Ukulele Music (Lead Sheets)

ukulele musicThese songs are all in the public domain.  If you use a song, consider making a donation towards the effort.  You can send a donation via PayPal (think $0.50 to $1.00 US for an individual song, $4-$10 if you are making multiple copies or are using it with a class or more).  Every donation helps to justify the time spent on arrangements.  Need something in a different key or have a request for a song in the public domain?  Send me an e-mail and we’ll see if we can make it happen!

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Titles with Video Demonstrations


Alphabetical List (not including 2 Part Vocal arrangements)

Alma del core Key of F (C, F, Gm, C7, Bb, G7, Am, Bdim7, E7, Dm)

Amazing Grace Key of G (G, C, D7, Em)

Auld Lang Syne Key of G (G, Em, Am, D7, G7, D, C)

The Cat Came Back Key of Am (Am, G, F, E7)

Caro mio ben Key of C (C, G7, F, G, D7, Am, Em) Version with Tab intro/interlude/coda

Deck the Hall Key of F (F, C7, C, Am, G, G7, Bb)

I Ride an Old Paint Key of C (C, F, G7)

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad Key of G (G, C, Hawaiian D7)

Jingle Bells Key of G (G, C, D7, Em, A7)

Jolly Old St. Nicholas Key of G (G, D, Em, C, D7)

Lascia Ch’io Pianga Key of C (C, D, D7, Dm, E7, Em, F, G, G7, Am, B7)

Laudate Dominum Key of C (C, C7, Cm, D7, F, F#º7, G, G7, G7sus4)

My Jesus I Love Thee Key of C (C, F, G7, Gsus4)

Nina Key of Em/G (Em, C, Am, B7, G, Dsus4, D, D7)

Ombra mai fu Key of C (C, Cmaj7, F, D7, G, Am7no5, F#dim7, Am, G7, Dm7, Dm, E7, Em)

Ombra mai fu Key of F (F, C, Dm, Bb, C7, Gm, Gm7, Am, G7, Dm)

Per la gloria d’adorarvi Key of F (F, C, C7, Gm, Bb, Dm)

Red River Valley Key of G (G, D7, C)

Tu lo sai Key of C (C, G7, Em, F, Dm, Am, D7, Gsus4, G, E7)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Key of C (C, F, G7)

Vittoria mio core Key of C (C, F, Bb, C7, Dm, Em, Am, F#m, G, D7, G7)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Key of G (G, C, A7, D7, B7, D, Em, Am, Em7)


List by Genre

Children’s Tunes

The Cat Came Back

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Classical

Alma del core

Caro mio ben  (Version with Tab intro/interlude/coda)

Lascia Ch’io Pianga

Laudate Dominum

Nina Key of Em/G

Ombra mai fu Key of C

Ombra mai fu Key of F

Per la gloria d’adorarvi

Tu lo sai

Vittoria mio core

Cowboy/Folk

I Ride an Old Paint

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Red River Valley

Holiday

Auld Lang Syne

Deck the Hall

Jingle Bells

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Hymns

Amazing Grace

My Jesus I Love Thee


List by Key

Key of Am (a minor)

The Cat Came Back

Key of C

Caro mio ben (Version with Tab intro/interlude/coda)

I Ride an Old Paint

Lascia Ch’io Pianga

Laudate Dominum

My Jesus I Love Thee

Ombra mai fu Key of C

Tu lo sai

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Vittoria mio core

Key of Em

Nina Key of Em/G

Key of F

Alma del core

Deck the Hall

Ombra mai fu Key of F

Per la gloria d’adorarvi

Key of G

Amazing Grace

Auld Lang Syne

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Jingle Bells

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Nina Key of Em/G

Red River Valley

We Wish You A Merry Christmas


List by Difficulty

Easy

Amazing Grace

The Cat Came Back

I Ride an Old Paint

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Jingle Bells

My Jesus I Love Thee

Red River Valley

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Moderate

Alma del core

Auld Lang Syne

Caro mio ben  (Version with Tab intro/interlude/coda)

