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Kala 12 Pilots Uke: Friday Links

21pKala’s new twenty one pilots Cord Ukulele looks damn fine.
1920s Kumalae Koa Soprano Ukulele.
RIGuitars ukulele based on Jerry Garcia’s guitar.

Dorothy Mackaill in Safe in Hell (1931).
Various ladies with ukes (1920s)

Garfunkel and Oates are up for an Emmy for their ukulele tune Frozen Lullaby. On a non-ukulele note, Kate Micucci is in the new Ira Glass/Mike Birbiglia movie (judging by the trailer she’s in it a bunch and they don’t let her say anything).

Jake Shimabukuro jams with his son (via Ukulelia).

I mentioned Helen Arney’s new radio show Domestic Science last time round and you can listen to the first episode on iPlayer now (wherever you are).

Sonny and Cher – I Got You Babe (Tab)

Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe (Tab)

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.

Like Tuesday’s post, this one uses the slightly unusual 6/8 time signature. That means each bar is two sets of three beats. I like to count the bars 1,2,3,2,2,3. But 1,2,3,1,2,3 and 1,2,3,4,5,6 will also work. Or you could just clap along in an awkward, flat-handed manner.

This arrangement starts out with one finger per string. Then switches to thumb and two finger from bar 17. Then as the song builds you start strumming in bar 23 with occasional picked notes.

To keep things simple, I’ve skipped the key change in the song. If you’re feeling ambitious you can do it by moving everything from bar 37 onwards up a fret. You’ll also need to rejigger bars 41, 45 and 46 to 10-8-9-11.


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7 Second Ukulele Lessons: Hip Hop and Rap

I’ve been putting up little tab videos on Instagram and Twitter for a while now. Here’s a collection of the rap & hip hop tunes I’ve done since I started.

Drake – Started from the Bottom

7 second ukulele lesson: Drake – Started from the Bottom.

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Dr Dre – The Next Episode

Dr Dre – The Next Episode: 7 second ukulele lesson

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Kanye West – Power

Kanye West – Power (Intro): 7 second ukulele lesson.

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Kanye West/Paul McCartney – All Day

Kanye West/Paul McCartney – All Day: 7 second ukulele lesson

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Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

7 second ukulele lesson: Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

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Meek Mill – Ima Boss

7 second ukulele lesson: Meek Mill – Ima Boss

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Young Thug – With That

7 second ukulele lesson: Young Thug – With That (Favourite album of the year so far)

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Fetty Wap – Trap Queen

Fetty Wap – Trap Queen: 7 second ukulele lesson.

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Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind (Chords)

Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind (Chords)

I became completely obsessed with hiking simulator Firewatch recently. And the game’s soundtrack is perfect. I already made a guitar tab of the main theme. And I had to write up the chords for I’d Rather Go Blind which features on the closing credits.

Chris Stapleton must have taken a chunk of inspiration from I’d Rather Go Blind for Tennessee Whiskey. It’s the same two chords, same time signature, similar tempo and uses similar guitar lines.

Suggested Strumming

For the strumming I like to use:

d – d u d –

Do that four times for each chord written (the chord chart shows Bm then Bm again and A then A again so really you’re doing the pattern eight times).

Here’s how that sounds:


Twiddly Bits

Here’s a ukulele version of the guitar part in the intro:


Which sounds like this:



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Ukulele Science: Friday Links

Helen Arney will be doing some science explaining on her ukulele along with her nerd friends Matt ‘Standup Maths’ Parker and Steve ‘Steve Mould’ Mould on their new BBC Radio 4 show Domestic Science from the 20th July. You’ll be able to listen on demand on iPlayer (wherever you are, I believe).

Last chance to get in on the Brexit sale. You can get 15% off any of my ebooks by using this code: brexit. If you prefer, you can also buy them on Payhip using PayPal in GBP (while it still has some value). No code on there. The price should be the equivalent of the USD price after the code.

New Releases
– Excellent debut album from Liam Capper-Starr: Needs More Cello.
– Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s new World War I album Lousy War.
Grand Old Uke of York’s cover EP Head out on the Highway.
BrokenCapo– The Burning Hell cover Men Without Hats to great effect.
Kristen Wiig is working on a ukulele album.

An update on my capo post from a few weeks back. My clamp capo (the one I recommended) snapped in two this week. I still recommend that style of capo but perhaps go with a less junky brand.

Lorde – Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tab)

Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tab)

This is a follow on from the Hanging Tree tab in a few ways. As well as the Hunger Games connection, I’ve tried to keep the arrangement as minimal and easy to play as possible.

The arrangement draws heavily on Lorde’s sparse, minor key version. But it also includes elements of the Tears for Fears original since I couldn’t get that version out of my head.

I use thumb and two finger picking for my version but it’s arranged so you can play it all just using your thumb.


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The Big Ukulele Chord Quiz 2

Time to test your chord knowledge and musical ear. It’s pretty low tech:

– Grab a pen and paper.
– Answer the questions (using a ukulele to help you is entirely allowed and encouraged).
– There might be spoilers in the comments.
Check the answers here (no peeking).
– Return in triumph or despair and share you score in the comments(some of these questions are pretty tricky, so not too much despair). And I’d be interested to know which rounds you found easy and which were hard.

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Chord Diagrams

Name the minor chord from the chord diagram.











Chord Flavour: Diagrams

All these are C chords but are they C, Cm, C7, Cm7, or C9?











Chord Flavour: Listening

All these are A chords but are they A, Am, A7, A6, or Amaj7?











Chord Makeup

Each of these triads of notes makes up a major chord (e.g. the notes of a G chord are G, B and D). Which one? (The notes are listed in alphabetical order starting at C to make it harder.)

16. C, E and G.

17. C#, E and A

18. E, G# and B

19. C, F and A

20. D, F and Bb

Chord Progression

Match the MP3 to the chord sequence:

a) A – C – D – A
b) A – E7 – D – E7
c) A – D – E7 – A
d) A – Bm – D – E7
e) A – G – D – A











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Johnny Cash – I Got Stripes (Chords)

Johnny Cash – I Got Stripes (Chords)

Johnny Cash is a big favourite for ukulele groups and jams. And The Poor Boys of Worcester’s version of I Got Stripes has me convinced that song should be added to Ring of Fire and Folsom Prison Blues in the repertoire.

There are a couple of weirdnesses that make the original a bit less appealing on ukulele. Firstly, it’s in C# so a capo on the first fret is needed to make things straightforward. And there’s a strange Bb chord at the start of the song which makes it feel like the song is in F.

The original version also has a key change to contend with.

Two Chord Version

I Got Stripes (Two Chord Version)

To make it really beginner friendly, here’s a two chord, no capo version based on The Poor Boys of Worcester’s version and the version from Walk the Line.

Suggested Strumming

This pattern should get you through the whole song:

d – d – d u d u


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