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The Ukulele Thread
11 February 2016
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On a ukulele, however, it's probably a lot easier. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

It's easier but not a lot easier. It's still not nice.

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On a ukulele, however, it's probably a lot easier. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

It's easier but not a lot easier. It's still not nice.

Shhhh!!! We don't want to frighten sigh butterfly's fingers. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 

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Don't know if this would be any use to any of our aspiring uke players, but I was looking for a Formby lyric, and I found what looks like a reasonable online songbook on traditionalmusic.co.uk. And, scrolling down to the bottom of the page, it seems that the same site also has the following online songbooks and teach-yourself guides:

MOST REQUESTED UKULELE SONG-BOOK, 400+ songs, lyrics and chords -great collection, with PDFs

200 popular old songs arranged for ukulele, sheet music, lyrics, uke chords and standard chord notation

Funny Sings for Ukulele, A Collection of old songs arranged for ukulele with sheet music and lyrics

First Step, How to Play the Ukulele, Basic self instructor by Lew Stern, with songs, chords, lyrics and PDF

Kings Hawaiian Melodies, sheet music with lyrics, uke chord diagrams, and standard chord notation

The Harry Reser Ukulele Method, Basic self instructor with sheet music, songs, chords, lyrics and PDF

The Modern Ukulele Method, Complete Online Instructor by May Singhi Breen (the original Ukulele Lady) inc PDF

Baritone Ukulele Self Instructor, A Simplified, Illustrated Uke tutorial with Song Folio, Sheet Music and PDF

Self learning tutorial for UKULELE, inc. songs with lyrics & sheet music by N. B. BAILEY

The Kamiki UKULELE Method, Tutorial for playing Hawaiian style ukulele with songs, sheet music and lyrics

 

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Yes, this is the site I got the full lyrics to Maginot Line from!

Dream A Little Dream Of Me is quite doable, I barre the Ab7 chord because the transition between Bb7 and Ab7 is really tricky if I don't, although it's easier between C and Ab7.

I've been playing through some of those Beatles ukulele transcriptions, they're really very good! Good simple chords for the most part; in some places it differs from the real progressions either for simplicity or because even on ukulele some songs are quite weird (Mr Kite is a bit of a nightmare!). Here's my quick transposition of Baby's In Black down to suit my vocal range, I've included an alternative way of playing Em7 to that suggested by my program which sounds a little more exciting:

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Silly Girl courteously explained apple01 

 @sigh butterfly sighed 

This looks doable for a beginner - I need to figure out what the term barring means though a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Ask one of us guitarists a-hard-days-night-john-1 

Basically 'tis where you hold multiple strings down at once with one finger, usually (almost always) the first finger. Barre chords are notorious among guitar players for their tiring nature (I still can't get through My Sweet Lord without hand-cramp, but it is four and a half ruddy minutes long, after all)-- one has to build up one's hand strength gradually, which means lots of fatigue for a while until one gets used to it. Not to scare you away from learning it-- the advantages are that once you know the basic shapes, you can barre the strings and move anywhere up and down the fret-board,  and also it looks cool. a-hard-days-night-george-4 a-hard-days-night-george-10 

On a ukulele, however, it's probably a lot easier. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

Someone who actually has a uke can confirm or deny this. 

Thanks SG! Believe it our not I've played off and on my entire life and never heard that term a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-ringo-14beatlemaniacs_02_gif. I'm gonna need a lot of HELP! a-hard-days-night-george-9

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 @sigh butterfly cried gratefully  

Thanks SG! Believe it our not I've played off and on my entire life and never heard that term a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-ringo-14beatlemaniacs_02_gif. I'm gonna need a lot of HELP! a-hard-days-night-george-9

You're very welcome! a-hard-days-night-john-1 

Although I don't know how you've avoided hearing about barred chords all this time (they're fairly infamous among even non-guitar-playing musicians), ever played any? 

