Over the last few weeks, both Chris & Simon have mentioned how useful it can be to play the same song in a number of different keys, to expand your repertoire to learn the full range of chords. It is also a good way to start understanding more about music theory; to see how chords relate to musical keys & begin understanding how transposing works (ie putting tunes in another key).
Doctor Uke has a good selection of songs on his site in multiple keys: Five Foot Two; Amazing Grace; Why Do Fools Fall In Love; Tiptoe Through The Tulips & It’s A Blue World. You’ll soon spot that some keys are easier to play on the uke than others. Going through one of these sheets until you can play all variations easily will give you a good workout.
If you look on several song sites, such as Chordie or Tontonremy & find a song you want to play, there are options on the page to trranspose it, so with a quick press of a button, you can have the song in a new key. Or you can use the PLUC Transposing Tool to work it out manually.
Let me know if there are any other good multi-key song resources out there. Should anyone want to practice on some of the songs in our setlist & draw up versions for these, do send over your results & I’ll put them in our members’ only area for everyone to use.
Other related pages include: Doctor Uke’s Music Theory – What Should I Practice?; Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners; PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord; PLUCking Ukes – Key Facts; PLUCking Ukes – Transposing