Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to learn the ukulele well enough to (almost) get you laid


I lol’d at “How about some Dragonforce?”

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Happy Australia Day 2012

A massive HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY and shout out to all the Aussie folk out there in ukulele land! I’ve been living abroad for around six years now (time certainly flies) and it’s celebratory days like this that make me miss the sunshine, sand and surf of home. Australia will always be “home” for me.

Keeping this uke related, the guys over at UkeMullum are holding an Australia Day uke night down at the Courthouse Hotel, Corner of Dally and Burringbar Streets, Mullumbimby (New South Wales).

Make sure you download their special Australia Day Songbook and bang out a few good old Aussie tunes for yourself too!

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Ukeeku’s Acoustic Challenge

Just as I’ve bought myself an Eleuke, Tim from Ukeeku dot com goes and throws up an acoustic video challenge! The criteria being that you take a typically “electric” song and do an acoustic version. That’s it! Simple right? You’d think so, but a quick trip to YouTube reveals that all the great songs have been covered acoustically, many on a ukulele also!

There have been MANY great entries so far. This is my very first and very humble entry. After a lot of mulling over the idea, I chose to do a slightly edited (to clean up the lyrics) version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” So here goes:

In case you’re tempted, entries close on Feb 14th!

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Ukes for UNICEF: Berkhamsted

Here’s an upcoming event that will not only fuel your ukulele passion but help fund a good cause also. It’s called Ukes for UNICEF and will be taking place in the Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Hertfordshire on Saturday 3rd of March 2012.

Ukes for UNICEF is being hosted by the Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players and it promises to be a huge day of ukulele fun and festivities. Expect trade stalls, raffles, group workshops, mass strum along sessions and ukulele performances from some big names in the UK uke scene such as Ken Middleton and Krabbers. For more information check out their website.

Ukes for UNICEF
Berkhamstead Civic Centre, Hertfordshire
Saturday 3rd March 2012
11:30am till 5:30pm
Entry by donation (suggested £5)

Mark the date on your calendar, print some fliers, spread the word!

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My secret ingredient

When cooking up a storm in the kitchen, my secret weapon for extra tasty gourmet meals is of course a large helping of soulful strumming!

To be honest, that’s not my own kitchen. This photo was taken while I was cooking Christmas dinner away in Devon. At home I have my yellow Vintage uke hung up on the kitchen door so it’s always within easy reach when I’m preparing dinner. As they say, music is the food of love!

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Just like Bob Dylan back in ’65

I’ve gone electric… There was booing, discontent and disgust when Bob Dylan first walked on stage clutching an electric guitar. It divided his fans down the middle. Some say it was the birth of rock and roll.

But I digress. It’s time to reveal what was in the box at Christmas. I am now the lucky strummer of a new concert-scale Rosewood Eleuke:

I had to get this one imported from the States as Eleuke’s UK supplier had gone sour, leaving the market dry. Let me tell you now though it was worth it!

So far I’ve only played it through headphones and my little lounge stereo. I can’t wait to plug it into a proper amp!

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