Friendly Fred

Hi, I'm FriendlyFred and running this blog. I play 'em all from soprano to baritone, acoustic and electric. Yes, big hands can handle small instruments. Enjoy strumming around and have a good day !

” David’s Song ” – Baritone Ukulele Cover

  This tune was composed by Vladimir Cosma for the German TV movie " Die Abenteuer des David Balfour" ( 1978 ).
  It was covered by The Kelly Family in 1980 and a Nr.1 Hit in the Netherlands and Belgium. There was a time when this band was quite famous in Germany and the neighboring states. And only there. Like David Hasselhoff ...
    I played  my Ortega RUE14FMH baritone ukulele, which is tuned in dropped D ( D G B D ). I replaced some plastic rings at the tuners with steel plain washers. A guitar engineer made a setup. Since then I'm quite satisfied with this bari. It has a warm, mellow tone. I used a Techra 1,00 carbon pick and carbon guitar strings by Hannabach. I recorded this song with my Zoom Q3HD. FriendlyFred.


  1. Caroline

    Love it! I’m old enough (and German) to remember the TV movie and the song from the Kelly Family – their first success I believe. I wish you could make tabs available for this but I think if find the chords I can figure out the rest (and I don’t play baritone anyway).

    • Friendly Fred

      Thanks Caroline. Sorry I have no tabs for this tune, all done by the ear.
      I play it in Dminor.
      If you remember this song, you might know Vladimir Cosma’s biggest sucess ” Reality ” from the film ” La Boum “:

      • Caroline

        Holy cow, goosebumps!!! Of course I remember the film and the song. Nostalgia to the max!! And I had no idea both songs were written by the same person. Are you working on a cover of Reality by any chance? That would be so awesome. I actually dug around for guitar chords for David’s Song and downloaded them for future use. I’ll be watching your video for hints on how to handle the picking. I am still very green (I got my ukulele for christmas) but have a lot of fun practicing.

        • Friendly Fred

          I didn’t plan to do a version of ” Reality “, but maybe in the future. It’s quite a cheesy song.
          If you’re a newbie you might take a look at my playalongs to get a feeling for the instrument.
          Strum on.


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