UkeTube: UkeHeads, Twenty One Pilots

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Tracklist
Uke Heads – Hearts On Fire
Twenty One Pilots – Next Semester
Jon’s Ukulele – Le Tourment
Tomotaka Matsui – The Palms of Maracaibo
Michael August – Times Like These
Frances Forever – Baby Bangs
Uke with Smitty – Will the Circle be Unbroken
The Bygones – The Collector
Rani KoHEnur, Antara Nandy, Ankita Nandy – Unholy X Wajle Ki Bara

Ozzy Osbourne – Mama I’m Coming Home (Tabs)

Ozzy Osbourne – Mama, I’m Coming Home (Tab)

Here’s my take on Ozzy Osbourne’s Mama, I’m Coming Home.

Intro: Starting off with an incongruous country lick. Then moving into a descending line played on the g- and C-strings with the thumb. Set against static notes on the E- and A-strings (plucked by the index and middle fingers respectively).

It fits nicely on the uke and sounds more intricate than it actually is.

Verse: Carrying on the descending line but now played with one finger per string picking.

Pre-Chorus: Building up the tension with a strum each time there’s a chord change.

Chorus: Bringing in more strums, slides and ventures up the neck. Stepping things up in terms of intensity and difficulty.

Break: This little acoustic break is my favourite part to play. It’s a challenge to play at speed but it suits the ukulele very well.

Solo: The big electric solo is less suited to the uke but still fun to play. I haven’t been particularly faithful to the original, so feel free to adjust it to your own taste.

Coda: The coda is just like the end of the chorus, but there are an extra couple of beats on the F chord that add a little suspense.

Links

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boygenius – Ketchum, ID (Tabs)

boygenius – Ketchum, ID (Tab)

Here’s a quick version of my favourite boygenius song: Ketchum, ID. It’s straightforward to play on uke and uses one finger per string picking the whole way through.

Intro: This is my own noodling over the C-F-C-G chord progression. A good place to pick out your own version.

Verses: Both verses (I’ve gone with the Phoebe Bridgers verse and Lucy Dacus verse) are simple melodies that are just played in the first position.

Choruses: The choruses move up and down the neck as I do my best to recreate the harmonies on uke. But the pace is stately so it’s not too tricky.

There are small differences between the choruses. Notably an Am chord in bar 49 for the final chorus.

Bridge: Another place you can introduce your own ideas. I’ve stuck fairly close to the original.

Links

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Thanks to the Patreons

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

And extra thanks to March’s Tenor level backers:

– Arthur Foley
– BigHempin
– Colleen Petticrew
– Dennis Boutsikaris
– Elizabeth Beardsley
– Ivo
– Jameson Gagnepain
– Jeff K
– Jon Kenniston
– Kelby Green
– Leia-lee Doran
– Margit Stadlmann
– Mary
– Moses Kamai
– Pat Weikle
– Pauline LeBlanc
– Robert
– Ryan Grubbs
– Tina Knight

If you join Patreon at the Concert level or higher, you’ll get access to all previous exclusive tabs including March’s: Lithium by Nirvana.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock (Tabs)

The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock (Tabs)

At first, I thought there’s no way Cherub Rock would work on the uke. But I found it a fun song to play that you can blast out with strums.

Intro: Starting out at full pelt building up a C chord and breaking into the intro riff.

If you don’t have the space on your uke to play the riff high up the neck, you can move the E-string notes on the A-string. Just lower each note five frets and let the E-string ring open. You can do the same with the melody in the verse.

Verse: Staying high up the neck for the verse and continuing to blast out the strums with just a few picked notes.

Chorus: All strums here too. Be sure to mute the g-string with your thumb for everything but the Eb chord.

Bridge: Adding a C chord to the chord progression from the chorus.

Solo: The trickiest part of the song. I’ve changed it significantly from the original. So feel free to make adjustments of your own.

Bridge 2: Similar to the chorus, but watch out for the A-string, 5th fret at the start of the F chord (first in bar 39).

Links

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Wilson Pickett/The Commitments – Mustang Sally (Tab)

Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally

Originally by Wilson Pickett, Mustang Sally has been covered by acts including The Commitments, Buddy Guy and Barry from Eastenders. I based this arrangement on the Wilson Pickett version but there’s elements of the Commitments version in there. As well as a few bits of my own I’ve thrown in.

This is another song where it’s more important to keep the propulsive rhythm of the song going than hit every string exactly as they are tabbed.

The arrangement is all up and down the neck. But there’s nothing too difficult to handle. Just a couple of stretches up to the 12th fret in bars 36 and 45.

Links

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UkeTube: Karina Bezdudnaya, PROMISE, daphne eckman

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Tracklist
Karina Bezdudnaya – My Lady Hundson’s Puffe
PROMISE. – Me, Myself & I
Charissa Hoffman – if i could fly
daphne eckman – acupuncture
Tomotaka Matsui – Lazybones
M.J. – Lost World
Pixie and the Partygrass Boys – These Chickens Eat Fascists Thanks to HermanVDC
Zoë Bestel – Hold On
Duo Travessia – A paz

Christine and the Queens – Tilted (Tabs)

Christine and the Queens – Tilted (Tabs)

This is a rare occasion where I didn’t get tilted trying to record the video. It’s a straightforward and fun song to play on uke. There are many moves up and down the neck but you have plenty of time for them.

The only challenge I had was playing the open C note on the offbeats in the verse (e.g. bar 13). I’m so used to plodding out the thumb-picked notes on the beats it took a bit of practice to rewire my brain.

Links

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Tom Odell – Another Love (Tabs)

Tom Odell – Another Love (Tab)

Tom Odell’s Another Love managed to amass 900 million views on YouTube without me ever having heard it. Luckily, my Patreons are more on the ball than I am and requested it. And it’s a catchy song that fits nicely on ukulele in the original key.

Technique-wise, it’s a song of two halves. For the first half, it’s all fingerpicking. The intensity picks up in the first midtro with the strums coming in during bar 42. Don’t worry about hitting every note exactly as it’s tabbed in the strumming section. It’s more important to keep up the intensity and the feel.

Links

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Friday Links

– Ukulele hip hop collaborator, Einer Bankz interviewed.
Learning the uke in prison.

On Video
Chaz Chase eats a ukulele. (Via Ukulelia)
Kevin Bacon serenades his alpacas.
– I only just found out Finneas’s character on Glee was a ukulele player with the same name as me.

Window Shopping

Flame ukulele by RIGuitars. Inspired by the guitar Steve Vai played in this video.
– A new leader in the “uke I’d least like to play” race: the KiwiCo self-build uke. You can see Adam Savage building and being very polite about one here. (Thanks to Phredd)
Lego’s tropical ukulele.

Patreon

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

And extra thanks to February’s Tenor backers:

– Arthur Foley
– BigHempin
– Colleen Petticrew
– Dennis Boutsikaris
– Elizabeth Beardsley
– Ivo
– Jameson Gagnepain
– Jeff K
– Jon Kenniston
– Kelby Green
– Leia-lee Doran
– Margit Stadlmann
– Mary
– Moses Kamai
– Pat Weikle
– Pauline LeBlanc
– Robert
– Tina Knight

If you join Patreon at the Concert level or higher, you’ll get access to all previous exclusive tabs including February’s: Britney Spears’ Toxic.

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