UkeTube: Lola Marsh, Everly Pregnant Brothers

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Tracklist
Lola Marsh – What Am I
Everly Pregnant Brothers – 69 to Rovvrum
Corey & Kalei – Autumn Leaves
Sandy Weltman – St.Louis Blues
The Blue Dahlia – I See Trees Differently
Wilfried Welti – Tedesca dita l’Austria
Taimane – Directions
Sho Humphries – Love You!
Herman Vandecauter – Country Gardens On rajao
Nao Otsuka – Ukulele Ambient, Improvisation #02

Friday Links: Fleabags, Frozen Ukes and the Original Bass Ukulele

Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge hooked up to cover Portishead’s Glory Box for Children in Need. The charity album also closes with a ukulele version of Madness’s It Must Be Love.

Catch up on this year’s ukulele releases with my Ukulele 2019 Spotify Playlist.

Window Shopping
Custom uke with wave art by Eddie Vedder.
Breedlove private reserve tenor.
1920s Conservatory Soprano Ukulele
The original bass ukulele.
Kiwaya Seilen SLS-275HV.

On Video
Circuits and Strings builds Kristoff’s ukulele from Frozen.
Laura Currie documents her tour of China with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
Maso Rivera rocks out on a tiny cuatro.
Playing ukulele on a flight.

New Releases
Emisunshine and the Rain’s Family Wars.
Might Never Happen from Phil Doleman.

Billie Eilish – idontwannabeyouanymore (Tab)

Billie Eilish – idontwannabeyouanymore (Tab)

I don’t think any ukulele player has had a bigger year than Billie Eilish. She’s been all over the shop and her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and 2017 EP don’t smile at me have both been selling by the bucket-hat load. I’ve already done a few tracks from the album, so today I’m doing one from the EP.

I’m using one finger per string picking all the way through this arrangement. There are many chnks in the song which can make it difficult to get your fingers back in position. I’d recommend not doing a standard chnk and instead muting the strings with your fretting hand and bringing each finger down on the string it’s plucking. That should leave them in the right position for picking.

The tab is pretty long thanks to the second verse and second chorus being slightly different to the first. Both are a little trickier second time around. I don’t think anyone would notice if you just played them the same both times.

Links

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More Billie Eilish tabs and chords

Bonus: everything i wanted (Tab)

Bonus: All the Good Girls Go to Hell (Solo Tab)

Christmas Tabs and Chords 2019

We’re about a month out from Christmas so time to start polishing up the festive tunes and learning a few new ones. Here’s a rundown of everything Christmassy 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.

Chords

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

Tabs

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
O Christmas Tree (Single Note Version)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
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

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal (Chords and Tab)

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal (Chords)

I think White Winter Hymnal would make for a great ukulele group song. It’s got very easy chords (if you capo at the second fret), some sweet vocal harmonies and a solo for the show-offs. Plus lots of winter imagery that turns a little disturbing.

This song was covered by Pentatonix (which seems to be the more popular version). If you want to play along with that one, you can use the same chords but without a capo.

Suggested Strumming Pattern

I just do down-up strums through the whole song. But emphasise every second down-strum. Like this:

d u D u d u D u

Twiddly Bits

The solo needs an octave shift to fit on a high-g uke but it isn’t too jarring. Bars 6 and 7 are played an octave higher than they would otherwise be.

The first 8 bars of this also make up the break after the first chorus.

No capo for this part.

Here’s a quick version of the vocal harmonies in the intro.

There’s no capo here either but nothing goes below the second fret so you can play it either way.

Links

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UkeTube: Bridge City Sinners, Sam Trump

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Tracklist

Bridge City Sinners – Virgin Sacrifice
Dani Joy – Lovell Bliche
Na Hoa – Le’ahi
Feng E – Jaguar
Sam Trump & Acoustic Audile – Go Where The Love Is
Joy Ike – Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Rita et Messieurs Martin – Le Lit en pente
Billy Uke Scott – The Beautiful Banks Of The Nile Thanks to @ukeist
Craig Robertson – Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood
Nicolas Le Proux de La Rivière – Paranoid Android

They Might Be Giants Medley (Tab)

They Might Be Giants Medley (Tab)

Over the last 35 years They Might Be Giants have but out some of the funnest and nerdiest music around (and found some time to paint cat ukuleles). So I collected together some of their best known songs along with some of my favourites.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople): Starts off with a short solo using the F harmonic minor scale. Which is like the more common F natural minor scale but with the Eb replaced by an E (A-string, 7th fret). The melody for the chorus is made up solely of notes in the Fm chord then the C7 chord. So hold down these notes as long as possible to build the chords behind the melody.

