Choan Gálvez – If I Had You (Tab)

Choan Galvez – If I Had You (Tab)

I put Choan’s marvellous version of If I Had You (most known to me in Cliff Edwards’ ukulele version) on the UkeTube a while back. And he was kind enough to send me his tab of it.

The whole piece is full of interesting chord ideas. Even if you’re not going to learn the whole thing I’d recommend playing through the intro (bars 1 and 2), the turnaround (bars 9 and 10) and the outro (bars 30 – 33). You can use these directly in a jazzy piece in A or adapt them for other keys.


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Ukulele Videos of the Year So Far

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We’re coming up to the halfway point of the year so time for roundup of the best ukulele videos of 2015 so far. It’s turning into another vintage year for ukulele music so I had a nightmare time trying to get the list down to a reasonable length. In the end I’ve tried to represent the incredible breadth of ways the ukulele is being used these days.

YouTube is going all out to make itself impossible to use. With being capricious about which videos they show from subscriptions and turning off RSS feeds it’s been harder to keep up. So if I’ve missed something leave a link in the comments and I’ll check it out.

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twenty one pilots – We Don’t Believe What’s on TV (Chords)

twenty one pilots – We Don’t Believe What’s On TV (Chords)

I’ve been a bit on the fence about twenty one pilots. But I’ve been looking for some good old ukulele punk pop since The King Blues called it a day and We Don’t Believe What’s on TV fits the bill very nicely.

The are some chord inversions in the song you might not be familiar with. I’ve written them up the way I think he’s playing them. But feel free to use inversions that are more familiar like your prefered way of playing E or the 0100 version of A7. If you’re using the chord charts as written remember that the fret number at the top right of some of the diagrams indicates the fret the diagram starts on. For example, the E7 starts with a barre at the fourth fret (not the first).

Suggested Strumming

You can use this as the main strum:

d – d – d u d u

The ‘Tros and the Verses: One main strum each for F#m and E. Then twice for A except the ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ bits. There do the main strum once, then one down strum. Then either stop or do three down muted strums.

Bridges: Main strum twice for each chord.

Chorus: Just one down strum per chord.

Twiddly Bits

He uses this nice little run at the start of each line in the slowed down version:


After that you go to F#m as usual.


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Friday Links


Concerto for Ukulele Featuring Jake Shimabukuro.


– People have been busy trying strings this week. GotAUkulele tries using fishing line for strings (and The Ukulele Blog considers it). While Uke Nut has a more conventional string comparison.
KoAloha Naupaka. Mango and koa wood, live together in perfect harmony, side by side on my uku-lele soundboard, oh Lord, why can’t we?

New Releases

– The Ukulele 2015 Spotify playlist is filling up nicely. Recent additions include the UOGB, Twenty One Pilots, Melanie Doane and Herb Ohta Jr.
Joe Linthecome’s only two known tracks have been reissued. They’re the only pre-war blues ukulele recordings I’m aware of.
– Pre-order the new one from The Jive Aces.
Treehouse EP from Furuberget.

Sam Muir – Sounds Irish (Tab)

Sounds Irish Melody (Tab)

A guest tab from Sam Muir today. It’s her simple but effective arrangement of a tune from The Guitarist’s Way by Peter Nuttall and John Whitworth.

The tune works well as a solo piece but it’s a perfect piece for ukulele groups as it has parts for all abilities: simple chords for beginners, a picking part (below) for those starting on fingerpicking and the melody (above) for the show-offs.

Backing Tab/Chords

The picking part is just the chords played arpeggio (i.e. one note at a time). Played against the melody part it sounds far more intricate than the simplicity of the two parts suggests.

Baritone Version

Sounds Irish (Baritone Tab)

Baritone Backing

And here is a baritone version of both parts for the bariukers in the group. It’s in the same key as the standard tuning tab so they can be played together.


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Easy Alternatives to Chnking

Ukulele players love to blow chnks all over the place. It’s a useful technique to have in your arsenal. But it takes some practice to get down.

So here are a few alternatives you can use while you’re practicing them. And a few alternative strumming ideas for everyone else.

The Strum

The strum I’m recreating here is down, up, chnk, up, down, up, chnk, up. In shorthand:

d u x u d u x u

Which sounds like this using a chnk:

For more info on chnks and strumming patterns have a look at my ebook How to Play Ukulele Strums.

Body Slap

How do you do it? Slap the palm of your strumming hand down on the strings around the noise-hole area.

Advantages: Easy to do. Very percussive sound.

Disadvantages: There’s no strumming sound to it.

Muted Strum

How do you do it? A muted strum doesn’t require you to do anything different with your strumming hand at all. All you do is stop the strings from ringing by laying fingers on your fretting hand across the strings to stop them ringing. One finger will usually do the job but two fingers is safer.

In this example I’m playing a C chord. So I release the A-string then lay my index and middle fingers across the strings.

Advantages: You can do muted strums on down and up strums (not possible with chnks), they don’t break up the rhythm of your strumming hand, and they’re easy to do.

Disadvantages: They’re a bit wimpy compared to chnks.

Four Finger Muted Strum

How do you do it? Do a muted strum but strum with all four fingers. Try to line them up so they all hit the strings at about the same time.

Advantages: Louder and more in-your-face than a muted strum.

Disadvantages: Doesn’t have the same slap as a chnk.

Body Strum

How do you do it? Just like the four finger muted strum but you follow through and hit the body of the uke with your nails.

Advantages: They sound as close to a chnk as it’s possible to get without chnking. You can vary the sound you get my changing the amount of force you hit the uke with.

Disadvantages: Is a bit more tricky. It might damage your uke. Or your fingers.

Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman (Chords)

Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman (Chords)

It’s been a sad few weeks with three music legends dying: BB King, Ben E King and Percy Sledge.

In tribute to Percy Sledge I had to write up one of the greatest cheating songs: When A Man Loves a Woman. Bang a capo on the first fret and it works perfectly on ukulele.

Suggested Strumming

Two ponderous downstrums per chord will get you through the verses.

In the verse it’s four downstrums per chord. But at the end of the first and second lines there’s a little walk down on the A-string. There do three long downstrums on the C. Then one quick downstrum each on C – Cmaj7 – C7. If you prefer you can just play 3 – 2 – 1 on the A-string.

Twiddley Bits

From the second verse on there’s a great guitar part. Here’s my adaptation of it for ukulele:


Again, this is played with a capo at the first fret.


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More soul tabs and chords

Lucy Wise, Corey Fujimoto: UkeTube

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Friday Links


Ukulele in the Dark on building fluidity.
Ukulele Go! on learning faster.

New Releases

Brendan Maclean’s Thought I’d Cry for You EP (pay what you like) including a track with Neil Gaiman.
Gracie Terzian’s Saints and Poets.


Kala’s new range of US made ukes: Petaluma.
Cheezy ukuleles.
Brian May’s Sheltone banjolele.


Gym memes for ukulelists.
Scary clown.
Nick Offerman builds a ukulele.


– The Mother Ukers are raising money for Margaret Green Animal Rescue.

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