Uke Hunt’s 1,500th Post

Yes, this is post number 1,500. And it’s just a mish-mash of stuff that reaching that milestone brought to mind.

If you’ve got any thoughts on any of these, leave a comment or send an email. I’d like to know what you think and which direction you’d like to see things go over the next 1,500 posts.

Updates

First off, it’s time to refresh things. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a few changes to the theme. There’s now a podcast bit on the front page and a Dummies bit in the sidebar. And a few other clean ups. If you spot any issues (like the titles in the How to Play and Review sections are screwy) please do let me know. And if you’re seeing a font like this for the post title (on the website) rather than the Saul Bass type font in the header, could you leave a comment.

I’m also rewriting the ebooks and giving them the same look as the blog. That might mean some of them disappear for a little while before they get a re-release.

And there are a lot of old/outdated news and window shopping posts. What do you think I should do with those? Delete them? Leave them? Rewrite them to make them more timeless?

Slowing Down

Realising I’d written 1,500 posts, ten ebooks and a 360 page paper book made me wonder if I’d written more about the ukulele than anyone else ever. Anyone know of any other contenders?

After doing all that, I’ve decided to slow down posts here. So I’ll be doing one-week-on, one-week-off for a while and seeing how that goes.

If you’re desperate for more, I’ll probably be upping the amount of stuff I post on Tumblr, Twitter and Google+. I’ve been posting a few previews and extra bits of tab to my circles on Google+. So if you’re on there add me and I’ll put you in the ‘Ukulele Players’ circle. Unless your only following me to get in my pants in which case I’ll add you to the ‘Pants’ circle (but I think circles are limited to 5,000 so that one is going to fill up quickly).

Favourite Posts

1,500 posts in and I’ve posted loads of stuff I love, a few things I used to like and now I’m not so sure about, some stuff I don’t like (those are the most popular), and plenty of deeply unpopular stuff.

Here’s a round-up of the stuff I like most.

My Favourite Tabs

Magnum P.I. Theme
Irish Washerwoman
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
Duelling Banjos
Five Black Keys Riffs
Jonsi – Go Do
Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music for a Found Harmonium
Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme
Jay-Z – Death of Auto-Tune
Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came
Elliott Brood – The Valley Town
James Bond Theme
Star Wars – Cantina Band
The Office: An American Workplace Theme
Match of the Day Theme

My Favourite Chords

Bon Iver/Kina Grannis – Michicant
Jonathan Coulton & GLaDOS – Want You Gone
Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap-Hop History
Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love With Me (The Ukulele Song)
Melissa Polinar – Beyond the Blue Horizon
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Erika Eigen – I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight)
Beirut – Elephant Gun
Gothic Archies – Scream and Run Away

My Favourite Interviews

Jim Tranquada
Cory McAbee
Bob Brozman
Kate Micucci

My Favourite Wednesday Posts

Podcast 8 with Helen Arney
Podcast 4 with Uke Punk
10 Things You Hear About Ukuleles That Might Be Bollocks
10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Ukuleles Before I Bought One
10 Things I Learnt From John King
10 Reasons It’s Easier To Learn Guitar Than Ukulele
Ten Reasons You NEED To Buy A New Ukulele

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26 Comments

  1. Emily September 14th, 2011 6:52 pm

    Congrats, busy guy!

  2. Dan September 14th, 2011 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful blog that introduced me to Uke. I’m somewhat addicted to it now – if I don’t play every couple days I get cranky.

  3. Dom September 14th, 2011 8:58 pm

    I’m seeing the font you linked to. I’m using firefox if that helps at all. Congrats on 1,500 posts!!

  4. Armelle September 14th, 2011 9:24 pm

    Congrats on achieving such an impressive number of posts and thanks for all the great posts that have made it possible for many of us to learn to play the uke.
    Thanks for writing all these posts with your typical sense of humour. Someone ought to create a Uke Hunt glossary with all the funny words and expressions you use. ‘Hackneyed’ is an example that springs to my mind.
    My favourite tab from your favourite tabs list has to be Hoppipolla.
    I’m looking forward to reading your next 1500 posts.

