Charlie Chaplin – This Is My Song (Chords)

Charlie Chaplin/Alvin Okami – This Is My Song (Chords)

I’ve made a pact with myself that I’m going to buy a tenor KoAloha Sceptre at the next available opportunity. I don’t care how ridiculous they are, or how little I need or deserve another uke. Of course, I make that pact and the next Sceptre seller refuses to ship outside the US.

A big part of the reason I want one is that Alvin Okami is just such a great myth-maker. How could you resist after watching this extra nugget from The KoAloha Story?

He ends the section with a lovely version of This Is My Song by Charlie Chaplin (it starts at about 12:30) and it’s that version that I’ve written up. There are a bunch of useful chord variations and inversions in the arrangement that are well worth making note of.

If you want to be part of the follow-up to The KoAloha Story, you can have your own KoAloha story told in Gary San Angel’s next project.

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  1. Peter June 17th, 2010 8:09 pm

    Awesome! Thanks Al.

  2. Gary June 17th, 2010 8:27 pm


    That is awesome! I can’t wait to try those chords when I get home. Thanks for sharing the chords to a beautiful song and also for sharing this extra tid bit from Pop’s story.

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  3. Jenny June 17th, 2010 9:11 pm

    This is a great site!!

  4. J-Hob June 17th, 2010 10:26 pm

    That uke sounds seriously awesome, especially in his hands. I can see totally where your obsession has come from, that really is a uke like no other and I’ve no doubt that you’d make it sing.

  5. Rob NY June 18th, 2010 12:40 pm

    Thanks for this! You planted a new seed in my already fertile UAS brain.But which will grow? The Sunday, or the Sceptre? Thanks also for the tabs. I love that song.

  6. Tom June 18th, 2010 2:09 pm

    Terrific story with a terrific song. I hope you eventually get that Sceptre. Thanks for sharing this, Al!

  7. CharlesHugh June 19th, 2010 2:13 pm

    I saw that on ebay to. Little odd that he’s selling it because it’s too light.

  8. CJ June 21st, 2010 4:02 am

    What’s the strumming for the song? I really like it.

  9. Woodshed June 21st, 2010 10:27 am

    Peter: You’re welcome.

    Gary: Oops. It was me that wrote the post rather than Ben. Anyhoo, good luck with the project. Looking forward to seeing the results.

    Jenny: You’re too kind.

    J-Hob: Yeah, it’s pretty irresistible.

    Rob: I’ve never been that keen on the Pineapple Sunday. I can appreciate it but it’s never struck me on the level of the Sceptre.

    Tom: Thanks. Me too!

    CharlesHugh: I guess some people like a hefty chunk of wood in their hands.

    CJ: It’s a bit too loose to go through the strumming. Better to play it by feel.

  10. CanariX June 24th, 2010 10:18 am

    I don’t want to make your UAS worse, but a
    Koaloha Sceptre Concert is available in the french Ukulele forum. It seems to be still available :

    Perhaps the seller can send it to UK ?

  11. Woodshed June 26th, 2010 5:08 pm

    CanariX: Thanks very much. Just bought one. Don’t think I could justify buying two… yet.

  12. Jon Jonsson June 30th, 2010 12:38 am

    What the… you should get one for free for this nice exposure.

  13. Woodshed July 3rd, 2010 12:42 pm

    Jon: Yes, I entirely agree with you! Particularly since I have one now and I’ll be giving it a whole lot more praise in future.

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