UkeTube: Janet Jackson, Grace Vanderwaal

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Tracklist
Nicolas Fingerstyle Ukulele – I Get Around
Janet Jackson, The Roots and Jimmy Fallon – Runaway
Glass Cases – Thinking Sideways
Stables – Everywhere
Grace Vanderwaal – Today and Tomorrow
Wild Hum – Divorce in the Water
Bob Guz – Hector the Hero
Jiang – Blinding Lights
Ariel Zevon – MASOCHIST
Arko Mukhaerjee – I Shall Be Released

Warren Zevon – Don’t Let Us Get Sick (Tab)

Warren Zevon – Don’t Let Us Get Sick (Tab)

Don’t Let Us Get Sick is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It’s incredibly raw and emotionally direct. And given extra poignancy by the fact that Zevon would be diagnosed with cancer two years after writing. I can barely make it through without breaking down in tears.

I’ve kept the arrangement very simple to match the original. The picking is thumb and two finger but I don’t use the g-string at any point so the thumb is always on the C-string.

I do hope you and your loved-ones are keeping happy and healthy.

Links

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Songs with Chords You Know (2020 Update)

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I like to keep a list of songs that use just the most common ukulele chords. Arranged by the order people usually learn them in. And with people panic buying ukuleles, I thought it was about time for an update.

C, F and G (or G7)

If you prefer, you can use G7 in the place of G or vice versa for any of these songs.

Happy Birthday to You
The Bobby McGee’s – A Dog At All Things
Folk Uke – Motherfucker Got Fucked Up
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime
The Lancashire Hotpots – He’s Turned Emo
NeverShoutNever! – Your Biggest Fan/Did It Hurt?
Noah and the Whale – Five Years Time
Paolo Nutini – High Hopes
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
SoKo – I Will Never Love You More
The Tiger Lillies – Start A Fire
Tom Waits – I Hope that I Don’t Fall in Love with You
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra/Kings of Leon – The Bucket

Plus Am, Dm and Em

Addams Family Theme Tune
Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend to Dance With You
Blondie/Imelda May – Dreaming
Billy Bragg – Between the Wars
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Darren Hanlon – All These Things
Electrelane – Cut and Run
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Foals – Spanish Sahara
Luis Fonsi – Despacito
Garfunkel and Oates – Me, You and Steve
GUGUG – California Sun
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Israel Kamakawiwoíole/Jason Castro – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Julien Dore – Cet Air-La
Kate Nash – Foundations
Kate Micucci/The Gooch – Mr Moon
Kelli Rae Powell
Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next to Me
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
LP – Into the Wild
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Phosphorescent – Wolves
She & Him – Sentimental Heart

Plus D

Allo Darlin’ – Tallulah
Allo Darlin’ – Space Christmas
Amanda Palmer – In My Mind
Antsy Pants/Bear Creek – Vampire
Belle and Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
Elvis Costello – Good Year for the Roses
Daniel Johnston – Living Life
Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
The Dubliners and The Pogues – The Irish Rover
Garfunkel and Oates – The Fade Away (you can use D instead of D7)
Gothic Archies – Shipwrecked
GUGUG/The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Woody Guthrie – All You Fascists Bound to Lose
Keston Cobblers’ Club – You-Go
The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
The Little Ones – Tangerine Visions
The Monkees – I’m a Believer (Use D where it says D7).
Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel
Phredd – Elmer’s Electric Tricycle
The Pogues – Fiesta
The Pogues – Waxies Dargle
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Skinny Lister – Colours
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Velvet Underground and Nico – I’ll be Your Mirror
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Plus A and E7

Camera Obscura – Cock Up Your Beaver
Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard
The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
Florence & the Machine – Kiss With A Fist (don’t panic, you can use E7 instead of E in this song)
The Pogues – Sally McLennane
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation
Junior Brown – Better Call Saul
Kate Micucci & Ted (Scrubs) – Screw You
Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full of Lead
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
Twenty One Pilots – Cut My Lip
The Weavers – Pay Me My Money Down
The White Stripes – Little Ghost

Plus Bb

James Bay – Hold Back the River
Beirut – A Candle’s Fire
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (You can use C instead of C5)
Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Lorde/Walk off the Earth – Royals
Lorde/WIOU – Team
Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Nevershoutnever – First Dance
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers
Noah and the Whale – Jealous Kind of Love
Sufjan Stevens – Lumberjack Christmas
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Plus Bm

Everly Brothers – Bowling Green
Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
The Pogues – When the Ship Comes In

More…

Mastered all those? Tackle more:

Easy ukulele songs
Beginner ukulele lessons

The Parting Glass (Tab)

The Parting Glass (Tab)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The Parting Glass isn’t Irish at all but a traditional Scottish tune. However, it’s become a firm part of the Irish traditional scene since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem made it their own. More recently, it’s been covered by Ed Sheeran and cropped up in Assassin’s Creed and The Walking Dead.

The arrangement is in two parts. The first run through the verse is played campanella style (with the notes ringing into each other). Then it’s played in a fuller arrangement with chord backing. Both are one with one finger per string picking.

