Sam Muir – Sounds Irish (Tab)

Sounds Irish Melody (Tab)

A guest tab from Sam Muir today. It’s her simple but effective arrangement of a tune from The Guitarist’s Way by Peter Nuttall and John Whitworth.

The tune works well as a solo piece but it’s a perfect piece for ukulele groups as it has parts for all abilities: simple chords for beginners, a picking part (below) for those starting on fingerpicking and the melody (above) for the show-offs.

Backing Tab/Chords

The picking part is just the chords played arpeggio (i.e. one note at a time). Played against the melody part it sounds far more intricate than the simplicity of the two parts suggests.

Baritone Version

Sounds Irish (Baritone Tab)

Baritone Backing

And here is a baritone version of both parts for the bariukers in the group. It’s in the same key as the standard tuning tab so they can be played together.


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  1. Lee May 29th, 2015 12:22 pm

    Al, this is a perfect arrangement for a ukulele group that’s getting interested in expanding its repertoire beyond “just” strumming and more into arrangements. Thanks very much for giving us this one to start working on. Hope you can find some more for us.

  2. Liz May 29th, 2015 2:07 pm

    This is great, thank you.

  3. Ari May 29th, 2015 9:21 pm

    Lee did you ever see the Hal Leonard works for ukulele. Its all sheet music and its pretty Cool

  4. Lee May 30th, 2015 12:41 am

    Hey, Ari, thanks for the heads-up. By the way, James Hill has a great little five-part arrangement of “This Little Light of Mine”. I’ll still always wait for Al, though, to come up with another great one. :)

  5. Kevin May 30th, 2015 1:57 am

    I’m pretty new to this site but just want to say how awesome it is that you’re sharing music and instruction. Thanks!

  6. John May 30th, 2015 3:16 am

    Excellent upload. Many thanks, Sam

  7. Woodshed May 30th, 2015 3:53 pm

    Lee: All thanks have to go to Sam. I don’t do any group stuff so I’m not really qualified to do that sort of thing myself.

    Kevin: Thanks very much!

  8. archimago June 4th, 2015 4:19 am

    This is a nice little tune.
    One tweak I made: Don’t play the G on the E string third fret.
    Move it to the open G string. It lets the notes blend together a bit more.

  9. Woodshed June 4th, 2015 10:31 am

    archimago: Thanks for the suggestion.

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