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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.)
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (thor | this drink I like it)
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Someone I follow on Twitter, possibly [twitter.com profile] Ukulele_Ike or [twitter.com 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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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.
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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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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Hey folks! This is me coming to you from the other side of the Festival of Aloha World Record attempt. We didn't quite break the bank, but it was a really great hour or so of ukulele awesomeness -- if you ever get a chance to fill up a public space with ukulele players, it's a blast! This is the song we were taught, and Lanialoha Lee was a great, great teacher. Here's the sheet music, but try it just from the video; it was a new experience for me, and certainly the first time I'd really managed singing and playing at the same time.



For the interested, some pictures from the event!

14 photos )
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This guy gives "Bad Moon Rising" more pluck and enthusiasm than I think I've ever heard before. Cheers, dude!



For those who are interested, here are the tabs, and here is a video tutorial.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (writing | your crooked soul)
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[wordpress.com profile] ukulelesecrets seems to have sporadic updates, but the ones that are there seem useful. I've been really into figuring out fingerpicking, and this quick tutorial on a really pleasant-sounding pattern seems to have wide implications -- Tim uses it to play Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire"!

Go here for text and visuals; the video's below.



To prove that it really works, here's me tooling around on my couch with it!

(And a quick note: this is the first use of the video: me! tag. Just to be clear, this isn't reserved for just videos of me, [personal profile] newredshoes -- it's for anyone who wants to post video [or sound only, or pictures!] of themselves playing. So, yes! That's there. Happy Thursday, all. ♥)
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Ever wanted to break out the Super Mario Brothers theme song at your friendly gathering of choice?

You can now!

If video tutorials are more your speed, Hawaii Music Supply has you covered in two parts. )

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