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Summer Break

Time for my summer blog break. I’m going to make like an African lungfish and aestervate until the heat dies down. In the meantime you can catch bits and pieces from me on Twitter and Instagram. Have a good one.

Friday Links

Tobias Elof breaks down James Hill’s strumming technique in Song for Cheri. NBC takes to the streets with The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. Two new rajão tracks from Herman Vandecauter: La Do Monte Ricardo Porfyrio da Fonseca and La Julia. Mermaid boy and his sad sea song. Columbus, Georgia, Social Club circa 1950.

UkeTube: Chance the Rapper, Kuinka, Scott Matthew

Full Playlist Tracklist Chance The Rapper X Einer Bankz – Grown Ass Kid Kuinka – Mistakenly Brave Taimane – Fire Scott Matthew – End of Days Manitoba Hal – Way Down in the Hole Zoë Bestel – Grey Skies Camsuke – Campanella Waltz Krista Muir – Morther of Crowys Eliel Carvalho – Sampa

Friday Links: Foxy Uker, Howlett Legacy

Paul and his Ukulele by Robert Broder is the tale of a young fox’s travels with his uke. Speaking of peripatetic ukers, the UOGB took time out of their US tour to play for an elementary school uke club. Window Shopping – The Southern Ukulele Store has some Pete Howlett Legacy Series ukes. The electric […]

Survivor Girl Ukulele Band

There’s a lot of talk about the ukulele making the world a better place. But one person who is really walking the walk is Laurie Kallevig. She set up and runs the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band which works with survivors of human trafficking in India. They’re currently Kickstarting a CD. The Kickstarter ends on the […]

A Tribute to Kitty Lux

The death of founding Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain member Kitty Lux leaves a huge hole in the ukulele world. The UOGB set the template for the current ukulele revival 25 years before it started. As well as establishing the ukulele as a sociable, group instrument they expanded the uke’s repertoire to include everything from […]

Summer Break

Time for my summer blog break. I’m going to make like an African lungfish and aestervate until the heat dies down. If you’re looking for some summer reading let me suggest Jonathan Lewis’s Classic Folk Songs for Fingerstyle Ukulele and Joshua Waldman’s How to Start and Grow a Ukulele Group (available in digital and paper […]

What it Takes to be a Good Ukulele Group Leader

A guest post today from Joshua Waldman. As well as leading the Tigard Ukulele Group he has just released a book How to Start and Grow a Ukulele Group (available in digital and paper form (affiliate links)). It’s by far the most comprehensive and inspiring I know of. Highly recommended if you’re starting or running […]

Friday Links: Useless tips and Weird Ukes

Petey Forrest’s completely useless ukulele tips: play the same note on all strings, dead G string wah-wah and Zombie Slides. Window Shopping – Hoffman ML style cedar/cocobolo tenor. – 1930s heart-shaped Dayton. – Fanned-fret Kukamae i.e. the bridge, nut and all the frets are diagonal. I’m a bit suspicious of the supposed advantages of this […]

The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again (Chords)

The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again (Chords) I love writing up Smiths songs. They’re full of interesting chords and challenging lead parts to tackle. So this week I’m taking on Bigmouth today and five of my favourite Smiths lead lines on Thursday. Before you start: slap a capo on at the fourth fret. For the […]

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