Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele – Oh, Paris! (Chords)

Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele – Oh, Paris! (Chords)

Awards season is upon us and time for scatter-shot awards for my favourite things from last year with a category structure loosely based on that of the Smash Hits Poll Winners’ Party.

This years winner of the 2008 Noah & the Whale ‘God are you only getting into them now? I was into them aaaaaages ago’ Award for Breakthrough Uke Act is Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele. The MP3 blogs have been getting their dingles in a tizzy over him the last few months, but us ukers have been loving him since 2007.

So, after a long wait, Dent’s debut album The Good Feeling Sound of Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele is coming out in February and it’s sure to be a smash hit.

Visit Dent May’s MySpace

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  1. zym January 18th, 2009 3:56 pm

    Watching this again reminds me of the age old question.

    Ukulele straps – good or bad?
    and also, Where do you atach the other end?

  2. Nelson January 18th, 2009 9:52 pm

    Haha, I don’t know ’bout straps. I’ve never had to use them.

    …Shooobie doo-waaa

  3. Hello Jodi January 19th, 2009 2:33 am

    Oh golly, do I like this boy! I’ve never heard him before. I need to remember to buy this record.

  4. Paulyus January 19th, 2009 4:30 am

    oh my, why am i only hearing about him now, im usually on top of obscure musicians like this (no double entendre people, this is a family site). I have to watch out for more good music.

  5. Jordan January 19th, 2009 6:46 am

    I read about him in the most recent issue of “American Songwriter.” They seem to really like his album.

  6. linda lee January 19th, 2009 7:16 am


  7. ronhale January 19th, 2009 8:28 am

    If you didn’t already know that most of these YouTube uke superstars were uke superstars, you’d never know they were uke superstars. The whole phenomenon eludes me completely.

  8. Woodshed January 19th, 2009 10:39 am

    Andy and Nelson: I don’t have anything against uke straps. I don’t feel the need for them doing chord stuff. I’d guess he was using a guitar strap button.

    Jodi: Don’t worry. I’m sure I’ll be reminding you.

    Paulyus: I know how you feel. I think I’ll have to start following a few more mp3 blogs. I’ve been out of the loop since Spoilt Victorian Child shut down.

    Jordan: Thanks for the heads-up on that. For anyone wanting to read it, the review is here.

    linda lee: Eh?

    ronhale: Then how would you find out about them in the first place? And Dent May isn’t really a ‘YouTube uke superstar’ – he didn’t make his name on YouTube.

  9. Sharpen January 19th, 2009 12:32 pm

    Oh em gee. This guy is awsome, playing uke in the desert with a scarf. This guy is like the reincarnation of cool.

    I’ll definitely learn this song tomorrow, seems cool. But man, he even got like his friends to dance around on camera while he played uke. What a hardcore. And at the end, he ATE a heart. This guy is beast.

  10. zymeck January 19th, 2009 2:31 pm

    I never feel like ive got a good grip of my uke when standing up.

    I need some of these –,_parts/Electric_guitar:_Strap_buttons/1/Strap_Buttons/Pictures.html#details

  11. newbie January 19th, 2009 3:34 pm

    I don’t know about strap buttons…drilling my uke sounds like a big “uh-oh” to me.

  12. Dan January 19th, 2009 5:45 pm

    Classical guitar neck straps are a good idea, they just hook under the instrument and onto the soundhole so that gravity holds it in place without having to stick a drill into your beloved uke :)

  13. Woodshed January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm

    Sharpen: He’s certainly a style guru.


    newbie: It’s not something I’d do either.

    Dan: Yeah, I was going to mention ukulele thongs. Except you describe them in a much more tasteful way ;)

  14. Sharpen January 20th, 2009 1:31 am

    Would a ukulele thong work on the small holes in a “Applause UA20-5E”? Since that’s what I have, and unlike most ukuleles there isn’t a giant hole in the middle.

  15. zym January 20th, 2009 1:34 am

    Theres enough talk around here of ‘g-strings’ without moving on to thongs ;)

    I bought some bits from Maplin today to stick a d.i.y pickup in my already battered ‘stunt uke’, – so i figure that while i have the drill out….

    (speaking of which.. Al, is that your uke with the pickup taped on to it on the ‘How to play Blues Uke’ advert??)

  16. Woodshed January 20th, 2009 7:16 am

    Sharpen: I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t work for an Applause.

    zym: No, it isn’t. I found the photo on Flickr. God bless Creative Commons.

