Keane/Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We Know (Chords)


Carrie Hope Fletcher – Somewhere Only We Know (Chords)

When I mentioned I was doing this song to Uke Hunt’s US Cultural Affairs Correspondent her reaction was, “Somewhere Only We Know?! Isn’t it several years too late for that song?” So I feel I should explain. Last year Lily Allen did a cover for a Christmas advert. The ad was everywhere, the song was everywhere, it went to number 1. I thought that was the end of it but it’s been cropping up again this year as Christmas song even though there’s nothing particularly Christmassy about it (other than containing a Jesus4 chord). But it’s a nice song so I’m not complaining.

I’ve written up the chords for Carrie Hope Fletcher’s version. Partly because it’s dead easy and a great place to start if you’re looking to get into fingerpicking. And partly because that makes this the first time I’ve featured separate a brother and sister ukulele songs.

To play along with the video tune up by one fret or put a capo on the first fret.

Picking Pattern

The picking is a thumb and two finger pattern. The full pattern goes like this:

Thumb picks C
Index picks E
Middle picks A
Thumb picks C
Index picks E
Middle picks A
Thumb picks C
Index picks E

So you go up the top three strings in order twice, then just the C- and E-strings. Do that once for every chord.

Here’s how it looks slow then up to speed:

And here it is in tab form:

Picking

Links

The original version on iTunes
The Lily Allen version on iTunes
Carrie Hope Fletcher on YouTube
More Christmas tabs and chords

Monty Python – Sit On My Face (Chords)


Monty Python – Sit on My Face (Chords)

I thought I’d join with this week’s face sitting protests and put up the chords to this Monty Python protest song. The song is based on Gracie Fields’s Sing As We Go with some lyrical adaptation by Eric Idle.

Suggested Strumming

The main strum I use for this is just:

d – d u

I use that everywhere except in the descending intro/outro line. There I just done one downstrum per chord. Here’s how it sounds together:

Links

Buy it on iTunes
Buy Sing as We Go
Eric Idle – Fuck Christmas (Chords)

Timpluras: UkeTube

Full Playlist

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Ukulele Calendar: Friday Links

Pictures

– Download a free ukulele calendar with some familiar faces. Including mine. (To clear up some confusion: I have no involvement in this calendar other than being in it. I don’t own the 5K either.)
– Rookie’s teach yourself to play ukulele.
Ukulele star.
Fact checking a t-shirt.
Martin 5K.

Videos

Where ukes come from.
Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel duet on one ukulele.

New Releases

– You can get La Familia de Ukeleles’ records for free until 9th December.
Skye Zentz’s Snow Day.
Brit Rodriguez’s The Covers.

Chonkinfeckle podcast.

Frasier Theme (Tab)


Bruce Miller – Frasier Theme (Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs) (Tab)

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this tune. Several hundred I expect. But not once did it occur to me that there might be a reason he’s going on about tossed salads and scrambled eggs. Frasier writer, Ken Levine asked the tune’s composer Bruce Miller who explained, “these were things that were “mixed up” like Frasier Crane’s patients”.

And it’s not just the patients. The theme is a mixed up, mouse painting, moon howling kinda song. For a tune that only lasts 36 seconds this really packs in a lot of different notes. My advice is to throw yourself into it an not worry much about any mistakes.

Links

Buy it on iTunes
TV theme tabs and chords

Christmas Tabs and Chords

If you’re looking for something festive to learn here’s a complete rundown of everything Christmassy on the site.

Christmas eBooks

I’ve written 3 collections of easy Christmas tabs: How to Play Christmas Ukulele, Christmas Ukulele 2 and Christmas Ukulele 3.

