I'll Remember April

Published in 1942 and written by Gene de Paul with the lyrics by Patricia Johnston and Don Raye

Published: 30 Sep 2011 Updated: 11 Aug 2022Visits: 268Code: UL409

INSTRUMENTS: Jazz Main: Ukulele Others: ANY Leadsheet
Subjects: Jazz • Repertoire • Standard

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I'll Remember April

I’ll Remember April was written by Gene de Paul with the lyrics by Patricia Johnston and Don Raye. The song was published in 1942. It was once sung by Judy Garland. The song debuted in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy Ride 'em Cowboy, sung by Dick Foran.

I'll Remember April is in the Real Book - Volume 1 Sixth Edition book.

I'll Remember April is on my, 2015 How About More Uke?, The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio CD.

“Curt, your CD was fantastic. You are amongst the ukulele masters of our day.” — John K.

MuseScore Resources

I'll Remember April - Solo Ukulele Arrangement — Leadsheet with Ukulele TAB and sample bass line.

MuseScore is a FREE Open Source and the World’s most popular music notation software with a lot of great sources of scores, tutorials, and reference material. I use it on my iMac and Linux system. Finally get to bag the subscription for Sibelius.

Musescore files can be played back as an aide in learning a song or part.

I'll Remember April…

What You Need to Perform (Play) This Song?

In order to play this song you need to know: 1) Are your going to sing the song or 2) play it instrumentally? Each has a different set of requirements.

To accompany yourself and sing this song you need to naturally know the lyrics of the song and the melody of the song. You can either memorize both (recommended) or read it.

You can start with either the melody or chords — doesn't matter which comes first. The melody is a good starting point as you can actually sing any song A Capella, solo, and unaccompanied instrumentally and it will be the song. Playing the chords by their self, typically does not convey enough musical information for others to know what song you are playing. Songs actually use common chords and progressions over and over.

The Melody

Learning the melody is necessary for sing or playing an song instrumentally and actually a good idea to know the melody when accompanying others.

Learning the melody can be done by learning to read music and finding the sheet music or lead sheet for the song. Or, listening over and over to learn it by ear ( not recommended ), which is a bit error prone and takes a lot longer than read it.

When reading the melody it's a good idea to use the fingering principles from the Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering for efficient and low maintenance fingering of melodies. This actually allows you to play the melody when someone else accompanies you, just like your singing.

The Chords

Chords are the easiest to start with. All you need is at least one chord voicing for each chord in the song and be able to successfully switch chords in the sequence or order that are the song, the underlying progression.

Knowing the chords will allow you to accompany other that are singing.


Release Date: December 2, 2015

How About More Uke?

How About More Uke? — A collection of jazz standards, original compositions by myself (Curt Sheller), Chuck Anderson and Jim Beloff / Herb Otha. Featuring Curt Sheller: `ukulele, Eric Schreiber: bass and Ed Rick: drums.

10 Minute Demo of How About More Uke? CD

Benny Chong Abe Lagrimas Jr & Reggie Padilla "I'll Remember April"

Two create ukulele players just having a blast.

Benny is a Hawai`'an legend and National Treasure on ukulele.

A Note on TAB

The TAB in any arrangement, including this one can only show one way to play any particular phrases. I recommend you be able to perform/play phrases, licks, riffs, runs, melodies, you get the idea — multiple different positions and fingerings on the ukulele.

TAB or Tablature, is an alternate form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play. TAB is sort of a secret language between guitar players and ukulele players. Although a shortcut to getting started it actually serves to alienate one from the rest of the music world.

From the five phases of reading music, TAB only shows the note location, what string and fret to play the note. Some TAB shows the rhythmic duration as well. Fingering considerations are typically left up to the player as in standard music notation, but can be shown. TAB can not show the contour and rhythmic density of music or address the ukulele’s ability to play the same note at alternate locations.

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

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I'll Remember April, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of G

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Solo ukulele arrangement from the How About Jazz Ukulele CD by Curt Sheller.

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I'll Remember April - How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

From How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

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I'll Remember April, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of G

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Solo ukulele arrangement from the How About Jazz Ukulele CD by Curt Sheller.

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I'll Remember April - How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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From How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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