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Bright Idea!

In a nice variation on the ‘playing a different tune on the ukulele every day for the whole year’, Steve Phillips has decided to use it to raise awareness & collect donations for SolarAid. This charity sends low-cost solar lights to families without electricity in remote areas of Africa (such as regions of Malawi, Uganda & Zambia), so that they can use free renewable energy, instead of relying on dangerous & inefficient home-made kerosene lamps, which are expensive to run.

Steve will be recording & posting a new song daily throughout 2018 & I’m sure will appreciate some ideas for sun & light-related numbers! He’s already done Bring Me Sunshine & Mr Blue Sky.

A donation of around £4 can get a lamp to a family. And donors leaving their email address will get the chance to have all 365 uke arrangements at the end of the year.

Here’s a cheery Johnny Cash number to enjoy, I Hardly Ever Sing Beer Drinking Songs:

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Ukulele Playalongs

Anyone who’s ever fancied strumming along with famous musical acts need look no further than the crazy Sheep Entertainment site (Ukulele.nl).

In addition to their Chord Finder utility, there are two different types of uke playalongs – the simple audio ones (found by either clicking on the picture of Elvis in the blue three-wheeler car or on the red Playalong Songs Go! plectrum wherever you see it) or choose Ukulele Playalong, which gives you access to a songlist & over 150 YouTubes, many of them fab old Top Of The Pops recordings.

Ensure you change to the appropriate tuning for your instrument, then you’ll see the chord layouts on a uke fretboard, alongside the chord names & lyrics as you go. Have a fun time!

 

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