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I haggled on ebay and got $20 off the concert uke, so I'm pretty happy because it was already marked down a fair bit! Hope I don't have to do a heap of setup on it.

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Concert uke still on the way, so today I was looking for ukulele tab for The Inner Light because it's one of the few not on that Beatle-ele site. I came across this bizarre project Their version of The Inner Light is umm..."interesting".

The original is in Eb which isn't easy for beginners, so here is one I whipped up in C:

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Figuring out the lead isn't too difficult but I might be prodded into doing some tab some time.

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 @sigh butterfly still crying gratefully  

Thanks SG! Believe it our not I've played off and on my entire life and never heard that term a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-ringo-14beatlemaniacs_02_gif. I'm gonna need a lot of HELP! a-hard-days-night-george-9

You're very welcome! a-hard-days-night-john-1 

Although I don't know how you've avoided hearing about barred chords all this time (they're fairly infamous among even non-guitar-playing musicians), ever played any? 

I guess I had never seen the word barre written out. I thought folks were just saying the word bar (as in bar chord). And yes, as pepperland whispered it is quite brutal for the uncalloused among us a-hard-days-night-ringo-12. Question, don't nylon strings make barring on the ukulele a bit easier?

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sigh butterfly whispered innocently  

I guess I had never seen the word barre written out. I thought folks were just saying the word bar (as in bar chord).

Ah, I see. In the beginning, you misunderstood, but now you've got it, the word is good. a-hard-days-night-john-6 

And yes, as pepperland whispered it is quite brutal for the uncalloused among us a-hard-days-night-ringo-12. Question, don't nylon strings make barring on the ukulele a bit easier?

Nylon strings do seem a little less cruel to the fingertips (and side-of-the-index-finger), but I've found, through hard experience (I had a classical guitar before I got my Martin) it's all up to what you value it's just difficult either way. The steel strings are harsher at first, being thinner and harder and more 'biting', but nylon strings are thicker, so they tend to make deeper grooves in your fingers. But again, that's on guitar. I've only played uke* since I acquired a nice callous layer on my fab fingertips a-hard-days-night-george-4 so I can't really say, but it's probably about as difficult either way. 

It's going to be painful no matter what, but let me assure you, it is bloody well worth it, and if you're a very good lad and practise like you should it'll soon pass (like all things must a-hard-days-night-george-10). We all go through that AGGAT BLISTAS AUMMA FINGAS stage, even the lads.a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-john-6 

 

*And yes, I have picked up an actual uke once or twice and fiddled with it. My main impression at the time was 'This thing is so tiny, how the heck does anybody play it?!' 

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Nylon strings do seem a little less cruel to the fingertips (and side-of-the-index-finger), but I've found, through hard experience (I had a classical guitar before I got my Martin) it's all up to what you value it's just difficult either way. The steel strings are harsher at first, being thinner and harder and more 'biting', but nylon strings are thicker, so they tend to make deeper grooves in your fingers. But again, that's on guitar. I've only played uke* since I acquired a nice callous layer on my fab fingertips a-hard-days-night-george-4 so I can't really say, but it's probably about as difficult either way. 

It's going to be painful no matter what, but let me assure you, it is bloody well worth it, and if you're a very good lad and practise like you should it'll soon pass (like all things must a-hard-days-night-george-10). We all go through that AGGAT BLISTAS AUMMA FINGAS stage, even the lads.a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-john-6 
 
  
 

Thanks SG apple01You make me laugh even when you're scaring me paul-mccartney. I wasn't taking the string thickness into consideration. I may start trolling the music shops this weekend and I'm going to let me fingers check it out for themselves.

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Do! Just be prepared, it will hurt, but that should not in any way deter you from taking it up. 

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What she said a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

I started ukulele at roughly the same time as the guitar and I can't remember much of the period for some reason a-hard-days-night-paul-4 but I recall there were quite a few blisters on both of my hands. But, if you spend half the day just messing about with it every single day then your fingers will get used to it bloomin' quickly.

