Archive for 2010

Uke for Xmas? Read This!

When I got my first ukulele, I was completely clueless. This was in those dark, long forgotten days before the internet had been discovered. I didn’t even realise that the strings weren’t supposed to go thickest to thinest and restrung it. So, to save you from the social disgrace I experienced, I’ve put together a […]

Christmas UkeTube

That’s it from me for another year. I’ll be back on 21st January. Until then be sure to keep the true meaning of Christmas in your hearts with, “Drinking, noise and games and dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping of frenzied hands, an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy […]

Wednesday Links

16 years in the making, the documentary of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in Japan has arrived (half an hour long). If you’re looking for some uke music on Boxing Day, Resonance are broadcasting four hours’ worth of performances from the Wukulele Festival including Sophie Madeleine, The Re-entrants, The Bobby McGee’s and an unmissable […]

Ukulele Quiz 2010

I’ve made this quiz much easier than last year’s (and number 16 is there to ensure no one gets 0) but there are some very tricky ones in there. If you’re reading by email or feed you might want to head over to the site so you get everything. If you’re looking to waste a […]

The Hives and Cyndi Lauper – A Christmas Duel (Chords)

The Hives and Cyndi Lauper – A Christmas Duel (Chords) It could be the swearing that does it for me rather than the Swedishness. But that would make this my favourite Christmas song. Suggested Strumming All down strums for the first bit (and the odd other bit in the song). And this one should see […]

Christmas Karma

Does anyone use the word ‘spawny’ any more? For those of you not exactly my age and level of geekiness, ‘spawny’ was a word commonly used in early 90s computer magazines by people like Radion Automatic to describe inept gamers who managed to succeed in a game despite obvious lack of skill by, for example, […]

Hello Saferide – iPod X-mas (Chords)

Hello Saferide – iPod X-mas (Chords) I’m not sure why it should be, but my two favourite indie Christmas songs are both from Swedish bands. One, by the Hives, is coming up on Tuesday but today’s comes from Hello Saferide. I don’t think it’s available anymore (depending on what this page says) but you can […]

Captain Beefheart: UkeTube

Starting off today with two Beefheart uke covers. I would have included more but those seem to be the only two. This week’s most striking video comes from Taimane Gardner who busts out some fire dancers, Venetian masks and her phaser for what she modestly describes as a “masterpiece in the making”. I haven’t decided […]

Italian and Spanish Blogs: Friday Links

Good to see some non-English speaking ukulele blogs cropping up. YOUkulele is and Italian language blog. And, Uke Hunt buddy, George Stone has started a Spanish ukulele blog which includes an interview with a handsome man. I don’t speak any German or know who the photos are but I enjoyed this video anyway. If you’ve […]

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Instrumental)(Tab)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Tab) With Christmas being just around the corner, I thought I’d drop the fancy picking and go with a simple thumb ‘n strum arrangement here. Everything is either picked with the thumb or a downstrum with the thumb. To make up for it, there are a few jazzy things […]

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