Colin is currently dipping into of the Ukulele Club of Virginia’s Songbook, containing over two hundred tunes, which are a mix taken from many useful sites across the web. In addition to the full PDF songbook, it’s possible to download a zip file of the individual songs as Word documents. Do have fun looking through & finding some interesting ones to play!
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The Mighty Ukulele monthly email of uke events in & around London alerted me to a free afternoon ukulele festival at the Queen’s Theatre, near the easternmost end of the District Line, out in Essex. Facilitated by a seven-piece Chelmsford-based electro-uke band called the D’Ukes, it was a pleasant & relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
There were around half a dozen stalls from local music shops selling ukes, mandolins & banjos; accessories & music books plus an info stall with lists of local ukulele clubs. One stall had a free hourly draw to win an electronic tuner & I was lucky enough to win the first one (probably because I was the only person paying attention when the initial announcement was made!). Read the rest of this entry »
Off again without my uke for a day of vocal workouts at the Southbank Chorus Festival, as I bought some lunch for later on, I was delighted to spot a group of lively buskers by Victoria Embankment Gardens, with the lead singer wielding a ukulele & dancing around.
As with last year, there were events all over the Southbank complex – on the Riverside Terrace, Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, up in the St Paul’s Roof Pavilion, down in the Spirit level basement (very echoey – great acoustics) & dotted around various bar areas.
I’d decided to try out four of the free workshops & listen to whatever choirs I could catch in the gaps. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
This is Cheryl Tofsrud performing the song:
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 »
My vote is for...It Must Be Love.
Born in ’74, the version of this song I remember is by Madness. When you first approach the song, the A chord variants are a little confusing but when you play it, it really bounces along. You can go for the relaxed reggae feel or put more energy in for the ska/Madness feel.
I’m still a little confused about how to get the most outta the ‘nothing more, nothing less, love is the best’ section. But I’ll make sure I check what other people are doing when it’s played next time at PLUC.
Really great song, people love singing along with you too.
Anthony Read the rest of this entry »