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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 […]

Merry Christmas! See you in 2017

Merry Christmas, Chanukah Sameach, Io Saturnalia and Happy Holidays! (If you’re into that kind of thing.) If you’re after some Christmas music and you’re as Spotify user here’s my Christmas Ukulele playlist. Or if you’re sick of Christmas music my playlist of ukulele selections from 2016. That’s it from me for this year (other than […]

Uke Hunt’s Best of 2016

It’s been another golden year for the ukulele. Time to wrap it up with some of my favourites. Let me know yours in the comments. Particularly if it’s something I’ve missed. Ukulele Record of 2016: Bud Sugar – VIBE Bud Sugar’s “Cod Head Skank” mix of ska, beats, ukulele shenanigans and infectious pop melodies on […]

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 […]

Summer Holiday

Time for my summer blog break. I’m going to make like a western swamp turtle and aestervate until the heat dies down. If you’re looking for some ukeing, check out my latest ebook Songs of the States tab ebook (on sale until the end of August). Or check out Blues Ukulele. And I’ll still be […]

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