Ukulele Music (Lead Sheets)
These songs are all in the public domain. Donations at BuyMeaCoffee are always appreciated (link on right side of page). 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!
Songs with Video Demonstrations
|Song Title||YouTube Demo Video|
|The Bear Went Over the Mountain||https://youtu.be/ompkY1fUGxQ|
|Caro mio ben||https://youtu.be/cZ9Xud39X-0|
Songs by Title
See Index below for more information about key, number of chords, level of difficulty, and genre
Two Part Vocal Arrangements with Ukulele
Songs by Title
|Song Title||Key||# of Chords||Difficulty||Genre|
|Alma Del Core||F||10||Difficult||Classical|
|Auld Lang Syne||G||7||Easy||Holiday|
|The Bear Went Over the Mountain||C||3||Easy||Folk|
|The Cat Came Back||Am||4||Easy||Kids/Folk|
|Caro Mio Ben||C||7||Moderate||Classical|
|Deck the Hall||F||7||Moderate||Holiday|
|I Ride an Old Paint||C||3||Easy||Folk|
|I’ve Been Working on the Railroad||G||3||Easy||Folk|
|Jolly Old St. Nicholas||G||5||Easy||Holiday|
|Lascia Ch’io Pianga||C||11||Difficult||Classical|
|My Jesus, I Love Thee||C||4||Easy||Religious|
|Ombra Mai Fu||C||13||Difficult||Classical|
|Ombra Mai Fu||F||10||Difficult||Classical|
|The Other Day I Met a Bear||C||3||Easy||Folk|
|Per la gloria d’adorarvi||F||6||Moderate||Classical|
|Red River Valley||G||3||Easy||Folk|
|Star Spangled Banner||C||10||Difficult||Patriotic|
|Tu Lo Sai||C||10||Moderate||Classical|
|Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star||C||3||Easy||Folk|
|Vittoria mio core||C||11||Difficult||Classical|
|We Wish You a Merry Christmas||C||9||Moderate||Holiday|
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 own use or the use of my students, and many times, existing arrangements don’t always fit my needs or the needs of my students. Sometimes existing keys are too high or too low. Sometimes I like different chords (such as the Em thrown into “Jingle Bells). And furthermore, all of these songs are in the Public Domain. 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 markings, 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. If you wish to contribute to the work, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/ukestuff) and watch some videos! If you really want to contribute to my efforts, there is a link to BuyMeaCoffee on the side of this page.