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I'll Remember April

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

PUBLISHED: Sep 30, 2011 • UPDATED: Oct 14, 2016 • LESSON CODE: UL409 • VISITS: 31

ANY leadsheet Subjects: jazzstandardrepertoire

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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.

( From www.jazzstandards.com ) - As a jazz standard, I'll Remember April first appeared in a rather unlikely performance. Dick Foran introduced the song in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy Ride 'Em Cowboy. The action takes place on a dude ranch where peanut/hotdog vendors Abbott and Costello are pretending to be cowboys. Portraying an author of westerns, Foran croons the song to the ranch owner's daughter, played by Anne Gwynne. As one critic declared, "For a few brief minutes, I'll Remember April was an oasis of sanity in the madness."

This song is on my CD How About More Uke?.

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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.

Sing and Accompany Yourself

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 of musical information for others to know what song you are playing. Songs actually use common chords and progressions over and over. One progression can be

Melody

Learning the melody is necessary for sing or playing it instrumentally and actually a good idea 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 the melody. This actually allows you to play the melody and someone else accompanies you, just like your singing.

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.

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

Main Song Download(s)

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I'll Remember April, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of G
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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

I'll Remember April - 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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Song Road Map

Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

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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.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.


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A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart
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A handle dandy reference chart for building fifteen (15) basic triads and 4-part chords.


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I'll Remember April, Solo Ukulele Arrangement - Key of G
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G
Updated: May 11, 2019

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G.


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Movable 7th Chords for Ukulele Chord Chart - C Tuning
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A handy dandy single sheet chart showing the each voicing of the four, seventh chords Big Six seventh chord voicings.


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I'll Remember April - 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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Related Books

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A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I
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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning
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Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. - C tuning

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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs
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Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

Jazz Standard Chord Progressions
Updated: Mar 28, 2020

These are the chord progressions, extracted from my book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele for use with on-line and private students.

Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection
Updated: Mar 28, 2020

Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.

Key Signatures - G Major
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The key of G major-E minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Benny Chong- Abe Lagrimas Jr. - Reggie Padilla Live at NAMM 2015 “I’ll Remember April”

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I'll Remember April - How About More Uke"? CD

I'll Remember April - The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio from the How About More Uke? CD.

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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.

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