Friday Links: Congressional Medals and Ukulele Clothes

Sam and Fred Kamaka have received Congressional gold medals. (Via Ukulelia.)

James Hill has launched a ukulele clothing brand. So far, no oversized Hawaiian shirts or Formby false teeth.

The fantastic Paula Fuga has a new album out including features from Jack Johnson and Ben Harper: Rain on Sunday. I backed this on Kickstarter way back in 2014 and it’s been well worth the wait.

You can hear Paula along with Willie Nelson, The Staves and many more ukulele music released this year on the Ukulele Hunt 2021 Spotify Playlist.

Window Shopping
Kanile’a’s stunning 2021 Platinum.
– The nutso Blueberry guitharpulele.
Patent for a ukulele small enough to fit on a ring.

Patreon

A massive thanks to all Uke Hunt’s Patreon backers for keeping the site up and running. And double thanks go to these unmatched patrons of the arts:

– Arthur Foley
– Colleen Petticrew
– Dan
– Elizabeth Beardsley
– Fiona Keane
– Katherine Penney
– Kie77
– Leia-lee Doran
– Lisa Johnson
– Mr Daniel Barclay
– Nick Parsons
– Olga deSanctis
– Pat Weikle
– Paulina Banach-Mazur
– Pauline LeBlanc
– Thorsten Neff

If you sign up at the Concert level or higher you’ll get access to all the past Patreon-only tabs including July’s tab: Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me? (Tabs)

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me? (Tab)

It’s always fascinating to see how bands deal with the death of musical fads and Travis are a prime example of it. Their debut album Good Feeling was full of Oasis-y rockers about good times and picking up girls. Which would have flown off the shelves if it had been released in the Britpop era rather than in 1997, the year Radiohead killed off the genre with OK Computer. After the lukewarm success of the album, they shamelessly reworked themselves into a Radiofriendlyhead sounding band on The Man Who (even slagging off Wonderwall on the first verse of the album) and had a breakthrough Why Does It Always Rain On Me?. Setting the scene for Coldplay who released their debut a year later.

The chords for this one are very easy. The only challenge is some rapid picking (which you’ll need to do some alternate picking) and pull-offs.

Links

Buy the original
More 90s tabs and chords
Uke Hunt Patreon

The Big Chord Quiz 7

Time for the Uke Hunt Annual Chord Quiz. Test your chord knowledge, theory knowledge and musical ear. The method is as low-tech as ever.

– Grab a pen and paper.
– Answer the questions (using a ukulele to help you is entirely allowed and encouraged).
Check the answers here (no peeking).

If you’re reading by email or feed reader you may need to click through to the post to see everything.

Chord Diagrams

Name the chord from the chord diagram (the chords are either major or 7, nothing more complicated than that).

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Chord Flavour: Diagrams

All these are E chords but are they E, Em, E7, Em7, or Emaj7?

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

Chord Flavour: Listening

All these are F chords but are they F, Fm, F7, Fm7 or Fmaj7?

11.

12.

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14.

15.

Chord Makeup

Each of these triads of notes makes up a minor chord (e.g. the notes of an A minor chord are A, C and E). Which one? (The notes are listed in alphabetical order starting at C to make it harder.)

16. E, G, B

17. D, G, Bb

18. D, F, A

19. C, E, A

20. C, Eb, G

Chord Progression

Match the MP3 to the chord sequence:

a) G – C – D – C – G
b) G – Em – C – D – G
c) G – C7 – D7 – C7 – G
d) G – E7 – A7 – D7 – G
e) G – Bm – C – D7 – G

21.

22.

23.

24.

25.

Go here to check your answers

Links

Big Chord Quiz 1
Big Chord Quiz 2
Big Chord Quiz 3
Big Chord Quiz 4
Big Chord Quiz 5
Big Chord Quiz 6
More ukulele quizzes

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion (Tabs)

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion (Tab)

The opening riff for REM’s Losing My Religion is a blast to play and fits nicely on the uke. I particularly like the riff on the G chord leading into the verse which I play campanella style.

