Archive for September, 2016

Tropic50, Hope and Social: UkeTube

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Friday Links: Madagascar, America’s Got Talent

There’s a new episode of my favourite travelogue Matt Kresling’s Madagascar Journals. This time he learns a Malagasy song on his ukulele, chooses between a girl and an exploding mountain and objects to a zebu being sodomised. This year’s America’s Got Talent was won by 12 year old ukulelist Grace VanderWaal. Ukulele Go! reviewed my […]

Sera Was Never (Dragon Age Inquisition)(Tab)

Raney Shockne – Sera Was Never (Tab) I do enjoy a good fake-Celtic game tune like Gwent Flute Song from Witcher 3. So when I got a request for this tune I couldn’t resist. I might make it a trilogy and do the Hearthstone theme at some point. Until then I’ll keep brushing up on […]

Chord Updates: ABBA, Bon Iver and Others

I’ve been updating some of the chord posts I did back in the olden days when the internet was in black and white. Updating the chords, adding strumming patterns, videos and audio and whatnot. Check ’em out: ABBA – Dancing Queen Arctic Monkeys – Despair in the Departure Lounge Bon Iver – Skinny Love (Tabs […]

Prince Buster – Madness (Chords)/Al Capone (Tab)

Prince Buster – Madness (Chords) Oi, 2016. If you could let me go a few weeks without needing a tribute post I’d appreciate it. Cheers. Prince Buster was the king of ska and a huge influence on the UK ska revival. Madness alone was covered by The Specials, Selecter and, of course, Madness. Suggested Strumming […]


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Cyprien Verseux and his crew mates successfully completed their year-long isolation as part of NASA’s HI-SEAS experiment with some help from his ukulele. Dennis Quaid has formed a ukulele band. Videos – Stuart Fuchs plays the world’s largest ukulele. – Flula serenades Michael Phelps. Pictures – How to convert a concert into a tenor ukulele. […]

Gene Wilder – Pure Imagination (Tab)

Gene Wilder – Pure Imagination (Tab) For my little tribute to Gene Wilder I had to do this beautiful tune by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. It’s such an affecting tune it’s a great opportunity to play with emotion. I recommend experimenting with varying the tempo and volume and use vibrato when you play to […]

How to Write a Hit Intro in 2016

If you want to write a hit song at the moment you need an intro with at least two of these features and preferably all three: 1. A minor key 2. Lots of echo 3. This rhythm: To illustrate the point I threw together into a medley including Sia’s Cheap Thrills, Shawn Mendes’s Treat You […]

Steven Universe – Here Comes a Thought (Chords and Tab)

Rebecca Sugar – Here Comes a Thought (Chords) After doing It’s Over, Isn’t It? before the break, I wasn’t planning on doing another Steven Universe song so soon. But I got some requests (as I always do for SU songs) and there are some really nice chord moves and picking in it. I worked this […]