Classic Songs

Classic Songs

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Beginner Series


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12 Bar Blues Strumming

Rock Class 101 Original

In this lesson, we will be learning 2 strumming rhythms (one including a backbeat/slap) for a 12 Bar Blues in the key of A.

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Aura Lee

American Traditional

A beautiful melody that serves as a wonderful intro into fingerstyle playing.

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

Christmas

A simple take on this classic, playful Christmas duet.

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Chopsticks

Piano Waltz

The iconic piano duet arranged for solo ukulele!

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Lullaby Medley

Children's Songs

Learn 3 classic children’s lullabies in this beginner friendly ukulele lesson: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, and “Brahm’s Lullaby”.

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Silent Night

Christmas

‘Silent Night’ is a great beginner’s finger-picking song.

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The Addams Family Theme

TV Show

A theme as lovable as the lighthearted spooky family. This melody is irresistible catchy, and yes, our arrangement includes the snaps!

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The First Noel

Christmas

A cheerful take on a timeless Christmas carol; our arrangement is perfect for the beginners first foray into chord melody.

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Yankee Doodle

American Traditional

An American classic, this arrangement builds upon the melody by harmonizing it.

Level 1


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Angels We Have Heard On High

Christmas

An angelic Christmas carol; this arrangement uses barre chords and stretch chords that gracefully move up and down the neck to create an elegant harmony.

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Bad Moon Rising

Creedence Clearwater Revival

'Bad Moon Rising' is an upbeat and feel good tune. The rhythm combines aspects of the vocal melody, while keeping true to what the guitar player plays on the record. This is a great tune to work on for strumming practice.

Bourrée

Johann Sebastian Bach

This classical duet demonstrates counterpoint, whereas there are two melodies that move independently of one another. One melody is played by the ukulele and the other by the U-Bass.

Bourrée (U-Bass)

Johann Sebastian Bach

This classical duet demonstrates counterpoint, whereas there are two melodies that move independently of one another. One melody is played by the ukulele and the other by the U-Bass.

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Down by the Bay

Raffi

A joyful and cute sounding children’s song played with an upbeat and swung rhythm.

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Eastern Uke

Rock Class 101 Original

I composed 'Eastern Uke' with the Beginner/Intermediate player in mind. As the name implies, this is a fun 'Eastern' sounding tune!

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Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley

'Hallelujah' is a song originally written by Leonard Cohen, but most famously covered by Jeff Buckley. Our arrangement is based off of Jeff's interpretation. This piece is purely about emotion and the way notes are articulated. Dynamics play an important role throughout the entire song.

Halloween
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Halloween

Movie Theme

John Carpenter's theme for 'Halloween' is a great example of using a motif to build a composition.

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Happy Birthday

Traditional

The classic birthday anthem with a twist! This is one of those songs that should be in everyone's repertoire.

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Heart and Soul

Hoagy Carmichael

'Heart and Soul' is a classic piano tune, that translates well to the ukulele. This is a simple and fun arrangement you can get down in an afternoon.

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In The Hall Of The Mountain King

Edvard Grieg *

An iconic melody arranged as a harmonized duet suitable for the seasoned beginner.

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In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

Jazz Standard *

A duet that is chock-full of Jazzy 7th chords and a beautiful, beginner-friendly melody.

JB
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Jingle Bells

Christmas

This arrangement of 'Jingle Bells' is suitable for the beginner to intermediate player.

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La Gitanita

Traditional Flamenco

Learn a Flamenco piece that uses Picado and Rasgueado technique to create an authentic Spanish flair.

NWnew
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Norwegian Wood

The Beatles

This arrangement is a great introduction to playing chord melodies. There are two melodies in the song. The first is the most recognizable, but the second is beautiful too.

Ode To Joy
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Ode To Joy

Ludwig van Beethoven

A classical fingerstyle take on a timeless song.

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Red is the Rose

Irish Ballad

A bittersweet, yet beautiful Irish Ballad set to the tune of a Scottish love song.

Baseball
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Traditional American

'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' is the most classic American Baseball tune there is. A childhood favorite, this song is a blast to play and can be learned in under an hour.

AndyG
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The Andy Griffith Show Theme

TV Show

This is a cute tune with a catchy melody that can be easily learned in an afternoon.

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Uke Blues

Rock Class 101 Original

This arrangement makes use of combining strumming and licks (short solos) one after the other. It follows a standard 12 bar blues form in the key of A with a medium tempo.

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Waltz in C

Ferdinando Carulli

A classical waltz with a playful melody that serves as a perfect challenge for the seasoned beginner.

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When the Saints Go Marching In

Traditional

Made popular by Louis Armstrong, our arrangement is a fingerstyle take on this classic gospel hymn.

