For years now, like a pack-rat, i have collected bits and pieces of
what one might call a loose conglomeration of tune-lists.
Occasionally, i would have an organizing fit and...
into my moleskin notebook they would go, filed away for who
For some reason, as a teacher, i simply found it to be wise to keep a
running list of 2 chord songs.
After years, months and days, i have finally decided it was time to
conclude my search for the holy grail of two chord songs. So, now I
give to you my fellow Ukulele enthusiast a running list of 101 two
By no means is this list complete. It is merely a starting point,
a springboard from which to launch.
There are 1000's of two chord songs out there!
These songs come from many different sources including books, hymnals,
random songbooks, live concerts, song circles, rise-up singing, Jerry Silverman's
Folksong Collections, Little Red Songbook, Pete Seeger's Song File, Folk Songs
Of North America (Loma…
All too often, mainlanders who've taken up the
ukulele have little working knowledge of Hawaiian musical traditions.
I know this is a blanket statement and some of you might balk at just a generalization.
But....in my 20 years of riding the ukulele wave, traversing America's highways
and byways, upwards of 40,000 miles a year
Here's what i conclude....
There are many on the mainland who regularly visit Hawaii,
and many who are from Hawaii, as well as some who simply love Hawaiian music
and in doing their homework, have gone much deeper then Jake, Ohta and Iz.
But the sad reality is that unless you're a member of the Santa Cruz Ukulele or
some coastal area that attracts touring Hawaiian artists, chances are you're
scratching your head wondering where to begin, whence seeking out Hawaiian
music in all its breadth and glory.
That's why i am sharing this link to a fabulous list of 50 of the greatest Hawaiian songs
of all time.
On Meeting Ben Carr...
When i first met Ben Carr a few years back, i was immediately impressed
with his style and humble demeanor. He had just finished a really cool set of
instrumentals that ran the gamut from down-home fiddle tune-esq, to finger picking
bluesy stuff as well as highly percussive-alternate tuned, groove based jams.
It was obvious to me that Ben had a very wide range of influences and the
sincerity of his approach came off as very authentic at time when 10,000 guitar
inspired posers are plying their trade on the ukulele. A Wee Bit About This Lad...
Ben grew up in the farm-laden, Philadelphia suburbs
blowing an alto-sax, which was soon supplanted by
bongos and a full drum set.
After stints in numerous east coast bands and a foray
into full-time music hood a la New Orleans, Ben
finally relocated to Southern Vermont where he currently resides with his family.
As a certified graduate of James Hill's Ukulele Initiative,
Ben is presently a full time ukulele instruct…