Eddie Vedder – Rise (Tabs)

Eddie Vedder – Rise (Tab)

Possibly because of Eddie Vedder’s affection for the uke, the mandolin song from the Into the Wild soundtrack, Rise fits nicely on the uke without changing the key.

After a fingerpicking intro, the song is almost all strums. With just a few notes picked out. The verses and choruses are straightforward. It’s just the solo and that outro that have a few stretches and jumps up and down the neck.

I’ve kept the solo and the outro fairly faithful to the original, but there’s plenty of space in those to throw in your own ideas.

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Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent (Tabs)

Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent (Tab)

After tabbing Do I Wanna Know? in January, I hope it’s not too soon to cover another Monkeys track: Fluorescent Adolescent

The biggest challenge here (after spelling the title) is the very rapid delivery of the verse melody. These bits are played with a long succession of hammer-ons and pull-offs. Make sure you pull-off downwards rather than straight off the string. That’ll give it an extra pluck to keep the notes sounding.

Other than that, it’s a fun song to blast through.

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The Beatles – Now and Then (Tabs)

The Beatles – Now and Then (Tab)

The Beatles aren’t going to let a little thing like half the band being dead stop them making hits. And their latest is the earworm Now and Then.

Intro: Some simple strumming to start with.

Verse: There’s a lot of barreing going on in the verses. Which makes it a bit of stamina test for the fretting hand. But nothing difficult to play.

Chorus: The “Now and then” bit is played on the g-string. So make sure you emphasise it enough for it to register as the melody.

Watch out the second time around as the solo cuts the chorus short.

Solo: For once, the solo is very easy. A few notes sliding around but mostly strumming chords.

Outro: A change in time signature and descending chords against a pivot (A-string, 5th fret). My favourite part of the song.

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The Cure – Lullaby (Tabs)

The Cure – Lullaby (Tab)

Get ready to be freaked out of your gourd by The Cure’s spooky Lullaby

Intro: The original intro is unusually long, lasting more than a minute. I’ve chopped it down a little for this arrangement.

The intro (like the whole song apart from the bridge) is just Dm-Bbmaj7. The first 8 bars have the guitar line on top of that. And the next four focus on the bass line.

The final 8 bars focus on the string line. With long notes on the Dm and pizzicato notes on the Bbmaj7. To imitate the pizzicato, I’m muting the strings by gently resting the side of my picking hand on the strings near the bridge.

The transition into bar 17 is made easier by muting the g-string with your thumb instead of playing the whole chord. But you can always add in the g-string, 2nd fret if you’re fast enough.

Verse: The wispy and whispery vocals make the melody a little hard to discern. I’ve tried my best but I’ve taken a few liberties with it. Nothing too tricky to deal with here. Just a trip up to the fifth fret at the end.

Bridge: They go all jazz with it and add a third chord. Still straightforward, though. Just a couple of quick pull-offs to deal with.

Outro: This is where things get tricky. There’s a flurry of notes in bars 46 and 50. I’ve gone campanella with it and involved the g-string in the melody to spread out the notes a little.

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UkeTube: Amelia Coburn, Origami Angel, Justin Timberlake

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Tracklist
Amelia Coburn – When The Tide Rolls In
Jon’s Ukulele – Grimstock – Playford
Uke With Smitty – Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Dani Joy – Time in a Bottle
Origami Angel – The Brightest Days
Justin Timberlake & The Roots – Medley
Feng E – Idol
Herman Vandecauter – 2 Nocturnes Zani de Ferranti
Bobby Alu & Foloi Iulia – Tofa My Feleni

Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Tabs)

Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Tab)

A tab of Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

Intro: The verse of Boulevard uses the same chords as the verse of Wonderwall so I went extra Wonderwally for the intro.

Verses: Nothing too tricky here. Just fingerpicking around first position chords.

Chorus: Switching to strums and moving up and down the neck much more.

Solo: This is where it gets challenging. It’s a series of chord stabs with octaves between them. The upside is that it’s very repetitive, so there’s not a lot of it to tackle.

Outro: A completely new chord sequence here using chromatic moves. It’s just bashed out with strums.

