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…
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…
Amidst the dustbins of time, our fascination with all things retro, often feeds itself into a frenzy. What often begins as a romantic notion soon bubbles to the surface and some 15 years in the making, the Ukulele Revival has now taken on a whole new shape. It has become one that is very different than anything i could have ever imagined when i first started seeking out likeminded strummers at uke expos, flea markets, music clubs, nursing homes, old time music circles and record collector gatherings in the early 90's.
The most obvious example today is the steady stream of international videos being made, and re-posted by Uke Hunthttp://ukulelehunt.com/. Thus, the vibrant nature of our international ukulele community, represents a rainbow of styles, from Pop -n- Punk to Rockabilly-n-Cowboy; Hawaiian and Broadway, to Honky Tonk and Bluegrass.
Haunted though we may be, there is much yet to discover and not discounting the stellar array of singer-songwriters out there right now lik…