Archive for April, 2022

Friday Links: RIP Rick Turner

Rick Turner, luthier and maker of the Compass Rose uke, has passed away. You can read fellow luthier Beau Hannam’s obituary for him here. And you can watch him playing some Django on one of his own ukes here. – The Ukulele 2022 playlist is taking shape. With tracks from hip youngsters with a laissez […]

Ukulele Clubs and Groups in the UK and Ireland

View Ukulele Clubs and Groups in a larger map For the last 12 years I’ve been keeping list and a map of all the ukulele clubs I’ve been told about. In that time, the list of UK groups has got unusably large. And, in a possibly related matter, I’ve been having technical problems with the […]

The Monkees – Daydream Believer (Tabs)

The Monkees – Daydream Believer (Tab) Daydream Believer by The Monkees is fairly straightforward to play. The biggest challenges are a few quick hops up the neck. The trickiest one coming in the shift between bars 8 and 9. Other than that, it’s all familiar chord shapes and a simple but insanely catchy melody. The […]

Foo Fighters – My Hero (Tabs)

Foo Fighters – My Hero (Tab) In tribute to Taylor Hawkins: My Hero by Foo Fighters. The song starts off with a bit of dissonance between the Ab on the E-string and the open A string. The Ab also provides dissonance as the first note in the chorus melody (bar 16). My first arrangement contained […]

UkeTube: Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Ronya-Lee, BoyWithUke

Watch on YouTube Tracklist Elisabeth Pfeiffer – Dance of the Mountain Sage Ronya-Lee and the Light Factory – Light BoyWithUke ft. blackbear – IDGAF Gracie Terzian ft. Vinicius Vivas and Rotem Sivan – Waiting for a Train 4stringboy – Ain’t Nobody Belinda Underwood – Thinkin’ Dirty Del Rey – Sitting On Top of The World […]

Riffs and Intros from the Oscars

Here’s a selection of quick pieces from movies nominated for this year’s Best Picture Oscar. I haven’t seen King Richard or Belfast. So it’s possible these tunes have an exceptionally minor part in those movies. But they’re great riffs. And Cissy Strut can sneak in via its use in last year’s Best International Picture winner: […]

David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (Tabs)

David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (Tabs) After The Man Who Sold the World’s starts off with that iconic riff playing over changing chords. It works nicely on uke and is well worth learning on its own. At the end of the intro, there’s an awkward bar of 2/4. I considered extending […]

Spandau Ballet – True (Tabs)

Spandau Ballet – True (Tab) Spandau Ballet’s True is a real new romantic cheese-fest. Despite (or maybe because of) that, I had a lot of fun playing this. There are some tasty chords and runs in there. Cheesiest and funnest of all is the sax solo. I’ve kept this as close to the original as […]