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Four Years of Patreon

I started the Uke Hunt Patreon four years ago and the support of Patreons has made a massive difference for the site. A huge thank you to all the backers. It’s tough times for everyone at the moment and I deeply appreciate you ensuring Uke Hunt stays running and is more profitable than Twitter.

As a bonus for backers, all Patreons get tabs as soon as the video goes up. And there’s a monthly tab request thread with almost all tabs now being requests from Patreon. There are also more rewards for higher tiers:

Patreon Only Tabs

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Concert level backers ($5 per month) and up also get access to monthly Patreon-only tabs. These tabs tend towards the more challenging in terms of skill level. When you sign up, you’ll get access to 48 tabs not available anywhere else. Including these from last year:

The Killers – Mr Brightside
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Danny Elfman – This is Halloween
Earth, Wind and Fire – September
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Meatloaf – Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Thanks!

Finally, Tenor level backers ($10 per month and up) get their names immortalised as Medicean-level patrons of the arts along with these exceptional folks:

– Arthur Foley
– BigHempin
– Colleen Petticrew
– Dennis Boutsikaris
– Elizabeth Beardsley
– Ivo
– Jameson Gagnepain
– Jeff K
– Jon Kenniston
– Kelby Green
– Leia-lee Doran
– Margit Stadlmann
– Mary
– Moses Kamai
– Pat Weikle
– Pauline LeBlanc
– Robert
– Tina Knight

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know (Tabs)

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know? (Tab)

Starting off 2024 with a track from Arctic Monkeys’ last good album: Do I Wanna Know?

Intro: The funnest part of the song. The original is just single notes. But I’ve beefed it up for the uke with doubled notes and chords wherever I get the chance.

Verse: The melody is very rambling and conversational even before he does his club singer act on it. I thought I knew this song well, but it took a lot of work to get the timing somewhere near right. The biggest challenge of the song.

Pre-Chorus: The only thing to worry about here is a quick jump down the fretboard in bar 27. If you prefer, you can play the A-string, 2nd fret to the E-string, 7th fret. All you’re losing here is the open E-string ringing.

Chorus: Other than the “Crawling back to you,” part, it’s exactly the same as the intro.

Outro: A simple little riff to finish off.

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Merry Christmas See You in 2024

Mele Kalikimaka, Merry Christmas, Chanukah Sameach, Feliz Natal and Happy Holidays! (If you can be arsed with it this year.)

That’s it from me for another year. I’ll be back at the end of January 2024.

If you can’t stand to be without a steady stream of uke, I’ll be posting on Instagram, on Twitter (if I can stomach it – Threads if I can’t) and Patreon. Speaking of which…

Patreon

I’m overwhelmingly grateful to all the people supporting the site on the Uke Hunt Patreon. Without your generosity Uke Hunt would not still be going. And without your suggestions for tabs I’d probably be covering Belgian art rock songs rather than tunes people want to learn. Your munificent patronage of the arts has not been since Renaissance Italy.

And extra thanks to December’s Tenor backers:

– Arthur Foley
– BigHempin
– Colleen Petticrew
– Dennis Boutsikaris
– Elizabeth Beardsley
– Ivo
– Jameson Gagnepain
– Jeff K
– Jon Kenniston
– Kelby Green
– Leia-lee Doran
– Margit Stadlmann
– Mary
– Moses Kamai
– Pat Weikle
– Pauline LeBlanc
– Rachel
– Rachel Fawcett
– Robert
– Tina Knight

If you join Patreon at the Concert level or higher, you’ll get access to all previous exclusive tabs including December’s Nothing Else Matters by Metallica

Christmas UkeTube 2023

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Tracklist
The O’Pears – Bleak Midwinter / River
The Mad Tea Party – Oh Shit, It’s Christmastime!
Vinícius Vivas – White Christmas
Memphis Ukulele Band – Holidays Ain’t the Same (Without You)
Jon Yamasato, Herb Ohta Jr., Sarah Maisel, Craig Chee – Christmas Luau
4stringboy – Carol of the Bells
Bad Mouse Orchestra & Moon Berries – What will Santa Claus say when he finds everybody swinging?
Ukulele Solos – Fairytale of New York
Kris Fuchigami – Last Christmas

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