Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy uking halloween everyone! As we’ve both had a week off work we’ve been keeping ourselves busy by honing our pumpkin carving skills. Here’s a few of the creations:

Then there’s the obligatory fancy dress party. This year the theme  for the one we attended was “come as the ghost of the way you died.” The missus decided on death by misadventure (read: a ghostly Amy Winehouse) and I chose died of a broken heart, awwww… And yes of course I took the uke along for a jam as part of the getup. Here’s a quick snap of me getting ready:

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Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix

I’ve been an avid Jimi Henxdirx fan since forever. I used to listen to my Dad’s record collection for hours and rock out to the likes of All Along The Watchtower, Voodo Chile, Hey Joe and of course the epic Purple Haze.

I’ve always dreamed of being able to shred phychadelic face melting solos on the guitar like the legendary Hendrix, but alas it’s the ukulele for me, haha! Here’s my very rough version I recorded earlier. I know there’s a few mistakes, fret changes and string bending, but I’m not perfect and it’s all cool…

I got the tabs for this version over on ukulele tabs dot com (blehh). While a ukulele, or more to the point my ukulele playing, could never do Jimi’s guitar licks any justice, I think it does sound fairly close.

The A chord used is the same shape as a standard G but two frets up.

A||–4–||
E||–5–||
C||–4–||
G||–0–||

Jimi’s original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xTfFm5kol4

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Come As You Are

Before we continue; This is my 50th blog post! 🙂 Woot!

Now, back to it… Folowing my post about Nirvana this month, I thought I’d share some tabs from their now-20-years-old album, Nevermind. All self disrespecting 90’s grunge heads should be able to rock out a couple of Nirvana riffs/chords and one of those should be the riff for Come As You Are. A pure classic in it’s own right. This is one tune that transfers well to the uke and is easily recognisable to any Nirvana fan.

Full credit to ukulelehunt.com for this one!

Original here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YyDg9tT0Vw

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Uke Comic: Charlie Brown

Truth: A little ukulele inspired Peanuts comic I stumbled across…

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The story of a broken ukulele


Happy Sunday Strumming!!

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Never trust a computer you can’t lift!

I know this isn’t ukulele or music related, but I had to post. Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer.

Check out this clip from 1984 of Steve unveiling the Mac:


I’ll admit I’ve never owned an Apple product, but the first computer I ever used was a Macintosh way back in primary school. That thing blew me away. Oh how far we have come!

There’s no arguring with the fact that Steve Jobs changed the world. Apple Macs, iPods, iPhones, iPads, iTunes and so on. His insights and commitment to technical innovation will be forever remembered. RIP Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011.

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Nirvana: Nevermind the last 20 years

I can’t believe it’s October already… Halloween just around the corner and then the countdown to Christmas… Speaking of “I can’t believe” moments and on the back of the Pearl Jam anniversary, I also can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s massive Nevermind album was released!

Another big one from my early years (yeah I was a proper grunge head) this album brings back many crazy memories. Not to mention of course that the late Kurt Cobain was a fellow left handed strummer!

Ask any long haired 90’s grunger and they’ll tell you Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are are the standout tracks, but my personal favorite has always been Lithium. Cobain’s drawn out, haunting, almost self loathing lyrics backed by that melodic Novoselic bassline.


Twenty years on, the grunge scene is all but dead, but certainly not forgotten with the anniversary edition of Nevermind shooting into the Top 5 album charts! Now, I’m going to throw on a dirty old chequered flannelette shirt, crank up the volume on some Nirvana and mosh out like crazy in my imaginary pit.

Oh well, whatever, nevermind…

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