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Wipe Out

The Surfaris

'Wipe Out' features a memorable guitar hook and drum beat set in a 12 bar blues. Our arrangement was written to emphasize these two aspects. This is a simple and fun arrangement you can get down in an afternoon.

Sunshine
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You Are My Sunshine

Children's Song

A classic children’s anthem, ‘You Are My Sunshine’ is a simple song with a handful of chords and a catchy melody. This arrangement contains 3 versions labeled as Melodies: A, B, & C. Think of it as beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Level 2


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3 Blues Rock Bass Lines

Rock Class 101 Original *

In this U-Bass lesson, you will learn 3 lines that can be played over a 12 Bar Blues in G. Each line is at a different level of difficulty (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced).

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Allegro

Mauro Giuliani

Composed in a minor key, this classical piece serves as an excellent study for developing fingerpicking and dynamics.

Aloha Oe
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Aloha ʻOe

Queen Liliʻuokalani

A traditional Hawaiian song consisting of only 3 chords and a beautiful melody.

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America the Beautiful

American Traditional

This fingerstyle arrangement pays homage to one of America’s most beloved melodies.

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Blues Shuffle

Rock Class 101 Original

Add some classic blues licks to your repertoire while developing your rhythm playing.

BEGnew
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Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

I had a lot of fun arranging this tune! The backbeat (slaps) absolutely make the arrangement stand out.

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Canon in D (U-Bass)

Johann Pachelbel

This arrangement of 'Canon' cycles through the form 4 times, giving us 4 variations on the classic song. Think of it this way: The song is 5 chords, played over 4 bars. These 4 bars are repeated 4 times, but played differently each time, thus creating 4 'themes'.

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Don't Stop Believin'

Journey

'Don't Stop Believin' is a staple of classic rock radio. Our arrangement condenses the song slightly, while staying true to all the melodies and guitar riffs that made it a classic!

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 12

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn and use the Gypsy Major scale to create an exotic Eastern sound.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 16

Rock Class 101 Original *

In this ukulele and u-bass duet, you’ll learn an upbeat Bluegrass melody that serves as an excellent practice for developing speed with hammer-ons and pull-offs.

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Fur Elise

Ludwig van Beethoven

A classical adaption featuring 3 iconic themes from Beethoven’s piano masterpiece.

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Hedwig's Theme

Movie Theme

This arrangement contains the most memorable parts from the enchanting theme to Harry Potter.

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Here Comes the Sun

The Beatles

'Here Comes the Sun' is a classic Beatles tune and is absolutely perfect for the ukulele! This arrangement stays true to the melody and is a great tune for fingerstyle playing.

Dreidel
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I Have a Little Dreidel

Hanukkah

A Hanukkah classic, this tune features two melodies set to an upbeat tempo.

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Jingle Bell Rock

Bobby Helms

Probably one of my favorite Holiday tunes, this song adapted well to the ukulele. My arrangement weighs heavy on Brian Setzer's version.

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La Donna è mobile

Giuseppe Verdi

In this lesson, you’ll learn one of the most famous and incredibly catchy canzone’s [Italian for song] from Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto.

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My Girl

The Temptations

A classic soul hit from the 60’s; this arrangement covers everything, from the iconic intro riff to the smoothly delivered vocal lines.

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O' Christmas Tree

Christmas

A classic Christmas song, 'O' Christmas Tree' features two melodies. The first is relatively simple and straight-forward, but the second can be quite tricky.

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Pokemon Theme

TV Show

This song is an epic cartoon intro that sounds like an 80’s rock anthem!

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Rockin' Robin

J. Thomas *

A classic 60’s hit; learn an upbeat rhythmic pattern and bluesy solo that you can play over a full band backing track!

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Rockin' Robin (U-Bass)

J. Thomas *

A classic 60’s hit; learn a melodic bass line that you can play over a full band backing track!

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Santa Fe

Ottmar Liebert

'Santa Fe' is a Spanish-influenced piece that contains 3 melodies. It is a great example for developing finger-picking and rhythm.

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Sirius

The Alan Parsons Project *

This arrangement makes use of a loop pedal to recreate the instruments used on the record. Backing tracks are included for playing the melody and solo if you do not have a loop pedal.

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Take the 'A' Train

Duke Ellington

'Take the 'A' Train' is a jazz standard. I loved it from the first moment I played it in the 'Real Book' in music college. This arrangement has a laid back groove/feel. It's a great 'first' jazz piece to learn.

Drum Boy
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The Little Drummer Boy

Christmas

'The Little Drummer Boy' is a Christmas classic. Our arrangement features harmonies that walk the melody up and down while keeping a steady drum-like beat throughout.

