The White Stripes – Little Ghost (Chords)

The White Stripes – Little Ghost (Chords)

It’s Halloween week on Uke Hunt to give you some time to work up tunes. But you probably won’t need that long to get this one together. It’s just three chords: A, D and E7. You can make it even easier if you use the no hassle way of changing from A to D.

The challenge is how fast it’s played. So start off slow until you’ve got it under your fingers.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this strum almost all the way through:

d – d u – u d –

The strumming in the verses and chorus are exactly the same:

In the first and third lines: Do the main strum twice for the first chord and once for the other chords.

Second line: Twice for each chord.

In the last line: Once for the first two chords, then twice for the last chord.

The only part that doesn’t work is when the song slows right down in the second and third lines of verse 3. He plays tremolo strums there. But I’d recommend just doing one down strum per chord.

Here’s how that sounds up to speed then slowed down:

Ghost Strum


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Friday Links: Tabs, Canada Hates Ukulele Anthem

Uke Hunt’s annual t-shirt release started this week. Pre-orders run until 26th October and you can get them in the US or in the UK. UPDATE: Both the UK and US t-shirt campaigns have hit their goal. So if you pre-ordered one you will be getting it. A massive thanks to everyone who has ordered already for supporting the site with both your wallet and your torso.

– Jake Shimabukuro has released a tab book of his album Nashville Sessions.
– Craig Robertson has released free chord songbooks for his albums That Dress and Practical Hypnotist. Lots of great, jazzy chord progressions to steal. I’ve already added Cm6 (2333) – G7 (from The Hypnotist) and Fm – Cm+4 (0313) (from Missing) to my repertoire. (Alternative links: Practical Hypnotism and That Dress).
BariFever has a bunch of tabs for baritone ukulele.

1940s Favilla soprano.
3D printable plans for a travel ukulele.

Walk Off the Earth’s performance of O Canada got a furious backlash from ukulele haters and women haters alike.

David Beckingham – Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer (Tab)

Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer (Tab)

A very welcome new tab from David Beckingham. Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer is a WWII song by Adamson and McHugh. But David’s version is based on Joseph Spence’s incredible take on the tune.


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Uke Hunt T-Shirts


It’s Uke Hunt t-shirt season again! Every year around this time I do a run of t-shirts. This year you can buy them from either the US or the UK:

Pre-order now from US

Pre-order now from the UK

I’m using Teespring again this year. It is sort of a Kickstart for t-shirts. So you put in an order for your shirt, if there are enough orders by the end of the campaign the shirts are made and sent out. You’re not charged anything until the end of the campaign (and you’re not charged at all if the shirt doesn’t reach its goal). This way of doing it means all the shirts are printed at once and exactly the right shirts and sizes are made.

So if you want one of the shirts they’ll only be available until Wednesday 26th October. After that you’re all out of luck.

The system has worked well for the last couple of years so I’m sticking with it. My shirt came here (the UK) quickly and without any hassle. It’s nice quality. The one I have is three years old and it’s still in good shape. You can see it on a devastatingly handsome model in my recent videos.

The Shirts


In the US there are two different styles: the standard fit American Apparel crew-neck (at the top of the post) and the v-neck Bella Missy slim fit (directly above).Both are $22 plus shipping from the US

The UK t-shirts are different from last year and should be higher quality. They’re described as “Unisex Organic T-Shirt”. They’re both £22 from the UK including VAT (if you’re in a different EU country VAT should be charged at your local rate).

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Teespring is based in the US so shipping outside of that is more expensive and will take longer.

United States: $3.99 flat rate, plus $2.00 per each additional item. Your shirt will arrive within 7-14 days from the end of the campaign.

Canada: $11.49 CAD flat rate, plus $5.00 CAD per each additional item. Your shirt will arrive within 14-21 days from the end of the campaign.

International (from the US) £7.99 (€11.49) flat rate, plus £3.50 (€5.00) per each additional item. Your shirt will arrive within 14-21 days from the end of the campaign.

