Uke Hunt is Nine: Review of the Year

It’s Uke Hunt’s ninth birthday tomorrow. According to WebMD 9 year olds, “recognize basic social norms and appropriate behavior”. So this might be your last chance to read puerile, offensive posts like these (although I wouldn’t bet on it):

May 2015

Easy alternatives to chnking.

In tabs: Celebrating Eurovision with France Gall’s Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son.
In chords: Percy Sledge’s When a Man Love a Woman and, continuing the Eurovision theme, ABBA’s Waterloo.

June 2015

– The best ways to use a pick on a ukulele.
Ukulele flamethrower.

In tabs: If I Had You and David Beckingham’s takes on Leo Kottke and Bent Fabric.
In chords: Elliott Smith’s Waltz #2 (XO) and ukulele scremo phenomenon twenty one pilots’ We Don’t Believe What’s on TV.

July 2015

Best theme tune tabs.
A video history of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

In tabs: A whole bunch of theme tunes and I ventured into tabbing for multiple ukuleles with a UOGBesque version of Miserlou.
In chords: UOGB’s take on Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights and songs from Steven Universe.

September 2015

Happy Birthday to You finally got released from the fraudulent clutches of Warner/Chappell and I celebrated with chords and two tabs of the tune.
– I set up a new system for rating ukuleles in the ukulele review section which produced a list of the top 10 rated ukuleles. Kamaka and KoAloha have, not altogether surprisingly, been fighting it out at the top. At the time of writing Kamaka are ahead by 0.02 of a point of KoAloha and Mya-Moe in second place. If you want to have your say, find your uke in this list of ukulele makes and rate away.
– I started doing short video tabs on Instagram.
The big ukulele chord quiz.

In tabs: An instrumental version of Tiptoe Through the Tulips and Gwent Flute Song from The Witcher 3.
In chords: I was surprised by how successful The Libertines’ reformation was and did Don’t Look Back into the Sun.

October 2015

– For Halloween some spooky ukulele sounds and a roundup of spine-chilling songs.
– The most iconic strumming patterns.

In tabs: After years of trying to get a version I liked, I finally finished an arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. Plus a group arrangement of the Ghostbusters theme ,a medley of songs from the Back to the Future trilogy and Schubert’s Die Furelle.
In chords: Adele’s stunning comeback Hello and Hall & Oates’ Rich Girl.

November 2015

– The easiest ways to improve your playing.
UkeTube Paris special.

In tabs: Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s ukulele-cuatro duet Paul’s Dance and the theme to 90s British sitcom Men Behaving Badly.
In chords: Eagles of Death Metal’s I Want You So Hard and The Smiths’ Unhappy Birthday.

December 2015

– The best (and worst) of ukuleles in 2015.
2015 ukulele quiz.

In tabs: Winter Wonderland and Seven rock riffs including White Stripes, Weezer and CCR.
In chords: Everything Stays from Adventure Time and The Pretenders’ 2000 Miles.

February 2016

– The second edition of my book Ukulele for Dummies was released with new chapters and digital downloads.
Ukulele festivals 2016.

In tabs: Best Bowie intros. Jonathan Lewis shared a tab of Loftus Jones from his Irish Tunes for Campanella Ukulele ebook.
In chords: Bowie’s Life on Mars and Hoagy Carmichael’s I Get Along Without You Very Well.

March 2016

How to make ukulele tabs with Guitar Pro.

In tabs: Damien Rice’s 9 Crimes, Sufjan Stevens’s Death with Dignity and Langtree’s Lament from Over the Garden Wall.
In chords: The Pogues’ If I Should Fall from Grace with God and Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey.

April 2016

Prince’s favourite chord trick
A look at ukulele capos.
– New Zealand ukulele legend Bill Sevesi passed away.

In tabs: Top five Prince riffs and the Neko Atsume theme.
In chords: Prince’s How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore and The Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil.

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  1. Phredd May 12th, 2016 9:44 am

    Happy Number 9 Al. Thanks for all you do!

  2. Steve j May 12th, 2016 11:41 am

    Happy birthday ukulele hunt

  3. Woodshed May 12th, 2016 11:43 am

    Phredd: Thanks very much! And thanks for your support all these years!

  4. Woodshed May 12th, 2016 11:54 am

    Steve: Thanks!

  5. tbone May 12th, 2016 1:37 pm

    Happy Birthday, Uke Hunt.

  6. blair sinclair May 12th, 2016 5:19 pm

    happy 9th birthday Al don’t look a day over 10 !!!

  7. Woodshed May 12th, 2016 5:56 pm

    tbone: Thanks!

    blair: Cheers! I feel about 90.

  8. Mark May 13th, 2016 8:10 am

    Just because a nine-year-old can recognise social norms doesn’t mean they obey them. Keep up the juvenile spirit.

  9. Jonathan May 13th, 2016 8:44 am

    Happy Birthday Uke Hunt! Thanks for the all the hard work making the site not only fun but informative and incredibly useful for players of all levels.

  10. Woodshed May 13th, 2016 10:23 am

    Mark: Good point! I will do.

    Jonathan: Thanks! And thanks very much for being part of it.

  11. Dave May 13th, 2016 11:18 pm

    Congratulations Al, here’s to the next 9!

  12. Woodshed May 14th, 2016 2:06 pm

    Thanks very much, Dave!

  13. Armelle May 15th, 2016 10:08 am

    A belated happy 9th Uke Hunt birthday, Al !

    Thanks for your untiring efforts to keep Uke Hunt the number one resource for all things ukulele, with that inimitable sense of humour of yours. Keep it up !

    Best wishes!

  14. Woodshed May 15th, 2016 7:50 pm

    Thanks very much, Armelle! I will.

  15. AlistairC May 19th, 2016 8:10 pm

    Don’t know what the hell I have been doing with my time over the last 9 years Al but at least you have been doing something worthwhile! Well done in getting this far and here’s to the next nine!

  16. sanford(andsong) May 20th, 2016 12:44 am

    Keep rollin’ with it!

  17. Woodshed May 20th, 2016 3:22 pm

    AlistairC: Thanks very much! And thanks for all the kind words.

    sanford: Will do!

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