Ukulele Go! has a tool to help you find chords that go well together.
Ukulele favourites, Bosko and Honey entered Australia’s Got Talent and confused everyone. They’ve made it to the last round.
New release from Gwyn Edwards: Archetypes.
– 16th century violin maker, Gasparo Duiffopruggar with a magnificent beard and a collection of his instruments including a forerunner of the ukulele (via @hermanvdc)
– Meredith Coloma Canucks tenor.
– The Motorcycle Band
– Percy and Ferdie.
– Lakeside Park.
– Corgi balancing.
Cartoon Network’s Over the Garden Wall has featured a bunch of old-timey musicians including Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and ukulele chanteuse Janet Klein. I got had a request I couldn’t ignore for a song from the show so it was inevitable I went for Klein’s Langtree’s Lament.
Nothing too tricky in this arrangement. It’s almost all played with strums. There are some places when you’re not strumming all the strings e.g. bar 10. There the melody switches to the g-string so you need to emphasise that string. It’s not a big deal if you don’t hit exactly the strings tabbed so long as you’re holding the chord down (in that bar Bb7).
The notes I pick are the slides up to the fifth fret in bars 2 and 6, the one note in bar 7 and the campanella picking in bars 14 and 15. If you’re dead set against campanella you can also play it like this:
I like to keep a list of songs that use just the most common ukulele chords. Arranged by the order people usually learn them in. That way you can find some songs to play no matter how few chords you know.
Songs added to the list:
C, F and G
If you prefer, you can use G7 in the place of G or vice versa for any of these songs.
Happy Birthday to You
NeverShoutNever! – Your Biggest Fan/Did It Hurt?
Noah and the Whale – Five Years Time
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
Paolo Nutini – High Hopes
SoKo – I Will Never Love You More
The Bobby McGee’s – A Dog At All Things
The Lancashire Hotpots – He’s Turned Emo
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime
The Tiger Lillies – Start A Fire
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra/Kings of Leon – The Bucket
Plus Am, Dm and Em
Addams Family Theme Tune
Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend to Dance With You
Blondie/Imelda May – Dreaming
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Darren Hanlon – All These Things
Electrelane – Cut and Run
Garfunkel and Oates – Me, You and Steve
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
GUGUG – California Sun
Israel Kamakawiwoíole/Jason Castro – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Julien Dore – Cet Air-La
Kate Nash – Foundations
Kate Micucci/The Gooch – Mr Moon
Kelli Rae Powell
Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next to Me
LP – Into the Wild
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Phosphorescent – Wolves
She & Him – Sentimental Heart
Allo Darlin’ – Tallulah
Allo Darlin’ – Space Christmas
Amanda Palmer – In My Mind
Antsy Pants/Bear Creek – Vampire
Belle and Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
Daniel Johnston – Living Life
Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
Garfunkel and Oates – The Fade Away (you can use D instead of D7)
Gothic Archies – Shipwrecked
GUGUG/The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Keston Cobblers’ Club – You-Go
The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
The Little Ones – Tangerine Visions
Phredd – Elmer’s Electric Tricycle
Skinny Lister – Colours
The Dubliners and The Pogues – The Irish Rover
The Pogues – Fiesta
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Velvet Underground and Nico – I’ll be Your Mirror
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
Plus A and E7
Camera Obscura – Cock Up Your Beaver
Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard
Florence & the Machine – Kiss With A Fist (don’t panic, you can use E7 instead of E in this song)
The Pogues – Sally McLennane
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation
Junior Brown – Better Call Saul
Kate Micucci & Ted (Scrubs) – Screw You
Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full of Lead
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
The Weavers – Pay Me My Money Down
James Bay – Hold Back the River
Beirut – A Candle’s Fire
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (You can use C instead of C5)
Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Lorde/Walk off the Earth – Royals
Lorde/WIOU – Team
Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Nevershoutnever – First Dance
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers
Noah and the Whale – Jealous Kind of Love
Sufjan Stevens – Lumberjack Christmas
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Mastered all those? Tackle more:
18 Wheeler is played on a low-G uke. The chords will work perfectly well on a high-G. The picking does still work but doesn’t sound quite the same. You might try a few different picking patterns with the same chord shapes to see which you like most.
* Rachel Trachtenburg seems to have left the band.
You can keep the strumming very simple like she does in the live version and just do downstrums per chord. In the version on the record she switches it up to a more complex strum. If you want to do the same you could go with this for each chord:
d – d – d u d u
Chorus: Eight down strums per chord (twice as fast as the downstrums in the verse).
Here’s the picked intro that continues in the first verse. It uses the same chord shapes as the rest of the song but you’re picking the G-string with your thumb then simultaneously picking the E- and A-strings with your index and middle fingers respectively.
Ukuleles for Ukraine is a charity that raises money via ukulele-means to supply children’s homes in Ukraine with clothing, school supplies, medicines, educational technology, and musical instruments. They’ve just released a ten minute documentary of their trip and just launched a YouCaring fund that you can donate to here.
