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Recommend me some pieces suitable for a humble four-stringed instrument closely linked with Hawai'i

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Initial post: 4 Jun 2014, 10:01:59 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2014, 10:15:15 BST
RABB says:
I post on a ukulele forum where they do weekly video challenges. Normally I'm able to come up with three or four songs to suit the theme but this week it's Classical Music. My first attempt was a Green Day song with roughly the same chord progression as Pachelbel's Canon but it was a paltry effort really and I knew I could do better. So last night I messed around with Carl Orff's O Fortuna, which you can see here:


I'm also gonna give Hall of the Mountain King a go tonight but I want something slightly less cliche too so I thought I'd ask you fine people for your suggestions.

I want something with a fairly quick tempo, makes use of dynamics, maybe ssomething that builds up with a dramatic chord progression before a nice, flowing melody I can fingerpick. And plenty of room for interpretation and a bit of improv (unless improv or slight alterations are frowned upon when playing classical)

I appreciate my request is fairly vague so if you have anything in mind that I simply must have a look at but doesn't fit my description, fire away and I'll have a look. I'll post the results of my efforts here for you to critique.

EDIT: And don't worry about providing me with the sheet music or anything, just recommend a piece and maybe give a Youtube link to a good version of it and I'll do the digging.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 10:14:21 BST
Bruce says:
How about this :


Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 10:43:54 BST
RABB says:
Great suggestion, something I'm familiar with too, but perhaps slightly too fast for me.

I'll have a look and see if anything can be done with it though. Cheers.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 13:54:58 BST
Lez Lee says:
Try this:
There are various sections at different speeds.

Interesting challenge, I'll be back!

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 14:28:09 BST
RABB says:
Thanks Lez. Just gave the first couple of movements a listen, there's definitely something to work with.

Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 15:15:24 BST
Lez Lee says:

!st part probably too slow, try 'Hoedown at 5.23




Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 16:47:47 BST
RABB says:
Think we have a winner with Huapango de Moncayo Lez. Off to find an arrangement now.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 17:30:15 BST
Lez Lee says:
YT's a bit confusing, - Moncayo's the composer, Huapango the title.
One of my favourite pieces ;-)

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 18:43:06 BST
RABB says:
Yeah I noticed that.

Hope I manage this in time, have till Sunday to get stuff in but I'm away all weekend.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 18:56:08 BST
How about the piece from "Master and Commander", Boccherini's Night music from the streets of Madrid.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2014, 19:16:27 BST
Lez Lee says:
What a brilliant idea, william! It'd probably be easier as well.


(I never knew it was used in a film)

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 19:19:51 BST
Lez Lee says:
Also, the gorgeous Ravel String Quartet 2nd mvt.


Poor RAB, overwhelmed ;-)

Posted on 4 Jun 2014, 19:45:50 BST
RABB says:
I like both pieces, I can definitely imagine them both on the uke, thinking Boccherini's is probably gonna be easier

Thanks guys.

Posted on 7 Jun 2014, 22:26:40 BST
I've made a simple transcription of Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin's 'One Life To Live', also made attempts at Mozart's 'Voi Che Sapete' and Pergolesi's 'Se T'u M'Ami', so I can sing and fingerpick uke. My playing is very rudimentary, but I'm enjoying the challenge of transcribing, and often having to transpose songs of various styles. The Weill is the most successful of the 'Classical' pieces.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2014, 20:49:06 BST
RABB says:
Another uker! Excellent.

Unfortunately time meant I missed out on trying these suggestions but I definitely want to revisit these as some point because I quite enjoyed the focus on instrumentals this week. Meant I could do more intricate stuff without having to worry about singing

Posted on 8 Jun 2014, 21:22:38 BST
Lez Lee says:
Hi RAB, have you checked out your 'New Acts thread on 'Music'? I think we've found some good stuff for you. ;-)

Posted on 8 Jun 2014, 22:01:08 BST
RABB says:
I've looked and taken note, but haven't had chance to do much listening yet. Definitely will do though!
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