Links

More Irish tabs and chords
More folk tabs and chords
Uke Hunt Patreon

UkeTube: International Women’s Day Special

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Tracklist
Honoka – Green Hornet
Natsuko Kitajima – Out Of Nowhere
The Barberettes – Be My Baby Thanks to @hermanvdc
MARLOWE – Anyone
Natasha Ghosh – (Spirited Away) Reprise
Graciela Cano & Choan Gálvez – Dolphins’ Carnival March
Aline Kelly – Ó Abre Alas!
Genoa Keawe – Alika
Vanessa Ding – Miss You 3000
Marla Goodman & Peanut Envy – Angel of the Ukulele Cabaret

Friday Links: Dominator Tabs

If you’ve been around the ukulele world a while, you’ll be familiar with Dominic ‘Dominator’ Pieranunzio’s ukulele tabs. They were a great resource so it was a bit concerning that he and his site disappeared from the internet. But, fear not, he’s still doing well and his tabs are still available here on this spammy-looking but apparently Dom-approved site (thanks to @UkeGap for the info).

Choan Galvez has a new series of tabs for ukulele duets. You can keep up to date with the videos on his YouTube and tabs on his Patreon.

Turns out ukuleles can prevent your political opponents from censuring you. Which might be why Tulsi Gabbard is getting into it.

Busker has his violin returned after the thief realises it’s not a ukulele.

This guy knows how to party.

Billie Eilish busts out her uke on Carpool Karaoke.

1926 ukulele group.

Stargirl sees the return of the manic pixie ukulele girl.

Patreon

I launched the Uke Hunt Patreon last month and I’ve been knocked out by the number of people that have just straight in on back. A huge thanks to those people. It’s really spurred me on to keep producing this month. Particular thanks go to Tenor backers:

– Douglas.
– Joseph Freeman.
– Nancy.
– Pauline Leblanc.
– Poweredbyjoy.

Patreon posts in the last month include:

– Preview tabs for What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor and Green Day’s Wake Me Up When September Ends.
– Tabs for as many of my Instagram “seven second ukulele lessons” as I could gather.
– Patreon exclusive tab for With a Little Help from My Friends (for Concert level and up backers).
– And the ebooks How to Read Ukulele Tab and Ragtime Ukulele.

Chicken Reel (Tab)

Chicken Reel (Tab)

Following on from yesterday’s Tunes You Know But Can’t Name post, with a tune I only knew as, “that chicken song from the cartoons,” until I found out it had an actual name. Chicken Reel was written in 1910 by Joseph Daly but was adopted and adapted into the bluegrass catalogue.

And I’ve gone with a very bluegrass inspired version played fast and loose. I use thumb and two finger picking all the way through. Plus, I make liberal use of campanella which means I long parts of the A section are played just on open strings. Leaving your fretting-hand to play Candy Crush, fill out your taxes or tear an apple in half.

The C section is based on a part many bluegrass players include that I love. It really doubles down on the chicken theme by including a clucking sound.

Links

More folk tabs and chords
Uke Hunt Patreon

Tunes You Know But Can’t Name (Tabs)

Here’s a selection of short tunes you’ll have heard a load of times in your life but might not know the name of. These pop up everywhere and have become musical shorthand. That makes them ideal tunes to learn and pull out of the bag whenever the situation calls for it and get a cheap laugh.

Mysterioso Pizzicato (aka the evil guy tune)

Vaudville Fanfare (aka the bad joke tune)

Minsky Pickup (aka the start of every old-timey tune)

Dragnet Theme (aka the danger tune)

Twilight Zone (aka the spooky tune)

This is the one tune I did know the name of. For extra spookiness, pick the strings close to the bridge or use a capo as high up the fretboard as you like.

Grand Opening Theme

I still have no idea what this one is called or where it’s originally from. It sounds like something you’d hear at the start of a movie to me.

Westminister Chimes (aka the clock/doorbell song)

This tune is over 200 years old and was most famous as the tune played by big ben at the top of the hour. Since then it’s become the tune played by a million clocks and doorbells.

I’m playing harmonics with my right-hand here to give it an extra bell-like quality. But the tune will sounds just fine played without them.

I did a whole post on bell ringing if you’re interested in more.

Shave and a Haircut (aka the old time-y ending)

The Strokes – Hard to Explain (Tabs and Chords)

The Strokes – Hard to Explain (Chords)

The new song from The Strokes has got me very excited for the new album. So much so I decided to tackle a song from their debut and got carried away. As well as the chords, I’ve written up a bit of group arrangement of the song as well.

Suggested Strumming Pattern

I play down-up strums the whole way through the song. But if you want to be more authentic you can use double-time down-strums.

Group Arrangement

Hard to Explain (Lead Tab)

The group arrangement is made up of four parts. Firstly, the chords are exactly the same as above. Next is the lead part. This is closely based on the lead guitar song but with a few octave changes so it all fits on uke. This is the part to give to the Flash Harrys in your group.

Hard to Explain (Melody Baritone Tab)

Next is the melody part which I’m playing on baritone ukulele. Because the melody line and the lead guitar part match each other so much, I wanted to create separation between them. Using the baritone means that they’re an octave apart and create a fuller sound. Which I think works particularly well in the chorus.

Finally, there’s the bass part. Which I play, inexpertly, on guitar. It’s all played on the bottom four strings so you can transfer it directly to bass ukulele (or bass guitar if that’s your kink). Here’s the tab for that.

Links

Buy it on Amazon
The Strokes – Someday (Chords)
Strokes Medley tab
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Bonus: The Strokes – Bad Decisions

UkeTube: Daniel Ho, Kuburan

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Tracklist
Dani Joy & Daniel Ho – Strange World
UKEBA SQUAD – JAMBRET
Laura Currie – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Rod Wave x Einer Bankz – Heartbreak Hotel
Noah Wisch – Against the Sky
Winchester 7 & the Runners – When the World Stops Spinning
Blue Dean Carcione – Blues Run The Game
Mestre Robson Miguel – Viagem
KUBURAN – SAREDONA
Yohanna Liang – Soulmate

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