UkeTube: BS Roberts, Vivian Kim

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B.S Roberts – Fairytale
Vivian Kim – Sibelius Etude op.76 No.2
Aline Kelly – My Favorite Things
Jack Tracy – A Change is Gonna Come
Harry Jans And Harold Whalen – Soft Shoe Routine From 1929 Via @ukeist
Laura Anglade and Virginia MacDonald – Weaver Of Dreams
Ukulele Nick – Moonlight in Vermont
Vinícius Vivas – Everybody Loves Saturday Night

Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter (Tab)

Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter (Tab)

While I was tabbing the Frankie Valli track the line, “Can’t take my eyes off you,” kept reminding me of this track. And it’s not the only familiar part of this song. The bridge is a dead-ringer for No Surprises.

The arrangement uses a mixture of picking and strumming. As a rule of thumb, if it’s just one note it’s picked. And if it’s more than one, it’s strummed. Don’t worry about hitting exactly the same strings as are tabbed. As long as you’re holding down the right chord it’ll sound good.

The original is in the key of E. So I’ve moved it up into the more uke-friendly key of G. Plus there’s a key change in the bridge to A. Which carries though into the final chorus making it two frets higher than the earlier choruses.

Having dragged my keyboard out of its dank cave earlier this week, I threw a bit of cello on this track. The arrangement works fine without it though.


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Christmas Tabs and Chords 2020

If you’re looking to entertain over the festive season, it’s time to start polishing up your holiday tunes and learning a few new ones. Here’s a rundown of everything Christmassy and seasonal on the site.

Christmas eBooks

I’ve written 3 collections of easy Christmas tabs: How to Play Christmas Ukulele, Christmas Ukulele 2 and Christmas Ukulele 3.

You can pick up all three for the price of 2 by buying the whole Christmas Trilogy at once.


12 Days of Christmas
2000 Miles – The Pretenders
A Christmas Duel – The Hives and Cyndi Lauper
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Chiron Beta Prime – Jonathan Coulton
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
Christmas for Cowboys – John Denver/Ballard C Boyd
Christmas in July – Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick
Cold Outside – Julia Nunes & Wade Johnson
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle
Give the Jew Girl Toys – Sarah Silverman
I Wish it Was Christmas Today – SNL/Julian Casablancas
It’s Cliched to be Cynical At Christmas – Half Man Half Biscuit
iPod X-mas – Hello Saferide
Let It Snow
Lumberjack Christmas/Christmases Past – Sufjan Stevens
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight) – The Ramones
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
No Christmas – Zee Avi
Present Face – Garfunkel and Oates
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Run, Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
Santa Baby
Santa Will Find You – Mindy Smith/Tripping Lily
Silver Bells – She & Him
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane/Lily Allen
Space Christmas – Allo Darlin
Suddenly it’s Christmas – Loudon Wainwright III
The Christmas Song – Weezer
The Christmas Song Song – Rocky and Balls
White Christmas
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Winter Wonderland
Year End Letter – Garfunkel and Oates
You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch


All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
Away in a Manger
Carol of the Bells
Christmastime Is Here (from Charlie Brown)
German Christmas Carols
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Instrumental)
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Little Drummer Boy
Mele Kalikimaka
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence – David Bowie
O Christmas Tree (Single Note Version)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Baby
Silent Night (Harmonics Version)
Silent Night (Single Note Version)
Sleigh Ride – U900 / The Ventures
Various – Wilfried Welti’s Musikalisches Naschwerk für Solo Ukulele
We Three Kings
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland

Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind (Tab)

Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind (Tab)

I hastily put together this version of the Hoagy Carmichael classic last week while it was still relevant. But it turns out this song is going to be relevant for a while yet.

My version is heavily based on Ray Charles. But I’ve made a few adjustments. For the intro, I played around with the chords and I added on an old-school blues outro.

The picking is a bit haphazard, but it’s mainly melody notes picked with supporting chords strummed. Other than a few moves up and down the neck, there’s nothing particularly tricky and the tune flows beautifully.


