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Wellington International Ukulele Trio – Blue Smoke (Chords)

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – Blue Smoke (Chords) Lest you think ukuleles and New Zealand are a new phenomenon, the first record entirely produced in New Zealand, Blue Smoke, was a uke-featuring hapa haole song recorded when the technology was just reaching New Zealand way back in 1993 (you can read the full, and more […]

Get a Ukulele For Christmas? Read 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 thinest and restrung it. So, to save you from the social disgrace I experienced, I’ve put together a […]

Christmas Ukulele: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Chords)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Chords)(PDF) The first and most famous version of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree was by Brenda Lee, but these chords are taken from the version by Roses Polenzani and Cousins. All the chords are pretty simple. And I’ve substituted the E chord in the intro for an E7 to make […]

Christmas Ukulele: White Christmas (Chords)

Jason Castro – White Christmas (Easy Chords)(PDF) Jason ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow on American Idol‘ Castro has just released a ukulele version of White Christmas and you can get it free on Amazon (or on ReverbNation if you’re outside the US). I don’t want to be mean at Christmas time, but I’m guessing that isn’t […]

So You’ve Just Got Your First Ukulele

I’ve written a mini-ebook as a bit of an introduction to the ukulele aimed at people who got a new ukulele for Christmas. It’s free and released under a Creative Commons License. So you can email it people, let people download it on your site, print it out and hand it round to people – […]

Christmas Ukulele: 12 Days of Christmas (Chords)

12 Days of Christmas (Chords)(PDF) Incredibly irritating to song to go through sober, but the big advantage of it is that all the numbers from 12 to 6 just require one strum of a D chord. The best bit, obviously, is the ‘FIVE GOLDEN RIIIIIIIINGS’. I like to beef that part up a bit with […]

GUGUG Week: California Sun

GUGUG – California Sun (Chords)(PDF) I couldn’t let GUGUG week go by without some reference to the Ramones (although this song was originally done by the Rivieras). The chords for it are dead simple and so is the strumming. For most of the chords you can do a down, down, up, up, down. The only […]

GUGUG Week: Are Friends Electric?

GUGUG/Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric? (Chords)(PDF) I think I’ll have to do a Beirut on GUGUG at some point and write up all the songs they’ve done. All their songs are fun and easy to play and would work great as ukulele club songs. I worked out the GUGUG version of Are Friends Electric? […]

The Little Ones – Tangerine Visions (Ukulele Version)

The Little Ones – Tangerine Visions Writing up arrangements of songs has really shown me which songs are strong enough to stand up even when stripped down to four strings and which are just resting on gimmicks and production. I think all bands should be forced to do ukulele versions of their songs as The […]

Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK

Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK (Chords) (PDF) A lovely, simple uke tune from Ingrid Michaelson. Even simpler if you’ve still got your uke tuned down from the Eddie Vedder – Goodbye post (this one is in B tuning also). The chords are straightforward, but the strumming is a little trickier. It involves plenty of chnks […]

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