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Songbook Spotlight

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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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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UkeTubes

As today would have been George Harrison’s seventieth birthday, here’s a video from his final album Brainwashed where he’s ukeing with a few pals on the Harold Arlen & Ted Koehle number Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea:

 
 

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Tin Pan Ukuleles

We’ve realised that many of the songs we bring along to club nights are old standards. The last time we brought in a more ‘modern’ batch of tunes (actually ’70s & ’80s numbers!), we were requested to dig out some Irving Berlin, so I was researching numbers written nearly a century ago.

Toot Toot Tootsie – played by Rebecca Rice as part of her Public Domain Music Project (YouTube Channel):

Perhaps because of the different eras when ukuleles have been popular, it seems that Tin Pan Alley numbers are very suited to the instrument. Regular reader Tom Peters (who writes the Asperger’s Ukulele blog), often performs & discusses these songs. His recent articles have included renditions of Honey (1929 – Seymore Simons, Haven Gillespie & Richard A Whiting) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (also 1929 – Fats Waller, Harry Brooks & Andy Razaf).

Jeanette

 
 

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Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners

In this article I shall attempt to lay out the very basis of how music works in a straightforward, easily understood fashion. Please, if you’re a beginner, don’t be put off by the idea of learning and understanding anything about music. The basic stuff is really easy to grasp and will enhance your playing and following of what’s going on when you play with others. If you’re already into music this isn’t for you, it’s for those with no understanding at all.

Musical Notes – The Octave & Chromatic Scale

If you play a note and then double the frequency (ie the number of times a string vibrates in one second) you get the same note but higher. This is called an octave and can be heard on a ukulele if you play an open string and then count 12 frets up the fingerboard and play that note. It’s the same note an octave higher.

Listen to an octave being played from Wikipedia:

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Blue Moon

Another club night request this week for a new number to try out, adding to the phase of ‘moon’ songs we’re going through. Here’s Ukulele Mike‘s on-line tutorial & chords for the Rodgers & Hart classic:

 

 

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Big Busk, Sat 28th July 2012 – Review

Billy Bragg‘s Big Busk is an annual event at the Southbank & open to all musicians. At 2pm there was a rehearsal in the Festival Village (a cavernous room under the Queen Elizabeth Hall), where a motley crew of guitarists, uke players, percussionists & others had gathered to join in the fun.

Guitarist Ben Mandleson ensured everyone was tuned up, then Billy joked that busking tunes should only contain two chords – three was showing off! His crew behind had a selection of large cards with the guitar chords drawn on, which were held up as he played – confusion often reigned in the numbers with quick chord changes when the wrong cards were held up.

Daydream Believer, Big Busk 2012

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