Songs of the States Tab eBook

SongsOfTheStatesCover

What’s in it?

Tab for:

Aura Lee (AKA Love Me Tender)
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Hail to the Chief
The Liberty Bell (AKA Monty Python Theme)
Reveille
Taps
Yankee Doodle

How Do I Buy It?

Buy it on Gumroad for $9 until the end of August when the price goes up to $12.

If you prefer, you can also buy it with PayPal for £6.50 on PayHip (PayPal should convert from whatever currency you’re using without any hassle).

After you pay you’ll get a link to the download page and an email with the link. There you can download the full ebook that contains the performance notes and the tabs. You can also download a zip file containing individual PDFs of the tabs if you want to work with them individually.

What’s It About?

I love taking tunes as far away from what you’d expect of ukulele music and transferring them. And you can’t get much further from a humble uke to a pompous marching band. So I thought it would be perfect to take on a collection of American patriotic marching band pieces, Civil War songs and songs generally full of fervour and Ameritude.

As well as being some corking tunes to play, I wanted this ebook to act as a guide to different techniques for performing tunes solo. The arrangements include a full on strumming chord-solo of Battle Hymn of the Republic, tunes you can play with just your thumb on the picking hand (Aura Lee and Hail to the Chief), fingerpicking tunes and a mixture of many techniques (Liberty Bell).

Practicing a new technique within a tune is more fun than dull exercises and you have a piece to show for it when you’re done. For example, if you wanted to get into campanella style fingerpicking you could start with the slow and easy Taps, move on to the quicker Reveille then onto the challenging arrangement of Yankee Doodle.

Difficulty: Mixed. Some tunes are perfect for people new to solo playing (Aura Lee and Taps) and some will be a challenge to even experienced players (Liberty Bell in particular)

Tuning: High-g gCEA tuning. Some of the tabs aren’t suitable for low-G or baritone (Reveille, Taps and Yankee Doodle wouldn’t work without changes).

Price: It’s going to be $12 but you can get it for $9 until the end of August. (If you’re in the EU VAT will be charged at the local rate.)

Videos: As well as videos of the full arrangements there are also close up, slowed down videos showing the techniques used.

Performance Notes: Tips for playing each tune and a brief history.

What if I buy it and it sucks?

As with all my ebooks, if you buy it and don’t like it just send me message with the email address you used to buy it and I’ll send a full refund. No questions asked.

Remind Me Again, How Do I Buy It?

Buy it on Gumroad for $9

If you prefer, you can also buy it with PayPal for £6.50 on PayHip (PayPal should convert from whatever currency you’re using without any hassle).

After you pay you’ll be taken to the download page and get an email with a link to your download.

After you pay you’ll get a link to the download page and an email with the link. There you can download the full ebook that contains the performance notes and the tabs. You can also download a zip file containing individual PDFs of the tabs if you want to work with them individually.

Rebecca Sugar – It’s Over, Isn’t It? (Steven Universe)(Chords)


Rebecca Sugar – It’s Over, Isn’t It (Chords)

Another fantastic song from Rebecca Sugar. The songs seem to be getting more intricate each time. A pain in the arse for tabbing but a joy to listen to. But there are still plenty of Sugarisms you’ll recognise from other Steven Universe songs such as the prominent use of Cmaj7 and diminished chords.

As she often does, Sugar uploaded her ukulele demo to Tumblr and it’s that version I worked from. However, the finished version is in the same key and there aren’t too many changes.

Suggested Strumming

In verse one you can do just one down-strum with your thumb for each chord name.

The chorus is fingerpicked but you can strum it without losing too much. This pattern works well:

d – x u – u d –

For the second verse (I call it that but it’s completely different to the first verse) you can go back to one strum per chord.

Twiddly Bits


It’s Over, Isn’t It? (Picking Tab)

The picking gets a bit tricky. Particularly when she ups the tempo in bar 13 (something you don’t need to do in your own version). The tab starts at the first chorus and continues through the second verse. Then you repeat the chorus section.

I use one finger per string picking so the picking fingers are all in place when you have to pluck all the strings at once. In the video above I play through the tab once up to speed then once slowly.

Links

Steven Universe on Cartoon Network
More tabs and chords from Steven Universe
Everything Stays chords

Jacob Collier, Bryan Elijah Smith: UkeTube

Full Playlist

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Kala 21 Pilots Uke: Friday Links

Ukes
21pKala’s new twenty one pilots Cord Ukulele looks damn fine.
1920s Kumalae Koa Soprano Ukulele.
RIGuitars ukulele based on Jerry Garcia’s guitar.

Photos
Dorothy Mackaill in Safe in Hell (1931).
Various ladies with ukes (1920s)

Garfunkel and Oates are up for an Emmy for their ukulele tune Frozen Lullaby. On a non-ukulele note, Kate Micucci is in the new Ira Glass/Mike Birbiglia movie (judging by the trailer she’s in it a bunch and they don’t let her say anything).

