Friday Links

Lots of excellent photos this week: Senior ukulele club (via Ukulelia), Nancy Hamilton (via Humble Baritonics), the man on the table, Ukulele Lady (warning: contains boobs).

UkuleleTim has a new site Ukulele Secrets that promises to teach you to play ukulele like a badass. Definitely worth subscribing to.

Scarface seems to be the uke player’s reference of choice at the moment. It’s now on a T-shirt.

UOGB tracks are now available on iTunes here and here.

Jesicca Delfino solves some maths related ukulele problems.

Kraftwerk on Uker Tabs

Anyone care about the Bushman results?

How do you chuck your ukulele? While we’re on Yahoo Answers, this question had occurred to me too. What did happen to chipswow/Scampi?

Remind me never to start a ukulele duel with either of these two.

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  1. Luke March 25th, 2011 3:14 pm

    Strums to get girls with?

    NOW we’re talking.

    Friday Links is probably my favourite weekly post.

  2. charlie March 25th, 2011 3:42 pm

    Good post, but what I’d really love to see is the tab for the main riff to “Hotel California”

  3. ukuleletim March 25th, 2011 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the plug, Al! Guess I better get busy

  4. byjimini March 25th, 2011 7:28 pm

    Bushman’s website seems to be stuck in the Geocities era.

  5. Herman Vandecauter March 25th, 2011 8:34 pm

    I like the Duel Ukulele! Nice find!

  6. sanford(andsong) March 25th, 2011 11:44 pm

    thanks for the ukulele tim link…i’ve enjoyed his vids since stumbling upon them.
    i expected there to be a few chuckles f/ the audience during the ukulele duel, but i suspect no one ever laughed during Derek Bailey’s performances either…

  7. Ron Hale March 25th, 2011 11:59 pm

    chipswow/Scampi reminds me of something I’ve noticed for a while, Al. This being that a lot of the people who were prolific video posters when I began playing, say 2 1/2 years ago (I really have no idea, but that’ll do for a guess), have slowed way down or stopped altogether.

    Think GUGUG or Craig Robertson, for two. Though I suppose a lot of the videos of Craig I saw were of him performing and were posted by others, and the slowing down is a reflection of his performing less often these days.

    But still, the point remains that we have a new group of prolific video posters now and some of the older ones have slowed down. There are far fewer new videos of/from Molly Lewis than there used to be. People grow and have other responsibilites and things to do, and the days with a lot of time to make ukulele videos recede into the past.

    Perhaps interest in the instrument fades, too. It’s no longer the cute kitten or puppy it once was. Buying new ones in an attempt to keep the spark alive will work for only so long.

    Plenty of videos out of people smashing their ukes to smithereens, or smashing them on others or themselves (ouch). Then just chuck the pieces. The time to chuck them is the real question. And I say keep sniffing and when you can’t stand the result, thens the time to smash and chuck.

    Boobs reminds me of one of Victoria Jackson’s baritone videos, in which she sings/speaks one of the all-time classic uke song lines (which I’ve forgotten exactly), something along the lines of:

    “When someone’s boobs are in your face,
    How can you see their souls?”

    Well, exactly…

  8. Woodshed March 26th, 2011 1:55 pm

    Luke: That part intrigued me too.

    ukuleletim: You’re very welcome.

    byjimini: Ahahaha!

    Herman: Glad you liked it.

    sanford: If I had been there I think I would have been too scared of causing offense to allow myself a laugh.

    Ron: No doubt some people do get bored with the ukulele. But I think Craig and Molly are terrible examples. Craig is still very much cranking out ukulele music and Molly is definitely still playing.

  9. Jeff / Humble Uker March 27th, 2011 3:37 am

    Funny but I have had an 8X10 of Gotzboobs on my music room wall for 2 years now. It is a rare beautiful photo. I imagine there will be plenty of downloads on that one now.

  10. todd March 27th, 2011 6:40 am

    that picture of nancy hamilton always gets me…

  11. jdogface March 30th, 2011 8:40 pm

    I agree, who cares about the bushman contest, but, and this is a big but (heheh). damn they got some awe inspiring posters. The judging must be skewed, I have no idea how they choose their winner, but do yourself a favor and check out some of those entries.

  12. Woodshed March 31st, 2011 2:02 pm

    Jeff: I’m sure there will be.

    todd: It is a special photo.

    jdogface: There were a few good entries, but I think there were fewer good entries than there were in previous years.

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