UK (from the UK): £2.75 for the first apparel item and £0.50 for each additional item. You can expect your package to arrive around 5 business days after the campaign finishes printing.

Europe (from the UK): £3.35 for the first apparel item and £1.00 for each additional item.

For more information on the shirts and the system take a look at Teespring’s FAQ.


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Tom Waits – I Hope that I Don’t Fall in Love with You (Chords)

This is one of Waits’s folkiest and most affecting songs. It’s also very adaptable. Making it great for a mixed ability group. And if Tom Waits can sing it anyone can (except me).

I’ve written it up in three levels of difficulty.

Easy Version

Tom Waits – I Hope that I Don’t Fall in Love with You (Easy Chords)

The very easiest way to play it is with just C, F and G. You can also substitute G7 for G if you prefer.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this as the main strum:

d – d u

First two lines: Twice on C and F. Four times on G

Second two lines: Once on each chord until the last G where you play the strum four times.

Last line: One down strum each on F and G. Then back to the pattern until one down strum each on C – G – C – G at the end of the verse.

Together it sounds like this:

Strumming easy version

The last verse does mix up the strumming pattern. But you can easily make it fit the same pattern as the rest of the verses and I recommend doing that if you’re playing in a group.

Moderate Version

I Hope that I Don’t Fall in Love with You (Moderate Chords)

The only difference here is your playing a G7sus4 to G7 move in place of the G at the end of the lines in the easy version. The strumming is exactly the same except on the long Gs you do the main strum twice on G7sus4 and twice on G7.

Strumming moderate version

Tricky Version

I Hope that I Don’t Fall in Love with You (Picking Tab)

This version is based on the guitar picking in the song. I start off using one finger per string picking until bar 7 where I move my thumb to the C-string with index and middle on E and A. Back to one per string in bar 11 before changing again for the run at the end.

Picking Version


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Friday Links: Madagascar, America’s Got Talent

There’s a new episode of my favourite travelogue Matt Kresling’s Madagascar Journals. This time he learns a Malagasy song on his ukulele, chooses between a girl and an exploding mountain and objects to a zebu being sodomised.

This year’s America’s Got Talent was won by 12 year old ukulelist Grace VanderWaal.

Ukulele Go! reviewed my How to Play Blues Ukulele ebook and was very kind:

This is a great ebook that I’d definitely recommend even if you have a passing interest in playing the blues on your ukulele. I wouldn’t particularly consider myself a big blues fan but I got (and still get) a lot from the book. It’s so packed with information and ideas that I think pretty much everyone will find something useful here. A definite buy recommendation from me!

Edna Marion.
Two sad mice.
Blue Booby Boogie.
Tommy Purcell’s signed ukulele.

Sera Was Never (Dragon Age Inquisition)(Tab)

Raney Shockne – Sera Was Never (Tab)

I do enjoy a good fake-Celtic game tune like Gwent Flute Song from Witcher 3. So when I got a request for this tune I couldn’t resist. I might make it a trilogy and do the Hearthstone theme at some point. Until then I’ll keep brushing up on actual Celtic tunes.

For my version I’ve kept the chords and melody separate. The melody is a good opportunity to use a pick to get a mandolin-ish tone. But I’m using my fingers mostly alternating picking with index and middle fingers.

Here’s a backing track for you to play along with. There’s one bar of Am to count you in.

Backing track MP3

For the backing strumming I’m using a touch strum then a full strum. There’s a full guide to touch strums in How to Play Ukulele Strums but the basics is you lightly hit just the g- and C-strings with your strum.

Download the soundtrack here if you own the game
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Chord Updates: ABBA, Bon Iver and Others

I’ve been updating some of the chord posts I did back in the olden days when the internet was in black and white. Updating the chords, adding strumming patterns, videos and audio and whatnot. Check ’em out:

ABBA – Dancing Queen

Arctic Monkeys – Despair in the Departure Lounge

Bon Iver – Skinny Love (Tabs and Chords)

Radiohead/Amanda Palmer – Creep

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