UkeTube: Kawehi, Los Panchos

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Kawehi – Hawai’i ’78
Vinícius Vivas – Eureka
Los Panchos – Perfidia
Ukulele Death Squad – The Publican
Jenifer Cabrera – Another Brick in the Wall
The Pixies – Tall Paul Thanks to @ukeist
Bill and the Belles – Meatloaf Mama
Cammy Enaharo – My Boo
Art Levine – Ask Me Now

Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day (Tabs)

Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day (Tab)

Here’s my take on, part-time uker and full time Belieber, Sufjan Stevens’s heartbreaking Casimir Pulaski Day. I also love Mikaela Davis’s harp cover, so a bit of that has snuck into the arrangement too.

The song gets much of its power from being blunt and straightforward. So I’ve kept the arrangement stark and tried to play it directly without too much emotion.

The picking is mostly thumb on the g- and C-strings and the index and middle on E and A respectively. The big exception is the rapid notes on the C-string at the end of each stanza e.g. bars 9 and 17. For those, I recommend using alternate picking as it’s too quick to comfortably play with your thumb.

The other big exception is the trumpet solo, where I switch to strumming to give things a lift.


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Hendrix, Black Pumas, Gorillaz: 7 Second Ukulele Lessons

Black Pumas – Colors

Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc

Jimi Hendrix – Fire

Luniz – I Got 5 On It

Not in the original key.

Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well

Not in the original key.

Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way

Guns N’ Roses – Patience (Tabs)

Guns N’ Roses – Patience (Tab)

While not quite in the league of November Rain, Guns N’ Roses’ acoustic lighter-swayer Patience is still a bit of an epic. So for this arrangement I’ve trimmed down the intro and outro and skipped the repeat of the verse and chorus.

The intro follows Axl’s whistling for the first four bars before playing the first solo section. Just a bit of bending to deal with here.

The main solo section starts in bar 28 with some sliding around. My favourite part is the lick in bar 32-33. I wasn’t sure if this bit was going to work on uke, but it ends up fitting neatly.

Things switch up in bar 39 for the outro with some loose strumming and a fun sliding solo section.

I found the melody in the outro (from bar 47 on) tricky to arrange. Usually, you’d have a G note over the G chord somewhere. But the melody sticks with the F# (E-string second fret) and A notes from the D chord. That makes it hard to pull out the chord changes in this section clearly. But if you keep the chord changes clear in your head you should navigate it okay.


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Friday Links: Congressional Medals and Ukulele Clothes

Sam and Fred Kamaka have received Congressional gold medals. (Via Ukulelia.)

James Hill has launched a ukulele clothing brand. So far, no oversized Hawaiian shirts or Formby false teeth.

The fantastic Paula Fuga has a new album out including features from Jack Johnson and Ben Harper: Rain on Sunday. I backed this on Kickstarter way back in 2014 and it’s been well worth the wait.

You can hear Paula along with Willie Nelson, The Staves and many more ukulele music released this year on the Ukulele Hunt 2021 Spotify Playlist.

Window Shopping
Kanile’a’s stunning 2021 Platinum.
– The nutso Blueberry guitharpulele.
Patent for a ukulele small enough to fit on a ring.


A massive thanks to all Uke Hunt’s Patreon backers for keeping the site up and running. And double thanks go to these unmatched patrons of the arts:

– Arthur Foley
– Colleen Petticrew
– Dan
– Elizabeth Beardsley
– Fiona Keane
– Katherine Penney
– Kie77
– Leia-lee Doran
– Lisa Johnson
– Mr Daniel Barclay
– Nick Parsons
– Olga deSanctis
– Pat Weikle
– Paulina Banach-Mazur
– Pauline LeBlanc
– Thorsten Neff

If you sign up at the Concert level or higher you’ll get access to all the past Patreon-only tabs including July’s tab: Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me? (Tabs)

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me? (Tab)

It’s always fascinating to see how bands deal with the death of musical fads and Travis are a prime example of it. Their debut album Good Feeling was full of Oasis-y rockers about good times and picking up girls. Which would have flown off the shelves if it had been released in the Britpop era rather than in 1997, the year Radiohead killed off the genre with OK Computer. After the lukewarm success of the album, they shamelessly reworked themselves into a Radiofriendlyhead sounding band on The Man Who (even slagging off Wonderwall on the first verse of the album) and had a breakthrough Why Does It Always Rain On Me?. Setting the scene for Coldplay who released their debut a year later.

The chords for this one are very easy. The only challenge is some rapid picking (which you’ll need to do some alternate picking) and pull-offs.


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The Big Chord Quiz 7

Time for the Uke Hunt Annual Chord Quiz. Test your chord knowledge, theory knowledge and musical ear. The method is as low-tech as ever.

– Grab a pen and paper.
– Answer the questions (using a ukulele to help you is entirely allowed and encouraged).
Check the answers here (no peeking).

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Chord Diagrams

Name the chord from the chord diagram (the chords are either major or 7, nothing more complicated than that).






Chord Flavour: Diagrams

All these are E chords but are they E, Em, E7, Em7, or Emaj7?






Chord Flavour: Listening

All these are F chords but are they F, Fm, F7, Fm7 or Fmaj7?






Chord Makeup

Each of these triads of notes makes up a minor chord (e.g. the notes of an A minor chord are A, C and E). Which one? (The notes are listed in alphabetical order starting at C to make it harder.)

