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Helen Ukelele folk tunes (27) RE: Ukelele folk tunes 10 Mar 19

I bought a concert sized uke and changed the G to a low G string. I can pick out a lot of melodies on it fairly easily but if there are some high notes it does mean going up to the 12th fret sometimes.

I'm especially fond of a tune called The Limerick Rake. (Note: the lyrics are very #MeToo - I am aware of that, but I just love the tune. Thanks a lot, The Pogues
!! LOL)

Limerick Rake sheet music

There are only three chords and they are relatively easy.

My suggestion is for your uke friend to bite the bullet and just learn the music notation of the treble clef and it will probably be a lot easier to interpret that than trying to fathom those pesky tabs. Some uke sites have tunes with the music notation and the tabs.

I play along with most of the tunes in our session. The tunes in C Major/A minor, G Major/E minor, and D Major/B minor are ok - although I need to bite the bullet and learn how to use a bar chord for the B minor chord because it has a lovely sound but I try to fudge it and use my thumb.

Examples: Roddy McCorley in G Maj - G & C chords only
Boys of Blue Hill, Harvest Home in D Maj - D, G & A chords

I don't strum. Being a harp player I tend to pluck the chords or use a picking pattern. That's just me. The uke is easier to carry than the harp. That's why I bought it and the concert sized uke is ok as a chord instrument in a session. No annoying plinky-plunky sounds, expecially with the low G string.

I'm off to work soon, but I can post a few good uke sites later. My first port of call, however, would probably be the website called The Session for all sorts of folk and Irish tunes. A great resource.

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