Friday Links

After all the hullabaloo, the Grammys have dropped their Best Hawaiian Album category along with a number of others.

Uke Geeks has a couple of doodads that help you pretty up your chord charts and make your plain-text tabs more handsome.

In Videos: Nellie McKay did a Tiny Desk Session for NPR, Tiny McItchyface‘s follow up to his huge success was very understated – it’s been up months (on a different channel) and has fewer than 50,000 views, Bartt plays blindfolded, Scott Matthew does a session for Shoot the Player.

In pictures: Fishy ukuleles, Eddie Vedder’s poster.

In it for the money: Shiny and the Spoon are raising money to make their new record Ferris Wheel. And Bess Rogers is looking for $10 to kill a songwriting hamster.

In the comments: It turns out I misled you in my Beatles riffs post. A Mr ‘Someone who knows what he’s talking about’ kindly pointed out my mistake:

Come Together sounds awful and day tripper is wrong. this site is total bullcrap. I could find better material underneath my shoe. Poophead: Hammer-ons means you slide from 5-7.

Day Tripper goes:

– 3-1
– 3

Besides, what kind of a rule is a no-beatles rule? If this site had beatles, then I would come here 24/7. This is an embarrassment to all ukulele players

A million sorries for my mistake. Here’s how the correct version sounds.

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  1. Ambient Doughnut April 8th, 2011 2:04 pm

    Ah that’s more like it! Good to hear the Beatles played properly for once.

  2. Craig Robertson April 8th, 2011 2:23 pm

    “If this site had beatles, then I would come here 24/7. ” sounds like a great reason to NOT have any Beatles on your site.

    Bored with Beatles in Boston

  3. Marie April 8th, 2011 3:24 pm

    oh my gosh… so, I followed the link to the fish ukes… the old photos at the bottom of the site are KILLING me!!

  4. pepamahina April 8th, 2011 3:26 pm

    Glad to give Shiny and Spoon a boost, hope they make it! My fishy uke link seems to be dead, maybe a U.S. problem?

  5. cardboardfrog April 8th, 2011 5:02 pm

    i have to say i could not support the no beatles rule more, theres a million beatles chord books (possibly a squillion billion, i’m rounding down.) and going to uni in liverpool i’m bored of the beatles.
    they made good music but theres good music now to be covered in its own time period, more importantly if you can’t put a ‘correction’ across politely you’re probably an absolute battery sucking simpleton.

    I am deeply saddened they’ve dropped a grammy for best hawaiian album, i’m going to have to come up with an even more pointless and obscure life goal now. now thats how one does fish instruments.

  6. ukuleletim April 8th, 2011 7:32 pm

    I think I saw a picture somewhere of John King with that blue fishy uke.

  7. Ron Hale April 8th, 2011 7:39 pm

    Perhaps they could have kept the Hawaiian Grammy and then added a Best Hawaiian Song/Album That
    Didn’t Win the Real Grammy Grammy. And how “Hawaiian” is music by people like Jake, Taimane, and Brittni apart from using the ukulele? Best to just drop the category and stop thinking about this silly subject all together.

    Beatles-on-uke haters/grouches can just ignore the recent
    wonderful videos of a bunch of the ’60s fave raves’
    tunes played on an automated uke player. The rest of us will just sit back and enjoy not just the music but the very player itself, a marvel. Find these on the kenquien YT channel. That these gems are languishing for lack of exposure and views is
    a crying shame.

    To be fair, Al, the uke video with over 50,000 views is a very rare beast indeed. This is a good video and would have many more views if it weren’t hidden away on this other channel. If all the people who watched I’m Yours were made aware of this, it would
    take off. Most importantly he now has a very good look, with the suit, the glasses, and (of course) a hat, must have a hat.

  8. Craig Robertson April 8th, 2011 7:48 pm

    You know what? I’m tired of this whole “haters just hate” meme that keeps rearing it’s ugly head in pop culture right now.It’s an easy way to dismiss criticism.
    I don’t ‘hate’ the Beatles. I grew up with the Beatles. I ran an open mic for 14 years and I NEVER have to hear another Beatles song done poorly (or Neil Young, or Bob Dylan).
    And…here’s ukulele video on YouTube with 525,559 views:

  9. Woodshed April 9th, 2011 8:06 am

    Ambient: I don’t know what I was thinking before.

    Craig: I think the ‘haters gonna hate’ attitude can be useful. Most criticism isn’t thoughtful and deserves to be dismissed. Even when criticism is accurate you shouldn’t necessarily act on it. Try to please everyone and you’ll end up with something very bland. KDUS are finding some great photos of late.

    pepamahina: That’s strange. It’s working for me. I don’t think you’d be blocked for being in the US.

    cbf: I hope you didn’t spend too long learning to sing in Hawaiian.

    ukuleletim: I remember that photo too. *goes to have a look on Mike Da Silva’s site* I couldn’t find it there.

    Ron: Yes, 50,000 is very respectable. Certainly more than any of my videos have got. But it is about 0.1% of the views I’m Yours has got.

  10. Spike Gomes April 9th, 2011 10:31 am

    Such is life.
    I’m not too disappointed. After all, those who seek Hawaiian music can find it if they so wish.

  11. Woodshed April 10th, 2011 8:41 am

    Spike: Yes, but the Grammy could have been used to introduce people to Hawaiian music. How would people know they like Hawaiian music before they’ve heard any.

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