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"Train in Vain" riff on the ukulele

I'm learning to play "Train in Vain" on the ukulele. The chords and strumming in the main part of the song is pretty straightforward, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to play the riff. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Aug 24, 2015 - 3 answers

What is this strum?

I am trying to learn "I Apologize" by Husker Du on the ukulele. I'm working with this tab, and the chords sound right. The strums for the verses (down/up, down/up, down/up, down) and for the first half of the chorus (down down/UP ad nauseum) were easy enough to learn, but I can't figure out the strums for the pre-chorus ("and you get tight-lipped…") or the second half of the chorus ("said I'm sorry…") I've watched videos of Bob solo and Husker Du back in the day, but I haven't figured out what Bob's doing with his left hand. Anyone want to hazard a guess? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Apr 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Easy ukulele song for an absolute beginner?

Looking for an easy song to learn on the ukulele. I love old jazz and swing from the 20s-40s so I'm especially looking for suggestions from that genre if possible! [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Feb 17, 2015 - 10 answers

What is the mystery chord?

I'm learning how to play the ukulele, and I've come across the AaddG chord in a few songs I've wanted to learn. When I've searched the web for what the fingering for this chord should be, though, I never find anything -- just links back to the chords/lyrics pages I've been looking at. How do I play the AaddG? What would the fingering be? (It seems to be used a lot after an Am or an A# chord, FWIW.)
posted by pxe2000 on Jan 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Seeking a Very Specific Version of the Song "Over the Rainbow"

Hi there. I'm looking for a very specific version of the song "Over the Rainbow." Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jack.brodey on Oct 18, 2014 - 13 answers

Name That Song: Ever Think About...

"Ever think about" call and response between a male and female singer. Ukulele/banjo, chanting, but somehow unidentifiable via Google... [more inside]
posted by greenland on Oct 13, 2014 - 8 answers

How to play my own music snippets randomly and endlessly?

I want to listen to very brief snippets of my son's ukulele strumming, over and over and over, randomly shuffled. (Think of a sort of Buddha Machine that I can populate.) Hardware, software, whatever. Does this exist already? If not, how can I do it? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Feb 14, 2014 - 4 answers


I am itching for a sound bigger than my concert ukulele but have tiny, tiny hands. I don't really foresee performing on the uke (although you just never know)-- mostly I use the uke to write songs for my guitarist-singer friend to sing while I play the violin. So I am thinking...guitalele? What can you tell me about it? OR should I get a 1/2 size guitar? And where in Toronto can I buy the Yamaha one that costs only 100?
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jul 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Can you identify this ukulele?

Can you identify this ukulele? I've contacted the seller, but no response. I haven't seen this model of electric ukulele before and I'm curious about it. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jun 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Name My Ukulele!

Name My Ukulele! My ukulele has a nice, sweet tone, but I would feel more connected to it if it had a name. I'd like to think of it as a friend and not just an object. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by speedythepolkaboy on Apr 1, 2013 - 46 answers

Slow, original, mellow/sad songs featuring ukulele?

I was listening to Local Natives - 11:11 and was hooked on the opening chords played on the ukulele, so now I'm looking for other original, slow, mellow/sad tunes with the ukulele. [more inside]
posted by querty on Feb 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Where can I try out ukuleles in Houston?

I am considering taking up the ukulele and I would like to get the feel for various brands and sizes to see which I would prefer. I think I would like a concert uke, but I'd like to feel one in my hands first. [more inside]
posted by blurker on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Bluesy jailhouse band, Cool Hand Uke, needs instrument repairs

What's the deal with my new uke? What do I need to do to get it in tip top playable uke condition? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Aug 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for ukulele groups/choirs in MD

Can you help me find a ukulele choir or group in Maryland, specifically Montgomery or Frederick Counties? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jun 20, 2012 - 4 answers

It's a kazoo with strings, right?

How competent can I become at the ukulele in two weeks? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Jun 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Uke versus Guitar

So, I'm thinking about buying a ukulele. I have a small amount of experience on the guitar (less than six months, self taught). Is learning both at the same time a good idea, or a very bad one? [more inside]
posted by ultrabuff on Jan 1, 2012 - 8 answers

You say ukuleleist; I say ukulelist.

Question for the language types: which is correct, ukuleleist, or ukulelist? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes on Dec 8, 2011 - 19 answers

I need more tambourine in my life.

I love music featuring almost any combination of the following instruments: bongos, brass, ukulele, tambourine. Do you have any recommendations for similar songs/music? [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Aug 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Free or cheap DIY electric ukulele plans?

My teenager started an electric ukulele project in her woodshop class and can't afford to buy plans. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Apr 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Concert or tenor ukulele for a beginner?

Is a concert or tenor ukulele better for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Apr 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Where can I learn to play traditional instruments in Hawaii?

I'm travelling to Hawaii this summer and want to spend a couple of days learning ukulele, steel guitar or slack-key guitar in the traditional Hawaiian style. I have some music background so I'm looking for more than just a tourist novelty class. Any suggestions from local experts? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

What's a good banjolele/tenor banjo choice for a beginner?

