UkeTube: Raelyn Nelson, Sho Humphries, Kyle Carey

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Tracklist
Raelyn Nelson Band – Weed and Whiskey (Song starts at 45 seconds)
Sho Humphries – MEGALOVANIA
Kyle Carey – Devil at Your Back Via @ukeist
Le Temps d'une Etincelle – Rentrez dans la danse
uke mullum – Rumble
Karlie G – Doin’ Time
Choan Gálvez – Study No. 49 – Tío Vazilo
Herman Vandecauter – Menuet III, Gigue Cello suite J.S.Bach
Kuinka – Homesick

Friday Links: Worst Piece About Ukuleles in History

I’ve read some absolute drivel about ukuleles over the years. But there’s a new worst: Rolling Stone wrote an article about “best ukuleles” that “pros use” that’s so bad I’m not willing to link directly to it.

New Releases
Craig Robertson’s Truth is a Runaway Horse.
Big Werl’s Licensed to Swill. You can listen to it on Soundcloud.
– More flawless classical ukulele from Herman Vandecauter with four new tunes on his Bandcamp.

Window Shopping
Limited edition Kiwaya 1978 concert.
Lichty Walnut Archtop Ukulele U142.
Pelem coconut uke.
8-string Ortega Eclipse.

Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You (Tab)

Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You in the End (Tab)

Hi, How are you?

Yesterday brought the very sad news of the death of lo-fi legend Daniel Johnston. Johnston was the darling of indie musicians in the 90s. True Love Will Find You in the End alone has been covered by Beck, Flaming Lips, Wilco, Spiritualized, Kula Shaker and Jeff Mangum. And now I’ve had a go at it.

I’ve kept my version very simple. I’m only using the top three strings picked thumb and two finger style. The most important thing is to give the melody notes a little extra umph so they stand out against the backing notes.

Links

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Living Life Chords

7 Second Ukulele Lessons: Pop

Gather around, kids, and let grandpa teach you how to play a few songs from the hit parade.

If you like these short tabs, you can find lots more on my Instagram.

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road

On low-G ukulele.

The original

Lizzo – Juice

The original

Lana Del Rey – Mariners Apartment Complex

The original

Ariana Grande – One Last Time

The original

Rosalía, Ozuna – Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi

The original

AJR – Burn the House Down

The original

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance

ShutUpAndDance

The original

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita (Chords and Tab)

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita (Chords)

Following on from Lewis Capaldi, I wanted to do another recent song with an interesting picking pattern. And Señorita shares elements of that picking pattern but is more challenging and uses some interesting chords.

Suggested Strumming Pattern

If you’d rather strum than pick, you can use this pattern all the way through:

d – d u d u d u

Use that twice per chord until Em7. On Em7, play it once but switch to G on the last up strum. Then continue playing the pattern again on G.

The only exception is at the end of the second verse. On that G you just play two down-strums.

Picking Pattern

Señorita Picking

Like the Lewis Capaldi song, the picking is done with the thumb on the C-string, index finger on the E-string and middle finger on the A-string. The complicating factor is the percussive clicks the pattern contains. I produce these two different ways. The first two in each chord (show with just two xs in the PDF tab) are made by bringing my thumb down on the g- and C-strings so hit the fretboard and make a light click. The final one (shown by four xs) is a traditional chnk where I strum the strings but deaden them with the underside of my picking hand.

Twiddly Bits

Señorita Lead Intro

Here’s a version of the solo that plays in the intro and outro. For this, I’m using a lot of palm muting i.e. resting the underside of my picking hand on the strings as I pick them. Light enough that the notes still sound but heavy enough that they don’t ring out.

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UkeTube: Taimane, James Hill

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Tracklist

Taimane – Ladybird
James Hill – Viva La Vida
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Don't Let Us Get Sick
Tobias Elof – Lazy Sunday
Madeline Tasquin – Daffodils
Randy Gapasin – Talk
Those Folk – One Thousand Homes
Polkadot + Moonbeam – When You Wish Upon A Star

Ella Fitzgerald/Bjork – I Remember You (Tab)

I Remember You (Tab)

I Remember You is heartbreaking beautiful song from 1941 by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer. My favourite versions of this are by Ella Fitzgerald and Bjork. But, bafflingly, Frank Ifield’s bizarre yodelling cowboy version is the most well known. You won’t be surprised to learn my arrangement is based on the former two.

This song is part of my
jazz odyssey series where I’m trying to increase my understand of jazz theory and putting it into practice. Instead of focussing on jazz licks like I did in Ja-Da and Summertime, this time I’m focussing on chords. So there are many 7, maj7, 6, and b5 notes thrown in. Hopefully, in a way that they flow together and don’t sound contrived.

I Remember You (Tab with Chord Names

If you are interested in the theory of it, here’s a version of the tab with the underlying chords behind it.

Links

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More jazz tabs and chords

7 Second Ukulele Lessons: Acoustic

A selection of riffs and motifs from various songs that use powercut-proof instruments. Including uke, guitar, piano, fiddle and marimba (courtesy of, famed minimalist composer, Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas).

If you like these short tabs, you can find lots more on my Instagram.

Seal – Kiss From a Rose

The original

Alexander Hamilton

(The “What’s your name, man?” bit)

The original

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Cumbé

The original

Steve Reich – Nagoya Marimbas

The original

Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Perpetuum Mobile

(Tuning: gBEA)

The original

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Byker Hill

The original

Joanna Newsom – Cosima

The original

Zoë Bestel – Blue

Tab PDF

The original (on Spotify)

Uncle Kracker – Follow Me

UncleKrackerFollowMe

The original

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (Chords and Tab)

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (Chords)

You can’t move for I’m Yours chord progressions in the charts at the moment. Those are I V vi IV progressions to give them the technical definition. On ukulele that’s usually either G-D-Em-C or C-G-Am-F. And if you put a capo on the first fret, the later is exactly what you get from Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved.

The main reason I wrote up this song is that it makes for a great introduction to fingerpicking. The picking pattern is dead simple and the easy chords mean you can focus on your picking hand.

Suggested Strumming Pattern

If you’d rather strum than pick, you can use this pattern once per chord almost all the way through:

d – d – d u d u

The only exception is in the middle. There when you reach the first G play the pattern as normal. Then stay on the G for two more down-strums. Then switch to Am for dudu. Before returning to the pattern for Dm.

Twiddly Bits

The picking pattern is very simple and a great place for beginners to start. You pick the E-string with your index finger at the same time as picking the A-string with your middle finger (except at the end of the pattern where you just pick the E-string. Then you pluck the C-string with your thumb. And you just repeat that for the whole song.

The tab above matches the piano part as closely as possible. But you can just use the same picking pattern with the standard chord shapes and it sounds just as good. Like this:


Picking Pattern

And you can continue that through the middle section (just remember to extend the G chord an extra half a bar).


Middle Picking

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UkeTube: Stables, Amanda Palmer, Flor De Toloache

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Tracklist
Stables – Nostalgia
Flor De Toloache – Besos de Mezcal On vihuela.
Ukulele Sunnyboy – On A Sunny Day
Garam JEON – Polani (Pure)
Andy Sankey – Jump
Randy Gapasin – Your Song
The Skivvies and Nathan Lee Graham – Dance Medley
Amanda Palmer – Everybody Knows Somebody

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