16. E, G, B

17. D, G, Bb

18. D, F, A

19. C, E, A

20. C, Eb, G

Chord Progression

Match the MP3 to the chord sequence:

a) G – C – D – C – G
b) G – Em – C – D – G
c) G – C7 – D7 – C7 – G
d) G – E7 – A7 – D7 – G
e) G – Bm – C – D7 – G






Go here to check your answers


Big Chord Quiz 1
Big Chord Quiz 2
Big Chord Quiz 3
Big Chord Quiz 4
Big Chord Quiz 5
Big Chord Quiz 6
More ukulele quizzes

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion (Tabs)

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion (Tab)

The opening riff for REM’s Losing My Religion is a blast to play and fits nicely on the uke. I particularly like the riff on the G chord leading into the verse which I play campanella style.

At first, I was playing the chords with strums. But I switched to fingerpicking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it makes the chords sharper and more mandolin-like. Secondly, it means you can keep the chords very short (by immediately stopping the strings ringing with your picking fingers) making the sound punchier. Even so, strumming is a perfectly legitimate way to go and lends the tune a different feel.

Things get a lot more miserable once Stipe turns up. I mostly play the verses and choruses with one finger per string picking. You can be fairly loose with these sections and don’t need to play everything note for note.

My second favourite part is the riff right at the end. It’s ultra simple but very effective. Well worth learning even if you don’t bother with the rest of the song as it’ll fit in many situations.


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UkeTube: Paula Fuga, Sufjan Stevens

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Vinícius Vivas – Spain
Paula Fuga – Rain On Sunday
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine – Reach Out
Mathias Cévé – Vivaldi's Summer
Garam JEON – Für Elise
Lou Barlow – PAWS
Art Levine – Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
Conrad Cayman – Oh, Lady be Good
williwaw – leaning o'er parapets of cloud

Uke Hunt is 14

Uke Hunt turned 14 in May (I would have mentioned it then but time has become a flat circle and I still think it’s March). According to WebMD a 14 year olds will experience, “mood swings.. and may be embarrassed by you.”

Here’s a round-up of my favourite tabs and the goings-on of the last year.

May 2020

– Sad news of the deaths of two ukulele legends: Ian Whitcomb and Willie K

In tabs: Little Richard – Tutti Frutti, Gary Jules – Mad World, John Prine – Fish and Whistle/In Spite of Ourselves and Money Heist/La Casa de Papel Theme.

Patreon tab: Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

June 2020

The Big Chord Quiz
– Formby was wrong, you do need a license for your ukulele.

In tabs: I finally got around to doing Tiptoe Through the Tulips. Plus CCR/Wilson Pickett – Proud Mary/Midnight Hour, Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now, John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads and some riffs from TikTok.

Patreon tab: Daft Punk – Get Lucky

July 2020

In tabs: Hank Wiliams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine (Tab) and from the Last of Us 2: the theme song, Beyond Desolation and a bunch of riffs.

Patreon tab: Julie London – Cry Me a River

August 2020

– Following up on the five free tab collections earlier in the year with four more free tab ebooks: The Beatles on Uke, US TV Themes, Game Themes and Songs from the 60s. And, with my final Steven Universe/Adventure Time tabs: the Rebecca Sugar collection.

In tabs: Taylor Swift and Bon Iver – exile, Community Theme and The Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith.

Patreon tab: Queen – Love of My Life

September 2020

The gear I use in 2020.

In tabs: Tracy Chapman – Fast Car, Eagles – Desperado, Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man, Amazing Grace and Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

Patreon tab: Robert Johnson – Love in Vain

October 2020

In tabs: The Beach Boys – God Only Knows, Black Sabbath – Paranoid, Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and

Patreon tab: Neil Young – Harvest Moon

November 2020

Long lost tapes of Joni Mitchell playing the ukuelele showed up and I celebrated by tabbing A Case of You.

In tabs: Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind (Tab), Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter and Goo Goo Dolls – Iris.

Patreon tab: Guns N’ Roses – November Rain

December 2020

I ran down my favourites of 2020.

In tabs: John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Denver – Christmas for Cowboys and Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger.

Patreon tab: Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man

January 2021

In tabs: Rey’s Theme from Star Wars, Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight and, for obvious reasons, Vampire Weekend – 2021

Patreon tab: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

February 2021

one year of Patreon. It’s made a huge difference to me and that’s been reflected in the number of tabs going up. Patrons have also provided loads of suggestions of songs (which hadn’t occurred to me, I didn’t know or was too chicken to taken on) that I’m really pleased I tabbed. So a huge thanks to everyone that’s supported me at any point along the way. I don’t think either I or the site would have survived the pandemic without you.

In tabs: The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go, Inspector Gadget Theme, Agnes Obel – Riverside and Loudon Wainwright – The Swimming Song

Patreon tab: Extreme – More Than Words

March 2021

In tabs: The whole of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen, The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry and Frightened Rabbit – I Wish I Was Sober

Patreon tab: George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

April 2021

– A ukulele song made it to #1 for the first time since Train’s Hey, Soul Sister in the shape of Polo G and Einer Bankz’s RAPSTAR.
– I shared what I’ve learned so far while trying to improve my sound.

In tabs: Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi, Phoebe Bridgers – I Know the End , Simon and Garfunkel – April Come She Will, Queen – Bicycle Race and Weezer – Undone – The Sweater Song

Patreon tab: The Stranglers – Golden Brown

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