Ukulele & Languages

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Discover ukulele instrumentals and fingerpicking at its best with the following selection of fingerstyle videos from around the world.

Whether it be in theme tunes, classical pieces, Celtic tunes, Brazilian music, flamenco and gipsy jazz, rock songs, the ukulele sounds really great. Enjoy this demonstration of the versatility of our favourite instrument !

United-Kingdom

Ken Middleton skillfully demonstrates the campanella technique on Loch Na Garr, a beautiful arrangement which I find very relaxing to listen to.

The arrangement can be purchased in Ken‘s ebook of Celtic arrangements : Celtic Ukulele ebook.

Germany

Jo. Vogel has made a lovely arrangement of a piece by Brazilian

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This week’s Ukulele World Tourwill start off in Europe, with a lovely voice from Ireland and a Dutch song by the Uke Box.

Featured as well some excellent ukulele instrumentals from the UK and Japan as well as a live performance from Brazil.

Ever wondered how Nepali singing would combine with the uke ? Today is your chance to find out.

Country: Ireland / Language: English

Kitchen singing with Emily Cole singing Little Kočko.

Just noticed today that a very good live performance of this song had been uploaded so I’ve added it as well.

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Today’s Ukulele World Tour brings two new language additions : Lao or Laotian and Estonian. You will see that the number of flags on the World Tour Index is increasing steadily (the index is visible on the right hand side when you are inside a World Tour post and you can click on the flag of any country to see all related posts). Don’t hesitate to send me links to ukulele videos in other languages! I need all the help I can get to carry on documenting the ukulele spread around the world.

Other international ukulele news include the fact that a YouTube ukulele channel has been created in Georgian. No ukulele videos in Georgian as per yet but the aim of the channel UkuleleGeorgia is to make the ukulele known to people in Georgia in their own language.

Let’s hope this will make many Georgian ukulele converts who will, some day, upload Georgian songs performed on the ukulele. I just love the look of the Georgian alphabet. Seeing ukulele written უკულელე makes it all the more exotic.

We’ll also be travelling to Argentina, the United-States (including Hawaii) and France.

1. Country: Laos /Language: Lao (Laotian)

Lao music played by Luke and Ey with cheerful villagers from near Thakhek in south-central Laos.

2. Country: Argentina / Language: Spanish

Argentinean band Las Taradas perform

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If you’ve been trying to make sense of my posting schedule lately, chances are you didn’t have much luck. I haven’t been completely quiet though and you might have read my interview on Jim D’Ville‘s Play Ukulele by Ear blog.

Jim came up with really interesting questions on the similarities between language learning and ukulele learning and I must say I really enjoyed reflecting on the subject. You can read the interview here. I also discuss my ukulele learning process, the difficulties I encountered and the reason why I started this blog.

Now, let’s get back to our World Tour business. Today I saw a rat outside the window at work and this reminded me that I had seen a few ukulele videos featuring or mentioning rats lately. So we’re on for a Ukulele & Rats World Tour.

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Welcome to this week’s Ukulele World Tour featuring 5 countries and 5 languages.

1. Country: Poland / Language: English

Starting off with a ukulele cover of Summer Wine, a song written by Lee Hazlewood in the late sixties, performed by two Poles.

2. Country: Czech Republic / Language: Czech

Here is a Czech cover of a song taken from the film Báthory

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