D-Tuning in Canada, Christoph Waltz: Friday Links

The new ukulele compilation from Lost Sound Tapes Ukulele, Mekulele, Wekulele is available to buy now and features Uke Hunt favourites Jacob Borshard, MJ Hibbett and Yoyoyo Acapulco.

Ben Lew discusses redesigning Uke Hunt – leave him a comment telling him he’s ace.

A very interesting article in the latest edition of Ukulele Yes! asking if using the D tuning is ghettoizing Canadian ukulelists (I tend to agree with the article that it is). Also in the edition is a free ukulele big band arrangement.

Christoph Waltz humpink a ukulele on Jimmy Kimmel (and here’s the clip that inspired it thanks to @Ukiegirl)

Ukulele crossword (via Ukulele Perspective.

In the comments: If you enjoyed You-Go by Keston Cobblers’ Club, Matt from the band has left us the chords and lyrics. PotofBasil asks who you think the most overrated ukulele players are.

Joe Brown discuss the ukulele.

Controversial golfer, John Daly learns the uke at his girlfriend’s behest.

MP3s: Download a new tune from Jacob Borshard (and see the accompanying comic) on his website, Daytrotter session from Peggy Sue, Melophobe have a track from The Loom.

Evelyn Evelyn ukuleles as part of a bundle.

Finally, a good reason to vote Lib Dem.

Pictures: Brian May dressed as a pear-drop with his famous ukulele, Travis Dubreuil

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4 Comments

  1. cardboardfrog March 12th, 2010 3:20 pm

    i’m so pleased to have you go chords, i’m actually obsessed with that damn song lol.

  2. Alf March 12th, 2010 5:26 pm

    I’m not sure that D tuning is quite as problematic as that article suggests. I’ve always played in D tuning (although I’m not Canadian), and it’s never caused me any real problems; the only situations in which I can envisage it doing so are the workshops mentioned in the article, which, frankly, aren’t massively thick on the ground. Certainly, pretty much all the tab one finds on the internet is in C tuning, but, the intervals between the strings being the same, there’s usually no difficulty in just playing it as written and accepting that it’ll sound a tone higher than whoever wrote the tab intended it to. It may be temporarily awkward if you’re trying to play a song with other ukulelists, and there are some slightly unusual chords for which you’re only given the C tuning fingering, but I spent some time as the only D tuner in a ukulele group (we’ve got a second one now), and such things have always been speedily resolvable.

    Sorry, that’s actually a bit of an essay, now I come to read it over. Oh well.

  3. Lost Sound Tapes March 13th, 2010 1:57 am

    Thanks for the “Ukulele, Mekulele, Wekulele” compilation plug, Al!

  4. Woodshed March 14th, 2010 4:00 pm

    cardboard: It’s a damn fine song.

    Alf: I’ll bow to your experience with D tuning.

    Lost Sound Tapes: You’re welcome. Always glad to.

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