At first, I was playing the chords with strums. But I switched to fingerpicking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it makes the chords sharper and more mandolin-like. Secondly, it means you can keep the chords very short (by immediately stopping the strings ringing with your picking fingers) making the sound punchier. Even so, strumming is a perfectly legitimate way to go and lends the tune a different feel.

Things get a lot more miserable once Stipe turns up. I mostly play the verses and choruses with one finger per string picking. You can be fairly loose with these sections and don’t need to play everything note for note.

My second favourite part is the riff right at the end. It’s ultra simple but very effective. Well worth learning even if you don’t bother with the rest of the song as it’ll fit in many situations.

Links

Buy the original
More 90s tabs and chords
Uke Hunt Patreon

UkeTube: Paula Fuga, Sufjan Stevens

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Tracklist
Vinícius Vivas – Spain
Paula Fuga – Rain On Sunday
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine – Reach Out
Mathias Cévé – Vivaldi's Summer
Garam JEON – Für Elise
Lou Barlow – PAWS
Art Levine – Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
Conrad Cayman – Oh, Lady be Good
williwaw – leaning o'er parapets of cloud

Uke Hunt is 14

Uke Hunt turned 14 in May (I would have mentioned it then but time has become a flat circle and I still think it’s March). According to WebMD a 14 year olds will experience, “mood swings.. and may be embarrassed by you.”

Here’s a round-up of my favourite tabs and the goings-on of the last year.

May 2020

– Sad news of the deaths of two ukulele legends: Ian Whitcomb and Willie K

In tabs: Little Richard – Tutti Frutti, Gary Jules – Mad World, John Prine – Fish and Whistle/In Spite of Ourselves and Money Heist/La Casa de Papel Theme.

Patreon tab: Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

June 2020

The Big Chord Quiz
– Formby was wrong, you do need a license for your ukulele.

In tabs: I finally got around to doing Tiptoe Through the Tulips. Plus CCR/Wilson Pickett – Proud Mary/Midnight Hour, Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now, John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads and some riffs from TikTok.

Patreon tab: Daft Punk – Get Lucky

July 2020

In tabs: Hank Wiliams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine (Tab) and from the Last of Us 2: the theme song, Beyond Desolation and a bunch of riffs.

Patreon tab: Julie London – Cry Me a River

August 2020

– Following up on the five free tab collections earlier in the year with four more free tab ebooks: The Beatles on Uke, US TV Themes, Game Themes and Songs from the 60s. And, with my final Steven Universe/Adventure Time tabs: the Rebecca Sugar collection.

In tabs: Taylor Swift and Bon Iver – exile, Community Theme and The Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith.

Patreon tab: Queen – Love of My Life

September 2020

The gear I use in 2020.

In tabs: Tracy Chapman – Fast Car, Eagles – Desperado, Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man, Amazing Grace and Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

Patreon tab: Robert Johnson – Love in Vain

October 2020

In tabs: The Beach Boys – God Only Knows, Black Sabbath – Paranoid, Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and

Patreon tab: Neil Young – Harvest Moon

November 2020

Long lost tapes of Joni Mitchell playing the ukuelele showed up and I celebrated by tabbing A Case of You.

In tabs: Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind (Tab), Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter and Goo Goo Dolls – Iris.

Patreon tab: Guns N’ Roses – November Rain

December 2020

I ran down my favourites of 2020.

In tabs: John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Denver – Christmas for Cowboys and Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger.

Patreon tab: Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man

January 2021

In tabs: Rey’s Theme from Star Wars, Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight and, for obvious reasons, Vampire Weekend – 2021

Patreon tab: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

February 2021

one year of Patreon. It’s made a huge difference to me and that’s been reflected in the number of tabs going up. Patrons have also provided loads of suggestions of songs (which hadn’t occurred to me, I didn’t know or was too chicken to taken on) that I’m really pleased I tabbed. So a huge thanks to everyone that’s supported me at any point along the way. I don’t think either I or the site would have survived the pandemic without you.

In tabs: The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go, Inspector Gadget Theme, Agnes Obel – Riverside and Loudon Wainwright – The Swimming Song

Patreon tab: Extreme – More Than Words

March 2021

In tabs: The whole of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen, The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry and Frightened Rabbit – I Wish I Was Sober

Patreon tab: George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

April 2021

– A ukulele song made it to #1 for the first time since Train’s Hey, Soul Sister in the shape of Polo G and Einer Bankz’s RAPSTAR.
– I shared what I’ve learned so far while trying to improve my sound.

