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My Favorite Things

From the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Feb 2, 2020 • VIEWS: 31 • LESSON CODE: UL519

Instruments: ukulele guitar ANY Subjects: repertoirejazzstandardwaltz

My Favorite Things is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.


The song was first introduced by Mary Martin in the original Broadway production, and sung by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film adaptation.

In the musical, the lyrics to the song are a litany of things that Maria loves, such as "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens." These are the things she selects to fill her mind with when times get bad and sad.

As a jazz musician I was turned on to this song by the John Coltrane recording.

The song has been recorded hundreds of times. Jazz artist John Coltrane did an extended, close to fourteen-minute version on his 1961 album taken from the title of the song. It became a jazz classic and a signature for Coltrane in concert, also appearing on New Thing at Newport and Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up in 1965, and Live at the Village Vanguard Again! in 1966. Coltrane's version differs significantly from the song as originally conceived; using modal patters and being much darker and more frenzied in feel.

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My Favorite Things is a 1961 jazz album by John Coltrane. It is considered by many jazz critics and listeners to be a highly significant and historic recording. It was the first session recorded by Coltrane on the Atlantic label, the first to introduce his new quartet featuring McCoy Tyner (Piano), Elvin Jones (Drums) and Steve Davis (Bass) - neither Jimmy Garrison nor Reggie Workman featured as yet.

My Favorite Things - Premium Playalong Track

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Desafinado - Premium Playalong Track with Guitar Melody Played

I, (Curt) originally created these track to perform over for gigs and this was a demo for booking gigs.

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How About More Uke?


Release Date: December 2, 2015

Here is my new CD: How About More Uke? It is being officially released December 2, 2015. 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

Midnight at the Jazz Cafe

My Favorite Things is available on my 2002 Jazz Trio CD: Midnight at the Jazz Cafe. The CD is available right here on the LearningUkulele.com eStore

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My Favorite Things - Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Lead sheet for the premium play-along track. This is the track used for a few of the examples.


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My Favorite Things - Premium Play-along Track
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My Favorite Things premium play-along track. Key of Em.


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My Favorite Things - How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

From the How About More Uke? CD by the Curt Sheller Trio. Recorded at MorningStar Studios in East Norriton, PA Summer and Fall of 2015. Released December 2, 2015


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Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

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Related Lessons

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Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Additional Song Files, Resources and Assets

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My Favorite Things - Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Lead sheet for the premium play-along track. This is the track used for a few of the examples.


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My Favorite Things - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

This is the melody and chord ukulele arrangement that I perform in concert and is on the How About More Uke CD.

My Favorite Things from Midnight at the Jazz Cafe
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Recording from the Midnight at the Jazz Cafe with the Curt Sheller Trio.

My Favorite Things - Demo Recording by Curt Sheller over the backing tracks
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

** My Favorite Things** backing track demos with guitar taking the melody and solos.

QuickStart Progressions Blues Track 1 - Shuffle, Play-along Track
Updated: Oct 25, 2017

A Blues play-along track for exploring the Blues scale from the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Series of books. This is a standard I IV V 12 bar blues progression in the key of A using A7, D7 and E7.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example S
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Solo ukulele recording of the example S blues progression.


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Related Books

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QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Lead Guitar - Blues Scale
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