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Copyright (gJ 2010 FLEA MARKET MUSIC, INC. ~~ HAL• LEONARD® IIIIIIIIICORPORATION 7777 W . BLUEMOUNO RD. P.O . BOX 138 I 9 MILWAUKEE. WI 53213 Edited by Ronny S. Schiff Cover and Art Direction by Elizabeth Maihock Setoff Graphics and Music Typography by Charylu Roberts Illustrations by Pete McDonnell Contents Foreword ............................................. 3 Song Index ......................................... 4-5 Ukulele 101 ......................................... 6-7 How To Use This Book ................................ 8-9 Some Chord Alternatives And Shortcuts ................ 10-11 Chord Chart ......................................... 12 Songs ........................................... 13-333 Songs For Holidays And Celebrations ............. 285-310 Songs For Children ........................... 311-333 Your Notes Here ................................. 334-335 Acknowledgements And Bio ............................ 336 Also available: (Songbooks) Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Favorites; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Tips 'n' Tunes; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Gems; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Christmas; Jumpin' Jim's '60s Uke-In; Jumpin' Jim's Gone Hawaiian; Jumpin' Jim's Camp Ukulele; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Masters: Lyle Ritz; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Beach Party; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Masters: Herb Ohta; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Masters: Lyle Ritz Solos; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Spirit; Jumpin' Jim's Gone Hollywood; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Island; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Masters: John King-The Classical Ukulele; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Country; Jumpin' Jim's The Bari Best; Ukulele Fretboard Roadmaps (with Fred Sokolow); Jumpin' Jim's Happy Holidays; Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Masters: Lyle Lite; Blues Ukulele; Bluegrass Ukulele. (Pictorial History) The Ukulele: A Visual History. 2

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}ollJllJJoJui long with an apple a day, a daily allowance of vitamins and minerals and a daily consti-tutional.. .playing music regularly is one of the healthiest lifestyle habits you can practice. A It makes you smarter. It makes you laugh . And it even has romantic advantages. For those of you who have played a musical instrument, or total beginners who have always longed to play, this book, along with a ukulele, is your key to musical health and happiness. In The Daily Ukulele you'll find easy arrangements of hundreds of great, time-tested tunes at your fingertips. One thing we've learned in all of our years of publishing ukulele songbooks is that the uke is a very social musical instrument. This would explain the recent growth of ukulele clubs through-out the United States and the rest of the world . It's a good bet that at any given moment some-where on the planet a group of players is gathered together having a great time strumming and singing a bunch of favorite songs. Part of this is due to the modest nature of the ukulele. Although the uke has always attracted its fair share of virtuosos, most players are perfectly happy to use it as an accompaniment to a song. And when groups of like-minded strummers gather, it can be a memorable experience. For those who have visited a well-established ukulele club, it can seem like a cross between a secret society gathering and a tent revival. Typically, these clubs create their own culture and tradi-tions with regular meetings, special events and gigs, guest performances, and sometimes even annual festivals. At the center of it all are the songs the members are passionate about playing and singing together. We created The Daily Ukulele with these songs in mind. The idea was to pull together 365 well-known songs with easy arrangements in uke-friendly keys that are especially fun to play and sing with others or on your own. Everything from Stephen Foster to Irving Berlin, The Beatles and Bob Dylan, kids songs, gospel songs, Christmas carols, Broadway and Hollywood tunes and even a couple of tributes to the ukulele. And, all bound together in one convenient volume. Over the years we've seen many worn copies of our other Jumpin ' Jim's songbooks. We take special pride in seeing these especially "loved" copies because they clearly have been enjoyed. Here's hoping that this copy of The Daily Ukulele will become just as "loved." Keep on strummin', 3

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Ukulele 101 C or 3rd •--- -- +E or 2nd he songs in this book are arranged for ukuleles in C tun-ing. In this tuning, the individual strings from the top G or 4th •-- - ---+Aorist T(closest to your nose) to bottom (closest to your toes) Nut----+ are tuned GCEA. A lot of chords can be made with one or two fingers and many of the songs in this book require six chords or less. Position ·- · Dots Neck Uke C Tuning wPiictkh ionr tshtrisu m area One easy way to tune a uku-lele is with a pitchpipe or electronic tuner matching the strings with the notes. : : : A ---tL--+-+--++1 This corresponds to that Names of \ E -1---Hf+ famous melody: J j J J II Strings ? g1 ---+l My dog has fl eas Bridge--.__-+ Fj~**~ Here are the notes on the piano: liillJ]]J / C E G A (middle C) Keeping In Tune Most ukuleles have friction tuners that include a small screw at the end of the tuner. The secret to staying in tune is to keep these screws tight enough so that the tuners don't slip, but loose enough that the tuners still turn. Holding The Uke Press your uke against your body about 2/3rds of the way up your forearm. Your strumming hand should naturally fall on top of the upper frets (not over the soundhole). Hold the neck of the uke between your thumb and first finger of your other hand, so that your fingers are free to move about the fretboard. Note: See fumpin' Jim's Ukulele Tips 'N' Tunes if you need a basic ukulele method book. 6

