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Ukulele Playalongs

I found a new site of playalong tunes yesterday which allows you to search a huge number of YouTubes for artist or song title. It then automatically generates the chords for songs, which synchronise along the bottom of the screen so you can strum in the same key & accompany the original.

Called Riffstation, it’s only in a beta version at present & is based round their paid-for guitar software (which has a lot more features). You can switch it to ukulele (or guitar or piano). It puts the chords down the bottom of the screen & chord diagrams on the right hand side.

It recognises major, minor & seventh chords, so won’t do anything complicated or jazzy. They claim around 85% accuracy on pop tunes. If it’s in a key you find hard to play, there’s a capo feature to allow you to transpose.

I messed around with it & found it interesting to try – some basic songs were spot on; others needed tweaking (but it was a good starting point if you had something you wanted to try playing); & some just weren’t playable (sometimes due to the chords in the song, others I’m guessing due to it not being able to pick out the melody from the arrangement). It struggles with certain things, such as trying to convert spoken sections, but as it only takes a few seconds to convert each song, it’s easy just to move onto something else if your number doesn’t work out. As with anything like this, it’s a case of listening & using your common sense to see if it sounds right.

Nice & easy to use – you can register to logon & keep a songbook of the tunes you want to play. Put on your spandex & dig out all those cheesy disco numbers!

Jeanette

Other strumalong postings inlcude: Ukulele Playalongs – Sheep Entertainment; Ukulele Playalongs – Ukulele Undergorund

 
 

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May The Fourth Be With You

My only excuse is that my friends & I have been racing to say this phrase to each other first on this date since the mid-eighties (ie well before it became a well-known gag). It’s the repetition that makes it funny…

Here’s  the sebi next door with a ukulele arrangement of  the Star Wars Main Theme by John Williams:

 

 
 

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UkeTubes

Today would have been the 71st birthday of George Harrison. This number is allegedly the current top iTunes Beatles’ download. Ukulenny plays a fingerpicking instrumental of Here Comes The Sun:

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

Chris has spotted an interesting series of YouTubes from Phil Doleman, whom he describes as ‘half of the erstwhile Re-entrants, fantastic player and teacher and all round really top bloke’.

Phil is producing a number of Two Minute Tips aimed at beginners. So that gives you time to watch & also to practice his suggestions in your ten minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – The Results

Well, it’s been an exciting & entertaining couple of weeks, with a varied selection of sites & songs submitted by our club members. And some friendly, competitive voting right up until the last-minute! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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It’s Christmas…

Seasons greetings to everyone!

Here’s Rocky & Balls’ The Christmas Song Song (& head to the full Ukulele Hunt Xmas playlist if you want more uke festive fun or, if you fancy a jolly sitar take on an old fave, grab this free Magnatune download from Anup):

PS Just a few more days to vote in our 2013 PLUC Member’s Choice Poll. Choose your favourite site & song, as nominated by our club members.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Interesting Uke Sites

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Darren

I like George Elmes (he’s Irish) because he learns most of the stuff from watching videos. I struggle with it on a piece of paper in front of me.

Check out his video of Roy Smeck’s arrangement of Anton Rubinstein’s Melody In F on YouTube below. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice – Beatrice

My favourite for 2013 is After Hours by Velvet Underground, because it is so good to rediscover music from the past. It also holds a bit of mystery for me: it is familiar and yet I can’t pinpoint when I heard it.

Beatrice

This is Cheryl Tofsrud performing the song:

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Bob

For my favourite ukulele tunes, some that I like are:

Love Her Madly – The Doors – Great rhythm to this song but with a tricky section
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue – good chord changes
Dream A Little Dream – Mamas & Papas
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
The Locomotion – Little Eva
Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals
Venus – Shocking Blue
The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie
She’s Not There – The Zombies Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Paul

Paul says that there’s only one song for him in 2013: The pUKEs Because You’re Young.

This is a really fun & lively track. Look out for him in there! Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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