Your Song Elton John
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Thank you for the suggestions on changing key! It's always difficult to pull off a piano song on guitar, and the comments are super helpful!
I think it should be.."but the suns been quite KIND, ..."
For the Am/G Am/F# - just play normal Am then move your thumb over the G, then F#, then a Full F for the Base line (G,F#,F).
As a beginner, I found this easier to play by transposing to the key of G (+ 5 semitones). Then, in line 2 of each verse, I play Em7 instead of Em/D, and Cmaj7 instead of Em/Db. Sounds OK to me. Regarding the lyrics: in verse 1, line 3, the word "have" is missing (I don't have much money). In verse 3, line 2, I suggest "cross" instead of "crossed", and in line 3, "kind now" (or perhaps "quiet now") instead of "quite king", and in line 4 "keep me" instead of "they keep". In verse 4, line 1 should be "So excuse me forgetting, but these things I do". Hope this helps someone!
As far as for difficulty levels, this one is not bad at all, and most if not all of the chords are EASY first position chords on the ukulele.
I agree that this is definitely NOT aimed at the newbie, but it's not overly difficult this way, either, when considering the original instrument. That said, I think the A that follows the Gmaj7 in the verses is off. I'm not really sure where to take it, but it seems of. I tried Bm7 and it seemed a little better, but then, I'm fingering the song, so I may just be missing the note in the A somehow.
An easy way to play this *may not match tone of recording but nice sounding nonetheless*...transpose -2 (Capo2)...easy chords. Don't get freaked by the Am/G, Am/F. Play a normal Am, move your ring finger to top string ("C" handshape), so you play 302010 and 202010 respectively. Trust me.
you really think this song is for an "ABSOLUTE BEGINNER"??!! are you one? do you remember being one? often times it makes "absolute beginners" feel like idiots if they can't play this... even though there is no way they should know all this!