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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.

Here’s number eight - Watch Your Tempo! (NB WordPress seems to keep blocking this since Phil has moved his YouTube channel, so if the video doesn’t play, go directly to it).

 

 

 

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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!

Many of the nominees got in touch when they saw they’ve been mentioned; they were all very charming & thanked us, which is nice given we’re just a small site (& much farther down the top uke website rankings than most of them).

Our poll has been featured on a number of different sites, from blogs to newsletters, from Facebook to Twitter & we’ve had a good influx of new visitors from them. Plus the usual curious folk who happen by at this time of year because they’ve just received a ukulele for Xmas or are thinking of purchasing one to learn to play in the new year.

  • The winner of our Member’s Choice website of 2013 is Ukulele Hunt, which narrowly pipped Got A Ukulele to the post by just two votes.
  • And the Member’s Choice song is a 1994 number, covered in 2013 by the  pUKEs, Because You’re Young, with a resounding victory over Joe Brown’s rendition of the PLUC favourite from 1982, Ain’t No Pleasing You. Selected tunes were composed between 1878 – 1994, showing our eclectic tastes in the group.

Click on the images below to see more detailed results:

1) Best Ukulele Website Of 2013 - Results

1) Best Ukulele Website Of 2013 – Results

2) Best Ukulele Song Of 2013 - Results

2) Best Ukulele Song Of 2013 – Results

 

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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.

Also, I do not use any sites (all selling something), but the best buy uke-related item this year has been an app called UChord.(for those with smart phones). Very simple to use: if you want a different voicing for a chord, you simply press C, D, G or whatever; next 6th,7th, 9ths, sharps and flats. It will then give you four variations of the chord you picked to add a little spice to your playing and also understand the fretboard a little better.

Coming up the neck is invaluable and, once you get the feel for barred chords, more simple than first position chords, and all with the ease of just moving up 1 – 2 frets, keeping the same finger position – or might just be the case of moving one finger and so on. Just watch Rufus!

Darren

 

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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

In the classics I enjoy:

I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra etc
Music To Watch Girls By – Andy Williams
Summertime – Porgy & Bess
Close To You - Carpenters
My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone

Comedy:

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & his Cryptkickers – (Halloween special)

For Christmas:

Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Rockin’ Robin – Jackson 5

Another I like is Rasputin - Boney M.

I also have Wooden Heart in D with the melody notes, which I think works better than in G.

Most have clever chord changes & a good tune.

I‘ll stop there but I have more. They’re all nicked from over the interweb – if you’d like  any of these please let me know on club nights.

I have watched quite a lot on YouTube & most things by Sophie Madeline are really good, in particular is Wolf, a song originally by First Aid Kit, but it’s not really a strummer as such. But I did find a good one-man band version of Love Her Madly by logophile.

Bob

 

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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!

Paul’s second choice is also a great laugh. It gets going around 1.35 in, if you don’t want to watch the preamble. Megahell – Ukuleles From Hell:

 
 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Katrin

Bentley and my uke.

Bentley and uke. (Photo credit: ohthecuteness)

I don’t really have a ‘favourite’ yet, but I’ve recently discovered Ukulele Underground and its forums. I’m a sucker for message boards and can easily waste my whole day on them, so I’m resisting jumping right into the community, and just lightly lurking for a while so I remember I still have a life. Looks like some fun and valuable stuff on there, though!

And if anyone in the group is also into knitting or crochet, Ravelry has a few uke-related forums.

Katrin

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Colin

I’d like to nominate the Eugene Ukulele website.

Great site, old songs that are not the normal run of the mill, a nice singing voice and an awesome collection of ukuleles. Plus he will tab a song if you ask him.

Cheers.

Colin

Here’s Butterfly Bandito playing the 1930′s number, My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes:

 

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