Birdhouse in Your Soul: I wrote up tab for the entire song here. This is just the intro transposed to the key of F.

Dr Worm: A quick version of Rabbi Vole’s guitar solo.

Why Does the Sun Shine?: I love that TMBG wrote a scientifically inaccurate song then wrote a song to correct it.

Boss of Me: AKA the Malcolm in the Middle theme. The chorus for this part is dead simple. It’s mostly just switching between the open A-string and A-string, 3rd fret while the chords change underneath.

Older: While the rest of the songs after Istanbul are in F, this one is in its equivalent minor: D minor.

Dog on Fire: AKA The Daily Show theme. From the original version before Timberland chopped it up.

Seven Days of the Week: From their third album of children’s songs Here Come the 1,2,3s. Although there only seems to be the most marginal difference between their children’s records and the rest of their oeuvre.

Links

TheyMightBeGiants.com
More They Might Be Giants tabs and chords

The Princess Royal (Tab)

Jonathan Lewis – The Princess Royal (Tab)

Today’s post comes from Jonathan Lewis who has a new tab ebook out: Morris Tunes for Campanella Ukulele which you can pick up from free on Gumroad.

I’m grateful for Al for agreeing to share this arrangement of a popular Morris tune.

There are two sections which are played AABB. The A section is pretty much all campanella picking, while the B section has some chords and harmonies. The chords used are F, Bb, C and Gm.

In bars 15 and 16 you’ll need to change from the Bb chord, barred on the 5th fret (7565) to an F5 in the same position (5588). The tricky part is playing the note E on the first string with your little finger while holding the Bb chord, then quickly moving to that F5 where you’ll need to use your little finger to cover both first and second strings on the 8th fret, keeping the bar on the 5th fret.

As always, it’s best to figure out for yourself which fingerings work best for you, and to simplify (or complicate) according to level.

You can download Morris Tunes for Campanella Ukulele for free on Gumroad. I also highly recommend checking out his Irish Tunes for Campanella Ukulele ebook.

As is tradition, I had my own stab at playing this tab here’s my version of the verse.

The Clash – Spanish Bombs (Chords and Tab)

The Clash – Spanish Bombs (Chords)

Is there a cooler ukulele player ever than Joe Strummer? Not that I can think of. And The Clash are certainly the greatest punk band of all time. So with the 40th anniversary of London Calling coming up, I thought I’d write up my favourite from the record.

I’ve gone with a capo on the 4th fret for the chords. It’s higher than I’d usually like but it makes the chords simple and means you can combine the chords and the intro riff very easily. If you want to play just the riff it goes like this in the intro:

And slightly differently in the middle of the song when the intro is reprised:

Suggested Strumming Pattern

I use this as the main pattern:

d – d – d u d u

Intro: Main strum once on F. Then halving the pattern so you do d-d- on Dsus2 and dudu on F. Then main strum once for everything else.

Verse: Similar to the intro except here you’re halving the strum from Dm-Am and doing it once for everything else. Here’s how that sounds:


Verse Strum

Chorus, Bridge and Outro: You can just carry on with the strum as you have been halving all the bars for Dm-Am. Or you can follow the guitar and do this once for each Dm and Am:

x x d –

Which sounds like this:


Chorus Strum

Twiddly Bits


Verse 3 Solo

The third verse has a neat lead line which you can play on uke (without a capo) like this.

Links

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The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go (Chords)
The Clash – Straight to Hell / MIA – Paper Planes

UkeTube: Molly Lewis, Sudan Archives

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Tracklist
Molly Lewis – Children & Art
Sudan Archives – Did You Know On electric mandolin.
Byrd & The Boys – Hog Sloppin' Time In the Hollow
thingsBIGthe – Age of Consent
Taimane – Pipeline's Daughter
Marc Gallagher and Victoria Vox -Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Jule Vera – Radioactive
UKEPRO – Waikalulu
Klaus Schindler – Pachelbel's Canon

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