 3rd string played with thumb

3 – 2nd string played with thumb

4 – 1st string played with middle finger

5 – 2nd string played with index finger

6 – 3rd string played with thumb

 

That’s how I do it, but if you don’t want to use your thumb that much it’s up to you. You could even use your thumb and 3 fingers and designate a different finger for each string, for example, 4th string thumb, 3rd string index, 2nd string middle finger, and 1st string ring finger. Whatever works for you.

 

There’s also a separate “6/8 Time” category for other songs that use this same pattern. Here’s a link:

 

https://ezfolk.com/category/68-time/

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You’re My Best Friend – #Ukulele Travis Picking with Chords and Lyrics

“You’re My Best Friend” (not to be confused with the Queen song of the same name) was written by Wayland Holyfield and recorded by Don Williams in 1975. It went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and was Williams’ second of his seventeen #1 songs.

 

I played it in the key of F, which suits my voice best, but it’s an easy 3-chord song and if you prefer a different key it’s easy to transpose. Instead of the key of F (F, Bb, C7) you can instead play the key of G (G, C, D7) or the key of C (C, F, G7).

 

This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.

 

The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:

Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial

I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here:

https://ezfolk.com/category/travis-picking/

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Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords and Lyrics

Folksinger Ed McCurdy wrote “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” back in 1950, and more than seventy years later it’s a dream that most of us would still like to come true. It’s the theme song for the Peace Corps and has been recorded by many artists such as Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel, and John Denver.

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Dooley – Clawhammer #Ukulele with Tablature

“Dooley” was written by Rodney Dillard and recorded by his family group, The Dillards. They were also known as The Darling Family when they appeared on The Andy Griffith Show back in the 1960s, and this is one of the songs they played on the show. It’s been a popular bluegrass tune ever since.

I played it clawhammer style on the ukulele and you’ll need to know the basics of clawhammer to play it this way. Check out the four videos in my Clawhammer Uke Tutorial to learn…

Clawhammer Uke Tutorial

I am including tablature for the break that I played twice on my recording (at the beginning and after the 1st verse). I’m also including a simpler basic version with no bells or whistles. It might help as you’re learning to use the YouTube option to slow it down to half speed or whatever’s right for you. It’s not difficult but I played it pretty fast. You could learn it and play it at about half speed when you’re playing and it’ll still sound good.

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The tab below is a stripped down version of the one above that was played on the uke video. It might help to learn the easy version first if you're having trouble with the more advanced one.

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Green Green Grass of Home – #Ukulele Travis Picking with Chords and Lyrics

Curly Putman wrote “Green Green Grass of Home” and it became a big country hit for Porter Wagoner in 1965 and a worldwide hit for Tom Jones in 1966.

 

This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.

 

The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:

Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial

I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here:

 

https://ezfolk.com/category/travis-picking/

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