Friday Links

“Craze my be over, but uke sales still going strong”. An interesting survey of 1,000 ukulele retailers. There’s not much to backup that headline though. Over half of the retailers have seen sales rise over the last year and only 9% expect sales to drop in the next few months. Seems like Kala’s basses might be included which would swell their numbers.

Pictures

- 2014 entrants in the Pimp my MUF ukulele art competition (warning: contains boobs).
- Alright, got three chords memorized. Let’s try and play Saria’s Song now

Videos

- YouTube, ukuleles and participatory culture.
- Rejected Bachelor contest, Lucy Aragon does some naked ukuleling in solidarity with fellow rejectees.
- Pray silence please for the Electric Light Orchestra.

New Releases

- New one from The Quiet American: Songs from a Rocking Chair. You can download a couple of tracks free on Soundcloud.
- Craig Robertson sings Just Another Ukulele Song. If you want to play along the chords are here
- Svavar Knutur – Girl from Vancouver

James Hill is touring the UK with Anne Janelle and doing some ukulele workshops.

And Happy Pi Day! There’s ukulele tab for pi here. And tab for Magnum PI here.

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5 Comments

  1. Alec March 15th, 2014 7:33 am

    Thanks for all your hard work, as always.

    Just fyi, Magnum PI link appears to be dead and you also seem to have forgotten to do a version of Green, Green Rocky Road and all the other songs from Inside Llewyn Davis. I’m sure that was just an oversight and we can expect it/them directly.

  2. Woodshed March 15th, 2014 8:42 am

    Alec: Thanks! Fixed it. The link, not the lack of Dave Van Ronk.

  3. sanford(andsong) March 15th, 2014 7:21 pm

    Strumming a horribly out of tune ukulele on national television does more harm than good methinks…

  4. Woodshed March 16th, 2014 8:23 am

    sanford: I think part way through that he realised the whole thing wasn’t a great idea!

  5. Ron Hale March 16th, 2014 5:54 pm

    The “ukulele” bass, Al, ultimately may prove to be the most enduring element of this wave.

    No longer a novelty and no longer with any necessary connection to the world of ukulele music, these instruments are everywhere.

    When the craze does wear thin the uke bass will live on unaffected and unfazed by the epidemic of trashed ooks.

    And it’s no longer just Kala making these things, of course.

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