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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 […]

Frank Skinner – Osama Bin Laden

Frank Skinner – Osama Bin Laden (Chords)(PDF) This will probably be another post entirely lost on my friends across the ocean, unfortunately. It’s a comedian you’ve never heard of at the Secret Policeman’s Ball doing a pastiche of someone who was never famous over there packed with references you won’t get (and even if I […]

Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next to Me

Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next to You (Chords) As I was saying on ezFolk before I was so rudely expunged, my once a year gambling habit has raised its head with this year’s Mercury Music Prize. It’s a tricky choice this year. Loyalty demands that I root for Laura Marling, being the only nominee […]

Kiwi Ukulele: the New Zealand Ukulele Companion

A look at the latest ukulele beginner’s book: Kiwi Ukulele: the New Zealand Ukulele Companion.

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma (Chords) To answer Vampire Weekend’s question, Lynne Truss and no one else. But plenty, of people, give a, fuck about, Vampire Weekend,s Oxford Comma, so I decided, to give it, a write, up, Dead simple chords for this one (G, C, D and Am). And the first part of the […]

Beirut – Hallelujah

Beirut – Hallelujah (Chords) Zach Condon quite often finishes off Beirut gigs with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Although his version is closer to Jeff Buckley’s (one of the best cover versions ever recorded). The chords are fairly simple. One thing he does a few times in the song (and loads of times in […]

Bishop Allen – Butterfly Nets

Bishop Allen – Butterfly Nets (Chords) There are a couple of great ukulele tunes on Bishop Allen’s The Broken String album: Click, Click, Click, Click (which you can download on their website) and Butterfly Net. Of the two, Butterfly Nets is by far the easiest to play – all baby’s first ukulele chords. The version […]

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