OK Go, Sharon Van Etten: UkeTube

Some famous types picking up the ukulele this week: OK Go (continuing their journey into every more insane videos), Sharon Van Etten and Frank Turner. Alongside them people who are famous to all good uke-loving people like Patsy Monteleone, Kimo Hussey and Herman Vandecauter.

If you haven’t yet, you’ve still got time to vote for Ukulele Video of the Year 2011.

OK Go – Needing/Getting

Via @Farrah_Shamma.

Magdalen Fossum – In The Pines

Price Goodson – Be Kind to A Man When He is Down

Via Humble Uker

Kimo Hussey – Love me Tender

Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave – Yes, Sir! That’s my Baby!

Patsy Monteleone – He’ll Have to Go

Sharon Van Etten – We Are Fine

Richard Ho’opi’i – Alika

Frank Turner – Sailor’s Boots

Herman Vandecauter – Une Jeune Fillette

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  1. Ron Hale February 12th, 2012 12:56 am

    Keep the Hawaiian videos coming, Al. All ukulele roads lead to the Islands sooner or later.

    Had no idea Jeff posted the Price Goodson video.
    Great stuff.

    When I stumbled onto Uff my reaction was “Where has he been hiding?” In an age where people post videos of themselves unpacking a uke and then their first songs five minutes later, how has he managed to remain under the radar so long? Well, the secret’s out now. About bloody time, too.

    Now, Frank Turner’s is one of the videos from the VISIONSMagazin channel. My take on these videos is that people for whom the uke is not their primary instrument (or one of their instruments at all) are given a uke(s) and have a go at it.

    Since the same uke appears in pretty much all of the uke videos, it must be the channel uke. Frank says the uke isn’t his usual instrument.

    Most of the players use picks and have a rock aura about them so I’m guessing they’re rockers having a fun bash on the 4-string. Frank comes off like a folkie go me. All in all, a good place for people to investigate. Some songs are in German, but no matter.

    Another nice video by Herman is his recent performance of some Telemann. He plays mandolin and (I suppose) his student plays ukulele continuo. Both acquit themselves quite well.

    On a related note, I had a look at a mandolin chord chart last week and it’s obvious why the mando is not the strumming machine that is the ukulele.

    Know you’re not keen on her, but fans will love the recent Victoria Vox music video for her song
    “French Cafe.”

  2. Woodshed February 13th, 2012 10:02 pm

    Ron: I’m trying to keep the Hawaiian videos coming. It’s not easy!

    Yeah, that’s definitely what the VISIONS channel is about. If it turns out anything like Le Soir Ukulele Sessions it’ll be well worth keeping an eye on.

  3. Patrick Adams February 14th, 2012 11:25 pm

    Does anyone have chords for Sailor’s Boots? All I found was ones for guitar. Thanks

  4. Woodshed February 14th, 2012 11:32 pm

    Patrick: Guitar chords should work for ukulele.

  5. Claudio February 15th, 2012 11:46 pm

    Christ! Uff certainly has a tasty right hand!

  6. Woodshed February 16th, 2012 2:05 pm

    Claudio: No doubt. Excellent strumming.

  7. Tim February 18th, 2012 11:55 pm

    There’s not much uke in it but I just can’t stop watching that OK Go video…

  8. Sam February 23rd, 2012 4:04 am

    I would love to see a tab for Needing/Getting on this site. Such an awesome video. About the only reason to watch the Super Bowl.

  9. Doug March 5th, 2012 3:57 am

    I agree with Sam, I’d love to see a tab of Needing/Getting. I’ve been watching that first little bit of the video over and over trying to figure out that opening riff, but nothing sounds right.

  10. Woodshed March 8th, 2012 12:45 pm

    Sam and Doug: Fine! I give in!

  11. sam March 25th, 2012 9:00 pm

    hello! thank you so much for all that you do! i have learned ukulele almost solely off your website. i was wondering if you wouldn’t posting chords for sharon van etten’s song “you didn’t really do that”. i feel like the guitar can translate really well to ukulele, but it kills me that i can’t find any notes, strumming patterns, etc anywhere. thank you in advance :)

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