Jake Shimabukuro jams with his son (via Ukulelia).

I mentioned Helen Arney’s new radio show Domestic Science last time round and you can listen to the first episode on iPlayer now (wherever you are).

Sonny and Cher – I Got You Babe (Tab)

Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe (Tab)

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.

Like Tuesday’s post, this one uses the slightly unusual 6/8 time signature. That means each bar is two sets of three beats. I like to count the bars 1,2,3,2,2,3. But 1,2,3,1,2,3 and 1,2,3,4,5,6 will also work. Or you could just clap along in an awkward, flat-handed manner.

This arrangement starts out with one finger per string. Then switches to thumb and two finger from bar 17. Then as the song builds you start strumming in bar 23 with occasional picked notes.

To keep things simple, I’ve skipped the key change in the song. If you’re feeling ambitious you can do it by moving everything from bar 37 onwards up a fret. You’ll also need to rejigger bars 41, 45 and 46 to 10-8-9-11.

Links

Buy it on iTunes
More 60s tabs and chords

7 Second Ukulele Lessons: Hip Hop and Rap

I’ve been putting up little tab videos on Instagram and Twitter for a while now. Here’s a collection of the rap & hip hop tunes I’ve done since I started.

Drake – Started from the Bottom

7 second ukulele lesson: Drake – Started from the Bottom.

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

StartedFromTheBottom

Buy on iTunes

Dr Dre – The Next Episode

Dr Dre – The Next Episode: 7 second ukulele lesson

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

TheNextEpisode

Buy on iTunes

Kanye West – Power

Kanye West – Power (Intro): 7 second ukulele lesson.

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

Power

Buy on iTunes

Kanye West/Paul McCartney – All Day

Kanye West/Paul McCartney – All Day: 7 second ukulele lesson

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

AllDay

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Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

7 second ukulele lesson: Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

BlackAndYellow2

Buy on iTunes

Meek Mill – Ima Boss

7 second ukulele lesson: Meek Mill – Ima Boss

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

ImaBoss

Buy on iTunes

Young Thug – With That

7 second ukulele lesson: Young Thug – With That (Favourite album of the year so far)

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

YoungThug

Buy on iTunes

Fetty Wap – Trap Queen

Fetty Wap – Trap Queen: 7 second ukulele lesson.

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

TrapQueen

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Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind (Chords)


Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind (Chords)

I became completely obsessed with hiking simulator Firewatch recently. And the game’s soundtrack is perfect. I already made a guitar tab of the main theme. And I had to write up the chords for I’d Rather Go Blind which features on the closing credits.

Chris Stapleton must have taken a chunk of inspiration from I’d Rather Go Blind for Tennessee Whiskey. It’s the same two chords, same time signature, similar tempo and uses similar guitar lines.

Suggested Strumming

For the strumming I like to use:

d – d u d –

Do that four times for each chord written (the chord chart shows Bm then Bm again and A then A again so really you’re doing the pattern eight times).

Here’s how that sounds:


Strum

Twiddly Bits

Here’s a ukulele version of the guitar part in the intro:

IdRatherGoIntro

Which sounds like this:


Solo

Links

Buy it on iTunes
Firewatch
More game tabs and chords

Bud Sugar, WIUO: UkeTube

Full Playlist

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Ukulele Science: Friday Links

Helen Arney will be doing some science explaining on her ukulele along with her nerd friends Matt ‘Standup Maths’ Parker and Steve ‘Steve Mould’ Mould on their new BBC Radio 4 show Domestic Science from the 20th July. You’ll be able to listen on demand on iPlayer (wherever you are, I believe).

Last chance to get in on the Brexit sale. You can get 15% off any of my ebooks by using this code: brexit. If you prefer, you can also buy them on Payhip using PayPal in GBP (while it still has some value). No code on there. The price should be the equivalent of the USD price after the code.

New Releases
– Excellent debut album from Liam Capper-Starr: Needs More Cello.
– Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s new World War I album Lousy War.
Grand Old Uke of York’s cover EP Head out on the Highway.
BrokenCapo– The Burning Hell cover Men Without Hats to great effect.
Kristen Wiig is working on a ukulele album.

An update on my capo post from a few weeks back. My clamp capo (the one I recommended) snapped in two this week. I still recommend that style of capo but perhaps go with a less junky brand.

Lorde – Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tab)


Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tab)

This is a follow on from the Hanging Tree tab in a few ways. As well as the Hunger Games connection, I’ve tried to keep the arrangement as minimal and easy to play as possible.

The arrangement draws heavily on Lorde’s sparse, minor key version. But it also includes elements of the Tears for Fears original since I couldn’t get that version out of my head.

I use thumb and two finger picking for my version but it’s arranged so you can play it all just using your thumb.

Links

Buy the Lorde version
Buy the Tears for Fears version
More movie theme tabs

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