Vampire Weekend – 2021 (Tab)

Vampire Weekend – 2021 (Tab)

A very obvious choice for the first tab of 2021.

It’s a short and sweet tune from Vampire Weekend’s latest album with a lovely melody and a laid-back solo. The biggest challenge is some rapid melody notes. I’ve dropped a few notes to make it easier to play.

Links

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New to Ukulele? Read This!

When I got my first ukulele, I was completely clueless. This was in those dark, long forgotten days before the internet had been discovered. I didn’t even realise that the strings weren’t supposed to go thickest to thinnest and restrung it.

But you can save yourself from the social disgrace I experienced. I’ve put together a free mini-ebook covering the basics that every first time uke owner needs to know. Here’s what it contains:

Five Things to Know
Five Chords to Learn
Five Patterns to Strum
Five Songs to Play
Five Websites to Visit
Five Things to Get Free
Five Things to Buy
Five Videos to Watch
Five YouTube Channels to Subscribe to

You can download it free by clicking here:

So You Just Got Your First Ukulele (PDF)

And get playing by following the beginner ukulele lessons.

If you’re not new to ukulele but know someone who is feel free to pass it along. It has a Creative Commons license so distribute it as you wish.

Merry Christmas See You in 2021

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

That’s it from me for this year (other than the ebook for new ukers). I’ll be back at the end of January 2021 (year of the Daug7 chord, nice).

If you’re after some Christmas music and you’re as Spotify user here’s my Christmas Ukulele playlist. Or, if you’re sick of Christmas music, my playlist of ukulele selections from 2020.

If you can’t stand to be without a steady stream of uke, I’ll be posting on Instagram, on Twitter and Patreon. Speaking of which…

Patreon

I’ve been blown away by the amount of support I’ve received since starting the Uke Hunt Patreon in February. The amount of support has far exceeded my expectations and I’m overwhelmingly grateful to everyone who has supported the site.

All that support means I’ve been able to up the amount of tabs I’m putting out. By my count, I added 59 full tabs to the site this year compared to 34 last year. And that’s not including the monthly Patreon-only tabs.

And extra thanks to December’s Tenor backers:

– Alina Morosanu.
– Arthur Foley.
– Colleen Petticrew.
– Dan.
– Douglas.
– Elizabeth Beardsley.
– Fiona Keane.
– Joseph Freeman.
– Katherine Penney.
– Kie77.
– Leia-lee Doran.
– Lisa Johnson.
– Mr Daniel Barclay.
– Nick Parsons.
– Olga deSanctis.
– Pat Weikle.
– Pauline LeBlanc.
– Sandi Clement.
– Thorsten Neff.
– Trevor Mccravy.

Last month’s Patreon-only tab for concert level backers and up was November Rain by Guns N’ Roses.

Christmas UkeTube 2020

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It’s here. With cheer. It’s the same every year. It’s the Christmas UkeTube.

Tracklist
Tripping Lily – Santa Will Find You
The Mad Tea Party – Oh Shit, It’s Christmastime!
Eliel Carvalho – Jingle Bells
The O’Pears – Bleak Midwinter / River
Vinícius Vivas – White Christmas
Memphis Ukulele Band – Holidays Ain’t the Same (Without You)
Allison Young – The Christmas Waltz
Kamakakehau Fernandez – Christmas Luau
Leftover Cuties – Christmas Time Is Here
Ukulele Solos – Fairytale of New York

Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger (Tab)

Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger (Tab)

I was a massive Oasis fan around the time of Definitely Maybe. So it’s a surprise it’s taken me this long to get around to doing one of their songs. Don’t Look Back in Anger took on a new significance after the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 when it was spontaneously sung at the memorial.

The song is standard Oasis fare with heavy references/blatant pilfering from the Beatles in both the lyrics and the music. Plus a bunch of major pentatonic noodling. I skipped the guitar solo (since it’s meandering and not particularly memorable). But I have included the widdles at the end of the pre-chorus and chorus, which add to the song and are fun to play.

