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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!
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (amelie | la rêveuse)
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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 )
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (thor | this drink I like it)
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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.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | what's a thorn to me?)
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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 [tumblr.com profile] kendrauke's awesome (and useful!) fretboard doodle.

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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.
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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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 (homestuck | bad something rising)
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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.

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | the answer is YES.)
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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.)
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | serious canon is serious)
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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.

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