For this past week I learned four new songs entirely and attempted to learn a fifth but ran out of time trying to learn its entirety. I learned Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, I Don’t Know My Name by Grace Vanderwaal, All of Me by John Legend, and tried to learn Let Her Go by Passenger.
On Thursday (5/4) I learned Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur. This song consisted of a DUUDUUDDU strum pattern for the majority of the song up until the chorus where I had to play a DDUDU strum pattern. The chords used in this song were G, D, Em, and C. Overall, this song was a little tricky to nail. The strum pattern was extremely different than any of the other songs I’ve played in the past weeks. The chorus is the only part of the song that I feel 100% comfortable with playing. As for the visual, I wanted to play with the idea of two hands trying to hold on tight but are losing grip quickly. As for the colors, I wanted to represent love and with that assigned a red to the left hand and a pink to the right hand. As for the stars, I wanted to resemble a starry night as the saying “lets get lost in the stars together”.
Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: Say You Won’t Let Go.
On Friday (5/5) I learned A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. This song consisted of a C, G, Em, and D chords. The strum pattern was DDUDUD with a simple down stroke on a chord at a time during the chorus. Overall, this song gave me little to no challenge at all to play, it was simple and straight forward. As for the visual, I was trying to think of something to represent “a thousand years” worth of time. And thats when I thought about the way a tree represents its age through its rings. So thats where I got this intense swirl idea from. As for the colors, Christina Perri sings with a lot of sadness in her voice. So I tried to figure out some colors that would help associate this idea.
Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: A Thousand Years.
On Monday (5/8) I learned I Don’t Know My Name by Grace Vanderwaal. After watching her America’s Got Talent audition on Youtube, I had to do this song. Anyways, this songs strum pattern was DD DUDU consistently until the chorus where she plays one down stroke on each chord. As for the chords, they were C, F, Am, and G. As for the representation I wanted to incorporate my personal feelings for when someone forgets my name. Most of the time I just freeze and either wait till they correct themselves or I’ll end up saying something and feeling strange afterwards. So for those specific reasons, I came up with this visual representation.
Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: I Don’t Know My Name.
On Tuesday (5/9) I learned All of Me by John Legend. This song consisted of the chords Em, C, G, D, and Am. For the strum pattern it was DD UUDU. This song was tricky at first trying to to get the strum pattern down. But after a few attempts I eventually got it down. As for the visual representation, I was trying to think of something that would give the idea of “my life”. That’s when I thought of the heartbeat on the monitors in the hospital. So I chose this to represent the idea of All of Me.
Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: All of Me.
On Wednesday (5/10) I tried to learn Let Her Go by the Passenger. This song was super tricky. I figured, for my last song I would try to nail a really tricky song, but alas I was unable to live up to my expectation. I spent my entire hour trying to nail just the opening finger picking and was unable to do it in its entirety. Although I count this as a fail, I also realized that it makes me strive to be able to play the song one day. Potentially over the summer break when I don’t have as much work to worry about. Because of the fact that I couldn’t even get past the opener, I don’t have a recording of this. And for the visual representation, because I used all of my time to try and get the opener down, I was unable to put aside time to create a visual. It’s a fail but also a learning experience.
For these creative habits, I learned a lot. Not only did I learn a lot of songs on the ukulele, but I also learned more about my personal abstract paintings. I learned that I like the more loose abstract rather than a very surreal and fined tuned abstract. I found that I focused on color a lot more than personal layouts. With that being said, here are the songs that I have learned over the past few weeks: Ho Hey by the Lumineers, Can’t Help Falling in Love covered by Twenty One Pilots, Riptide by Vance Joy, House of Gold by Twenty One Pilots, Clint Eastwood by the Gorillaz, Stand by Me by Ben E King, Heathens by Twenty One Pilots, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, You’re Welcome from Moana, The One by the Chainsmokers, You and I by Ingrid Michaelson, Pompeii by Bastille, Count on Me by Bruno Mars, and Summer by Calvin Harris. These are along with the ones above, but I will also put the new ones down here as well.
Individual song files:
- Here is the audio file of my rendition of the song: Ho Hey.
- Here is the audio file of my rendition of the song: Can’t Help Falling in Love.
- Here is the audio file of my rendition of the song: Riptide.
- Here is the audio file of my rendition of the song: House of Gold.
- Here is the audio of my rendition of the song: Clint Eastwood.
- Here is the audio of my rendition of the song: Stand By Me.
- Here is the audio of my rendition of the song: Heathens.
- Here is the audio of my rendition of the song: Shape of You.
- Here is the audio of my rendition of the song: You’re Welcome.
- Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: The One.
- Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: You and I.
- Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: Pompeii.
- Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: Count on Me.
- Here is the link to the ukulele cover of: Summer.
Overall, my favorites of this creative habit would be You’re Welcome, Summer, Riptide, and I Don’t Know My Name. Not only were these songs extremely fun to play, but I feel that the visual representations were the strongest in association with the song. Overall I feel that I have a lot of progress here and that I have learned a ton.
I learned the majority of these songs utilizing a few sources. Outside listening to the songs on repeat through the links provided above, I also looked at Ukulele Tabs a website created for ukulele chords. With that, I also watched a few tutorials done by the Ukulele Teacher on Youtube. I will probably continue utilizing these sources, and if anything else gets added to my resources, I will also post them on here. Until next time, keep strumming them chords.