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My Favorite Things

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

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 02 Feb 2020Visits: 656Code: UL519

Topic: Jazz ukulele guitar ANY Subjects: Jazz Repertoire Standard Waltz

My Favorite Things

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.

My Favorite Things is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

My Favorite Things 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.

My Favorite Things is on my, 2002 Midnight at the Jazz Cafe, The Curt Sheller Trio CD.

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.

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How About More Uke?


Release Date: December 2, 2015

Here is Jazz Ukulele, Trio CD: 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

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
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My Favorite Things - How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio
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Related Lessons for My Favorite Things.

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Related Song Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for My Favorite Things.

My Favorite Things - Lead Sheet Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Explore creating solo, leads, and improvisation with this Blues play-along track in the common "Key of A." Great for exploring the Blues scale fingerings from the "QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Series" of books. A standard I IV V 12 bar blues progression in the key of A using A7, D7, and E7 chords.

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

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