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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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[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'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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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."

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | EVERYTHING I DO IS MIGHTY)
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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.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | disrupt all the things)
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Some days Daily Ukulele happens because I have an earworm and want to see if someone's made a ukulele cover; some days it happens because I have no idea what a particular artist would sound like on a uke, and I'm curious. No one seems to have recorded "I Like Dirt" that I can find, but the licks from "Scar Tissue" and "Californication" translate pretty well, all told.

Two videos, one with vocals, one instrumental )


For "Californication," the performer says in comments: "Chords were Am, and F for verse. They were C, G, D, and Am for the chorus."
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What happens when you combine an Australian Olympic diver and a ukulele? A pretty great cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies," actually. Happy Friday, all!

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | serious canon is serious)
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This wasn't the song I set out to find when I started digging for Black Keys covers, but it doesn't matter, because I found this girl recording in her backyard, and she's got an awesome voice and she's so happy about what she's singing and playing! Enthusiasm makes it every time, folks.

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | the answer is YES.)
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In you were alive in 1993-94, you probably heard this song. It was my childhood. It was epic. And this cover is WONDERFUL. Thank you, Ukulele Underground, for the riches of your Go '90s! contest of a few years ago. Ladies and gents, "The Sign" by Ace of Base:



No one's gonna drag you up to get into the life where you belong! Happy Friday, gang. ♥
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Some days, it's all about cool sophistication.

Well, or excellent fingerpicking duet arrangements. This is both relaxing and cool.

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Ohmygosh. Guys. Look at this dude. See this dude? He's covering the theme music from the Pirates of the Carribean films. That's WICKED GREAT.



Happy Friday, all! Have a grand weekend. ♥
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I discovered Victoria Vox this morning while looking for Queen covers; as it turns out, this lady is semi-internet/Kickstarter-famous for undertaking some pretty cool projects, including one in 2011 where she challenged herself to learn 52 covers, or one cover a week, over the course of a year.

She also writes original works, and honestly, they're pretty great. She's got a beautiful voice and a killer trumpet impersonation (no really). Here are three songs from a show she did in Wisconsin -- enjoy!

Summertime, C'est Noyé, Tugboat )
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There are dozens of excellent covers of "Ain't No Sunshine" -- Eva Cassidy and Anomie Bell both deliver great versions -- but this ukulele recording is soulful and smooth and a few other things ukuleles aren't supposed to be.



From the comments, chords!
Intro 2x: Am Em G Am

Verse 2x: Am Em G Am

Where the chord changes
Dm F Em (go back up)
Thanks, [twitter.com profile] daddynoun! And happy Friday, all -- have a great weekend!

(And if you haven't checked it out, [community profile] ukuleles has a new layout. You can't go wrong with hibiscus, says I.)
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You've probably heard the Champs' classic '50s instrumental "Tequila." You haven't heard it like this before, though. Props to this guy, not just for his awesome playing and his wall of cool instruments behind him, but his epic vocal interjections!



The chords (if not the tabs), translated from the comments on the video:
The chords are almost always F and Eb alternates.

At the Bridge: G # and F 3 times then G and C.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | finches)
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This song seems to make it onto nearly playlist I make. It's cheery, bluegrassy folk, and this singer has a lovely, clear voice to go with it. Happy Tuesday, everybody!

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | can't be tamed!)
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Maybe it's because I actually saw a commercial for the London Olympics this weekend (I don't have a TV, so commercials are kind of wondrous for me), but I'm feeling "London Calling" at the moment. There's something delicious about this awesome punk song on a ukulele (and deeply hilarious to see a bunch of people playing it).



From the comments on the video, if you want the chords:
it goes

Em, C, G

then in the chorus

Em, G, Em, D

Pretty simple!
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Fiona Apple has a new album out, and it's supposed to be magnificent. She's always been a huge favorite of mine -- Tidal was one of those albums I discovered that summer I moved beyond Disney soundtracks and Mariah Carey. And because there is a ukulele cover of nearly every song in existence, we have a plethora of great covers available. Here's a dude with a terrible mic but a wonderful voice doing "Extraordinary Machine."



I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but he's also got a tutorial available.
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I love the Squirrel Nut Zippers. I love their retro-vaudeville-jazz-punk-swing thing they've got going. And it only makes sense that people would want to do ukulele covers for them, right? There's a ukulele cover of everything on YouTube; it should be a new rule of the internet.

This particular song is one I haven't heard before (er, I love SNZ, but my collection is pretty incomplete), but I want to give this singer big props for recording at least three different components of the song and overlaying them, really well. Happy Thursday, gang!

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Danielle Ate the Sandwich is one of those people I'd heard of even before I picked up the ukulele. I haven't had the chance to spend time with her original music (which I understand is pretty good), but here she is covering "Dream a Little Dream of Me" in front of an open refrigerator, and I can pretty much get behind that.

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