Category Archives: guitar

‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’/’Marry You’ Ukulele Mash Up!

Downloadable charts (lyrics with chords) – Don’t Worry Be Happy Marry you in C Marry you in F The top two charts include chord diagrams for the soprano ukulele, but any instrument will work. Playing Around with Cyclical Chord Progessions … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

The Frozen phenomenon continues unabated. The other evening my husband and I were treated to the sounds of a drunken teenage garden party wafting though our kitchen window, the climax being when they all started singing ‘Let it Go’ at … Continue reading

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Let it Go

I wonder how many more music teachers have noticed the ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen phenomenon? Having had the song mentioned to me by a couple of students, I looked it up on youtube, saw a cartoon character with an … Continue reading

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American Pie

A while ago I was singing the beautiful round, ‘By the Waters of Babylon’ with a group of pupils. On listening to the recording by Don MacLean, I advised the young teenager to listen to his two most famous songs, … Continue reading

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Big Fat Music Party!

My students and I had our fifth Big Fat Music Party the other evening. I came up with the name as I was trying to get away from the formal idea of a ‘concert’, a word bound to strike fear into … Continue reading

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

My next Big Fat Music Party is coming up, where all my students get together and play. For a sing along number I’m planning on doing The Lion Sleeps Tonight. The beauty of this song is that not only does … Continue reading

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The Three Chord Trick Explained

You might have heard that there are three chords which, if you learn them, you can play just about any song in the world. It’s true. So many songs only use three chords and many more can be boiled down … Continue reading

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Second Name That Tune Solved

We have a winner for the latest Name That Tune – Jonathan from New Zealand again! From ragtime to classical guitar. The consummate all-round musician. The piece was (in his words) ‘a waltz by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841), from his guitar … Continue reading

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Twelfth Street Rag and Name That Tune no. 2!

We had a great time on facebook trying to find the right answer to last week’s Name That Tune. Finally it came from New Zealand. Thanks Jonathan for naming Winifred Atwell’s arrangement of the Twelfth Street Rag by Euday L. … Continue reading

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