Archive for February, 2016

Kulike, Sufjan Stevens: UkeTube

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Ukuleles for Ukraine: Friday Links

Ukuleles for Ukraine is a charity that raises money via ukulele-means to supply children’s homes in Ukraine with clothing, school supplies, medicines, educational technology, and musical instruments. They’ve just released a ten minute documentary of their trip and just launched a YouCaring fund that you can donate to here. The Hebden Bridge-based organisers of the […]

Jonathan Lewis – Loftus Jones (Tab)

Jonathan Lewis – Loftus Jones (Tab) Jonathan Lewis’s Irish Tunes for Campanella Ukulele was my favourite tab book of last year. So I’m delighted that he’s let me put up his tab up on the site. Like the arrangements in his ebook, this is a challenging campanella of an Irish tune (this time by Turlough […]

Ukulele for Dummies Second Edition

I’ve been blown away by how well Ukulele for Dummies has done. It’s sold over 100,000 copies now which is way beyond what I ever imagined. It’s also had good review. There are 151 5 star reviews on Amazon UK (with an average of 4.4 stars) and 185 5-star reviews on Amazon US (4.2 average). […]

Hoagy Carmichael – I Get Along Without You Very Well (Chords)

Hoagy Carmichael – I Get Along Without You Very Well (Chords) What a great song this is. I love the half-hearted pretence of, “Oh, I’m totally fine with being dumped.” And the music reflects that so well. It does its best to avoid minor-key gloominess but can’t raise the tempo above a crawl and is […]


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Ukuleles at NAMM 2016: Friday Links

This year’s Winter NAMM (the big music instrument trade show) had plenty of new ukuleles to gawp at: – The uke that’s really lubed my wallet-slit this year is the 2016 Kanile’a Platinum. I’m guessing it’s going to be over $3,000 so I’m just going to let my dreams be dreams. – Kamaka Ukuleles are […]

8 Best David Bowie Intros (Tab)

I’m making this a dual tribute to Bowie and Mick Ronson. Ronson was Bowie’s guitarist for his greatest string of albums between 1970 and ’74. He was the perfect foil for Bowie providing a hard-hitting rock edge to Bowie’s artsy-fartsyness. As well as being massively underrated as a guitarist, Ronson doesn’t get his due as […]

Ukulele Festivals 2016

Here’s the preliminary list of 2016 ukulele festivals. If you know a festival that needs adding send me a message or leave a comment on this post with the details. USA and Canada Alabama Uke Fest Location: Riverview Campground, Lake Guntersville, Alabama Date: September 10, 2016 Performers: Ukulele Band of Alabama Website: Albuquerque Ukekopelli […]

David Bowie – Life on Mars (Chords)

David Bowie – Life on Mars (Chords) Bowie played a huge part in my musical development. Back in my school days, the first band I was ever in was basically a Ziggy-and-before Bowie tribute band. I learnt a whole bunch of fancy chords from Life on Mars. And there are many, many chords in it […]