Ukulele & Languages

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In need for some music to unwind after a stressful week ? How about ukulele videos set in the middle of nature to start the weekend ?

UK band Cardboard CarouselCalliopi McDowell and Richard Dawson perform their song Does Anybody Know ?

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Let me start this post by wishing you all the very best for 2014 ! What better way to start this new year than with something fresh, say songwriting ?

When you’ve been playing covers of songs for a while you will eventually reach a stage where you’d like to try writing your own. The whole process is great fun but not without hurdles. Patience and persistence are your best friends…

One day, an event triggers a creative process in some obscure area of your brain : suddenly, you have a melody in your head, a few words pop out and there you have it, the skeleton of a song… You can choose to ignore it because, when you think of it, turning it into a real song is going to cost you hours and hours unless you’re a real pro. But, if you feel slightly adventurous you will decide to move ahead and try to make something out of it, no matter what.

That’s exactly what Ganymede Gwilym and I did. It all started with a walk in the hillsides that didn’t turn out to be as pleasant as we would have hoped. This inspired me a few words and a melody which I sang to Gwilym. He enjoyed the melody and decided to pick his guitar and try to make out the chords by ear. We used a trial-and-error approach until we were happy with the chords. From there on Gwilym polished up his guitar playing, adding transitions and a nice rhythm to the song. In the meantime I worked on the lyrics and the singing and eventually added the ukulele solo part.

Here is the result, our song Countryside Walk on guitar and ukulele. We hope you’ll enjoy it too !

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Time for a Thai break today !

There is a large community of ukulele players in Thailand so I have selected a few videos for your entertainment. Sorry if I don’t attempt to translate the title of the songs or any other information, I don’t speak Thai and I am rather skeptical with what Google Translate comes up with. If you speak Thai and can help me, please leave me a comment !

First stop is at the Thailand International Ukulele Fest 2013 where we’ll listen to a song by Singto Numchok, a very popular ukulele player in Thailand.

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Dutch and Polish ukulele-playing ladies this week with Kreatones, Zagi and more from Mela Koteluk. Enjoy !

The Kreatones, a band from The Netherlands, playing a song at a bandcontest for Monster! I couldn’t find any other ukulele track from the same band so enjoy this one Dutch song : Monsterhit – Jumpin’ Diz, Rockin’ Rose & the Ukraine Ukuleles. Lyrics are in Dutch and can be found in the Youtube description for the video.

After the success of my last post featuring Mela Koteluk,

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A great live performance by Mela Koteluk from Poland singing Stale Płynne, accompanied on ukulele by Tomasz Krawczyk.

If you’ve enjoyed the song Stale Płynne and would like to learn to play it, here is a tutorial with detailed explanations by Przyjazne ukulele.

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