Transcribing songs for ukulele: September in the Rain

Very little original material has been written for the ukulele, compared to the piano and other instruments. As such, most of the music for the ukulele consists of transcriptions. The journey to make a song sheet work for ukulele groups to read and use is one of reducing and simplifying the musical material to its barebones. After interviewing various transcribers who share their song sheets online for my research, I now share my way of transcribing songs for the ukulele.

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So nice!

The samba piece called So Nice! is very sexy and flirtatious, especially as a single melody line on the piano. Here are the fingerings for the right hand – a present for Joan.

“Can you teach me to play this,” asked my friend Joan in a Facebook Message in mid-October.

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