A couple of years ago Patsy Monteleone set himself the task of covering 100 songs from the Great American Song book on ukulele. He’s been recording consistently great stuff and he’s final reached 100 (and done a bonus). You can listen and download them on his website (in the Box on the sidebar) for free. I highly recommend grabbing some.
If you’ve watched TV at all in the last two years, you’ll have noticed that ukuleles are used in 73% of ads. So no surprise that the 2013 award for Music in Advertising went to a uke-featuring ad: OK Go’s bit for Chevy. Their prize? A bunch of ukuleles.
Last year was another golden year for ukulele music. And it’s time again to spread the love for your favourites in this year’s vote.
For the first stage, everyone gets to nominate up to 5 videos – leave them in the comments (click here for the comments section if you reading by email or RSS). From those nominations, I’ll cobble together a list of ten (ish) that will be voted on in the next round. Use whatever criteria you like. I went with whichever videos/songs I enjoyed most.
The rules remain as ramshackle as ever:
- There has to be a ukulele in there.
- Videos must have been originally uploaded in 2012.
- Videos must be publicly available online.
- Maximum of five nominations per person.
- Post your nominations in the comments.
- Nominations close midnight Tuesday 5th February.
- Ten(ish) acts with the most nominations go into the final vote with their most nominated song going forward.
- No prize. Just the love and admiration of the heaving masses.
- No sucking up by nominating me.
Don’t panic if your comments don’t show up right away. First time commenters and comments contains a few links can get held back for spam checking.
I’m a bit queezy about both hip-hop parodies and George Formby parodies. But I took a metaphorical leaf out of 50 Cent’s literal book and didn’t let fear stop me doing this Formbied version of In Da Club.
He tuned up half a step for this but I played it with a capo on the first fret. If you’re just playing for your own amusement you can keep it in standard tuning.
You can use this as your main strumming pattern:
d – d – d u d u
And switch that up with four down strums whenever the mood takes you.
In da chorus: Do the main strum twice each for the C7 and F. For the next C7 do the main strum followed by two down strums. Then one down strum each for the Db7 – C7. Slowed down, it sounds like this:
When I got my first ukulele, I was completely clueless. This was in those dark, long forgotten days before the internet had been discovered. I didn’t even realise that the strings weren’t supposed to go thickest to thinnest and restrung it.
So, to save you from the social disgrace I experienced, I’ve put together a free mini-ebook covering the basics that every first time uke owner needs to know. Here’s what it contains:
Five Things to Know
Five Chords to Learn
Five Songs to Play
Five Websites to Visit
Five Things to Get Free
Five Things to Buy
Five Videos to Watch
Five YouTube Channels to Subscribe to