Links

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Ukulele Christmas Quiz 2020

Time for the annual Uke Hunt Christmas quiz time-waster. The rules are perennial as the winter and ancient as the bison.

– Grab a pen and paper
– Display knowledge.
– Check the answers here (no peeking).

If you’re reading by email or feed reader you may need to click through to the post to see everything.

Name the Chord

What chord are these? (All the chords are either major, minor or 7. Nothing more complicated than that.)

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2.

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4.

5.

Name the Brand

Click the photo for a bigger version (it’ll help)

6.

By SpecGroup

7.

By Dennis Amith

8.

By Helene Lindfors

9.

By Eric Golub

10.

By SpecGroup

Name the Cover

Who first released the songs these ukulele orchestras are covering?

11. Horndean Ukulele Group

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12. Tenrikyo `Ukulele Orchestra

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13. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

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14. Peninsula Ukulele Group

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15. Grand Old Uke of York

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Name the Celeb

Which celebrity is displaying their uke?

16.

a) Madonna
b) Kylie
c) Cher
d) Adele

17.

a) Tori Belachi
b) Grant Imahara
c) Jaime Hyneman
d) Adam Savage

18.

a) Matt LeBlanc
b) David Schwimmer
c) Paul Rudd
d) Matthew Perry

19.

a) Dana Carvey
b) Mike Myers
c) Rob Lowe
d) Alec Baldwin

20.

a) Neil Finn and Lorde
b) Sam Neill and Rose Matafeo
c) Bret McKenzie and Kiri Te Kanawa
d) Taika Waititi and Jacinda Ardern

Name the Lyric

Which songs – oft covered on ukulele – are these lyrics from?

21. The bees are buzzin’ in the tree / To make some honey just for me / When you look under the rocks and plants / And take a glance at the fancy ants

22. Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain / We all have sorrow / But if we are wise / We know that there’s always tomorrow

23. Oh, the weather outside is frightful / But the fire is so delightful / And since we’ve no place to go

24. Oh, yeah, I’ll tell you something / I think you’ll understand / When I’ll say that something

25. Tastes like strawberries on a summer evenin’ / And it sounds just like a song / I want more berries and that summer feelin’ / It’s so wonderful and warm

Check the answers here

Past Quizzes
Christmas Quiz 2019
Ukulele Quiz 2018
Ukulele Quiz 2017
Ukulele Quiz 2016
Ukulele Quiz 2015
Ukulele Quiz 2014
Ukulele Quiz 2013
Ukulele Quiz 2012
Ukulele Quiz 2011
Ukulele Quiz 2010
Ukulele Quiz 2009

John Denver – Christmas for Cowboys (Tabs)

John Denver – Christmas for Cowboys (Tabs)

Probably my favourite Christmas song without swears in. And a fitting song for a Christmas where so many people are separated from their loved ones.

The first time I heard this song was a ukulele cover by Ballard C Boyd (who is now a director and producer for Colbert).

The arrangement is dead simple so you can focus on playing it with feeling.

Don’t pay any attention to my fingering. I jacked up the tip of my index finger doing the lazy man’s load. So I’m fingering some things in a weird way.

Links

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Christmas tabs and chords
Take Me Home, Country Roads tab
Uke Hunt Patreon

UkeTube: Le Temps d’une étincelle, Arya Dhayal

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Tracklist
Le Temps d’une étincelle – L’ Endroit d’ou? l’on Vient
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Greener
Sage Harrington – What'll I Do
Arya Dhayal – Margazhi poove to Hindolam
Olga Kochetova and Evgen Kurenko – Romance Via @hermanvdc
Victor Kozlovsky – Sweet Dolores
Annier Trio – Coquette
Lil Rev – Old Molly Hare

XTC – Love on a Farmboy’s Wages (Duet Tab)

XTC – Love on a Farmboy’s Wages (Melody Tab)

I wasn’t familiar with XTC’s Love on a Farmboy’s Wages until it requested on Patreon. I immediately loved the acoustic riffs. They are challenging to play on uke, though. So I’ve split it into a duet with one uke covering the melody (tab above) and one covering the backing (below). The melody part is much easier to play.