  5. The Captain September 14th, 2011 9:44 pm

    First of all: love the podcast on the front page because I think listening to uke music is a bit cooler than watching videos (which I enjoy too).
    Secound: the Dummies book deserves advertising, because it is a good book.
    Third: Slowing Down: Depends on what you will be slowing down. I’m not down with all that internet sh*t (twitter, google+ ect.) so I hope you will still post chords, tabs and uke tube every week because that’s what I’m looking forward to.
    Four: I agree with most of the stuff you do, and if not, so what? It’s up to you and most of the time you’re dead on. So congrats to 1.500 posts.

  6. Robny September 15th, 2011 2:30 am

    I understand you wanting to slow down. 1500 post and keep it fresh and interesting all the time. It’ will be a drag not to have you around as frequently. When you go on vacation I go through a Ukehunt withdrawal. But if that’s what you want to do I’ll adjust. Congratulations on your success! Thanks for everything.
    I have been playing the Godfather theme daily for years.

  7. pepamahina September 15th, 2011 3:24 am

    I think you’ve definitely earned a rest, and you provide so much good stuff that I have trouble keeping up anyway. Every other week would actually be better for me, but I hope that this isn’t just a shift to Twitter and all of it’s nasty little cousins. I’m not Twittering anything for anybody, even for you, as much as it will break my heart. A girl’s gotta draw the line somewhere!
    Since you asked where we would like the next 1500 posts to go, I have to say that I like your tabs and chords postings the most. I also like posts that lead me to new songs and bands that feature ukulele prominently, particularly when they have music that can be downloaded in some fashion (free or not). Combine the two, and I’m in heaven.

  8. Howlin' Hobbit September 15th, 2011 4:28 am

    you do what you want, of course, cuz it’s like your place. but if you go for the one week on/one week off bit, please make an exception for the Saturday UkeTube.

    don’t get me wrong, I like your other stuff–for a variety of reasons–but most of the tab you post is for songs I’d never bother to learn (cuz I’m so old-skool and un-hip), so I wouldn’t miss that as much and your little round-ups–including the old pictures and such–are a blast, but I could probably hold off for a week on each of them too.

    but the UkeTube is the feature I most look forward to. it not only brings together in one place a lot of my favorites, but also introduces me to folk I’ve never heard of, and their often unique approaches to the little 4-stringed devil. for instance, I’m pretty sure I first saw tUnEyArDs here. and that other wonderful gal who’s name is escaping my feeble brain right now (damn this old age thing!).

    not to mention Danielle Ate The Sandwich, whom I actually had the pleasure of meeting when she came through Seattle.

    and the Uke Hunt Podcast (which I realize is not only mostly Bossa’s baby, but only once a month as well) is a refreshing change from the 1950’s Ozzie and Harriet mentality that so vomitously infuses much of the rest of the online “ukulele community.”

    in short, I’ll probably miss any of the bits you decide to cut out (for your own good reasons) but the above-mentioned bits are the ones I’d miss most.

    my tuppence-ha’penny. take it for what it’s worth.

  9. Howlin' Hobbit September 15th, 2011 4:33 am

    crap! I seem to have left a tag unclosed. my apologies.

  10. Fnlix September 15th, 2011 4:42 am

    Part of the other thing I’d really miss are the followup comments by your regulars, I really look forward to their spot-on opinions and your responses — it’s kind of like being in the same room at the same time, or something like that. Maybe you could define a theme for the week you aren’t posting, and collect blog posting regarding the theme? Like ‘trumpet players who double on uke’ or ‘pictures of pets posed alongside ukes’…

  11. Logan September 15th, 2011 6:46 am

    Congrats!

    I, too, am seeing the different font. I’m running Chrome (version 13.0.782.220) on XP.

  12. Jim T. September 15th, 2011 8:25 am

    Al: I think you have a legit claim as the championship uke content provider, based on both quality and quantity. All of which is much appreciated on this side of the pond.

  13. Ken Middleton September 15th, 2011 9:11 am

    An amazing achievement, Al. Thanks for all you do for the ukulele community.

