May the Low 4th
12 new originals for low G ukulele
May the Low 4th is a collection of new original works for low G ukulele written by Choan Gálvez. Most of the pieces will fit beginner and intermediate fingerpickers—though mastering them may be challenging.
Among the repertoire you’ll find tango, samba, melancholic waltzes, Renaissance inspired brief works… Check the playlist!
- 32 pages, A4 format, stapled
- PDF printable file, 32 pages, A4 format
Words from the masters
Playful, delightful and bursting with musicality; these pieces would be equally at home in the concert hall or on the beach. This is the kind of thing our community needs: original music that explores and expands the voice of the ukulele. Bravo!
Gálvez’s original music for solo ukulele in re-entrant tuning has raised in the past few years the bar of a new ukulele repertoire, both in terms of elegant originality and indisputable idiomaticity, setting a reference for contemporary and future composers and performers. What I admire more about his output is the presence of clear elements from Western music tradition, that are filtered and renewed in the style of the Spanish composer resulting in music that is a joy to play and to listen to. This collection written for solo ukulele in linear tuning is no different: forms, themes, harmonies and rhythms that are strongly rooted in our culture become vivid original pieces featuring a neat character and a natural playability. May the Low 4th convey all the beauty of this collection!
Choan Gálvez manages to strike a fine balance between technique and musical expressions in his May the Low 4th collection. Most of the pieces are for the intermediate player but beginners and advanced players will find suitable challenges embedded within the pieces. The variety of musical devices is also refreshing: If ragtime wasn’t your thing, then baroque style counterpoint might, or maybe you can try a lyrical melody or an ambient piece, you have classical harmonic language mixed with jazz colors. This is definitely a collection worth spending time on if you’re looking to expand on your techniques and musical knowledge.
The Ukulele Bookshop has released a free PDF sample of my music, including four complete tablatures–one from each of my recent books. Lady S. is one of the featured pieces. Grab the sample!
A low 4th index
Here’s the listing of pieces included in the book. Some of them already have videos and audio recordings available, the rest are coming soon.
Key: Cm. Time signature: 3/4. Tempo: Longing. Duration: . Dedicated to Gilbert Isbin.
Key: G. Time signature: 2/2. Tempo: Danceable. Duration: .
Key: Dm. Time signature: 6/8. Tempo: Allegretto. Duration: . Dedicated to Laurence Diehl.
A Sweet Fantasy
Key: G. Time signature: 3/4. Tempo: Sweet and lovely. Duration: .
Key: Am. Time signature: 3/4. Tempo: Sleepy. Duration: .
Waltz in Blue
Key: Cm. Time signature: 3/4. Tempo: Lento. Duration: .
Key: G. Time signature: 4/4. Tempo: Adagio. Duration: .
Plaza del inglés
Key: Am. Time signature: 3/4. Tempo: Calmly. Duration: .
Key: A. Time signature: 3/8. Tempo: Allegretto. Duration: . Dedicated to Thijs Kevenaar.
The Balcony Rag
Key: F, C. Time signature: 4/4. Tempo: Medium swing. Duration: . Dedicated to Tony Mizen.
Key: Am. Time signature: 2/4. Tempo: Tango. Duration: .
Samba pra James
Key: G. Time signature: 2/2. Tempo: Tempo di Samba. Duration: . Dedicated to James Hill.