Ukulele for Dummies Bonus Tabs: Friday Links

I’ve had a few people ask me about tabs for the melody lines I play in the chord examples in Ukulele for Dummies. So I’ve put a few bits together. This isn’t anything official or perfect – it’s just a cleaned up version of the tabs I made when I recorded them. But I wanted to do something as a thanks to everyone who has made the book a much bigger success than I was expecting by buying it, recommending it and reviewing it. You can download the tabs here and the password is the first word of Chapter 13:

Tabby Extra

If you haven’t left a review yet, it would be great if you could because it can end up with just people who want to moan about their CD missing or slow delivery reviewing it: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon CA.

Jim Tranquada and John King’s The Ukulele: A History is available for pre-order on Amazon (and five months later and twice the price in the UK).

Luna’s ukulele suitcase amp is very handsome.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have put a chord chart for their version of Hot Tamales (PDF link) and they’ve started a video tutorial series.

After the Creative Commons post I made a list of my Creative Commons tabs and whatnot.

Bossarocker’s ukulele shindig Levenshulme Uke Up is having it’s second meeting and it’s going to be a regular deal. So if you’re in the Manchester area head along.

Free Music: Vespers sampler, Bone and Bell EP, Ariel Rubin.

Videos: Shit People Say to Ukulele Players, Kazookeylele on Britain’s Got Talent.

Pictures: Buster Keaton, Felix the Cat, cat/ukulele tattoo.

On Uker Tabs: Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys

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  1. Ron Hale April 21st, 2012 12:20 am

    In case you haven’t mentioned it, Al, Molly
    Lewis is vlogging on YouTube every day this month. Not much uke stuff but fans might enjoy

    Apropos of nothing: Just got a Yahama Guitalele
    and (seemingly) have made the move back to six strings.

    After the initial splash when it came out the guitalele (or whatever else it’s called) seemingly has been pushed off to the side by the ukulele world.

    Even after Kala, Kanile’a, and KoAloha brought out models. Upper scale models at that.

    Could use a video now and again for some exposure.
    Yes, it’s not a uke, but still…

    As far as I can tell the guitar world sees it as a (cute & fun!) travel guitar at best — if it takes any notice at all.

    Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar have Jake videos on their websites, but neither one bothered even to review the g’lele.

    Fine. We g’lele players are rebels. Non-conformists. Our instrument doesn’t have the Hawaiian connection the ukulele has. We don’t think being able to play an instrument in 15 minutes says much for that instrument.

    The g’lele is new. Doesn’t have any past. Any tradition. Any famous players. Any music style associations. Any well-know songs.

    No Guitalele Orchestra of Great Bunions.
    No G’lele-oke. No video of anyone being spray painted. No Dummies books.

    No G’lele Hunt. No G’lelia. No Humble Guitalonics.

    As the first wave builds it seems to be a good chance to get in on the ground floor. Sooner or later a “Gently Weeps” of the instrument will emerge.

    Ukers: Turned down for that gig because “everyone and their damn cat” plays the ukulele? It’ll get to that point soon enough, folks.

    Ukers: Want to be different? To stand out? Well, the ukulele ain’t the way any more. Wave those days bye bye — ’cause they’re l–o–n–g gone.

    But, have I got just the thing for you…

  2. pepamahina April 21st, 2012 4:26 am

    Not to worry Ron, you stand out as different just fine and dandy all on your own! ;)
    I’m looking forward to the new history of the ukulele. Based on your previous interview with Jim Tranquada, it sounds like it may be a meatier work on the subject than is currently available.

  3. daniel April 22nd, 2012 9:06 pm

    thanks a lot woodshed, this is very appreciated! I’ll make sure to review your book in amazon, cheers!

  4. Woodshed April 22nd, 2012 11:16 pm

    Ron: Yeah, not much of a fan of the guitarlele myself.

    pepamahina: Me too. I can’t wait for that book.

    daniel: Thanks very much! I really appreciate it.

  5. karl April 24th, 2012 7:20 am

    French amazon has it for a low price, and just notified me they’re shipping it next week, instead of in June.

  6. Woodshed April 24th, 2012 12:38 pm

    karl: Thanks very much. Might take advantage of that.

  7. Lynnj April 29th, 2012 5:38 pm

    Hi Woodshed,

    I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that I bought your book twice. Once from Kindle/Amazon and again from iBooks when I realised what I was missing – the enhanced version!

    I must say that your enhanced book is just what e-books have been waiting for, with it’s embedded notes and tutorials it’s actually better than a ‘real’ book (enhanced books really are better than the sum of their parts).

    And I’ve learnt a lesson as well, only bother with Kindle if the book is a straight ‘text’ book.

  8. karl May 2nd, 2012 4:30 pm

    No luck, I just got an email from that they’ve postponed the delivery to the first week of June…

  9. Woodshed May 16th, 2012 11:22 am

    Lynn: That’s great news! I haven’t had the chance to look at the enhanced version. The Kindle only version is a bit disappointing.

    karl: Ack! Damn release windows.

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