Friday Links

100 ukulele players help to open the Rugby World Cup.

Charlie McDonnell has become the first UK vlogger to cross the million subscribers mark and the press coverage has really focussed on his uke playing. Including on ITV’s Daybreak (another video here if you’re outside the UK).

Ukulele for Dummies has picked up its first bad review. Which I was expecting to happen. But it’s annoying that the review seems to be based on solely on the video clip on the page. So if you’ve got a copy, now would be the perfect time to leave a review. Good, bad or indifferent. So long as it’s based on the actual book. I’d really appreciate it. And a huge thanks to everyone who has left review.

Fozzie Bear is confirmed as my favourite Muppet. He’s hot shit on the ukulele and shreds Kermit to pieces (thanks to Carrie).

10 Warren Buffett quotes for guitar players – obviously meant for ukulele players.

Eardumspop is giving away three songs from Laura K.

I’ve been turned into a work of art.

Youngsters are bored by ukulele festivals.

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  1. Ambient Doughnut September 16th, 2011 2:26 pm

    ‘pour me something tall and strong, make it a hurricane before I go insane.’

    Oh right, WARREN Buffett…

  2. Michael Farley September 16th, 2011 3:19 pm

    A few people (myself included) have already left comments disagreeing with the guy who only left 2 stars. My favourite comment so far: “Only two kinds say ‘Uo-ko-lay-lay’ – Hawaiians, and pretentious people” (which I think hits the nail right on the head).

    Your book is on my wish-list and I’ll be leaving a proper review on Amazon soon.

  3. sanford(andsong) September 16th, 2011 3:27 pm

    Ha! What a dink! (The Uke for Dummies review). And calling attention to your videos’ pronunciation of ukulele? At the risk of offending, i don’t know, thousands(?) of ukulele players around the world, i want to punch someone in the mouth anytime they say “Oo-ko-lay-lay” (sometimes i’m irrational like that…my problem!)

  4. sanford(andsong) September 16th, 2011 3:33 pm

    …and now i look like a bandwagon jumper as well as a lunatic. Michael’s comment wasn’t there when i typed mine in! But i agree…

  5. sleepbox September 16th, 2011 6:08 pm

    I’d like to leave a review of the review on Amazon and point out such inclusions as ‘accompaning’, ‘ou’ and ‘veryone’.
    I’m not that anal though.

  6. Woodshed September 16th, 2011 7:41 pm

    Ambient: Good advice though.

    Michael: Thanks very much. Look forward to reading your review.

    sanford: I don’t think I could possibly pronounce it the other way. I’d feel too ridiculous.

    sleepbox: Hahaha!

  7. Carrie Griffin September 16th, 2011 11:16 pm

    My name is on Uke Hunt! I can now die a happy woman.

    Also, hey! Let’s not be total jerks and try to get a few more reviews up. If nothing else to repay Al for all he’s done for us over the years. Where are all the people who kept commenting saying they were definitely getting copies of the book? Review it, Those People!

  8. Chad September 17th, 2011 12:55 am

    Everyone here says ooh-kah-ley-ley. I was ridiculed for saying you-kah-ley-ley …Ewa Beach, HI

  9. Arch September 17th, 2011 3:02 am

    Barefoot Tom “Kanikapila” sez:

    …it would be a nice touch if they would at least pronounce the name of the instrument correctly. It is not pronounced You-ko-lay-lee. The correct pronuciation is Uo-ko-lay-lay

    There are many other books that do not start ou off fundamentally wrong. I’d go with one of them.

    These Hawaiian wannabes leave the ‘y’ sound off everything. Did you know that the proper pronunciation of ‘you’ is ‘ou’? Well ya do now, stoopid!

    Looking forward to Barefoot’s book. It’s sure to be a gasser.

  10. Ewan September 17th, 2011 5:52 am

    Al, how the hell did you manage to get a book deal when you can’t even say yukalily properly? And as for the thought that there are people out there playing ‘with the neck in the crook of the thumb and hand…’ [shudders involuntarily]

  11. Arch September 17th, 2011 8:15 am

    Here’s a taste of Barefoot Tom’s spectacular ookoolele technique:


  12. art Crocker September 17th, 2011 3:44 pm

    Well Al, You can’t make every Barefoot Tom happy all the time. You should feel pretty good that he only found a few things to Pick on, and nothing to say on the books content, so he must have liked it.

    Comment on holding the Uke/Ouk is amusing, do not think anyone will pick up a bad habit, especially after learning to play a B Flat.

    I spend a lot of time on Maui each and for the last 20 years and I have finally gotten used to the correct or Hawaiian pronounce, especially when talking to local friends, but most say it both ways. Might be good to point that out in a future book edit(or perhaps you did, guess I had better get my copy soon). Plese don’t change your site name to OkeHunt!!!!! I look forward to getting my copy,,,,

  13. Woodshed September 17th, 2011 4:29 pm

    Art: Yep, there’s a full discussion about pronunciation (and thumb position). The guy hasn’t read the book, just watched one video and decided to review it based on that.

  14. art Crocker September 17th, 2011 5:41 pm

    It is a disappointment in human nature that someone feels compelled to slam a book review without even looking at it, and obviously being too cheap to purchase it. And surprising Barefoot boy is a player, Go Figure?

    I did find the book at our “Barnes & Nobel Books” (a major bookstore over here), so will pick it up this afternoon,,,,, and perhaps relearn some of the stuff I thought I already knew,,,,,

  15. Snojimbo September 18th, 2011 12:40 am

    Is it fair to write a glowing review of your book based on the video even if I haven’t yet received a copy of your book for Christmas? Talking of the Rugby World Cup, I did enjoy the opening ceremony and we do like our ‘ooks’ in NZ! The WIUO were also playing at the Wellington FanZone down on Wellington’s waterfront. They rocked the crowd, especially with Cream’s “Sunshine of your Love”. I think Sam was wearing a chicken suit, but I don’t know why…

  16. J-Hob September 19th, 2011 1:44 pm

    [quote]Here’s a taste of Barefoot Tom’s spectacular ookoolele technique:


    Did nobody tell Barefoot Tom that the correct way to hold a ukulele is without the strap? ;)

  17. The Captain September 20th, 2011 4:40 pm

    Woodshed turned into art! Wow … I really liked the cartoon beneath it, too. This might have happened to me as well, I just didn’t notice.

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