Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hungry Like the Elf

Those of us here in the USA are getting ready for Thanksgiving in a couple days. It's a major food fest for us and of course, we love it! As I was thinking of the feast ahead I happened by this little-known Christmas tune and thought it might be a fun one to learn for the coming Christmas season. Don't forget to leave some snacks out on Christmas Eve for Santa, the elves and the reindeer!!

Sing it to the tune of Duran Duran's Hungry Like the Wolf!

Hungry Like the Elf (from Richard G's uke site)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

2013 Christmas Tune Book

Yep, it's what you've all been waiting for! You can stop holding your breath! It's the unofficial cnyUke Christmas Tune Book. This year we'll be exploring the intricacies, nuances and subtleties of classic holiday tunes as we attempt to make them sound like something other people might have heard before.

Start practicing up for a Merry Merry Day!

Sharing and Caring

oh blah blah blah .... I've found it's easier just to put all my stuff in a folder in Google Drive and share the folder... you can find past pdfs and such there along with anything new I put together.... here's the link:

cnyUke stuff

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sittin' On The Dock of The Bay

Had a great time seeing the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at their stop in Princeton, New Jersey! I had no idea they had been performing since 1985...wow! I never would have guessed back then I'd be playing ukulele in the '00s!

They didn't play this old Otis Redding tune, but I'm sure if they had they would have done a great job of it! I got this version from Richard G's uke site, that I think I've mentioned before. Check out his site if you haven't yet!

Sittin' On The Doc Of The Bay

Just a note on this version: I bar the B7 chord like this. I find it easier to go to the C.

B7 (x = where your fingers should be covering)
- - - -
x x x x
- x - -
- - - -

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

I'll be heading out tomorrow to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform in Princeton, NJ. It will be my first time seeing the group, so I'm looking forward to good time!

Here they are performing Talking Head's Psycho Killer:

House of the Rising Sun

I got a request for this one....another oldie from the 60s. Did you know Dolly Parton recorded this one too? Most people are are probably familiar with the recording by The Animals. I remember in college someone trying to tell me that the house of the rising sun referred to a brothel, but not according to Wikipedia ... give it a search!

The House of the Rising Sun - different lyrics than the Animals version

The House of the Rising Sun (2) - this version is from Richard G's site, Animals-friendly!

There's a Kind of Hush

Here's an oldie recorded by Herman's Hermits back in the 60s. For some reason that I'm still not sure of it was one of the first tunes I learned to play on the uke. I think maybe it was because it reminded me of being a kid perusing my older sister's record albums....a good time!

There's Kind of Hush