Look at that thing. It's gorgeous! You know how Amazon sometimes has those deals where the price is so dang good that you have to add it to your cart to see the price. Well, that's what's going on here. List price on this thing is $104.90. It sells for $69 on Musician's Friend, and that's already a crazy deal. Well, it's only $56 at Amazon and FREE SHIPPING?! Has the world gone mad? Just the other day a guy was asking about good deals on Twitter. Buddy, I hope you didn't buy anything yet. This is as good as it gets for a price to awesomeness ratio.
I got this link from @ShelfLifeCC on Twitter. This one was special for me because I was once in a parody white trash rap band and we did a homage to "No Diggity". Although, we sure didn't do it on ukuleles. Touche, Brian Kirby, touche. What's great about the video is that he shows you how he played the song on his uke. So, you can follow right along. If I had any criticisms it would just be about the beat. But, you work with what you are given, right? Sometimes I think that if you want to have a simple drum machine beat, it can be kind of fun to do it on an old school Casio or something. Then it stays simple and charming. But, anyway, it's a minor criticism. I just like hearing Blackstreet on Ukulele!
@bandagentileza on Twitter sent me a link to a video of his band. The guitar on the right is a handmade ukulele (looks to be a cigar box style). Anyway, Mercury Duo is the name of the band, and they are great! Guessing from the link, I think they are possibly from Brazil? "O Sen Sen Sen" is a fun (and yet deceptively complicated) song. It reminds me of music that you might hear in a more recent Mario Brothers video game. You know, when they started to step up the music a little bit. Anyway, I really liked watching/listening to it... in fact... I'm going back for more now.
@MrsRossTyv on Twitter asked for an easy chord sheet for Panic! at the Disco's "I have friends in holy spaces". Well.. I have something for you, but it isn't super easy. I know very little about this band (other than the fact that my younger brother thinks they are rad). But, looking at the chord structure reaminds me of David Bowie and the lyrics really remind me of The Cure, so I'm intrigued to say the least. Here's the chords:
Panic! at the Disco - I have Friends in Holy Spaces
A C#m F# Bm You remind me of a former love that I once knew Dm E And you carry a little speech with you A C#m F# We were holding hands walking through the middle of the street Bm Dm E It's fine with me, I'm just taking in the scenery D Dm Amaj7 F#m You remind me of a few of my famous friends B Dm E Well, that all depends what you qualify as friends D Dm Amaj7 F# You remind me of a few of my famous friends B Dm E Well, that all depends what you qualify as friends A C#m F# Take a chance, take your shoes off, dance in the rain Bm Dm E And I was flashing around and the news spread all over town A C#m F# I'm not complaining that it's raining, I'm just saying that I like it a lot Bm Dm E More than you think, if the sun would come out and sing with me D Dm Amaj7 F#m You remind me of a few of my famous friends B Dm E Well, that all depends what you qualify as friends D Dm Amaj7 F#m You remind me of a few of my famous friends B Dm E A Well, that all depends what you qualify as friends F Bb (play 4X)
A = 2100
C#m = 1444 or 6444 (whatever is easier for you)
F# = 2120
Bm = 4222
Dm = 2210
E = 4442
D = 2220
Amaj7 = 1100
B = 4322
Bb = 3211
I told @greg_benson1501 on Twitter that people dig hearing old TV show songs on Ukulele. Now, this is assuming that you are roughly my age and you know that there was a show before Frazier. If you aren't familiar with the show, Frazier, then I apologize for wasting your time, because you are gonna think this is lame. I have to say, though, that around the drunken campfire, this song and the Fact's of Life themesong (or possibly Diff'rent Strokes) are my biggest winners.
Cheers Theme Song
Bb F Making your way in the world today Bb F Takes everything you've got Bb F Taking a break from all your worries Bb F Sure would help alot G# G Cm F Wouldn't you like to get away? F Bb Sometimes you want to go Bb G# Eb F Where everybody knows your name Bb G# Eb F And their always glad you came Dm Eb You want to be where you can see Dm Eb Your troubles are all the same Dm You want to be Eb F Bb where everybody knows your name Bb F Bb F Bb
Here are the fingering for those chords:
(note: http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/chords/ is a great resource for uke chords)
Bb = 3211
F = 2010
G# = 1343
G = 0232
Eb = 3331
Dm = 2210
This might look a little tricky, but if the G# gives you grief then just play it as 0343 but mute the open string. Oh snap. I just thought of one that would have been easier to post. I'll do that next. But, that assumes you know what "Charles in Charge" is.