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.
I've known Dan Scanlan for almost 20 years now....
I have had the pleasure of working alongside him in Nova Scotia at the Ceilidh,
as well as at countless festivals across the U.S.
In a sea of posers, I have long championed Dan as the "real deal," and he's why...
his heart is so undeniably rooted in all things ukulele and he's paid his toll after decades
of championing the ukulele (and long before it was cool).
He is unassuming, down to earth, salt of the earth, a consummate ukulele historian,
and a strong player with a unique style all his own.
Its these things and more, that keep me interested in what my pal Dan is up to ukulele-wise.
Recently, he has begun promoting a new line of ukulele's with his signature "Cool Hand Uke" model.
What follows is a short interview with him. 1-Tell us about your ukulele responsibilities these days? What are you involved with in terms of clubs, festivals, teaching, etc. I continue to direct and teach Cool Hand …