Archive for 2018

Indie Rock Riffs: Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, Hinds, Parquet Courts and More

I regularly post “7 second ukulele lessons” on Instagram. Here’s a roundup of some of the recent (and not so recent) indie songs I’ve covered. Housekeeping: The website is having some trouble handling comments at the moment. So if you submit a comment it might not work. Don’t know what I’m going to do about […]

Billy Bragg – Between the Wars (Chords)

Billy Bragg – Between the Wars (Chords) It was St George’s Day on Monday so I thought I’d do a song by the most English singer I can think of. And now Morriessey is persona non grata that’s Billy Bragg. His songs are a bit hit and miss for me. But when he hits the […]

UkeTube: I’m With Her, Uker-Rapper Collabs

Full Playlist Tracklist I’m With Her – See You Around Jay Hollywood x MARLOWE – Connected Einer Bankz & Salsalino – Long Run Aline Kelly – Estudo V Manitoba Hal – Hope Of A Brighter Day Victor and Penny – Wake Up Early Matthew Brian Kirkland – Loch Shiel Jonathan Lewis – Heart Shaped Box […]

Friday Links: Foxy Uker, Howlett Legacy

Paul and his Ukulele by Robert Broder is the tale of a young fox’s travels with his uke. Speaking of peripatetic ukers, the UOGB took time out of their US tour to play for an elementary school uke club. Window Shopping – The Southern Ukulele Store has some Pete Howlett Legacy Series ukes. The electric […]

U2 – One (Tab)

U2 – One (Tab) In One U2 make use of a simple melody trick that crops up in many popular songs. They take the highest note used in the verse (the E on the A-string, 7th fret) and use that as the first note of the chorus. It makes the song peak at the right […]

Why Use a Capo? And Tools for Transposing

I’ve written a bunch of posts about capos. But AJ pointed out that I’ve never done a post explaining why you might want to use a capo. So time to rectify that. To Make a Song Easier to Play Most of the time I use a capo is to make a song more uke-friendly. When […]

Luis Fonsi – Despacito (Tabs and Chords)

Luis Fonsi – Despacito (Chords) I’m about five billion views late to this one but with Fonsi’s latest includes a bit of ukulele and this track having a few tasty licks it’s still worth doing. Update: Well, I can now pretend I’m being hyper topical rather five billion views late. YouTube had to take down […]

UkeTube: Zoe Bestel, Disney Songs, Garfunkel and Oates

Full Playlist Tracklist Zoë Bestel – Eye For An Eye Honoka and Azita – Disney Medley quenantropo – Someday My Prince Will Come Garfunkel and Oates – Both Sides Can Laugh camsuke – Kemp’s Jig via @ukeist. Jonathan Lewis – Packington's Pound Abigail Flowers – Spring Never Felt So Wrong Délinquante – Conne comme une […]

Friday Links: Effective Practicing, Banjo Tunes, Vintage Strings

Manitoba Hal has some great advice on effective practicing. Jonathan Lewis has a new tab ebook of minstrel banjo tunes arranged for ukulele. It’s 17 tabs for $7. Check out his recent guest tab for a flavour of it. Friends of Mike Hind are raising funds to help with medical bills after a collapsed lung. […]

Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz (Tab)

Janis Joplin – Mercedes-Benz (Tab) Time for a song of great social and political import. And, more importantly, an easy to play song. I’ve kept the simplicity of the accapella original. Just adding a few chords in for support. I’m using fingerpicking in my version. But it’s arranged so you can play the whole thing […]

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