My Gal Sal (1905) on ukulele (with sheet music)

The C in brackets is just to indicate that I’ve changed the note in the original sheet music from Bb to C — the chord is Bb until the next page.

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  1. Thanks Michael. It is good to hear your familiar playing while so far from home. Today we explore the remains of ancient Sparta. I hope things are well with you.

    • nice to hear how you are going (and where). We have the standard coughs and sneezes, but most are recovering. Enjoy the Greeks, but be wary of any wooden gifts

  2. Hi, I have your book (and love it), but this post makes me ask a question I’ve long wondered about. I can extract the melody from the sheet music (by reading the notes), but how did you work out the chords on one like this? I love a lot of the same old music you seem to, and very rarely does it have chord names. And tips you’re willing to share? Thanks!

    • I’ve just started to do this myself in the last year or so. Each chord is made up of three basic notes, for example, the C chord is made up from the notes C, E, and
      G. You’ll notice on the sheet music that under the melody line, are two more staves — one treble (g clef) and one base (f clef — like a g clef only what would be a D note on a g clef is an f on a f clef). These have the chords — the notes align vertically. All I do is to see what the predominate notes are in these clefs and decide on a chord that comes closest to those notes. In some old ragtime tunes, it can be tricky, but If I can get three basic chords to work with (say, if I can strum and sing the tune with them) then I should be able to work out a basic chord solo. A book on music theory should give you the basic notes for the main chords, but if you know the key, and four chords that usually go with the key, you might be able to work straight from the uke — finger the notes on the uke fretboard and see what chord forms. Hope this helps.

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