  17. JCMcGee January 20th, 2009 6:38 pm

    jeez…that song is sooo much a Magnetic Fieldz rip off that it should never have made it out of his bedroom….

    What’s going on?

  18. Shelley January 26th, 2009 7:34 pm

    I’m just now catching up on some blog reading…
    So glad that you did a spot on Dent May. He’s my absolute favorite.
    His songwriting is just incredible. Plus, he’s a fellow Mississippian!
    Yeah, now you all know that not only can we Mississippians read, some of us can even write!
    But seriously, my opinion is that Dent May is the business, and i’m stickin’ to it!
    & Thanks Ukulele Hunt, I just love your blog!

  19. Woodshed January 28th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Thanks, Shelley. It definitely looks like he’s heading for big things.

  20. Sarah January 30th, 2009 11:57 pm

    ive reviewed the album on my blog! :) entry fri 23rd xx

    also please explain this more dan! this sounds useful:

    Dan on January 19th, 2009 5:45 pm

    Classical guitar neck straps are a good idea, they just hook under the instrument and onto the soundhole so that gravity holds it in place without having to stick a drill into your beloved uke :)

  21. Sarah January 30th, 2009 11:57 pm

    oh click my name to go 2 my blog xx

  22. Woodshed February 1st, 2009 2:47 pm

    Sarah: Nice review. It took me a while to get to it because I was distracted by QI and Brian Blessed :D

  23. Sarah February 1st, 2009 8:02 pm

    haha thankyou very much Woodshed :) only the very best quality material goes up on my blog! xx

  24. zym February 1st, 2009 9:03 pm


    Me too

    I think she saw me coming! :D

  25. Christian February 3rd, 2009 12:59 am

    Thanks very much for this. I can’t get enough of Dent May.

    Any chance of chords for his cover of “When You were Mine”?

  26. Woodshed February 3rd, 2009 5:30 pm

    Christian: Yes, a good chance. Here are my notes so far:

    A E D E

    D E C#m D

    F#m C#m D

    Hope you can make sense of that.

  27. Christian February 4th, 2009 5:53 am

    Thanks Very Much Woodshed! You never disappoint.

  28. Woodshed February 4th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Christian: You’re welcome. There should be the full, written up version on the blog at some stage.

  29. byjimini February 26th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Hi there Woodshed;

    I must admit, even with your books I’ve struggled to play down the neck past the 4th fret, just couldn’t figure it out.

    But with this E chord it’s slowly falling into place, I’m finding it sometimes easier to play chords several frets down than in the “natural” position.

    And it helps that this is such a great song, too. Are you doing any more Dent May tabulator? Because I’m hankering for 26 Miles and At The Academic Conference. :)

  30. Woodshed March 1st, 2009 8:53 am

    byjimini: I’ll probably be doing more at some point. I’ll keep those two in mind.

  31. Joe April 1st, 2009 4:44 am

    Hrm. The E6 to A chord transition in the intro seems… wrong. Are you sure that’s right?

  32. Woodshed April 1st, 2009 11:29 am

    Joe: I wouldn’t have written it if I didn’t think it was right.

  33. JC May 6th, 2009 12:45 am

    Hey, unless i have missed a post, does anyone have the chords for this wonderful little diddy?

  34. Woodshed May 7th, 2009 9:30 am

    JC: The chords are where it says ‘Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele – Oh, Paris! (Chords)’ in red.

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  36. Zach April 7th, 2010 9:08 pm

    Hey, thanks so much for the chords, I just started playing the uke. I’m a long time fan of Dent; we went to rival high schools. I’ve played guitar a long time, but I’m extremely new to the chord shapes for the uke so trying to transcribe over is rather difficult for me. I was wondering though, is there anyway you could post the chords for another song of his, “I’m an Alcoholic”? I’d appreciate it so much.

  37. Woodshed April 8th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Zach: It’s been a while since I did any Dent, so it’s a possibility.

  38. joseph V. August 18th, 2010 10:21 pm

    HARD SONG!!! but fun once you get a hang of it.

  39. Jamie November 4th, 2011 1:35 am

    Been on this site for a while, just never commented until now. Great song, learned it real fast. Me and him have a lot in common. Glasses, ukulele, a penchant for fun chord progressions, and young alcoholism. ‘Tis a good man.

    Thanks, Wood.

  40. Woodshed November 4th, 2011 7:41 am

    Jamie: Glad you managed to sober up long enough to comment!

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