You can pick up all three for the price of 2 by buying the whole Christmas Trilogy at once. And you can get an extra $2 off if you use this code in the shopping cart: theothertinytim

Chords

12 Days of Christmas
A Christmas Duel – The Hives and Cyndi Lauper
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Chiron Beta Prime – Jonathan Coulton
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
Christmas for Cowboys – John Denver/Ballard C Boyd
Christmas in July – Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick
Cold Outside – Julia Nunes & Wade Johnson
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle
Give the Jew Girl Toys – Sarah Silverman
It’s Cliched to be Cynical At Christmas – Half Man Half Biscuit
iPod X-mas – Hello Saferide
Let It Snow
Lumberjack Christmas/Christmases Past – Sufjan Stevens
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight) – The Ramones
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
No Christmas – Zee Avi
Present Face – Garfunkel and Oates
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Run, Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
Santa Baby
Santa Will Find You – Mindy Smith/Tripping Lily
Silver Bells – She & Him
Space Christmas – Allo Darlin
The Christmas Song – Weezer
The Christmas Song Song – Rocky and Balls
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Year End Letter – Garfunkel and Oates
You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch

Tabs

Away in a Manger
Carol of the Bells
Christmastime Is Here (from Charlie Brown)
German Christmas Carols
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Instrumental)
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Little Drummer Boy
Mele Kalikimaka
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
O Christmas Tree (Single Note Version)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night (Harmonics Version)
Silent Night (Single Note Version)
Sleigh Ride – U900 / The Ventures
Various – Wilfried Welti’s Musikalisches Naschwerk für Solo Ukulele
We Three Kings
White Christmas

Tripping Lily/Mindy Smith – Santa Will Find You (Chords)

Tripping Lily – Santa Will Find You

Tripping Lily’s ukulele cover of Mindy Smith’s Santa Will Find You has been the video to kick off every Christmas UkeTube since 2009. The song has the perfect mix of melancholy and jazziness for a Christmas song. And Tripping Lily played it so well. So it’s well past time I wrote it up.

Suggested Strumming

Two main strums will get you through this. Both of them just down strums.

For the more sparse parts you can just do two down strums per bar.

For the other parts you can do six down strums with the fourth being emphasised. Like this:

d d d D d d

In the verse and intro: Once each on E and Emaj7. Twice on everything else.

In the chorus: The first two lines the same as the verse. The last two strum the pattern once for each chord.

Here’s how that strum sounds:

Strum

Twiddly Bits

Here’s the guitar line in the intro and throughout adapted for ukulele:

Intro

Intro

There’s a slight change right at the end. In the outro section replace the last two bars with this:

Outro

Links

Buy the Mindy Smith version
Tripping Lily Facebook
MonicaRizzio.com
More Christmas Tabs and Chords

Pat LePoidevin, La Familia de Ukeleles: UkeTube

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Friday Links

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’ve just released the final part of the Christmas Ukulele Trilogy: Christmas Ukulele III: Return of the Magi. And the updated version of How to Play Blues Ukulele (if you bought the previous version and haven’t had an email from me with a download for the new one send me a message with the email address you used when you bought it and I’ll hook you up.

There are discount codes for both if you buy before Christmas:

Blues: ibluemyself ($5 off)
Christmas: theothertinytim ($2 off the Christmas III or the trilogy)

New Releases

– Rerelease for an old UOGB Christmas album: Never Mind The Reindeer.
AJ Leonard – Soft Lights And Sweet Music.
– Pre-order Molly Lewis’s stage musical Thanksgiving v Christmas.

Videos

Too Many Cookies! Which will only make sense if you’ve seen this. In case you were wondering about the chords

Learning

– Tips for playing ukulele with a guitar player.

Little Drummer Boy (Tab)

To give you an idea of the tabs in the Christmas Ukulele III ebook, here’s an arrangement in the same styles and with a similar difficulty.

The Little Drummer Boy is (supposed to be) based on an old Czech folk melody. But it only became well known when rearranged and given lyrics in the 1950s for the Harry Simeone Chorale version.

Full Arrangement


Little Drummer Boy (Tab)

This arrangement is designed to be played solo. It can all be played with your thumb on your picking hand. When you play more than one string just strum your thumb down until you hit the last note in the chord.

The notes in brackets here are backing notes. They’re not part of the melody so play them softly.

Melody Arrangement


Little Drummer Boy (Melody Tab)

This version is even simpler. It splits up the chords and the melody into different parts. So you can play this version with a friend or with this MP3. It’s stereo split so you can play along with either the chords or the melody.


Melody Version

For the strumming here I’m just doing two down strums per bar.

Links

Buy the Harry Simeone Chorale version iTunes
Christmas Ukulele III

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