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Making The Chords ~ r ~ , ~1 1 = Index finger You make chords by putting various combinations of """ ! ....-/ ~ ~ J 2 2 = Second fin ger fingers on the fretboard. In this songbook you'll find \ I ~'---.!_) 3 3 = Ring fin ger chord diagrams that show where to put your fingers ~ 4 4 = Pinky to make the right sound. The vertical lines in the diagrams represent strings and the horizontal lines represent the frets. The numbers at the bottom of the chords shown below indicate what fingers to use. C Chord F Chord G7 Chord 0E 0E 03 3 2~ 0 1 0 0E 2 m1 3 Remember to: 1. When pressing down the strings, use the tips of your fingers. 2. Always press down in the space between the frets, not on them. 3. Press the strings down to the fingerboard. If you hear a buzz it may be because you are not pressing hard enough or are too close to a fret. 4. Keep your thumb at the back of the neck, parallel to the frets . Making The Strums The Common Strum: This is the most basic up/down strum. It can be produced solely with your index finger going down the strings with the fingernail and up with the cushion of your fingertip. You can also try this with the pad of your thumb running down the strings and the tip of your index finger going up. This strum will work fine on most of the songs in this book. A good example would be "King Of The Road." Waltz Strum: This % rhythm can be produced simply with your thumb or index finger in sets of three down strums. You can use this on 3,4 songs like "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Around The World." Island Strum: This lilting, syncopated strum is a combination of quick up and down strums plus a roll. In a typical 4-beat measure it would look like this: ,., = downstroke v =upstroke ,., roll v v ,., v Hae"s how to make the roll stwm. One and Two and Three and Four and .. . Play the downstroke with your thumb and the upstroke with your index finger. The roll is made by running the ring, middle and index fingers quickly in succession across the strings. Ideal songs to use this on are "Under The Boardwalk" or "Up On The Roof." Tremolo: This is used often as an ending flourish for a song. It's produced by running your index finger across the strings rapidly. If you are performing, this will suggest to your audience that you are finishing the song and they should get ready to applaud. Try this at the end of any song where you want a "big finish." 7

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How To Use This Book he best way to use this songbook is, well, daily. Because there are 3~5 songs, you can play a different song each day for a whole year. (You get one day off dunng a leap year!) The Tsongs are not always in strict alphabetical order, so consult the index in front when in doubt. We did create two special sections: The first is "Songs For Holidays And Celebrations," where you'll find Christmas carols and other holiday-related material. This section is organized around the calendar year starting with "Auld Lang Syne" for New Year's Eve. The other special section is "Songs For Children" which are tunes that are appropriate for kids to play or parents who want to play for their children. Many of the songs included here should be easy for you to play and sing right away. Here are a few things to note that will make this songbook especially enjoyable: 1. Chord Grids: Just in case you need a reminder of how to make a certain chord, the chord grids for each song are directly under the title, in order of their appearance. The Chord Chart on page 12 shows suggested fingerings. 2. First Note: This shows the first singing note of the song. Keep in mind that the lowest note on a GCEA-tuned "my dog has fleas" uke is middle C. As a result, when the first note of a song is below middle C (for example the B in "Are You Lonesome Tonight") the note shown is actually an octave above. Sing that note and then find the octave below. 3. Instrumentals: There are a few songs included here that have instrumental sections built into the arrangement. An example of this is in "How Sweet It Is." You are welcome to ignore these sections entirely or take a real solo. Often solo uke performers will make a trumpet or trombone sound with their mouths. Harmonicas and kazoos will work here, too. 4. N.C.: Whenever you see N.C. above the staff that means "no chord," a place in the song where you should stop playing until you get to the next chord. This "break" can be a nice flourish that will add drama to your performance. A well-known example is in the sixth line of "Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue." There are some additional symbols that you'll see used throughout the arrangements in this songbook. We've listed a few below with their meanings: II= =II Repeat Signs: These mean that the section within the signs should be performed again before going on to the next section. !1. First Ending: Play through the measures under this bracketed area and then go back to the beginning of that section. Then look for further endings. D.C. Da Capo: This means "from the beginning." Go back to the beginning of the music. D.S. Dal Segno: Means to look for the %s ign and repeat that section from the sign. -$- Coda: Ending section. When you see "To Coda.._, jump ahead to the closing section that begins with this symbol 8

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