On the previous page, I was touting the amazing power of the internet to help you find ukulele sheet music for the songs you love. And it seemed to me that this is a good time to talk about one of the most popular ukulele songs in the world, these days - Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Originally from the 1939 Film The Wizard of Oz, this song has enchanted people like few others.
In 1993, a Hawaiian gentleman named Israel Kamakawiwo'ole recorded a version of this song. If you've never heard it, here it is. As I write this - I see it has more than 54 million views. The song slept for 10 years, and then became a HUGE hit in 2004. Even if you HAVE heard it, perhaps you should listen again - it really is quite something.
So, if you decide that you want to learn to play "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" on your ukulele, you have a decision to make. Do you want to learn a ukulele version of the song from the movie, or do you want to learn Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's ukulele version? Tough choice. In either case, if you go looking for the sheet music, be aware that if you learn to play one version, you will not be playing the other version - and vice versa. I can only play the Judy Garland version - and it's simply not at all the same thing.
Of course, most songs don't have that problem. If you find a ukulele version of a song you love, it is most likely an arranger's best attempt at re-orchestrating the original song for ukulele. As mentioned on the previous page, you can search for songs, and find an amazingly large selection of music on SheetMusicPlus.com - but what if you really just want a big pile of songs for the ukulele, without searching and deciding and all that hassle?
On the next page, I present you with a cheap and easy solution.