Friday Links

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have been rocking the New Zealand Arts Festival this week and you can catch the news report here. Hobknobbing with them and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra was Mike of Mike’s Ukulele Page. Mike will releasing New Zealand’s first ukulele book in July Kete Ukulele: The Kiwi Ukulele Companion. The book contains all the essential beginner’s info and songs Kiwi songs young and old. You can read more about it in this pdf and there will be a website here in the near future.

Bosko and Honey have kicked off their worldwide Ukulele Safari by knocking out The Cure’s Love Song with Max the Ukulele Punkrocker.

tabBasket is a website that lets you upload all your tabs online for future reference. You can put plain text tab there or upload pdfs, Guitar Pro PowerTab files etc. The site will be really useful for people who want to access their tab on different computers. It also makes searching your tab by genre, instrument, artist much easier than on your computer. Also you can search for lyrics and YouTube songs automatically one the page. Anyone who has knocked around the guitar tabs and lyrics sites will know it’s a nightmare of buzzing ads and pop-ups, but this site is very clean, ad free and easy to use. And it has a ukulele tag. I’m giving it a try.

This week’s Uker Tabs: Jimmy Buffett, St James Infirmary Blues and The Smiths. Thanks to Molechaser, Elijah and Zym for those.

electric ukuleleDan (who you may know as thedanarchist if you follow the comments) recently adapted a Spider-man toy guitar to create this fine electric ukulele with built in amp. Nice work, Dan.

Stephin Merritt at his deadpan best being interviewed, sitting through uncomfortable silences and performing This Little Ukulele.

Ukulele for Sale is having a clear out sale. A good time to pick up a bargain, particularly if you’ve been eying up Kalas or Lanikai LU-21 standard ukulele.

I had a debate with Rayan from Ukulele Underground about this a few weeks ago, it now looks like the ukulele playing Warren Buffett is the richest man in the world.

Uke Thingy lists 10 songs made for the ukulele.

ShadowFlare has tab of game songs including a number of tunes from Final Fantasy and Zelda.

Two guys, one cup uke.

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9 Comments

  1. Heather March 7th, 2008 8:14 pm

    How do I find the argument? I mean, debate.

  2. Woodshed March 7th, 2008 9:09 pm

    It wasn’t much of a debate (and certainly not an argument) but you can find it here.

  3. Rayan March 8th, 2008 4:22 am

    I wasn’t even aware i was participating in a debate :P haha. Good for Warren, he seems like a genuinely nice guy.

  4. Woodshed March 8th, 2008 7:52 am

    ‘Debate’ was definitely me trying to make it sound more interesting

  5. zymeck March 10th, 2008 10:09 am

    I love the ‘Friday Links’ post! Its always full of good stuff :)

    Its there any chance to you can publish it earlier? It would make great ‘friday afternoon skivving at work’ material :D

    @Mike
    Good Luck with the Book!

  6. may you never March 10th, 2008 8:13 pm

    Check out my review of the joint Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra/Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain gig in Wellington last week.

    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=84210703&blogID=364589765

  7. Woodshed March 10th, 2008 10:22 pm

    zym: Yeah, I’ll try swapping round the eBay post and the links post.

    may you never: Thanks for the write up. Good read.

  8. Jason Spinos March 13th, 2008 4:01 pm

    It’s awesome that Mike is coming out with a book! I knew Mike in North Carolina. Plus if it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be playing the uke!

  9. Woodshed March 13th, 2008 10:41 pm

    It is awesome. I hope it does really well for him. Particularly since I’m going to be in it :D

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