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The Munsters Theme

TV Show

'The Munsters Theme' features catchy melodies and a very cool chord progression in the B Melody. In the tab, I have labeled the arrangement into three parts: A, B, and C Melody.

WB
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Waimanalo Blues

Country Comfort *

Originally recorded by Country Comfort, our arrangement is based on a live performance featuring Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

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We Three Kings

Christmas

This arrangement features both iconic melodies, but presents them in a unique way. As the arrangement progresses, the difficulty increases. This provides a stepping ladder for the beginner, to the intermediate, to the advanced player.

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Zelda’s Lullaby

Video Game Theme

A beautiful piece from the video game series: Zelda. This arrangement features 3 Melodies labeled: A, B and C. Melody C is a variation on melody A and is unique to the arrangement.

Level 3


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Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

Van Halen

This arrangement is an advanced lesson that features many guitar techniques that defined Eddie's playing. Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and legato licks are all incorporated in this arrangement.

Auld Lang
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Auld Lang Syne

Traditional (New Years)

The traditional song for New Years, this arrangement of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ was written for the fingerstyle player in mind.

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

American Traditional

A classic American patriotic tune that is ideal for practicing quick chord changes up and down the neck.

Birthday Beatles
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Birthday

The Beatles

This arrangement cycles through all the parts of the original recording including the drum breakdown.

Canon
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Canon in D

Johann Pachelbel

This arrangement of 'Canon' cycles through the form 8 times, giving us 8 variations on the classic song. Think of it this way: The song is 5 chords, played over 4 bars. These 4 bars are repeated 8 times, but played differently each time, thus creating 8 'themes'.

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Father Figure

George Michael

Combining elements of the original recording with a live orchestral performance, this arrangement encompasses the beauty behind George Michael’s brilliant songwriting.

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Fly Me to the Moon

Frank Sinatra

'Fly Me to the Moon' is a classic tune with a strong melody line that adapted well to the ukulele. I had a lot of fun with this arrangement and every time I play it I think of Bud Fox and Gordon Gekko!

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Frosty The Snowman

Holiday Season

‘Frosty the Snowman’ is a classic Holiday song that is fun for the whole family! This arrangement has a swung eighth note feel throughout and is a great piece for practicing fingerpicking.

GhostRiders
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(Ghost) Riders In The Sky

Rock Class 101 Original

This song is a lesson on how to take a melody and compose your own arrangement around it. Thus, a more fitting name would be: Variations on '(Ghost) Riders in the Sky'.

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If I Only Had A Brain

The Wizard Of Oz

‘If I Only Had a Brain’ is hands down my favorite tune from The Wizard of Oz. This arrangement features two melodies.

JJMD
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Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

J.S. Bach

This arrangement relies on a steady and moderate tempo keeping the eighth note triplets even. I would recommend playing along to a metronome.

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Linus and Lucy

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The classic piano theme featured in "A Charlie Brown Christmas", this arrangement contains the iconic melodies you love plus the jazz breakdown.

STTA
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She Talks To Angels

The Black Crowes

'She Talks To Angels' features an iconic guitar riff with catchy rhythmic strumming.

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Something

The Beatles

This arrangement makes use of free-time and expression for the first half. When the bridge and solo kick in, we are right back into a steady beat.

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(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow

The Wizard of OZ

Probably the most popular song on ukulele, ‘Over the Rainbow’ is a classic. My arrangement weighs heavy on Tommy Emmanuel’s version.

Stand By Me
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Stand By Me

Ben E. King

A classic 60's hit, this arrangement covers everything from the iconic bass intro to the smoothly delivered vocal lines.

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St. James Infirmary

American Traditional

A hauntingly beautiful melody entangled in a harmony of Jazz and Blues; this fingerstyle arrangement is ideal for the seasoned intermediate player.

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Superman Theme

Movie Theme

This arrangement covers the iconic melodies that made the original orchestral score a classic.

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The Irish Washerwoman

Irish Jig

'The Irish Washerwoman' is a traditional Irish Jig. It is a modal tune revolving around two chords, except during the walk down in the ‘B Melody’.

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Three Little Birds

Bob Marley

A classic Bob Marley tune and one that fits well on the uke!

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Tiptoe Through The Tulips

Tiny Tim

Probably the first name that comes to mind when you mention ukulele to someone is Tiny Tim. As goofy as he was, the man was an excellent musician. Not many people are aware that Tiny Tim did not write this song. Though, my arrangement is based on his version.

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Ukulele Boogie

Rock Class 101 Original

An upbeat, bluesy tune that utilizes the entire neck for melodic runs.

