Friday Links

Sick of memorising the chords for songs? Lil Rev has a list 101 two chord songs.

Ukulele for Dummies is now available in German.

3D printing a ukulele.

Original Rudeboys turn down Chris Brown support slot because of their stance on domestic violence.

Sales of Martin ukuleles for their first 20 years.

New Releases:

– Joe Brown is capitalising on the popularity of I’ll See You in My Dreams with a full album of ukulele covers.
– Buke and Gase have released Hard Times and Blue Monday to benefit Sandy relief in Red Hook.
New Person by Craig Robertson

On Video:
– Over Halloween I Tumblred a bunch of spooky ukulele stuff.
Most popular ukulele videos for October 2012.
Romney takes solace in his enormous piles of cash and a ukulele.
Compilation from the Newcastle Ukulele Festival 2012


Winter ukuleling.
Kimo Hussey.
Reading Tolstoi under the sun.

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  1. Harald November 9th, 2012 6:35 pm

    “Ukulele for Dummies is now available in German”… Ok, but I´m not going to buy it … again ;)
    I´m happy that I´ve paid enough attention in my english lessons back in the 90´s, so there was no need to wait for the german version. =)
    BTW: Nice work!

  2. Matthew Kelly November 10th, 2012 1:05 am

    AH! Newcastle Ukulele Festival! That’s my ukulele group! It went so well, so awesome to see us on your blog!

  3. Woodshed November 10th, 2012 12:22 pm

    Harald: Congrats on your English!

    Matthew: Looks like you all had a blast.

  4. Neil Jackson November 10th, 2012 4:37 pm

    That sales chart of Martin ukes suggests there may have been a ukulele bubble in the 20s followed by the depression. We have a uke bubble at the moment, and danger of a depression. It’s only a matter of time before an economist makes the connection and we get the blame.

  5. Woodshed November 12th, 2012 2:23 pm

    Neil: In the 20s sales dropped after the crash. The current uke boom seems to have sped up after the crash. I don’t think there’s much of a parallel.

  6. Ron Hale November 19th, 2012 8:16 am

    “The Ukulele Album” ala “Ukulele Songs.”

    I suppose the ‘Dummies’ branding has to be maintained, but using “Dummkopf” or “Dummkopfe”
    would have looked so much better on the cover,

    If a band with uke supports Chris Brown it should have its uke confiscated, rehabilitated, and given a new home. Bravo to the Boys.

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