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Ei Nei Ukulele Chords by Lena Machado

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Ei Nei Ukulele ChordsOne of Lena Machado’s Hawaiian classics, Ei Nei, is a beautiful example of what happens when more modern jazz sounds make their way into Hawaiian music.

The version I used for reference is a ripping live performance by the Sean Naauao Trio. You can hear Machado’s old arrangement on her Hawaiian Songbird album.

It’s in the key of A and has some fun chromatic movements that hang on the salty notes before changing to a sweet maj7 chord.

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A   C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7    E  (repeat)

A   C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7...

Dmaj7    E
Aloha wau ia 'oe
A     Amaj7      C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7...
    E ku'u aloha ei nei
Dmaj7             E
There'll be no one in your place
 A      C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7...
Ei nei

Dmaj7        E
As evening shadows fall
A     Amaj7           C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7...
    I hear your sweet melody
Dmaj7              E
That brings me fond memories
   A        (Ab)
Of you

A7                    A         (Bb)
   I'll be so lost without you
Dmaj7
Every thing seems so blue
B7
My heart keeps saying “it's you, dear
               C7        B7             (C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7...)
It's you, it's you, just you, ku'uipo”

Dmaj7    E
Aloha wau ia 'oe
A         Amaj7     C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7...
   You're just mine alone
Dmaj7             E
There'll be no one in your place
   A            C#m7>Cm7>Dmaj7...
Ei nei.
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