How to read ukulele tabs

A number of the song sheets here include tablature (tabs). This is a helpful way of showing how to play fingerpicked sections, riffs and licks on stringed instruments. Each of the four lines represent a string and the numbers show which frets to hold down on the fingerboard.

Here is a video tutorial explaining how to read and play along to tab notation on your uke.

I Am Australian

Here’s a song full of national feeling and cultural references. Among other songs, this one has been considered by some as a suitable alternative anthem. What do you think?

I Am Australian

The Wasted Years

Here is an Iron Maiden classic from the Somewhere in Time album. Here’s hoping we can bring a special something to the tune when we play it on the uke!

Have you ever wasted a whole year?

The Wasted Years

International Peace Day

September 21 (today) is international peace day.  Which seems like a good thing to promote.  (peace be with you, and also with you, etc…)

The Conversation ran a piece about peace today that put a lie to the idea that music is a universal language of peace.  They presented a bunch of valid examples of music being used to support those agents of division and war that all right thinking people despise.  While it is true that some scumbags have hijacked the noisiest artform in the name of evil, most of us earthlings recognise it as a language that crosses borders and political lines.

Of course, a great way to counter all that nasty hatred and division is to get out yer uke and sing some songs of peace love and understanding (what’s so funny ’bout that?).  So with that in mind, here’s four songs that might be fun to run through tonight.

Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel

Here is a great anti war pop song from 1980, a time when it seemed that our leaders were thoughtlessly and childishly driving us towards a nuclear oblivion.  Isn’t it wonderful to live in a time when all that is relegated to the past…

Games Without Frontiers

Daydream by The Lovin Spoonful

Is it playing the ostrich to want to take a walk and forget about it all for a while. This song celebrates the power of positive thinking, and we could sure use some of that, eh?


What’s So Funny ’bout Peace Love & Understanding?

What indeed.

What’s So Funny Bout Peace Love ANd Understanding

We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger

As Brian Cox tells us, things can only get better.  As Bill Gates tells us, things are getting better and despite what you may have heard about entropy being a measurement of disorder, that’s just another word for diversity, which is a great thing.  The opposite of entropy is homogeneousness, one state thinking and all that conformist nonsense.  Eventually, of course, all that old gobbledygook gets washed away…

We Shall Overcome

I’ll get off my soap box now.  back to your ukes.