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Lascia Ch’io Pianga

Laudate Dominum

Nina

Ombra mai fu (Key of F)

Per la gloria d’adorarvi

Tu lo sai

Vittoria mio core

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Difficult

Deck the Hall Key of F

Ombra mai fu Key of C


List by Number of Chords

Three (3)

I Ride an Old Paint (C, F, G7)

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad (G, C, Hawaiian D7)

Red River Valley (G, D7, C)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (C, F, G7)

Four (4)

Amazing Grace (G, C, D7, Em)

The Cat Came Back (Am, G, F, E7)

My Jesus I Love Thee (C, F, G7, Gsus4)

Five (5)

Jingle Bells (G, C, D7, Em, A7)

Jolly Old St. Nicholas (G, D, Em, C, D7)

Six (6)

Per la gloria d’adorarvi (F, C, C7, Gm, Bb, Dm)

Seven (7)

Auld Lang Syne (G, Em, Am, D7, G7, D, C)

Caro mio ben (C, G7, F, G, D7, Am, Em) Version with Tab intro/interlude/coda

Deck the Hall (F, C7, C, Am, G, G7, Bb)

Eight (8)

Nina (Em, C, Am, B7, G, Dsus4, D, D7)

Nine (9)

Laudate Dominum (C, C7, Cm, D7, F, F#º7, G, G7, G7sus4)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (G, C, A7, D7, B7, D, Em, Am, Em7)

Ten (10)

Alma del core (C, F, Gm, C7, Bb, G7, Am, Bdim7, E7, Dm)

Ombra mai fu Key of F (F, C, Dm, Bb, C7, Gm, Gm7, Am, G7, Dm)

Tu lo sai (C, G7, Em, F, Dm, Am, D7, Gsus4, G, E7)

Eleven (11)

Lascia Ch’io Pianga (C, D, D7, Dm, E7, Em, F, G, G7, Am, B7)

Vittoria mio core (C, F, Bb, C7, Dm, Em, Am, F#m, G, D7, G7)

Thirteen (13)

Ombra mai fu Key of C (C, Cmaj7, F, D7, G, Am7no5, F#dim7, Am, G7, Dm7, Dm, E7, Em)


Two Part Vocal Arrangements with Ukulele

Deck the Hall 2 Part Key of F, 7 Chords (F, C7, C, Am, G, G7, Bb)


About the Arrangements

You might wonder why I would make these arrangements when so many other arrangements are available in other forms, as well as why I would put them out on the Internet for free and ask for donations to the cause.

As for the first question, I like having the ability to create arrangements for my students, and existing arrangements don’t always fit my needs or the needs of my students.  Sometimes the existing keys are too high or too low for me or my students.  Sometimes I like different chords (such as the Em thrown into “Jingle Bells).  And furthermore, while all of these songs are in the Public Domain, if distribute a song out of a book, that is a violation of Copyright.  You can use all of these songs without fear of Copyright infringement.

It is important for me, as a music educator, to continue the use of written notation.  I have nothing against chord charts or tablature, but I do recommend that tablature also include traditional notation (this is the default setting on the music notation program Notion for guitar and ukulele, incidentally).  Part of becoming literate with music notation is to see it and work with it.

My goal is for all of the music that my students study to have a similar appearance, and to limit the use of repeat signs, multiple endings, and D.S./D.C./Coda markings.  Adults in ukulele jam sessions get confused by these, so I want to make it easy for my students to follow the music, even if there are multiple pages.  I “get” that we need to teach students how to read these markings–but in reality, all of these markings hearken to a pre-digital world where those systems were created to save money, not for ease of use.  In the digital world, a score can simply use as many pages as needed.  In these arrangements, there are a few exceptions to my attempt to simplify the score, such as Deck the Hall (which repeats to the top).

As for the second question, this blog is a free resource for music educators and ukulele players.  While the content is free, it takes time to create materials, and instead of putting things behind a paywall, it makes sense to ask for donations from people that decide to use these materials.  As I mention at the top of this page, if you have a request for an arrangement in the public domain, e-mail me!

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