Archive for 2021

UkeTube: Willie Nelson and Jake, Mr B, Grupo Semente

Watch on YouTube Playlist Brian Teaches Music – Autumn Leaves Jake Shimabukuro and Willie Nelson – Stardust Grupo Semente – Palhaço On cavaquinho. Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer – Lessons Learned From Lockdowns One To Three Yuki Saito – Turbulence mxmtoon – in the darkness Jonathan Lewis – Morrison's Jig The Emerald Ruby – James Falls […]

Spice Up Your Playing with Modes

I’m sure I’m not the only one who often feels like they’re trotting out the same licks and scales all the time. When I feel like that, I like to dig out a new move (or an old move I’ve forgotten about) and experiment with. One place to find these ideas is in modes. There’s […]

David Bowie – Space Oddity (Tabs)

David Bowie – Space Oddity (Tab) I covered David Bowie’s Space Oddity in the first ever “band” I was in. So this version has been about a quarter of a century in the making. I’ve used some artificial harmonics in the intro because they’re the spaciest sound you can get on a ukulele. But you […]

Roy Orbison – Crying (Tabs)

Roy Orbison – Crying (Tab) A version of Roy Orbison’s Crying which Rolling Stone declared the 69th greatest song of all time. Nice. Roy Orbison’s unmistakeable falsetto is in full effect in this song. So the big challenge here is jumping up and now the neck accurately. In the second chorus, the melody goes all […]

Friday Links: Tales of Mystery, Uke Sculpture and a Good Posse

From Boris Karloff’s Tales of Mystery, Don’t Play that Ukelele. (Via @ukeist) Assembling a posse to retrieve a stolen ukulele. Ukulele Girls circa 1940. Window Shopping – Ukulele Sculpture by Arman, 2002. Yours for £10,685. (Thanks to @hermanvdc.) – Horseshoe Banjolele. – RIGuitars Tahitian ukulele. – 9 course orpharion from 1617. Patreon A massive thanks […]

Seven Movies About Music You Haven’t Seen

Over lockdown, I got tired of the usual Netflix fare and embarked on watching a wider variety of movies including, horror of horrors, movies with subtitles. And I found a bunch of great stuff. Here’s a round-up of films about music and musicians I enjoyed (order from weirdest to least weird) that you might not […]

Portishead – Glory Box (Tabs)

Portishead – Glory Box (Tab) Today’s tab is the 90s trip-hop classic Portishead’s Glory Box. The song is built around a sample of Ike’s Rap by Isaac Hayes (the same sample used in Tricky’s Hell is Round the Corner). So the whole song is on an Em chord (Ebm in the original) with descending bass […]

The Beatles – Till There Was You (Tabs)

The Beatles/Meredith Wilson – Till There Was You (Tab) Till There Was You was originally recorded by Meredith Wilson. But, of course, is much better known by The Beatles’ cover. This arrangement is heavily based on The Beatles’ version but is closer to the tempo of the original. I’ve taken a few liberties including adding […]

UkeTube: Kawehi, Los Panchos

Watch on YouTube Tracklist Kawehi – Hawai’i ’78 Vinícius Vivas – Eureka Los Panchos – Perfidia Ukulele Death Squad – The Publican Jenifer Cabrera – Another Brick in the Wall The Pixies – Tall Paul Thanks to @ukeist Bill and the Belles – Meatloaf Mama Cammy Enaharo – My Boo Art Levine – Ask Me […]

Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day (Tabs)

Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day (Tab) Here’s my take on, part-time uker and full time Belieber, Sufjan Stevens’s heartbreaking Casimir Pulaski Day. I also love Mikaela Davis’s harp cover, so a bit of that has snuck into the arrangement too. The song gets much of its power from being blunt and straightforward. So I’ve […]

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