Friday Links

Wilfried Welti has a new Christmas ukulele ebook out: Christmas Music with the Ukulele. If, for some inexplicable reason, you’re in any doubt about buying it take a look at his previous free Christmas ebook Weihnachten mit der Ukulele.

Beck’s album of sheet music with ukulele chords is imminent and he has released the score to the song Old Shanghai which you can download on and make your own version of. There’s excellent uke version here and here’s my instrumental version.

For Sale:
– Pre-order Helen Arney’s ukulele chord book.
Gregorian Chant for Ukulele

– Lots of familiar voices from the old podcast. Bossarocker’s band Lou and the Llama have a session for ALL FM here, Podcast sessioneer Uke Punk has a new song available for download, as does Damon Hill.
Dookielele Green Day cover project.
Ukulele Clan Band’s The Sun
New Navy’s Regular Town.

Johnny Ukulele (via UkulelePorn).
Rudy off of E4’s Misfits shared some life experience: “When you’re locked in a prison cell 23 hours a day there’s not much else to do than masturbate and play ukulele.” Watch it here if you’re in a suitable geographic area.

Flea necklace
Eddie Vedder

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  1. Keith November 23rd, 2012 10:43 pm

    More about Beck’s latest album and maybe a few ukuleles will be aired on the beeb on wednesday. Love your version!

  2. Woodshed November 24th, 2012 9:22 am

    Keith: Thanks for the heads-up. Looking forward to hearing you guys on it.

  3. Ron Hale November 24th, 2012 8:21 pm

    I can remember when chant had a bit of a run
    in popularity a while back, Al. Always liked it
    myself. Campanella would seem to be the way to go with it on uke.

    Ukes are unobtrusive, quiet. Perhaps seminaries and the like can allow the devotional plucking of the dancing flea to echo through the silence to aid in contemplation. Would be a good fit it seems to me.

    Of course, there’s bound to be a showoff or two who just can’t resist a round of “Hey, Soul Sister.” Just to liven things up.

    And who knows, it could be the next big thing. Could be a new ‘Ukulele Kid’ just waiting in the wings to slaughter Latin.

    No need for a prison cell, Rudy. And there’s some life experience shared from me to you, mate.

  4. The Captain November 25th, 2012 11:35 am

    Thank you for the Dookielele link. It sounds incredibly good, who would have thought? Know I might look for my old Dookie album myself. I still have to check out Lou and the Llama.

  5. UkePunk November 25th, 2012 1:46 pm

    Thanks very much for the UkePunk & The Forty Thieves download mention Woodshed.
    There is also a video available here

  6. Woodshed November 25th, 2012 11:09 pm

    Ron: I don’t remember the chanting phase. Which is a shame because it’s pretty cool.

    Captain: Glad I could point you in its direction.

    UkePunk: Always a pleasure.

  7. Ondrej November 26th, 2012 7:23 am

    Dear Al. Thank you for the link to my book “Gregorian Chant for Ukulele”. I will add more information. The book is also in the mutation for “ukulele with low G”, “baritone ukulele” and ” 6 string ukulele (Lili‘u ukulele)”

  8. Lauren March 1st, 2013 12:31 am

    Hi, just seen the episode of misfits, but what song is it rudy is playing in the beginning on his uke?

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