8/24/17

Ukulele tips: Play Little Drummer Boy. Learn "D" or English Tuning


Little Drummer Boy; Behind the music

The words and music to the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy were composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone in 1958. The lyrics of Little Drummer Boy consist of no less than 21 rum pum pum pum' - a major part of the song and therefore presenting an apparently easy task for the lyricist!

7/6/17

Silent Night for Ukulele: Easy Finger-Style with TAB


Silent Night; Behind the music

Silent Night is a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf.

It is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind.

The music to Silent Night was originally intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass.

6/2/17

Ultimate Ukulele Beginners Guide


If you're thinking about playing or learning more about the ukulele then this post is for you!

5/27/17

Anatomy of the uke: Parts of the ukulele


I'm posting this because in various posts I refer to the parts of the ukulele I need a reference post for those that are unfamiliar with the terms. It is important for all ukulele students to memorize these terms.

5/4/17

Ukulele Tricks: Easy Capo Trick - Play Ghost Riders in the Sky


Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones; Behind the Music

The song tells a folk tale of a cowboy who has a vision of red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys.

One warns him that if he does not change his ways, he will be doomed to join them, forever "trying to catch the Devil's herd across these endless skies".

4/27/17

Ukulele Tricks: The secret to great sounding Hammer-ons and Pull-offs


There are some tricks to great sounding hammer-ons and pull-offs.

As a young player in the 80's I had trouble getting hammer-ons and pull-offs to sound loud and clear, like the record.

What was I missing?

4/10/17

All about Ukulele Sizes: What size do I get? What's the difference?


These are the most popular sizes:

Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone.