The Ventures / U900 – Diamond Head


The Ventures/U900 – Diamond Head (Tab)

As well as being seven shades of adorable, U900 have excellent taste in covers. So I’ll be putting up tabs based on their two tunes along with my own arrangement of a Ventures tune.

It’s not often I say this, but you can use a pick on this one. The first part in particular is very tricky without one. Plus it’ll help the solo uke stand out against the chords.

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23 Comments

  1. cardboardfrog September 1st, 2009 7:21 pm

    i love the ventures version and the u900 version is agreat arrangement, it sounds slightly odd with a soft japanese accent adding oohs and ahhs, but all part of the charm i guess,
    thanks woodshed.

  2. cardboardfrog September 1st, 2009 7:43 pm

    why is the day this gets posted the day i lose my felt pick?! GAAAAH!

  3. Nick Bardy-Chivor September 1st, 2009 8:00 pm

    Yeah I know that horror…just found one chewed and soggy in the dogs basket…at least I didn’t find this one on the lawn…yep…felt picks=doggy heroin…he’s hooked…

    love this vid…hooo…haaa…

  4. newbie September 1st, 2009 8:42 pm

    Argggghh, I don’t know if using a felt pick make any difference (I’m using guitar picks) but I find the first 55558888 part impossible, the pick get stuck on the string.

  5. byjimini September 1st, 2009 9:45 pm

    Brilliant! Have you seen the follow-up?

  6. cardboardfrog September 1st, 2009 9:56 pm

    newbie, if you don’t like that, never play bass in a pop punk band

  7. Woodshed September 1st, 2009 10:07 pm

    cbf and Nick: I was forever losing picks in my guitar days. I’m with Nick. I love the cute hooo, haaas.

    newbie: Probably easier with a guitar pick. Practice time!

    byjimini: Yes, it’s coming up on Thursday. I thought I was posting it today but things seem to have got switched round.

  8. Jomes September 1st, 2009 11:40 pm

    I know you’re not supposed to use picks with uke but I just can’t help it. I can play just fine without one but it gets me the volume I want

  9. Woodshed September 2nd, 2009 8:20 am

    Jomes: I do think picks have their place. But you have to be careful how you use them.

  10. cardboardfrog September 2nd, 2009 12:20 pm

    the UOGB are a great example of when picks are appropriate

  11. Nick Bardy-Chivor September 2nd, 2009 6:47 pm

    …this video reminded me what a great combination the uke and melodica make…if in doubt check out GUGUGs rendition of Tequila… …also a fine example of appropriate pick usage on that there barritone…

  12. Woodshed September 2nd, 2009 6:55 pm

    cbf: True that.

    Nick: They definitely seem to go together. This has to be my favourite uke/melodica duet.

  13. Nick Bardy-Chivor September 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm

    …Le gâteau magnifique de soprano/contrebasse avec le glaçage de melodica…

    P.s…I don’t speak a word…

  14. George Stone September 4th, 2009 7:45 am

    hey Al, last note of the tab are you sure is 15 in E? for me works better 12 in E (meaning E to finish) and slide to 0, is that right? anyway great video good artists, and great tabbing, you’re the best
    GS

  15. George Stone September 4th, 2009 7:50 am

    uh is in Diamond Head Tab, i’m talking about.
    The Ventures are one of my fab band ever, do you know where i can find the CD of this U900?
    GS

  16. Woodshed September 4th, 2009 9:02 pm

    George: Yeah, that slide is a bit nondescript. So you can start it from anywhere really.

  17. nutcrackerkuge February 8th, 2010 1:59 pm

    This DiamondHead is Enoshima Island(my home beach!), and maybe I saw these twoo cute rascals performing on the beach.
    FYI, U900 if read in Japanese (numbers have various ways of being pronounced) reads: oo-ku-re-re, or UKULELE! Kinda like english folks make words with phone numbers, but more directly. Another example is 39…san-queue…thank you.

  18. Woodshed February 12th, 2010 11:40 am

    nutcrackerkuge: Thanks for the info. Good knowledge!

  19. rico May 20th, 2010 2:04 pm

    bumpin this thread, just love this, U900, the Ventures and the tab…thanks Al.39.

  20. nutcrackerkuge May 20th, 2010 2:23 pm

    There’s a great Ventures Ukulele tabs book available from Amazon.co.jp by the person who actually plays for U900. The link is too long to post here, but if you search Amazon.co.jp(available partailly in English) for U900, you’ll see a UKULELE VENTURES book in the “related items” area. It has 28 songs tabbed, and an awesome CD. I listen to the CD in my car or on my mp3 player all the time. Of course, the comments are in Japanese(which I CANNOT read), but the tabs are in regular tab format. My skill is not much above Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, but even I can play a couple of the songs(a little)! Check it out!

  21. nutcrackerkuge May 20th, 2010 2:24 pm

    Second note, U900 is set to release a Ukulele Beatles CD in June 2010 on Amazon.co.jp, available with their other releases…

  22. rico May 20th, 2010 5:41 pm

    thanks for that nutcrackerkuge…googling now…

  23. Woodshed May 21st, 2010 7:22 am

    nutcrackerkuge: Thanks very much for the info.

    Direct links for anyone who’s interested:

    Ventures tab
    Ukulele Beatles

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