As another wet weekend looms for us on this side of the pond, we’re all left wondering what’s happened to the Great British Summer! Apparently we’ve had the wettest, coldest and darkest couple of summer months for the last twenty years in England. This song should be the soundtrack of summer filled with lazy days and long, light evenings. Hopefully there’s some “summer vibe” still to come this year:
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Here’s 10 fairly recognisable guitar riffs I recorded for ukulele. You should always have a couple of well-known rock riffs up your sleeve to play for people when they inevitably ask, “play something I know!”
Pearl Jam – Alive
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Nirvana – Come As You Are
White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Smashing Pumpkins – Today
Aerosmith – Walk This Way
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue
Cream – Sunshine Of You Love
There’s bound to be at least one from these ten that you will recognise! I’ve got another bunch that I will record at a later date too. Most of these I’ve found the tabs for somewhere on the net, ukelelehunt.com springs to mind as well as a couple from Youtube tutorial videos. Enjoy!
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
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…
Ahhh the British summer. I’ve been on holidays for a little while and on my travels I picked up this neat little book at a local bookstore.
The Little Black Songbook: Acoustic Hit Songs. It’s meant for guitar and has the guitar chord fingering at the top of each page, but as long as you know the equivalent ukulele chord it’s all the same. I’ve printed out a copy of my chord chart to stick in the front for any chords I haven’t learnt yet. The book is nice and small, almost the perfect size for travel and will probably fit snugly in my uke travel case (hopefully anyway).
There’s also a Hit Songs Volume Two, plus Beatles, Dylan, Oasis, Folk Songs and many other little black book titles in the series! Should keep me busy!