In tabs: Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi, Phoebe Bridgers – I Know the End , Simon and Garfunkel – April Come She Will, Queen – Bicycle Race and Weezer – Undone – The Sweater Song

Patreon tab: The Stranglers – Golden Brown

Louis Armstrong/Sam Cooke – What a Wonderful World/Wonderful World (Tab)

Louis Armstrong/Sam Cooke – What a Wonderful World/Wonderful World (Tab)

A pairing of two almost identically titled songs: Sam Cooke’s Wonderful World and Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World. One because of a Patreon request and the other in tribute to Maple the guitar dog.

The arrangement starts with the beautiful melody of What a Wonderful World. Nothing too difficult here. Be sure to make the melody notes stand out against the backing note. And prepare for bar 13 by barreing across the strings for the notes on the E-string, 1st fret in bar 12.

Things speed up for Wonderful World but the chords get simpler. I must have heard this song hundreds of times, but I didn’t have any recollection of the bridge section. It’s certainly more forgettable than the earworm of the verse and chorus.

Links

Buy the Louis Armstrong MP3
Buy the Sam Cooke MP3
Uke Hunt Patreon

Beyonce – Halo (Tabs)

Beyonce – Halo (Tab)

I’ve been negligent not doing a Beyonce song before this. But with some pushing from Patreon I’ve rectified the situation.

My favourite part to play is the intro. It fits so nicely on the uke I decided to use it as the outro too. Things stay fairly straightforward to play in the verse. All that is played with one finger per string picking.

But in the bridge and chorus Beyonce stretches her vocal range which means a trip up the neck. The arrangement goes as high as the 14th fret where it’s tough to play cleanly. You’ll also need to pick more forcefully so to keep the volume of the note at the same level as notes lower on the neck.

The picking in the rest of the song is more haphazard. For the quick notes, I’m using alternate picking to keep up.

Links

Buy the original
More pop tabs and chords
Uke Hunt Patreon

Friday Links: Biden Appointment, Dhani Harrison

Joe Biden has nominated Jake Shimabukuro for the National Council on the Arts.

Fender have released a ukulele with Dhani Harrison.

On Video
Documentary on the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band.
The George Formby Society celebrate their Diamond Anniversary.
Helen Arney teaches you how to use a toilet.

New Releases
– The UOGB’s Ben Rouse has released a solo record: Classical Ukulele.
Ciat Conlin’s The Moon and The Sea.

Patreon

A massive thanks to all Uke Hunt’s Patreon backers for keeping the site up and running. And double thanks go to these unmatched patrons of the arts:

– Arthur Foley
– Colleen Petticrew
– Dan
– David Burt
– Elizabeth Beardsley
– Fiona Keane
– Katherine Penney
– Kie77
– Leia-lee Doran
– Lisa Johnson
– Mr Daniel Barclay
– Nick Parsons
– Olga deSanctis
– Pat Weikle
– Paulina Banach-Mazur
– Pauline LeBlanc
– Thorsten Neff

If you sign up at the Concert level or higher you’ll get access to all the past Patreon-only tabs including May’s tab Alicia Key’s If I Ain’t Got You June’s Jose Gonzalez’s Heartbeats.

Favourite Uke Videos of 2021 So Far

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It’s the halfway point of the year and it’s already a golden year for the ukulele. There’s even been a ukulele song at number 1 for the first time since Hey, Soul Sister. Here’s a round-up of my favourites of the year so far.

In other video news, I’m switching to doing UkeTube once a month. At least for the summer months now that people are legally permitted to spend more time having fun and less time making ukulele videos.

Tracklist
Tyrone and Lesley – No Words
Jenifer Cabrera – Negro Gato
Polo G and Einer Bankz – RAPSTAR
SeattleUke – Jerry’s Breakdown
The Backyard Revival – Boiling Point
Ari Chi – Next Fall
Ryo Natoyama – Absolute Zero
Julián Rodríguez – Por una cabeza
dodie – Hate Myself
Vivian Kim – Mozart Symphony No.40

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