All you have to do is keep at it and don't give your fingers a chance to go all soft. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

And thanks SG, I now have It's What You Value stuck in me head...

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Listen to what the pepperland said  
All you have to do is keep at it and don't give your fingers a chance to go all soft. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

Yeah, that's Silly Dad's problem. He got his guitar last year and has been playing on and off since then, but mostly off, so in all this time he's only learned 'Wish You Were Here' and hasn't gained an inch of callous. 

And thanks SG, I now have It's What You Value stuck in me head...

You're welcome! Any time (at all). a-hard-days-night-john-1

(I was just listening to it at the time so, y'know, naturally... a-hard-days-night-john-6

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My issue at the moment is cramp in my left hand, mostly my thumb complaining, I have to take breaks. I seem to be more comfortable strumming with my middle finger down and my thumb up, my fingers just won't do the upstrokes without disaster. Most of the chords are pretty well in my head now, just working on accuracy and smoothness. I want to record some stuff but I'm not satisfied I'll do a good job yet.

Here's a really easy blues arranged by the wonderful Tuba Skinny (listen here for the vocal melody, and dig that groovy tuba!):

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I think you can figure out what a biscuit roller is, it was a popular blues slang a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Concert uke arrived today! I might call him Cedric. stuart-sutcliffe Literally months old, built 2015/11.

Here are some of the differences with the soprano:

* better machine head's, but this isn't surprising because of the

* higher string tension. It's a longer scale, and the tension is actually good for my fingering but requires more strumming force

* deeper sound, less of the plink in it, which sounds dull and quiet at first. I can see why people might go for D tuning to catch some higher harmonics, but the strings are still new and I'm still figuring out the sweet spot. It's just different, and will differ between uke's anyway.

* best part is that it suits my hands much better for fingering, I can finger D properly for instance, and try chords not practical on a soprano.

It's a great little uke! I think having both is the best situation but that's UAS a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Cedric is an awesome name. Go for it. stuart-sutcliffe

As ye may know, my uke is already named*, even though I don't have one, but I shall need to be thinking of possible names for the Fender Strato/Telecaster which I shall possibly getting in the nearish future... a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

*Keoki-- George's Hawaiian name and yer not allowed to steal it, d'ye hear?! a-hard-days-night-john-7 I'm watching you a-hard-days-night-john-3

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Concert uke arrived today! I might call him Cedric. stuart-sutcliffe Literally months old, built 2015/11.

Here are some of the differences with the soprano:

* better machine head's, but this isn't surprising because of the

* higher string tension. It's a longer scale, and the tension is actually good for my fingering but requires more strumming force

* deeper sound, less of the plink in it, which sounds dull and quiet at first. I can see why people might go for D tuning to catch some higher harmonics, but the strings are still new and I'm still figuring out the sweet spot. It's just different, and will differ between uke's anyway.

* best part is that it suits my hands much better for fingering, I can finger D properly for instance, and try chords not practical on a soprano.

It's a great little uke! I think having both is the best situation but that's UAS a-hard-days-night-george-9

Ooh, you have to play Hey, Soul Sister on it.  Love that tune.

"At first, I tried to do it by using a guitar pick, and it didn't sound right. I had to go online and Google a ukulele lesson and noticed they're not using picks at all; it's more of a flamenco style. Once I got that down, then it sounded like the real deal. "

—Lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford, on having to learn to play ukulele as requested by lead singer Patrick Monahan in the recording of "Hey, Soul Sister"

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Hehe picks on a uke, that's a hanging offence in these parts!

I'll have to learn that song, I'm getting quite a tidy list now, and have several songs memorised. I just noticed the similarities between the middle eights of Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea and Dream A Little Dream Of Me on the uke, they're in complementary keys but it's the same progression, just different ways in and out. It must have been a popular one! It's the sort of thing noticed by the Beatles, and they definitely used it.

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