UkeTube: Ruthie Craft, 4stringboy

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Ruthie Craft – Nineteen
4stringboy – Interstellar (Main Theme)
Feng E – Johnny B Goode
RIO – Moon River
Arko Mukhaerjee feat. Arinjoy Sarkar – Manouche Wisdom
Max & Veronica – Sweet Georgia Brown
Alex Fam – Catastrophe
Steven Warren – Paint it Black
Melanie Mergen – Breathe

Afroman – Because I Got High (Tab)

Afroman – Because I Got High (Tabs)

Afroman’s Because I Got High is a very simple song. Three chords and just a verse with a bit of variation in the intro and a bit of getting jiggy with it in the outro.

The only tricksy thing going on (other than a bunch of percussive chnks) is the campanella picking on “Coz I got high…” which first shows up in bars 6-7. I think having the notes ring into each recreates the slurred, stumbling feel of the original.


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Irish Tabs and Chords

It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Friday. Just enough time to ditch your dullest friend, threaten to cut off your fingers and dedicate yourself to achieving musical immortality.


The Cranberries – Linger (Chords)
The Dubliners and The Pogues – The Irish Rover
Fontaines D.C. – Boys in the Better Land
Imelda May/Blondie – Dreaming
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
The Pogues – Fiesta
The Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God
The Pogues – Irish Rover
The Pogues – Sally MacLennane
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
The Pogues – Waxies’ Dargle
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Van Morrison – Keep It Simple


The Cranberries – Linger
The Cranberries – Zombie
Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
Father Ted Theme
The Foggy Dew
Lisa Hannigan – Knots
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
The Irish Washerwoman
John King – Larry O’Gaff
John King – Swallowtail (Tab)
Jonathan Lewis – Lonesome Fiddle Blues
The Parting Glass
The Pogues – Dirty Old Town
Sinead O’Connor/Prince – Nothing Compares 2 U
Thin Lizzy – Boys are Back in Town (Riff)
Turlough O’Carolan/Jonathan Lewis – Loftus Jones
U2 – One
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday (Riff) (Tab)
U2 – With or Without You (Tabs)
Whiskey in the Jar/Kilgary Mountain

Irish Riffs and Solos

The Pogues – Dirty Old Town (Tabs)

The Pogues – Dirty Old Town (Tab)

To celebratre St Patrick’s Day on Friday, I thought I’d cover a song written by an American about a place in England. But it has become thouroughly Irish-ised through versions by The Dubliners and the Pogues version. For this arrangement, I worked from The Pogues version.

Intro: A quick couple of bars then into the thumb-and-strum pattern which carries on through the song i.e. the thumb alternates between picking the g- and C-strings with a couple of strums in between.

Verse: The first verse is the most straightforward. The second and third have a couple of extra bits of filigree.

Solo: I like The Pogues version, this arrangement modulates to C for the solo. It’s heavily based on the melody with a few extra twiddles. I particularly like the campanella run in bar 48. As always, feel free to add your own ideas and adapt it to your own style.


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Friday Links: Mini Shimabukuros, Popeye, Banned in Prison

Hawaii News Now are impressed by Jake’s sons’ ukulele playing.

Choan Galvez has a new ebook out: For Four Fingers and a new one on the way Eight Rags a Week.

Billy Costello (the original voice of Popeye) and his ukulele.

A book teaching you to play ukulele is banned in Oregon prisons.

Ukulele Player Lands Dream Job Scoring Kickstarter Campaign Video:

“Here at Kickstarter headquarters, we maintain a stable of fresh four-string talent, sort of a ‘Wrecking Crew’ of ukulele players,” said Taylor. “We put the campaign videos onscreen in the recording studio and just let these cats cook. Last week one of our players slipped into a uke trance—we knocked out twenty videos in one afternoon. It was like watching Miles Davis in his prime if he were promoting a water bottle that connects to Wi-Fi.

Twenty One Pilots attempt to debut a new uke song.


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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps (Tabs)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps (Tab)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist, Nick Zinner is one of my favourite guitar players. His playing is very minimal but he makes every note count. Never more so than on Maps. This arrangement is minimal too. With a few nods to the acoustic version which is a bit more fleshed out with the chords.


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7 Second Ukulele Lessons: Wet Leg, Justin Bieber, 100 gecs

Justin Bieber – Sorry

Wet Leg – Wet Dream

Fat Joe and Remy Ma – All the Way Up

Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta (aka Peep Show theme)

100 gecs – Hollywood Baby

Culture Club – Karma Chameleon (Tabs)

Culture Club – Karma Chameleon (Tab)

In keeping with the theme of the song, Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon is a mish-mash. Including some country harmonic, funky bass, cheesy 80s keyboards and a catchy pop chorus.

Intro: A bit of everything here: the guitar riff, muted strums for the drums and a bit of harmonica.

Verse and Pre-Chorus: A fair bit of sliding up and down here but nothing too challenging.

Chorus: This is where it gets tricky. The melody notes here are very fast. You’ll need to use alternate picking to get them up to speed.

Bridge: I forgot this section existed before I relistened to the song!

Solo: A brief solo that I cobbled together based mostly on the chords.


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UkeTube: Aline Kelly, Chipped Nail Polish, BoyWithUke

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Aline Kelly – Consolação
Max & Veronica – If You Want the Rainbow
The Mood Swings – He's A Tramp
Chipped Nail Polish – Rut
The Bookshop Band – All My Wild Mothers
emily the band – all the good girls go to hell
CocoCapitainePoulet – Sentier
BoyWithUke – Rockstar
Jon’s Ukulele – Off to California

Billy Bragg/Kirsty MacColl – A New England (Tabs)

Billy Bragg/Kirsty MacColl – A New England (Tab)

A New England was originally by Billy Bragg and made more famous by by Kirsty MacColl. This arrangement starts with a riff inspired by Johnny Marr’s intro on Kirsty MacColl’s version. After that, it’s closer to the Billy Bragg version.

I’ve reduced the tempo for my recording. There are a lot of fast notes in it. With the most challenging run being bars 59-60. If you can play that at the tempo of the MacColl version, you’re a way better player than me.


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