Doves
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When Doves Cry

Prince

This arrangement is chock-full of the elements that made Prince great; from sick guitar licks to funky piano riffs and an attitude driven lyrical melody.

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Whiskey Before Breakfast

Traditional Bluegrass *

This traditional Bluegrass song is presented as a duet and features a playful melody over fast paced chord changes.

Level 4


AG
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Amazing Grace

Traditional

This arrangement uses a swung feel and features 3 variations on the melody.

CB
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Cantina Band

Star Wars Movie Song

‘Cantina Band’ is a jazz based song featured in the movie ‘Star Wars’.

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Danse Macabre

Camille Saint-Saëns

A symphonic poem based off the French superstition, “Dance of Death”; in which Death appears at midnight every Halloween calling forth the dead from their graves to dance for him while he plays his fiddle.

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Freight Train

Elizabeth Cotten

A vintage-esque uke tune, this arrangement is filled with catchy melodies and challenging rhythmic work.

Carmen
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Habanera (Carmen)

Georges Bizet

One of the most famous arias from the opera ‘Carmen’, this enchanting melody builds upon dynamics, chromatic runs, and key changes to create an everlasting piece.

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Hide Away

Freddie King

‘Hideaway’ is an iconic blues guitar standard that every great player has covered. My interpretation weighs heavy on SRV’s version.

If I Fell
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If I Fell

The Beatles

This arrangement of 'If I Fell' was written for the fingerstyle player in mind.

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In My Life

The Beatles

‘In My Life’ has always been one of my favorite songs due to it’s simplistic beauty. It’s one of the songs that really resonates in people.

JBG
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Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry

The song that inspired millions of people to pick up a guitar! And wow, it sounds just as cool on ukulele!

La Bamba
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La Bamba

Ritchie Valens *

‘La Bamba’ features a catchy guitar riff and an irresistible dance inducing groove! Our arrangement is based off of Los Lobos’ version featured in the 1987 movie, La Bamba.

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Landslide

Fleetwood Mac

'Landslide' is a great example of Travis Picking. Travis picking, named after Merle Travis, is a repetitive right hand picking pattern where the underlying chords continually change. Travis picking is great practice for fingerstyle playing.

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Magic Ukulele Waltz

Roy Smeck

An enchanting melody from ukulele virtuoso Roy Smeck.

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Mr. Sandman

The Chordettes

A beautiful melody arranged as a fingerstyle piece. This arrangement features tapped harmonics which add a unique dynamic to the performance.

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O Holy Night

Christmas

One of the most beautiful Christmas melodies; this arrangement makes use of the entire neck to create movement, which mimics a story in that there is a beginning, middle, and end.

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Pineapple Uke Blues

Jari Tolvanen

Learn a relaxing and melodic Blues song that is perfect for the advanced fingerstyle player.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas

A fingerstyle take on a classic Christmas melody that is a delight to play.

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She's Always A Woman

Billy Joel

This arrangement of ‘She’s Always a Woman’ was written for the finger-style player in mind.

Spanish Uke
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Spanish Ukulele

Gary Moore

This song is an arrangement of ‘Spanish Guitar’ by Gary Moore. It features two beautiful melodies in an ABA format.

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Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin *

An 8 minute opus compressed to just under 3. I tried to pull the best parts of the song and play them at least once throughout this arrangement.

Sultans
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Sultans Of Swing

Dire Straits *

Featuring a killer groove, ‘Sultans Of Swing’ is an ideal song for working on rhythm and soloing technique.

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Tennessee Waltz

Patti Page

This arrangement features a beautiful melody set in a country waltz.

Chicken
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The Chicken

Jaco Pastorius *

‘The Chicken’ is a Jazz-Funk based groove with a catchy melody and a great bass line. This arrangement features two backing tracks. One for rhythm playing, the other for lead.

PP
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The Pink Panther Theme

Henry Mancini

'The Pink Panther Theme' is a jazz infused movie theme that has engraved itself in pop culture. Our arrangement makes use of percussive effects, syncopated rhythm hits, and dynamics to create an accurate tribute to the original recording. 

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Johann Sebastian Bach

A hauntingly beautiful organ piece by the great German composer J.S. Bach. Our arrangement contains some of the most memorable themes from this timeless piece.

WM
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Waltzing Matilda

Australian Bush Ballad

‘Waltzing Matilda’ is Australia’s best known bush ballad and serves as the unofficial national anthem.

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What A Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

This arrangement of ‘What a Wonderful World’ was written for the finger-style player in mind.

Help Friends
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With A Little Help From My Friends

The Beatles

This arrangement takes us through the entire song while expanding upon the melody and harmony.


* Songs that feature a blue asterisk include play-along backing tracks.
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