  14. Shelley September 15th, 2011 10:01 am

    No one has written as much about the ukulele and written it as well as you have, Al. You’re the best, hands down. Thanks for everything! X, Shelley.

  15. sanford(andsong) September 15th, 2011 4:41 pm

    I don’t mind at all that you’re planning on slowing down, Al. I’ve only been familiar w/ your site for over a year, and a quick look thru your “favourite wednesday posts” made me aware of how many great posts I have to catch up with.

  16. Ukeeku September 15th, 2011 4:47 pm

    Congrats on 1500 posts. That is truly awesome. I am lucky to have 100. Keep is coming and rocking.

  17. art Crocker September 15th, 2011 6:52 pm

    Wow, does the time fly by and now 1500, the Best. Way back when I recall you saying you had carved out your nitch to be a little different than other sites. You did great work on a nicely balanced and fun place to visit each day. That sham-less dry humor of yours has always brought a chuckle. Thanks for all the work and am sure the new format will please,,,,

  18. Mike September 15th, 2011 11:00 pm

    An incredible milestone — thank you so, so much for everything you’ve done.

    Now please — keep doing it!

  19. Woodshed September 16th, 2011 8:04 pm

    Emily: Thanks! I wouldn’t be so busy if I didn’t spend so much time procrastinating.

    Dan: Honoured I could introduce you to the uke.

    Dom: Thanks very much for the info. I’ll see what can be done.

    Armelle: Thanks so much for all your support! That’s a good suggestion.

    Captain: I won’t be doing tabs and chords every week. I’m considering doing the UkeTube weekly though. We’ll see how it goes.

    RobNY: Thanks very much! I’ll get you some ‘Uke Hunt gum’ to keep those cravings away.

    pepamahina: No, it’s not going to be a shift towards the other sites. I’ll just be posting video and news there as it happens then round it up on the blog.

    Hobbit: Yeah, I’m thinking of making an exception for the UkeTube. It’s hard enough to keep a week’s videos to a reasonable length. (And tags fixed).

    Fnlix: I’m sure the commenters will still be around. Haven’t heard from RonHale recently come to think of it.

    Logan: Thanks for the info. Looks like it’s not just Firefox then.

    Jim T: Thanks very much! Glad that quantity trumps quality.

    Ken: Thanks very much!

    Shelley: Awww! You’re too kind!

    sanford: Glad you found some new stuff.

    Ukeeku: Thanks very much! Look forward to seeing more of yours as well.

    art: I think you’ve been here for most of those 1,500 so thanks very much!

    Mike: Thanks! I’m keeping going. Just at a more relaxed pace.

  20. Phredd September 17th, 2011 12:15 pm

    Al, This is quite an amazing accomplishment. I love reading and watching and learning. Thanks for all you do, and you do it so well. ~ Phredd

  21. Luke September 21st, 2011 1:58 am

    grats bruh

  22. Marty Medak September 29th, 2011 3:52 pm

    Al, thanks for your generous output. For your benefit, I will not publicly give you credit for the way that I play. Your website and your “dummies” book have been a godsend (does that make you a god?) to me. I started tinkering with the uke (or is it oook?) two years ago (age 78) I was stumbling around until I found your website, and then your wonderful book (PERFECT for someone starting the uke). Not that I am going to be good enough to go on tour, but the satisfaction of being able to plunk out a tune that even my wife can recognize, is monumental. Like Hobbit, I will suffer withdrawal as you reduce your website activities, but you have launched me far enough that I will survive.

  23. Woodshed September 30th, 2011 10:48 pm

    Marty: Thanks very much for the kind words. Very glad I could help.

  24. Russ October 11th, 2011 5:37 am

    Naked As We Came is one of my two favorites to play on the uke and I learned it right here using your tabs. Glad to hear it’s one of your favorites too.

  25. Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra October 20th, 2011 1:01 am

    Hey Al, you are the best. Congrats on your 1500th post. We send people to your website virtually every day, because nobody tabs like you tab.
    Love, The WIUO xxx

  26. Woodshed October 20th, 2011 7:39 am

    WIUO: Thanks!

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