sporky_rat: One of the Phelps brothers with a ukulele in greyscale. (ukuleles are badass)
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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!
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | serious canon is serious)
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Via [tumblr.com profile] allthingsukulele. Have a good weekend, all -- do something to put a smile on someone's face, yours included.

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Flashmob!

Dec. 13th, 2012 06:05 pm
saphyria: (That... is a secret.)
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There was a Christmas-y ukulele flashmob at the local Hy-Vee grocery store in the town where my sister lives, on Monday. It's pretty awesome.

Embedded vid behind the cut! )

Ooh! Apparently the group who did the flashmob, Ukulele Macomb meets every Saturday morning for ukulele-ness and jam sessions on Tuesday nights, and are planning their first Ukulele Festival on June 7-8 this coming year! :D
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I don't watch Elementary, but this bit of fanart is delightful even if all you have is [tumblr.com profile] fantinevaljean's explanation: I can’t see [Jonny Lee Miller]'s Holmes playing the violin. But I can see him playing a ukulele for some reason.

illustration of Watson watching Holmes play a ukulele
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[twitter.com profile] tomscott posted this back in August, and frankly, coming back to it, I'm still delighted. A banjolele plus 50 Cent's "In Da Club" is a pretty genius combination. It's very Boardwalk Empire. Foul language and bleeps ahead!

You can see more about Ewan Wardrop and his George Formby impersonations here.
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I love Portishead. I love their twisty, distorted, often '20s-harkening sound. But what happens when you combine Beth Gibbons with a ukulele?

"Deep Water," apparently. Give it a listen:



Even a ukulele will sound eerie when Portishead gets behind it.

Then again, even Portishead will sound hopeful and cheery when there’s a ukulele involved.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | come back come back)
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This has been a personal project of mine on and off since this spring. I've finally come up with ukulele-friendly tabs for "Sigh No More, Ladies" from Kenneth Branagh's excellent Much Ado About Nothing. The only tabs I'd been able to find were for guitar, but after some tooling around, I've come up with the following. I think it sounds pretty good!

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more / Men were deceivers ever... )

You can download a PDF here; sorry the above isn't text-only, but the formatting wasn't holding in terms of spacing out the lyrics with the notes. If anyone wants the plain text (RTF), drop me a line. If the formatting isn't making sense either, let me know. Happy Monday, gang!
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | I think it's perfectly clear)
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Hi all! Brett over at the fantastic Ukulele Tricks is offering a really cool deal: his 180-minute series of video courses on learning better strumming is on sale. There's a regular $10 off thing going on, so access to the videos is $37 this weekend -- BUT! You can get 40% off if you enter the code "THANKSGIVING" (sans quotes) at checkout, so it's only $20.20.

You get personal access to Brett for Q&A with membership too, and he's a really nice guy whose lessons are clear and easy to follow for all levels. (You can preview a few at his website.) This lasts through Monday, and you pay through PayPal. Strumming and changing chords is still hard for me, so I'm looking forward to seeing what these can do.
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Want a song about NaNoWriMo to get you through your daily wordcount (or just your day)? Leon Wingstein has you covered.

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This Oxford, Mississippi-based hipster sensation shows us how it's done. Apparently in his sophomore album he's moved on from the ukulele, since he doesn't want to be pigeonholed, but frankly he makes it a pretty good hole to be pigeoned in.



(There's also an official music video, but I like this version best.)
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Via [tumblr.com profile] uketeecee, who is an excellent Tumblr user to follow anyway (he loves his vintage Martin ukuleles!), another Saturday Evening Post cover from the 1920s!

Saturday Evening Post cover, 1927


See our illustrations and art etcetera tag for more great ukulele arts and crafts, including other nifty vintage magazine covers.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | courage! science! truth!)
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Still, who needs to watch Some Like It Hot again? Me, for certain.

(There's not a whole lot of actual ukulele playing in this clip, but... oh well? Happy weekend, folks!)

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | leadership.)
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I've been in a real Monty Python mood lately. What luck that this fellow seems to have covered the minstrels' Sir Robin song from Monty Python & The Holy Grail.

From the video description:
...for all of you who wanted the chords I use the following: Emin, B7, D and G
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | everything deserves ENTHUSIASM!)
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I love watching Jake Shimabukuro. The dude's a genius, and he's clearly having so much fun. I'm always impressed by how he reminds me how much sound our little ukes can make. Here he is covering Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (I confess I am a sucker for that song), and for one guy with a tiny instrument, he sure is creating a big, big noise.

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | the answer is YES.)
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Today is a stressful day in the United States (please vote, if you're elligible!), which means that dangit, have a cute kid who happens to be Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | courage! science! truth!)
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I've been saying for weeks now that I'm going to bring back Daily Ukulele. No more waiting! Hope everyone's been doing well -- any breakthroughs, people who play? Or people who have begun to play? Sing out! (Redwall made a very strong impression on me as a kid.)

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I say "sort of" for this Daily Ukulele because I'm not entirely certain of what my availability is going to be at any given point over the next few weeks. If anyone feels the urge or desire to post something here when it looks like I might not, please (as always!) feel free to do so. <3

From twenty | one | pilots (or however we should render their name): "A couple of days ago we shot this video before, during and after our show at House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. Here’s a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on ukulele."

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Ukuleles are just about the happiest, most peaceful instruments on the planet. So it was surprising, but rather thematically appropriate when I found this earlier today.

I really want to know what it sounds like.

It's an entry in Steve Einhorn's "Guns into Ukes" project, made from an old ukulele neck and the stock of a 1933 Mossberg .22 rifle. How kickass is that?
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Happy Sunday, all! I'm going to be traveling next week and don't think I'll be able to swing Daily Ukulele. Would anyone be interested and/or available to take it up? One person doesn't have to be responsible for the whole five days, if that's what works best for you. Leave a comment or message me through DW if you'd be up for it. Many thanks!
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And I only say that because Dean Winchester did the first. This dude, on the other hand, cloned himself, which, you have to admit, is a pretty excellent feat.



Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past! Happy weekend, everybody.

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