Blueridge Mountain Blues

When I was young in my prime
I left my home in Caroline
Now all I do is sit and pine
For all the folks I left behind

I’ve got those blue ridge mountain blues
And I stand right there to say
My grip is packed to travel
And I’m scratching gravel
For that blue ridge far away

I see two heads of snowy white
I see a window with the light
It seems I can hear them both recite
Where is my wondering boy tonight

Chorus

I’m gonna stay right by my Ma
I’m gonna do right by my Pa
Lay around the cabin door
No work on worry anymore

Chorus

I’ve got those blue ridge mountain blues
What to see my old day tray
What to hunt the possum
Where the corn top blossom

On that blue ridge far away
I’m got those blue ridge mountain blues
And I stand right here to say
Every day I’m counting
Still I climb that mountain
Oh, that blue ridge far away

Bill Monroe

 

Ukulele Tuning

Most of us are playing a Soprano or Tenor Ukulele in standard tuning.  Hold the Ukulele normally for a right hander this means the strings from top to bottom are G-C-E-A.  The Ukulele is the only instrument whose notes don’t follow a standard progression from low to high.   The G key sounds higher than the others.  Think the old tune My Dog has fleas.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a smart phone you can find a tuner in several places.  On my phone I loaded a little Piano application but here are couple other suggestions for tuning.

uketuner.com or get-tuned.com

Let’s talk dirty in Hawaiian


Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian
John Prine

Well, I packed my bags and bought myself a ticket
For the land of the tall palm tree
Aloha Old Milwaukee, Hello Waikiki
I just stepped down from the airplane
When I heard her say,
“Waka waka nuka licka, waka waka nuka licka
Would you like a lei? Eh?”
C -/ – G / – C / C / C7 F / – C / G CG/

[Chorus]
Let’s talk dirty in Hawaiian
Whisper in my ear
Kicka pooka mok a wa wahini
Are the words I long to hear
Lay your coconut on my tiki
What the hecka mooka mooka dear
Let’s talk dirty in Hawaiian
Say the words I long to hear

It’s a ukulele Honolulu sunset
Listen to the grass skirts sway
Drinking rum from a pineapple
Out on Honolulu Bay
The steel guitars all playing
While she’s talking with her hands
Gimme gimme oka doka make a wish and wanta polka
Words I understand Hey!

[Chorus]
Well, I boughta lota junka with my moolah
And sent it to the folks back home
I never had the chance to dance the hula
Well, I guess I should have known
When you start talking to the sweet wahini
Walking in the pale moonlight
Ohka noka whatta setta knocka-rocka-sis-boom-boccas
Hope I said it right Oh!

[Chorus]
Let’s talk dirty in Hawaiian
Say the words I long to hear
Aloha

YuleUkes set list for singers and Ukulele players

We have our first YuleUkes performance on Wednesday the 29th of November at the church.  We’ll gather at 5:30 and play a few songs starting at 5:45 but finishing in time for those of you that play bells to make your rehearsal.  Our audience will be parents and children participating in the Youth choir programs as they wait in fellowship hall.

All are invited; we need carolers as well as players including beginners and first timers.

  1. Oh Christmas tree (chords F and C7)
  2. I saw three ships (F and C7)
  3. Away in a Manger (C F G7)
  4. Silent Night (C F G7)
  5. Jingle Bells (C F G7)
  6. Mary’s boy child (special soloist)

 

 

 

 

 

 

YuleUkes Wednesday Night Rehearsal

Atlanta Yuletime Ukulele Players (YuleUkes for short) are a group of people wishing to play traditional Christmas Carols with Ukulele accompaniment. We meet weekly at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church between Halloween and Christmas.

This is an alternate rehearsal time for members of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church Choir that would prefer to meet just before choir rehearsal.  We will meet next door to the main choir room.

YuleUkes Tuesday Night Rehearsal

Atlanta Yuletime Ukulele Players (YuleUkes for short) are a group of people wishing to play traditional Christmas Carols with Ukulele accompaniment. We meet weekly at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church between Halloween and Christmas.

Meet at Peachtree Presbyterian Church room 3033