I have been thinking about getting a banjolele, or possibly a tenor banjo, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by fings on Jan 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Tone deaf for B?

When I try to tune a stringed instrument (guitar, uke, autoharp), the B string always sounds off to me, no matter what I do. Why? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 8, 2010 - 10 answers

"When I'm washing windows"

Any recommendations for songs for a Ukulele songbook to be used in schools in Kenya? A friend of mine got asked to to help make suggestions for the songbook.
posted by Artw on May 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I play the ukulele without using codeine?

Ukulele players: Is this a more finger-friendly instrument than the guitar? [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jan 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Looking for great 'annoying' music heard on NPR.

I'm looking for a musician I heard profiled on NPR recently. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jan 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Where is my ukulele teacher?

Ukulele lessons in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by ihavepromisestokeep on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I be in a band?

I love music and over the past few years have taught myself to be pretty good as a ukulele player. I'd love to get involved with a band--old-time jazz, dixieland stuff--and really learn how to make music with others. But all I know is how to play by myself. I don't know how bands work in the slightest, nor how to find others who are better than me but willing to let me "play along." How do I get started getting started? Thanks!
posted by largecorp on Dec 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Six strings or four?

I have never managed to properly learn how to play an instrument before. I'd like to be able to accompany myself when I sing, so I'm thinking of getting a ukulele or a guitar. Please help me figure out what I ought to be looking for. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 13, 2009 - 32 answers

To me do really is a deer, a female deer ...

I just bought an ukulele, and I want to learn how to play it. Thing is, I know nothing about music in general. What should I learn? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Jul 23, 2009 - 32 answers

Uke can be mine

Help me find contemporary 20s & 30s hot jazz music that incorporates ukulele music. [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jul 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me master the ukulele

Help me unleash the ukulele player within! Looking for online tips and/or details from MeFi uke-players as to how they went about learning to play the instrument. [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney on May 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Uke got mail

I need a clever name for my ukulele cover band [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Sep 1, 2008 - 55 answers

Accordion & Uke Lessons in MN

I'm interested in taking accordion and/or ukulele lessons in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Does anyone know where I might be able to take lessons? Additionally, does anyone know of places where I can rent either instrument?
posted by Waitwhat on Jul 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Higher? To the place where blind men see?

So I play guitar (fairly well) and ukulele (passably). I'm thinking about getting a baritone or tenor ukulele, but also strongly considering a guitalele. Where can I get one in America (in VA, DC, or NJ?) [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 23, 2008 - 3 answers

acoustic/electric ukelele for around $400?

I'm looking for a good acoustic/electric ukulele to add to my collection of instruments. My budget max. is around $400. [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Dec 16, 2007 - 5 answers

That awful noise.

How do I tackle feedback with a piezo pickup on a very small instrument (ukulele), running it through guitar amps or PA systems? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 4, 2007 - 12 answers

Best ukulele for the price?

What ukulele should I choose? [more inside]
posted by honeyx on Aug 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Mine goes up to eleven

Do-it-yourself electronics: Building a volume knob. [more inside]
posted by etc. on Jan 2, 2007 - 17 answers

8 string Tahitian Ukulele

My boyfriend bought an 8-string (dual string) ukulele in Tahiti and we can't find info ANYWHERE online. Everything we find is about the traditional 4 string ukulele. Looking for any links re: chords, tutorials, tuning, charts, books, etc. on Thank you!
posted by camfys on Oct 27, 2006 - 7 answers

What do I do with this thing?

So, um, I bought a ukulele today. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Aug 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Mexican & Hawaiian music!

Looking for artist recommendations for Mexican and Hawaiian music. [more inside]
posted by The Wig on Jun 17, 2006 - 13 answers

ukulele--are they for real?

I play the guitar but would like something that is super convenient, travels well, and is fun. Is a Ukulele the answer? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jun 2, 2006 - 38 answers

Guitar or ukulele or what?

Guitar filter: Looks like a 3/4 sized acoustic guitar, popular in the 1930's, tuned EADGBE like a normal guitar (I think) but one octave higher. Produces a nice "crystal" sound. The one I saw looked like it had a Martin logo on it, but can't see anything like this on the Martin website.... [more inside]
posted by oxala on Apr 4, 2006 - 12 answers

What is the ukulele tune from Waking Life

Name that song! From the movie Waking Life, not on soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Aug 8, 2005 - 4 answers

How can I get some serious sustain out of a ukulele?

UkeFilter: What would be the best chain of effects to give some serious sustain to an electro-acoustic uke? I know sustain is not what a uke is all about, but hey, I'm in a Genesis cover band (language warning) so anything goes. Bonus points for the cheapest solution (eg budget multi-effect boxes).
posted by hifimofo on Apr 7, 2005 - 10 answers

Is there a site with a ukulele tuning guide?

Is there a site with a ukulele tuning guide? I have seen one for guitar were you press the button and it makes the sound the sting is supposed to make when strummed. I cant seem to find one like that for my ukulele though.
posted by Suparnova on Mar 20, 2005 - 8 answers

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