Posts for First Timers

I’ve been bashing away at this blog for 11 months now. In that time I’ve amassed around 350 posts. That’s way too many for people to sift through, so here’s a quick list of my most popular posts (and after that some posts for people who are new to the uke as well as to the site). For long term readers, I’d love to hear what you think people should read when they first pitch up here so I can add it to the list.

Posts for First Timer Visitors

About page

Get up to speed on the blog. I’m completely OCD on posting the same thing on each day of the week. The about page will let you know what to expect when.

Tab & Chords pages.

This is what most people come here for. The chords start on this page and the tabs start on this page. Whatever your tastes, you’ll probably find something that takes your fancy.

Perennial favourites include Beirut (whose entire back catalogue I’ve put up), While My Guitar Gently Weeps (my entirely ineffectual plea for people to come up with their own version rather than parroting Jake Shimabukuro), and Sweetafton23’s cover of Britney Spears’s Toxic (YouTube classic). More recent hits include Yael Naim’s New Soul, Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and Antsy Pants’s Vampire (from the Juno soundtrack).

If you’re desperate for more, check out the Rag Bag for some works in progress (sometimes glacially slow progress).

Guitar Riffs for Ukulele

Rock out with the world’s greatest guitar riffs arranged for ukulele.

Once you’ve gorged yourself on the archives, you can be sure of getting new stuff by putting your email in the doo-hickey at the top right, subscribing to the RSS feed by clicking here, or getting the latest posts on my Twitter feed.

Posts for Beginners

There’s plenty of stuff on the blog that should be helpful to the noobiest of ukulele noobs.

There’s a whole section of ukulele songs suitable for beginners. These songs usually contain just a few of the basic chords. To go along with that, the Ukulele 101 category covers the sort of uke knowledge that beginners should find helpful.

If you haven’t even got your hands on your own uke yet, you might want to check out this post about buying your first ukulele. It has a Christmas emphasis, but it still applies.

One post to check out is Ten Tips for Ukulele Beginners and if you want more tips, try my Ukulele 101 ebook.

If you’ve yet to learn, there’s a post here on how to read ukulele chord charts. A lot of the pieces on the blog are written in ukulele tablature. There’s a guide on how to read ukulele tab here.

Anything that I’ve missed?

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  1. Kyrl January 11th, 2010 11:37 am

    I’ve been playing the guitar for a long time now (about six years), I study in a conservatory and I’m starting a duo with a percussionist to play Irish and American folk songs and popular music.

    Is it easy to adapt popular music to the ukulele without it losing dimension? I know a good example would be the famous arragement of Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole but I’m wondering if the ukulele would be able to hold up well against the percussion (bodhran mostly, though some other things would be used to) and whether it would be versatile enough to play more sombre music.

    The standard ukulele most performers use is a sorpano, right?

    Thank you and keep ukeing!

  2. Ukulele Wolf March 28th, 2010 6:42 am

    Hey all, Some beginner tips. If you are an adult male the sopranos may be too small for your fingers. I play tenors only and it has kept me playing ukes. The sopranos are out of the question and the concerts are cool but very hard to find with a wide enough neck for me. Ibanez has a little soprano which I just played at a store and it is very cool as it has the wider neck but soprano size which is the reality of the sopranos which vendors can’t figure out. Harmonics off as with most ukes so I didn’t but it. My advice to anyone is don’t give up but find the right size and check the harmonics before you buy. 12th fret harmonic verses 12th fretted tone. Don’t match up? Don’t buy. This means it will take you a long time. : ) But you won’t be frustrated with the Uke as an instrument. It is fragile like a violin and you have to buy carefully. Just me. Peace.

  3. Woodshed March 30th, 2010 8:06 am

    Ukulele Wolf: Admittedly, I have the hands of a little girl, but there are plenty of people with proper man-hands that swear by sopranos. Howlin’ Hobbit leaps to mind.

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