Friday, October 11, 2013

If I Had You on Ukulele

I'm fairly certain it's time for my second ukulele feature post, so here's a song I think is very well known - If I Had You, written in 1928 by 'Irving King' (the pen name for Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly). My favourite versions are by Cliff Edwards aka Ukulele Ike and Nellie McKay (I've posted Nellie's version below mine). I really enjoy playing this song, even though I was super tired today and my voice was a bit off. Anyway, I've used up all my energy playing so I shall stop writing and let whoever wants to, watch the video.



This song is deceptively simple and SO much easier to sing when I'm not playing ukulele.

 
And, oh, how I wish I could sing like Nellie McKay. Isn't her voice positively swoon-worthy?

Hopefully you all enjoyed this (very brief) post enough to look forward to next month's ukulele feature...

12 comments:

  1. how long does it usually take you to learn a new song?

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    1. Depends how tricky the chords/singing bits are. Some tunes are harder for me to sing than others. But maybe a couple of hours? Learning by heart is a lot harder, though. My memory isn't very good for that sort of thing. :)

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    2. Aw nice. You do a really good job. I just picked up my uke about a month or 2 ago, I've only learned a few very simple songs. But I guess I gotta get back into practising everyday.

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    3. Thank-you! I've been playing for nearly three years, now. I wish I practiced more hehe. Good luck with your uke'ing! :)

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  2. Your voice is really beautiful, too, dear Andi - as is your ukulele playing. There was a uke briefly in a scene on the TV show Boardwalk Empire last week and I was thinking about you the whole time it was on the screen.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Aw, thank-you so much, Jessica :D Oh that's neat! I'm glad you thought of me too :D <3

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  3. Your singing makes me swoon. MORE VIDEOS!!!!

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  4. You're sensational. I love these videos.

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  5. So lovely! Reminds me of a wonderful old recording, with that voice! Great job.
    Cheers,
    L A
    http://ravishing-ruby.blogspot.com/

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