Archive for March, 2023

Friday Links

Herman Vandecauter has an extensive examination of the Madeiran machete (the forerunner to the ukulele). Nick Offerman has a new batch of ukuleles almost done (but you won’t be able to buy one unless you’re his buddy). The unfortunate history of politicians and instruments in the uke family continues with Ed Milliband’s guitarlele. Window Shopping […]

7 Second Ukulele Lessons: Depeche Mode, De La Soul, Andrew WK

Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough De La Soul – Me Myself and I Andrew WK – Party Hard Laurie Anderson – From the Air Tove Styrke – Same My Name

Burt Bacharach – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (Tabs)

Burt Bacharach – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (Tab) Burt Bacharach is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. So I had to do a little tribute to him with I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. For this arrangement, I worked from the Elvis Costello version that cropped up in The Spy Who […]

Kung Fu Master (Arcade Game Theme) (Tabs)

Kung Fu Master (Tab) A recent nostalgia trip compelled me to knock up a version of Masato Ishizaki’s music from the 80s arcade game Kung-Fu Master. The tune is very quick. Even slowed down, it’s still a challenge. In order to cut the finger movement to a minimum, it’s arranged campanella style so the work […]

UkeTube: Ruthie Craft, 4stringboy

Watch on YouTube Tracklist Ruthie Craft – Nineteen 4stringboy – Interstellar (Main Theme) Feng E – Johnny B Goode RIO – Moon River Arko Mukhaerjee feat. Arinjoy Sarkar – Manouche Wisdom Max & Veronica – Sweet Georgia Brown Alex Fam – Catastrophe Steven Warren – Paint it Black Melanie Mergen – Breathe

Afroman – Because I Got High (Tab)

Afroman – Because I Got High (Tabs) Afroman’s Because I Got High is a very simple song. Three chords and just a verse with a bit of variation in the intro and a bit of getting jiggy with it in the outro. The only tricksy thing going on (other than a bunch of percussive chnks) […]

Irish Tabs and Chords

It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Friday. Just enough time to ditch your dullest friend, threaten to cut off your fingers and dedicate yourself to achieving musical immortality. Chords The Cranberries – Linger (Chords) The Dubliners and The Pogues – The Irish Rover Fontaines D.C. – Boys in the Better Land Imelda May/Blondie – Dreaming The […]

The Pogues – Dirty Old Town (Tabs)

The Pogues – Dirty Old Town (Tab) To celebratre St Patrick’s Day on Friday, I thought I’d cover a song written by an American about a place in England. But it has become thouroughly Irish-ised through versions by The Dubliners and the Pogues version. For this arrangement, I worked from The Pogues version. Intro: A […]

Friday Links: Mini Shimabukuros, Popeye, Banned in Prison

Hawaii News Now are impressed by Jake’s sons’ ukulele playing. Choan Galvez has a new ebook out: For Four Fingers and a new one on the way Eight Rags a Week. Billy Costello (the original voice of Popeye) and his ukulele. A book teaching you to play ukulele is banned in Oregon prisons. Ukulele Player […]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps (Tabs)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps (Tab) Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist, Nick Zinner is one of my favourite guitar players. His playing is very minimal but he makes every note count. Never more so than on Maps. This arrangement is minimal too. With a few nods to the acoustic version which is a bit more fleshed […]

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