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UkeTube: Norwegian Uke, Inni-K, The Kid LAROI

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Norwegian Uke – Snappin'
Walk off the Earth – Thunderstruck
Inni-K – Sweet Geranium
Edem Soul – Leave All Your Burdens
Markus Rantanen – Valdemar
The Kid LAROI – So Done
Arko Mukhaerjee – Without You
Aabha Hanjura – Hukus Bukus

Friday Links: New Music, Cory Wong

Two excellent new instrumental albums: from Finland Markus Rantanen’s debut Ukulele and from Israel, composer and producer, Ziv Grinberg’s Ukulele Fantasies.

Vulfpeck‘s Cory Wong chats with Jake Shimabukuro about technique, gear and touring with Bela Fleck. A big step above the standard Shimabukuro interview. (Thanks to Dan for the tip-off.)

CPR Classical ask James Hill and Anne Janelle how their raising their son to love music.

The UOGB have released a new DVD collecting their COVID restricted videos: The Ukulele Lockdown


A massive thanks to Uke Hunt’s Patreon backers for keeping the site up and running. And double thanks go to October’s Tenor backers:

– Arthur Foley
– Dan.
– Fiona Keane.
– Joseph Freeman.
– Katherine Penney.
– Kie77.
– Mr Daniel Barclay.
– Nick Parsons
– Olga deSanctis.
– Pat Weikle.
– Pauline LeBlanc.
– Sandi Clement.
– Thorsten Neff.
– Trevor Mccravy.

October’s Patreon exclusive for Concert and Tenor level backers is Neil Young’s Harvest Moon.

Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Tab)

Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Tab)

For this arrangement I’ve mashed-up elements of the Andy Williams version and the original Frankie Valli version. Like the Williams version, mine is in the uke-friendly key of C all the way through. Whereas the Valli version starts in E and modulates to G.

The verses are fairly straightforward. A simple melody with descending notes on the g-string. Things get a little harder with preposterous Austin Powers bridge. Then ramp up to a chorus with fancy chords and a few jumps around the neck.


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Uke Hunt T-Shirts


It’s Uke Hunt t-shirt season again! Most years around this time I do a run of t-shirts. This year you can buy them from either the US or the UK:

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I’m using Teespring again this year. If you want one of the shirts they’ll only be available until 27th November.

They’ve changed how it works slightly since the last time I used them. Instead of waiting until the end of the campaign to print the shirts, they’re printed every three days. So you won’t have to wait until the end of the campaign to get your shirt.

I’ve been using Teespring for many years now and it’s always worked well. My shirt came here (the UK) quickly and without any hassle. It’s nice quality. The one I have is five years old and it’s still in good shape.

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For more information on the shirts and the system take a look at Teespring’s FAQ.

Sylvan Esso – Rooftop Dancing (Tab)

Sylvan Esso – Rooftop Dancing (Tab)

There’s been a healthy crop of great albums this year. My current favourite is Sylvan Esso’s Free Love. So I grabbed my uke and put together a cover of Rooftop Dancing.

The song fits nicely on uke. The chords are simple and the melody is contained in the first five frets. There’s only one trip up the fretboard in bars 15-18. This section is essentially the intro moved up an octave. So you can substitute the intro there if you prefer.

The challenge in the song is the speed of some notes in the melody. I’ve made things a little easier by removing a few notes. But you’ll still need to do some alternate picking to keep up.


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UkeTube: Kamakakehau Fernandez, Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Ziv Grinberg

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Kamakakehau Fernandez – He Mele No Hina
Elisabeth Pfeiffer – Galliarde
Ziv Grinberg – Ukulele Fantasie no.2
Winchester 7 & the Runners – My Super 8
Maia & TJ Mayeshiro – Nada Sou Sou
Natasha Ghosh – ily.
Ukulele Death Squad – Insano
Birch Pereira – I'll Come Running Back To You
Ukulele Solos – Clair de Lune

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