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Trying learn a song from an old songbook or sheet music can be difficult unless you already know how the song goes. Many of our group are introduced to the music in our songbook only through my version when I play in at our meetings. And, I admit, my version may not always reflect the original accurately.
It’s good to be able to hear the song so you can appreciate how it is arranged and where the chord changes will be.
Here are a few of the online resources I recommend, you can go to where music from the 1920s and 30s is available to listen to or even download:
Of course, you can also look for a song on YouTube. Keep in mind when you’re working from old sheet music that most of the songs were not originally intended for ukulele, and may be written in a key that is difficult to play in. To simplify and correct the arrangements, the chords shown in the sheet music may not always be the ones we use in our own songbook.
NB: This is a copy of what I posted on the CPLUG blog.
- 232 words
- 1264 characters
- Reading time: 75 s
- Speaking time: 116s