New Ukulele Books: Friday Links

No shortage of ukulele book releases at the moment. Here are some of the more promising ones:

Mark Nelson (who you might know as the writer of the essential Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele) has a tab book of his latest album featuring blues, ragtime and hokum tunes. There’s a tab from it and a video tutorial here on Uker Tabs.

Ian Whitcomb’s latest is Ukulele Heroes. There’s a podcast about it here.

Left handed chords for ukulele and other instruments.

New long playing record from Mr. B The Tweed Album.

Garfunkel and Oates appear on the Savage Love Podcast singing songs and dishing out sex advice. And Dan Savage talks about how he discovered G&O via Uke Hunt.

After a long hiatus the Ukulele Hall of Fame is inducting two new members: Sam and Fred Kamaka.

When You First Get a Ukulele – well worth a read even for non-noobs.

Videos: A 25 minute lesson with Jake Shimabukuro from Play Loud Ukulele, Ukulele film quiz (with very entertaining clues here if you get stuck).

Pictures: Ukulele nails, Fred, my uke and me.

I’ve started a Spotify playlist of the best ukulele tracks of 2012. Listen to last year’s list here. For non-Spotifiers, here’s the list:

LP – Into The Wild – Live
David’s Lyre – Heartbeat
Leftover Cuties – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
The Beach Boys – Isn’t It Time
OK Go – Needing/Getting – Video Version
Humming House – Gypsy Django
Katzenjammer – Cherry Pie
The Magnetic Fields – Andrew In Drag
The Vespers – Flower Flower
Garfunkel and Oates – Go Kart Racing
Mr B. the Gentleman Rhymer – A Rummy Old Day

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  1. Carrie Griffin June 22nd, 2012 2:39 pm

    4 out of 10 on that ukulele films quiz. Although one I didn’t recognize the tune itself but got the clue, so I don’t think it counts. Anyway, I don’t know if I should be ashamed for getting so few or proud that I got any at all.

  2. Carrie Griffin June 22nd, 2012 2:42 pm

    Make that 5 out of 10 with two that I only got because I got the clue.

  3. Cappers June 23rd, 2012 9:10 pm

    I bought the Mark Nelson book a couple of days ago. Loads of country blues finger picking in there, plus some slide ukulele, which i’ve never tried before. Some useful explanatory notes on how to play the songs as well. I see he’s put a couple of the songs up on Youtube as well, which is good in order to hear what it’s supposed to sound like, rather than my amateurish fumblings. I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with these songs.

  4. Iain June 23rd, 2012 11:01 pm

    I got the Mark Nelson Slack Key book a while back (better than the Fingerstyle if you ask me, though he does a mean Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in that one) and have been enjoying it so was childishly excited to see his Blues & Hokum book. He’s a charmer on the Youtube tutorials, what’s not to love.

  5. Woodshed June 25th, 2012 11:05 am

    Carrie: You did better than me.

    Cappers: That’s great. I’ve got a copy and look forward to getting stuck in.

    Iain: I still like Fingerstyle more! But we agree about his videos.

  6. Elisabet October 25th, 2012 10:18 am

    Hey!! Could anyone figure out the chords for Gypsy Django by Humming House? It’s an awesome song, I’d love to learn how to play it!:)



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