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All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey Ukulele Cover) - YouTube
Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You (Tab)

It’s impossible to get away from this song around this time. And this blog isn’t going to give you any respite. But it has been 10 years since I posted the chords so it’s about time for the tabs.

This arrangement starts off with pretty simple with a loose fingerpicking arrangement. After that it’s strummed with a few notes picked and a lot of string muting until a return to fingerpicking right at the end.

In case you’re not familiar with the repeat markings, You play straight through to “D.S. al Coda” the first time. Then you go back to the symbol that looks like a drunk dollar sign in bar 23. Play up to where it says “Da Coda” then skip ahead to the target in bar 59.

If you’re looking for more holiday tabs my Christmas tab ebooks are three for the price of two.

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Time for the annual Uke Hunt Christmas quiz time-waster. The rules are as retro as ever.

– Grab a pen and paper
– Display knowledge.
– Check the answers here (no peeking).

If you’re reading by email or feed reader you may need to click through to the post to see everything.

Name the Chord

What chord are these? (All the chords are either major, minor or 7. Nothing more complicated than that.)

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Name the Brand

Click the photo for a bigger version.

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Photo by Austin Public Library

7.

Photo by Bureau of Land Management

8.

Photo by Mick Jeffries

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Photo by Charles Mims

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Photo by Charles Mims

Name the Cover

Who first released the songs these ukulele orchestras are covering?

11. Roundhay Ukulele Group

Roundhay Ukulele Group - Don't Stop Me Now - YouTube

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12. Trellebelle Ukulele Orchestra

Trellebelle Ukulele Orchestra - Parken 20180805 - YouTube

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13. Ukulele Orchestra jako Brno

Ukulele Orchestra jako Brno - Beds Are Burning (20/5/2018//Brno-Big-Top) - YouTube

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14. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Ukulele of Great Britain performing 500 miles - YouTube

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15. Grand Old Uke of York

The Grand Old Uke of York - Rockstar - YouTube

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Name the Celeb

Which celebrity is displaying their uke?

16.

a) Sylvester Stallone
b) Arnold Schwarzenegger
c) Jason Statham
d) Dolph Lundgrun

17.

a) Charli XCX
b) Demi Lovato
c) Dua Lipa
d) Selena Gomez

18.

a) Kristen Wiig
b) Amy Poehler
c) Tina Fey
d) Emily Blunt

19.

a) Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Kline
b) Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Costner
c) Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Keegan
d) Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon

20.

a) Michael Jordan
b) Dennis Rodman
c) Shaquille O’Neal
d) LeBron James

Name the Lyric

Which songs – oft covered on ukulele – are these lyrics from?

21. When the night has come / And the land is dark / And the moon is the only light we’ll see

22. What’s it like in New York city? / I’m a thousand miles away / But, girl, tonight you look so pretty

23. Two drifters, off to see the world / There’s such a lot of world to see

24. He didn’t walk up with that “how you doin’?” (When he came in the room) / He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with (But I can’t without you)

25. Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me / I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed

Check the answers here

Past Quizzes
Ukulele Quiz 2017
Ukulele Quiz 2016
Ukulele Quiz 2015
Ukulele Quiz 2014
Ukulele Quiz 2013
Ukulele Quiz 2012
Ukulele Quiz 2011
Ukulele Quiz 2010
Ukulele Quiz 2009

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Elton John - Your Song (1970) Live on BBC TV - HQ - YouTube
Elton John – Your Song (Chords)

Today I’m writing up Parada de Tettas by The Vengaboys. But then again, no. I’m doing this year’s John Lewis ad Elton John’s Your Song.

The arrangement uses a capo on the first fret to make things easier. But it’s still not completely plain sailing as there are some smart chord moves. The best being the use of F# minor and F# major. Being in D, the F#m fits with the harmony you’d expect. So the F# spices things up and lifts the progression after melancholy descending Bm move in the previous line.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this strum once for almost chord:

d – d – d u d –

The only exceptions are the Asus4 – A and Dsus4 – D moves. There you play the first half of the bar (d – d -) on the sus4 then switch the to major chord for the rest.

Twiddly Bits

This version of the intro uses some artificial harmonics (the notes with A.H. above them). These are tricky to play. So here’s a version with the capo on the third fret. It’s easier to play but the capo is on a different fret to the chords.

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Venice Bitch (Lana Del Rey Baritone Ukulele Cover) - YouTube
Lana Del Rey – Venice Bitch (Tab)

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans. And happy No-Americans-on-the-Internet Day to everyone else. Today I’m thankful for baritone ukuleles. They may be inferior to real ukuleles but sometimes they’re the best tool for the job. Such as for this latest tune from Lana Del Rey.

The picking pattern in the verse and chorus is based around Travis picking (i.e. thumb and two finger picking with the thumb alternating between the D and G strings). But because the G-string is needed for some of the melody notes there are a few exceptions. The trickiest is pair of notes on the G-string, 7th fret in bar 10. Here the first is plucked with the thumb and the second with the index finger.

In the middle section I switch to mostly one finger per string picking.

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More baritone tabs

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New York (St Vincent Ukulele Cover) - YouTube
St Vincent – New York (Tab)

I’m mostly into St Vincent for the wild guitar playing and shuffle dancing. But this beautiful, straightforward ballad immediately struck me as prime for a ukeing. And other than a few big pinkie-stretches it works very neatly.

I’m mostly playing this very loosely without any strict pattern. In the first and third verses I throw in a lot of index-finger flicks where – rather than picking the note – I’ll flick my index finger upwards to catch the melody note and one or two other strings. This helps fill in the sound a little. In the second verse I switch to full strumming to get an even larger sound.

The only part that requires strict one finger per string picking is the rapid picking in bar 7 which is extended in the coda. Other than that you can play it however you feel it.

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