Matt and Kim – Daylight (Tab)

daylight ukulele tab

I do worry a great deal about keyboards coming into fashion again. If we tolerate this, it’s only a matter of time before we’re wearing shoulder pads, watching Dallas and having competitions to see who can spunk the most money up the wall.

Having said that, Daylight by Matt and Kim is a damn fine song.

Like Kids by MGMT, I’m playing the E and A strings with half-up strums.

HoneyBody & the MoonBees, Argyle Smile: Saturday UkeTube

This week’s videos include Ingrid Michaelson covering Bon Iver, Argyle Smile playing with dominoes, Tinyfolk, a girl called Jose, Watercolor Paintings and some adorable ukulele puppets. But this week I’m particularly taken with Tristen and Emily Ritz’s HoneyBody and the Moonbees.

One video that didn’t make the cut is this clip of Tiny Tim freaking out a room full of kids. “The whole world is drowning A-ho-ho ho-ho.”

Btw, if all the videos don’t show up then refresh the page. They are all there somewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Kala Acacia, Northern: Ukulele Window Shopping

After getting my hands on a Kala soprano, I’m now a complete Kala convert. So I’ve now got two Kalas on my shopping list: Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Links

Perhaps I’ve been distracted by the Ukulele Strums broo-ha-ha, but the links are looking a bit thin this week.

If this is what happens on all the trams there, I am moving to Toronto.

MP3s: Love.Stop.Repeat has Toad’s uke cover of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Tullycraft have Darren Hayman phoning it in.

This Star Wars uke video has the capability to destroy your mind.

Heregoesnothing by Nevershoutnever and 2 Atoms in a Molecule on Uker Tabs.

What Madeline Ava has written on the back of her ukulele.

What happens when a pirate covers 99 Red Balloons on uke?

Here’s a photo I’m fascinated by. Although I’m not quite sure why.

Ting Tings – Great DJ (Tab)

greatdj ukulele tab


I’m pretty sure this one is just a heavily effected guitar. But I snuck a non-guitar riff through in the guitar riff series, so it’s payback time. Besides, it’s a lot of fun to bust this one out. I’ve included the definitely-a-guitar part as well.

MGMT – Kids (Tab)

kids ukulele tab


There’s a debate on the best way to play this on Uker Tabs, so here’s the way I think it’s best to play it. My version includes the melody and the chords. I think it needs that extra bit of body on the ukulele.

Where there are notes played on the E and A strings, I’m doing a sort of half-up strum with my index finger.

And why not do your ukulele up like this to match the tune.

How to Play Ukulele Strums – Last Chance

The How to Play Ukulele Strums ebook has been a big hit with people. It’s already sold over 250 copies. And if you want to get your hands on it, don’t hang about because the price goes up from $14 to $17 at the end of tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd July).

Here’s what people have been saying about it:

Thorough and thoroughly fantastic book! Thanks as always.

I’m sure my flatmates will be very grateful for it as well. With time, my practicing will (hopefully) sound like actual music rather than the sort of abstract noise that it was before and my flatties can stop voluntarily banning themselves from home until it’s clear that I’ve moved on to another task for the day.

In all seriousness: the book is wonderful, Thorough, easy to understand, and funny (as always). I am completely indebted to you for saving me from the depths of ukulele despair.

Carrie Griffin

I shall be recommending the ebook to our Monday Ukearist ukers as I know many of them are interested in improving their strumming. I’ll also be unashamedly stealing your mnemonic way of teaching!

John Hobson

Al’s topped himself this time which I wouldn’t have thought possible after the blues book.

This is a great read for beginners, but there are some strumming patterns at the end that are brilliant and will take some work to get the hang of.

When I started playing four years ago, I had no idea there would be such a great wealth of information available. Al’s books, in my opinion, are better than anything I’ve found elsewhere, as far as written instruction goes. And, he is rather hilarious when he wants to be.

Lonna Brockway

I’ve already read this ebook more than 6 times and found something new with each read. A very important aspect for me was that the book covered basic things essential for strumming that are left out in other ukulele methods, such as rhythm and time signatures.
The examples and the videos are really helpful and you can even test out your newly acquired sense of rhythm through the exercises.
If there one book to buy on ukulele strumming, then it is definitely this one.


Read more and buy it here.

Alphaville – Big In Japan (Intro Tab)

biginjapan ukulele tabs


Cat Green Bike: Monday Exposure

Cat Green Bike – Palm Tight Pass (MP3)
Cat Green Bike – Pretty Little Lob (MP3) via Foetal Orange

I’m very taken with Cat Green Bike’s latest EP Breakbeat/Thrash/Concrete. Don’t let the title fool you, there’s very few breakbeats, very little thrash, and it’s a whole lot more beautiful than concrete. You can get the CD (if there are any left) on a pay-what-you-like basis or download the whole thing free on Foetal Orange.

I caught up with Xenia Randle for some more info.

How long have you been playing uke and how did you get into it?

I have been playing Ukulele since October 2007. I got one because I wanted to start playing something and the Ukulele seemed so much easier to carry around than a guitar. I could take it out to the park with me and not feel like I was on show. Guitars seem to make such an exhibitionistic statement, but the Ukulele is so small, so humble and doesn’t seem to hold the same ostentation. I didn’t know any Ukulele players or music at the time and thus I guess there was nothing to compare myself to, which gave me a lot of freedom being a beginner to playing music. It wasn’t until my second gig (at Ukelear Meltdown 2008) that I realised just how big the Ukulele was! Since I got my first Uke (an Ashbury concert), I have never looked back!

I have to ask about the name. Cat Green Bike?

I just thought of three of my favourite things and then swapped them around until they sounded nice. Favourite animal, favourite colour, favourite mode of transport.

Your sound is very different from most ukulele acts. Who are your inspirations?

I only started hearing Ukulele acts since Ukelear Meltdown, so I can’t really place any Ukulelists as my inspirations (except Jake), though I was recently introduced to Beirut’s music and I think he is wonderful. His sound completely captivates me. I’ve been lucky enough to spend most of my time around many excellent musicians with diverse musical tastes over the last seven-ish years, so all of that has seeped in I guess. As far as my favourite bands go, I’d have to say; The Mars Volta, Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens, Jeff Buckley, Clutch, and lots of jazz. There isn’t really any genre I’d dismiss. I just like anything that intrigues me, or gets my head rocking uncontrollably!

Jake Shimabukuro is listed as your top friend on MySpace. He’s not someone I’d immediately associate with the music you make. What do you get from his music?

The Christmas after I started playing Uke, a relative showed me Jake’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube. I was astounded by his playing. He is my Ukulele hero, no doubt about it. If I could ever play half as proficiently as him I would die a very happy woman. It’s the technical dexterity that I admire. The more technical tools you have to your belt, the more techniques you have at your disposal. Having said that; you can be as technically brilliant as you like, but if there’s no soul coming through, it’s dull as s**t.

Is it right that you’ve contributed to Rose Turtle Ertler’s ukulele cookbook? What are your top cookery tips?

Indeed I did! My failsafe banana cake. Cookery tips? Hmmm… The only way I ever make anything worth eating is when I am cooking for other people. If I’m cooking just for myself, whatever it is always seems to end up as an ugly tasteless mess at which even a dog would turn up its nose.

What can we expect to hear from you in the future?

I have no idea.

Visit Cat Green Bike on MySpace, Facebook and Blogspot

A-Ha – Take Me On (Tab)

take on me tab


That ‘Literal Video’ thing got old fast. Nevermind, the Take On Me one was amusing.

Ukebucket did a rather fine cover of this tune. You can download it here.

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