The Hebden Bridge-based organisers of the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival were hit particularly hard with the Boxing Day floods in the UK. But they’re back in business and the festival is going ahead as planned with a great line-up.
– Les Poupées Gonflées – Chansons pétillantes à voix frétillantes!.
– Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer – The Chap Trilogy (PWYW).
– Prettiots – Funs Cool.
– Brit Rodriguez – Valentine’s Day and Renditions for Rainy Days.
– Vessna Scheff – Echoes EP.
Jonathan Lewis’s Irish Tunes for Campanella Ukulele was my favourite tab book of last year. So I’m delighted that he’s let me put up his tab up on the site.
Like the arrangements in his ebook, this is a challenging campanella of an Irish tune (this time by Turlough O’Carolan).
I’ve been blown away by how well Ukulele for Dummies has done. It’s sold over 100,000 copies now which is way beyond what I ever imagined. It’s also had good review. There are 151 5 star reviews on Amazon UK (with an average of 4.4 stars) and 185 5-star reviews on Amazon US (4.2 average).
I can’t thank you enough for buying, reviewing and most of all recommending it. I know a lot of people who read Uke Hunt are the go-to ukulele person amongst their friends so I’m so massively grateful for people spreading the word.
The publisher must be happy with how it’s gone as well. They asked me to do a second edition of the book which came out at the end of last year. Here are some of the details on it.
There are two brand new chapters:
– Ukuleleing the Holidays: Like the rest of the chapters in Part IV, it applies techniques from earlier in the book to a type of music. In this case, Christmas and New Year tunes.
– Ten Greatest Ukulele Chords: My favourite chords, how to play them and when to use them.
There’s a new section on useful mobile apps for ukulele players.
There’s no CD anymore. But, mercifully, the downloads have been made easier to find and deal with. You can get them all here.
Some (hopefully all) of the typos have been fixed, a few bits have been updated and I’ve clarified and changed a few things thanks to the feedback I’ve had.
Audio and Videos
All the audio and video are easy to get now whether you’ve bought the book or are just curious. You can download the audio and watch the videos here. You can also find all the individual files linked here (useful if you’re on mobile).
Should I Buy the First or Second Edition?
I’d recommend the second edition. As well as the extra chapters I think some of the explanations are clearer.
The only people I’d recommend the first edition to are those who are happier using a CD rather than downloads or have limited connectivity. But for people who would just rip the CD anyway, go with the second edition.
I Have the First, Should I Get the Second?
No, I wouldn’t recommend it. The new stuff isn’t essential in the 2nd Edition that wasn’t in the first.
Excerpts and Extras
You can get a flavour for the book by reading these extracts and extras that are on Dummies.com:
– Suspending and Diminishing Chords on the Ukulele
– Relating Chord Diagrams and Tab to the Ukulele
– Extending Ukulele Chords
– Attempting More Complex Chords on the Ukulele
– Augmenting Chords on the Ukulele
– 10 Famous Ukulele Lovers
– Ukulele For Dummies Cheat Sheet
– Getting to Know Chord Families on the Ukulele
Second Edition Contents
Part I: Getting Started with the Ukulele
Chapter 1: Exploring the Ukulele
Chapter 2: Tuning Up to Sound Great
Chapter 3: Discovering How to Handle Your Ukulele
Part II: Starting Out with Chords and Strumming
Chapter 4: Playing Your First Ukulele Chords and Songs
Chapter 5: Drumming Up More Strumming Patterns
Chapter 6: Meeting the Chords and Their Families
Part III: Picking and Single Note Playing
Chapter 7: Getting to Grips with Tabs and Notation
Chapter 8: Discovering Fingerpicking Patterns
Chapter 9: Combining Melodies and Chords When Playing Solo
Chapter 10: Picking Up Some Soloing Techniques
Part IV: Discovering Genres and Styles
Chapter 11: Rocking Out with Your Uke
Chapter 12: Playing the Blues to Lift Your Spirits
Chapter 13: Saying ‘Aloha’ to the Hawaiian Style
Chapter 14: Jazzing Up Your Uke Playing
Chapter 15: Strumming Up the Jawaiian Style
Chapter 16: Getting Classy: Classical Masterpieces for Ukulele
Chapter 17: Ukuleleing the Holidays
Part V: Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele
Chapter 18: Weighing Up Your Options When Buying a Ukulele
Chapter 19: Splashing Out on Essentials and Accessories
Chapter 20: Restringing, Maintaining, and Adjusting Your Uke
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter 21: Ten Ukulele Players to Know
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene
Chapter 23: Ten (or So) Tips for Improving Your Playing
Chapter 24: Ten Greatest Ukulele Chords
Part VII: Appendixes
Appendix A: Chord Charts
Appendix B: Reading Standard Musical Notation
Appendix C: Audio Tracks
What a great song this is. I love the half-hearted pretence of, “Oh, I’m totally fine with being dumped.” And the music reflects that so well. It does its best to avoid minor-key gloominess but can’t raise the tempo above a crawl and is drenched in melancholy, ambiguous chords.
I’d recommend following Dean and just doing simple down strums all the way though.
Here’s the little fingerpicked intro: