Archive for 2023

Friday Links: RIP Fred Kamaka, State Archives and Scots

Fred Kamaka Sr has has died at the age of 98. Fred and his brother, Sam Kamaka Jr, took over running Kamaka Ukuleles from their father in the 1950s and have made Kamaka one of the most respected names in the ukulele world. He and his brother became he most recent inductees in the Ukulele […]

Rod Stewart – Maggie May (Tabs)

Rod Stewart – Maggie May (Tab) A tab of Rod Stewart’s 70s smash Maggie May. Intro 1: The album version of the track starts with Martin Quittenton’s (completely out of place) little contrapuntal piece in 3/4 time. I almost skipped it but it’s a fun tune that’s worth learning by itself. Intro 2: The second […]

Nirvana – All Apologies (Tabs)

Nirvana – All Apologies (Tab) Sinead O’Connor’s cover prompted me to knock up a quick version of Nirvana’s All Apologies. Intro: It’s a fun riff to noodle away on. I recommend learning this bit even if you don’t learn the whole song. (Put a capo on the first fret to play along with the original.) […]

Saturday UkeTube: RIO x Sho Humphries, Cammy Enaharo, Ukulele Death Squad

Watch on YouTube Tracklist RIO x Sho Humphries – Improvisation Jam! Norwegian Uke and Andrea Søgnen – Trekrøssdans Cammy Enaharo – My Brother Uklectic Fred – Cripple Creek / Up The Creek Kiliona Young & Kainani Kahaunaele – Ka Ua Nui Herman Vandecauter – Dos Gardenias para ti (on machete) Ukulele Death Squad – Down […]

The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning (Tabs)

The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning (Tab) Sunday Morning is the poppiest song The Velvet Underground’s debut album. It has a laid back, easy going vibe. And you have two days to learn it so get to work. Watish! Intro: Played high up the neck to give a music box feel. But if it’s too […]

7 Second Ukulele Lessons: Jane Birkin, Kasabian, The Platters and more

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Je t’aime… moi non plus Kasabian – Fire The Platters – Twilight Time (From Only Up) RADWIMPS – Zenzenzense (From Your Name) Colleen Ballinger – Toxic Gossip Train

Green Day – Good Riddance (Tabs)

Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (Tab) This arrangement of Green Day’s Good Riddance is played with fingerpicking the whole way through (one finger per string picking style). I love the way the intro sounds played that way and fingerpicking brings out the melody. But I originally arranged it strumming so it’s […]

Friday Links: Ukulele Coffee, Mushrooms and Severed Fingers

French luthier Rachel Rosenkrantz makes a ukulele out of mushrooms. Somerset man plays ukulele to surgeons who saved his fingers. A lecturer at UMASS has ditched the piano and is using the ukulele to teach music theory. Possibly the most bizarre story I’ve ever seen in fifteen years of doing this: Colleen “MirandaSings” Ballinger responded […]

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Tabs)

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Tab) Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black has to be one of the best albums of the noughties. I tabbed Rehab a while back. And it’s high time I tackled the title track. The chord progression is Gm – Cm – Eb – D in the verse and chorus. That […]

Favourite Ukulele Videos of 2023 So Far

Watch on YouTube The art of the ukulele video has taken a real bashing recently, so a good time to run down some of the best uke videos of the year so far. If there’s any that I’ve missed you can shoot me a message here. Tracklist Andy Eastwood and Peter Moss – William Tell […]

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