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Uke Hunt has you covered, tackling myths from that freaking Fmaj7 chord to whether or not you should start learning on a soprano.

Most helpful myth busted: that there's only one way to play a chord. As someone who'd never played a string instrument before, this was new to me and very helpful!
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Tsunehisa Ikeda not only figured out the tabs for "As Many Times As Always," the Joe Hisaishi-penned theme from the Spirited Away soundtrack, he recorded a video of his own performance, with the chords superimposed at the bottom. Color me hella impressed -- it sounds awesome.

Click here for tabs )
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Via Uke Hunt, check out this great/interesting chart of the most-used chords in ukulele songs:

Most used ukulele chords from Uke Hunt

Even more helpful, especially for beginners: Songs with Chords You Know, with links to a whole bunch of tabs and tutorials.
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A song I really like: "I Lost Myself" by Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk.

If you like this, I highly recommend downloading their album for free (or for whatever donation you see fit) and telling your friends how lovely they are.
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Lana del Rey earworms me all the time, and I had to admit, I was curious how "Young and Beautiful" translates to ukulele. This Russian teenager totally imbues her performance and presentation with all the ardor and deep-seated longing that makes the song so compelling in the first place. Keep watching.

(Okay, if you really want a nice and kind of upbeat version, check out 14-year-old [!!?!] Laica Cassidy. Her chords are G - A - Bm - D, according to the comments. Sandy Tran has a video tutorial if you're into that too.)
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Nope, your eyes do not deceive you. I say let's give this another whirl, starting with [ profile] kendrauke's awesome (and useful!) fretboard doodle.

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Drive-by rec for [ profile] reyalpeleluku, an active ukulele blog with a strong emphasis on vintage ukulele things! Has some demos and sheet music too, for the interested.
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Someone I follow on Twitter, possibly [ profile] Ukulele_Ike or [ profile] UkeHunt, recently linked something intriguing: Danno's Ukulele Three-Day Video Micro-Course (free, with video). The first video is about 20 minutes long, covering a lot of basics by way of teaching "Tonight You Belong to Me."

Video 2 "covers a ton of ideas, including movable chords, how to simplify difficult chords, and dealing with odd, old-fashioned tuning." It's 33 minutes.

Video 3 is another 20 minutes. All seem to cover techniques and tricks that I can't quite seem to get a handle on, so these could be useful for any of us.

There are also more helpful-looking posts on the main site, including hand and wrist health exercises, untrickifying tricky chords and TV theme songs on ukulele.
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This is the link for a quilted ukulele case. It says it can be done for other stringed instruments, but we all know what's the boss.

I'm sure with some really awesome classic surfer material, it'd make a fantastic case.
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I'm not going to lie, "Wonderwall" is one of my all-time favorite songs, full stop. Who's got two thumbs and is delighted by the plethora of online tutorial options we've got for it? Three guesses and the first two don't count.

Here's a straightforward set of tabs, if video learning isn't your bag.
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[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll has up a neat youtube video of a young lady playing the Ukulele for The Natural Satellites (Moon) Song.

Here's the link - All the Moons You Can Shake a Stick At!

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 Okay, I've realised I haven't posted here yet so here goes...

Found this little gem:

Never knew  music played by big bands translates so well to ukelele & double bass...

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I got Ukuleles for Dummies with a gift card I got for Christmas. I kinda wish I'd done it earlier as it is really in depth and has lots of strumming tricks. Not to mention it was rather inexpensive. Once I work my way through it, I'll probably go on to Ukulele Tricks and learn more. I'm excited, even though the Husbandthing probably regrets my ever buying the ukulele.

How's everyone else doing in the Art of the Ukulele? My brother - in - law has figured out how to play My Little Pony songs on his. I'm just waiting to pop over there soon so he can teach me how to play 'Winter Wrap Up' on mine!


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