Both parts are played with a capo on the 4th fret. Which puts them in the same key as the XTC version. But there’s nothing stopping you playing capo-less if you’re not playing along with the original.

Even by itself, I was having a hard time playing the riff consistently. So I have simplified it slightly. In each bar of the original there are two lots of three open E-string notes. But I’ve chopped the second lot and replaced them with a single note.

Backing Tab

XTC – Love on a Farmboy’s Wages (Backing Tab)

Here’s an MP3 backing track you can play the lead part along with.


Backing Track (MP3)

Links

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Uke Hunt’s 2020 Ukulele Favourites

It’s award season and time to hand out the most coveted of them all The UkeHunties.

Ukulele Record of 2020: Hula Hi-Fi – The Isle of Forgotten Dreams

I love the mix of sounds on this “Hawaiian noir” album. Ukuleles and steal guitars are masterfully blended with dark electronica, moody vocals and lush orchestration from the Brno Philharmonic. It’s a real treat for the ears. And be sure to check out the covers they’ve been posting on Bandcamp recently.

Runners Up
Jake Shimabukuro – Trio
George Elmes – Soprano Ukulele
João Tostes – Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere

Ukulele Song of 2020: Charming Disaster – Baba Yaga

I’ve long been a fan of Charming Disaster’s darkly humorous songs and they knocked it out the park with this one.

Runners Up
Clem Snide & Scott Avett – Roger Ebert
Desirée Dawson – Hey Brother
Hula Hi-Fi – Crooked Hearts
B.S Roberts – Fairytale
Dani Joy & Daniel Ho – Strange World
Ukulele Death Squad – Let Me Down

Instrumental Performance of 2020: Vivian Kim – Sibelius Etude op.76 No.2

I don’t know anything about Vivian Kim but she’s been killing it with the classical ukulele covers this year. I highly recommend giving her YouTube channel a sub and listening to her version of Vivaldi’s Concerto For Lute in D Major.

Runners Up
Jake Shimabukuro – When The Masks Come Down
Annier Trio – Bistro Fada
Nicolas Fingerstyle Ukulele – Wave
U Can Uke & Vinícius Vivas – The Reason
Vinícius Vivas and Friends – There Will Be Some Changes Made
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Limehouse Blues

Ukulele Cover 2020: Zoë Bestel – Teardrop

Zoe’s weekly live streams on her YouTube channel have been an oasis of loveliness in the grimness of lockdown. And her cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop is a regular favourite.

Runners Up
Tricity Vogue & All Girl Swing Band – Rasputin
Claire Hastings and Grant Dinwoodie – Wild Mountain Thyme
Dani Joy – There, There
Bobby Alu – Lavalava Samoa
Walk off the Earth – Thunderstruck

Favourite Song Tabbed: The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

With the very generous support of the Uke Hunt Patreons, I’ve been able to more than double the amount of tabs I’ve been putting out. And this one was a Patreon request. Which made me wonder why I hadn’t done it earlier becsause it’s undoubtedly one of the greatest songs of all time.

Runners Up

Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
Gustavo Santaolalla – The Last of Us Part II Theme
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
Tiny Tim – Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Kanye West – All of the Lights/Violent Crimes
The Parting Glass

Best Non-Ukulele Record of 2020: Sylvan Esso – Free Love

I have been in floods of tears over this album multiple times this year. It’s so beautiful and poignant I can’t handle it. You can check out my uke arrangement of Rooftop Dancing here.

And if you’re more into folky stuff than electro-pop, check out (Sylvan Esso vocalist) Amelia Meath’s other band Mountain Man.

Runners Up
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
Andrianne Lenker – songs
The Strokes – The New Abnormal

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