Ah, my favorite time of year. NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) holds a huge trade show in Anaheim each year, and there always follows a cornucopia of interviews from companies in the ukulele space. The show is an opportunity for manufacturers to connect with vendors who sell the products. Lucky for us, the ukulele community… Read More »
Somebody on the /r/Ukulele subreddit recently asked for recommendations on YouTube channels for learning ukulele. There is such a flood of ukulele tutorial videos out there, many of which are not of the best quality. However, some of them are truly great, and many of these have been collected in this Reddit post. Here’s the post: What’s a good YouTube channel for… Read More »
Ever since writing an artist profile of Danielle Ate The Sandwich and selecting When Our Parents Die as the feature video, I’ve had that tune stuck in my head. It’s such a simple, catchy and peaceful tune. As I often do with songs stuck in my head, I decided to work it out on the ukulele. This one… Read More »
There has been much anticipation over the first formal concerto written for ukulele. For those not into classical music, a concerto is traditionally a composition of three movements in which a solo instrument is accompanied by an orchestra or concert band. Usually that solo instrument is one from the orchestra, like a trumpet, flute, clarinet or cello. The ukulele… Read More »
While there is a wonderful book of fingerstyle Grateful Dead arrangements for guitar by Fred Sokolow, us ukulele players have no such luck. Until Fred gets around to doing one for ukulele (he did the Jumpin’ Jim Bluegrass Ukulele Songbook, after all) we’ll have to manage on our own. To that end, I’ve done a simple arrangement of… Read More »
Here is an ukulele arrangement of the main theme of the adagio in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. I arranged this some time ago but didn’t record a performance of it until now, for the Ukulele Subreddit’s Classical Music Challenge. Download Tab PDF
This is the first of many beautiful arrangements in Tony Mizen’s second book, The Baroque Ukulele. The tune is one of several chorales included in the second of two notebooks Bach present to his second wife, Anna Magdalena in 1722 and 1725. I played this on my Pono MT (mahogany tenor).
The galliard was a 16th century dance craze. According to Wikipedia, it was “popular all over Europe in the 16th century”. Photo by Stuart Williams. This arrangement, whose composer is unknown, is from Mark Nelson’s book of Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele. It is a relatively easy tune to learn and play.
Here’s a fun tune from Mark Nelson’s book Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele.