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Five Most Iconic Strumming Patterns

My usual advice about strumming patterns is to not worry too much about it and try a few to see what suits you. But some songs have strumming patterns so perfect they become its central feature. The good news is that you can’t copyright a strumming pattern (if you could Metallica would have done it […]

Uke Hunt T-Shirts

It’s Uke Hunt t-shirt season again! I’ve had a few requests for another run of the shirts. Excellent news this year: Teespring dispatches from the UK now as well as the US. So shipping is way lower for people in the UK and the rest of the EU now. (Just make sure you order from […]

The Big Ukulele Chord Quiz

Time to test your chord knowledge and musical ear. It’s pretty low tech: – Grab a pen and paper. – Answer the questions (using a ukulele to help you is entirely allowed and encouraged). – There might be spoilers in the comments. – Check the answers here (no peeking). – Return in triumph or despair […]

Best Theme Tune Tabs

Continuing Theme Tune Week with a selection of my favourite themes to listen to and play. Disagree? Think there’s a theme I’ve egregiously not tabbed yet? Let me know in the comments. Top 5 Game Themes 1. The Last of Us Theme 2. Super Mario Bros 3. Tetris 4. Want You Gone (Portal) 5. Wet […]

Uke Hunt is Eight: My Thoughts

I can’t believe I’m still getting away with this! I started the site on 12th May 2007 without particularly high expectations. I certainly didn’t expect to still be here eight years later with the site close to 100 million page views. That’s a mind-blowing amount to me. I count myself incredibly lucky and privileged to […]

Uke Hunt is Eight: Roundup of the Year

Uke Hunt is eight years old. Apparently eight year olds should be able to form, “complex sentences with few grammatical errors”. I wouldn’t hold your breath for that. Here’s a selection of the stuff I managed to cobble together from half-formed sentences full of grammatical errors in the last year: May 2014 – I released […]

Campanella – Putting the Melody First

I’m a big fan of campanella style picking on the ukulele and of Jonathan Lewis’s playing. So it’s no surprise I love Jonathan’s new ebook Irish Tunes for Campanella Ukulele. It’s a great selection of arrangements. I asked Jonathan if he’d like to do a guest post and he was kind enough to agree. So […]

Top 5 Old School Chord Intros

An intro acts like an ice breaker in a conversation. They get people’s attention, set the mood (usually by establishing the key and the tempo) and set people at ease that you’re not some nutjob Ukip supporter. There’s a bit of a tension there between being interesting and setting your audience at ease. A good […]

Songs with Chords You Know (Updated)

I like to keep a list of songs that use just the most common ukulele chords. Arranged by the order people usually learn them in. That way you can find some songs to play no matter how few chords you know. And here’s the updated list including notable additions like: Lorde/WIOU – Team Junior Brown […]

Ukulele Festivals 2015

USA and Canada Allegheny Ukulele Soiree Location: Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA 16601 Date: March 22, 2015 Performers: Victoria Vox, Stuart “Stukulele” Fuchs, Colin Coleman Website: Ashokan Uke Fest Location: Conservation Hall, Ashokan Center Date: May 22 to 25, 2015 Performers: Joel Eckhaus, Ben Hassenger, Paul Hemmings, Marcy Marxer, Heidi Swedberg, Gerald Ross and […]

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