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RawrGazzawrs
08-04-2011, 05:19 PM
So right now Im starting to run out of jake songs i can learn by tabs, and learning by ear is pretty challenging and frustrating, and learning by constantly replaying videos of him playing takes a long time too.

I'll start off with saying my favorite instrumental would be Aldrine's pokemon medley or his Naruto medley :) they inspire me to create a bleach medley ( bleach is a japanese cartoon series, or more commonly known as anime :)

whetu
08-04-2011, 06:13 PM
Ukulolo/Burger is a good one... But you could try to learn some James Hill or John King tunes?

My favourite instrumental has always been John King's Pua Lililehua, it's very sweet, almost therapeutic. There's at least two tabs for it here on UU, one of which being mine :)

I also have a soft spot for James Hill's Song For Cheri

RyanMFT
08-04-2011, 06:17 PM
Ukulolo/Burger is a good one... But you could try to learn some James Hill or John King tunes?

My favourite instrumental has always been John King's Pua Lililehua, it's very sweet, almost therapeutic. There's at least two tabs for it here on UU, one of which being mine :)i

I love John King's music. Kalakaua March is so beautiful.....

joejeweler
08-04-2011, 06:24 PM
Yep, for some ukulele instrumentals for us mere mortals, (Jake is a "god", i've heard said, hehe),

....why don't you try working on Roy Smeck's "Magic Ukulele Waltz"? It's a challenging
piece, but not nearly as tough as some of Jake's works.

The structure is interesting, and the melody and chord formations grow on me the
more i play it.

My favorite version is on youtube by ukulelezaza, and can be found here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAcIGmVMTMs

It's also interesting that he is using 4 different Martin vintage ukuleles interspursed within
the arrangement, and he describes them and which strings he has on each also. (in his writeup when he posted the video).

He (ZaZa) was kind enough to send me a rough tab of his version when i emailed him, and
which gives you most of it as a "base". Using the video helps to pick up the little stuff the tab doesn't show, but you can figure it out using both.

I don't know how to post it here for now, and not sure if ZaZa would have any objections.
I'll drop him a quick email to this thread and see if he would be willing to post the tab himself
as a followup.

....in the meantime,....enjoy the video.

cheers,
Joe T

GX9901
08-04-2011, 07:22 PM
Kalei Gamiao's "Mach 4 (http://youtu.be/BsTf7aJeOto)". I think it's a cool song and it always gives me an adrenalin rush when playing it.

itsme
08-04-2011, 07:26 PM
Try some of the fingerpicking in Wilfried Welti's free solobuch.

http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/solobuch.pdf

Most of it is way easier than John King's stuff.

Lexxy
08-04-2011, 07:34 PM
How bout trying one by the one and only, Aldrine?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWy7mW6MmEs

RawrGazzawrs
08-04-2011, 07:44 PM
How bout trying one by the one and only, Aldrine?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWy7mW6MmEs

haha, ive already learned a couple of aldrine stuff, including bandito tyler. although i would be interested in the sequel, senor viktor, if anyone had tabs. I tabbed out aldrines naruto medley and completed the zelda medley tabs.

RawrGazzawrs
08-04-2011, 07:45 PM
Kalei Gamiao's "Mach 4 (http://youtu.be/BsTf7aJeOto)". I think it's a cool song and it always gives me an adrenalin rush when playing it.

omg, this is epic. i wish my forearm could play through the entire song though haha

Lexxy
08-04-2011, 10:40 PM
Kalei Gamiao's "Mach 4 (http://youtu.be/BsTf7aJeOto)". I think it's a cool song and it always gives me an adrenalin rush when playing it.

Don't forget this one!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbaVLyNAqZs

Mandarb
08-05-2011, 03:19 AM
Kalei Gamiao's "Mach 4 (http://youtu.be/BsTf7aJeOto)". I think it's a cool song and it always gives me an adrenalin rush when playing it.

Way beyond my ability but that was awesome. Thanks for the link.

Michael_
08-05-2011, 04:05 AM
I love playing Lulu's back in town. I've arranged the Lyle Ritz version down to G to play it on my soprano.

My other favorite song is Stardust in the Herb Ohta version.

70sSanO
08-05-2011, 05:26 AM
Here is a good youtube version of Samba Pa Ti. Still have to watch and figure out, but it isn't that hard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq_HwXmF23o

I recently worked out Coldplay's Viva La Vida, but that one wasn't easy to find. I pieced together parts from the following into an instrumental...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kejMg6Zff4

and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grlNderHWFg

John

Dougf
08-05-2011, 05:55 AM
My other favorite song is Stardust in the Herb Ohta version.

I love Ohta-San's version, but I think I like this one's even better:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvYEv5EjJzE

itsme
08-05-2011, 06:22 AM
Here is a good youtube version of Samba Pa Ti. Still have to watch and figure out, but it isn't that hard.
shaylie214 posted tabs for this the other day.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?51306-Samba-Pa-Ti-%28High-G%29

wdf
08-05-2011, 06:53 AM
FOr me it has to be Ledward Kaapana playing "Killing me Softly"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16eUxQwxxbs

Brad Bordessa
08-05-2011, 11:37 AM
James Hill - Ode to a Frozen Boot (Are you looking for things you can learn to play? Because I think it would take Jake a while to figure this one out!)


http://youtu.be/yOfycEepSOo

Herb Ohta Jr. - Sand Castles


http://youtu.be/j7N45WehkSo

Troy Fernandez - Guava Jam


http://youtu.be/_gydc69vrY4

70sSanO
08-05-2011, 11:43 AM
shaylie214 posted tabs for this the other day.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?51306-Samba-Pa-Ti-%28High-G%29

Cool! I should have waited a couple of months.

I'll have to see how well I did.

Thanks!

John

ItsMrPitchy
08-05-2011, 12:30 PM
What about Brittni Paiva.
Here is her arrangement of somewhere over the rainbow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JArvrYw50X4&feature=channel_video_title

shaylie214
08-05-2011, 12:41 PM
I'd actually never seen this video before today (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq_HwXmF23o) My version is surprisingly similar to it though. I'm definitely not as talented as him. I learned the song on guitar a few years ago and decided to transcribe it for ukulele. If it helps you figure out his version that's great. I did see the Brittni Paiva version and was originally going to try it, but my ukulele is strung with a high G so it wouldn't work. There's a lot of great music in this thread. Now I have more songs I want to learn.

Dan Uke
08-05-2011, 07:37 PM
I would pay someone for the tabs for this version of "Fly me to the Moon"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTMpXf8oG6Y

pulelehua
08-05-2011, 08:22 PM
I would pay someone for the tabs for this version of "Fly me to the Moon"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTMpXf8oG6Y


Thanks for that. Gorgeous. His "Ave Maria" is really nice, too. Of course, Schubert couldn't swing his way out of a wet paper bag.

I love discovering new people from other people. I have found out about SO many ukulele players this way. Wonder if there should be some sort of sticky for ukulele players, as YouTube can be tricky to navigate, particularly if you want to avoid Jake, the Ukulele Kid and a few others we all know and love.

Brad Bordessa
08-05-2011, 09:01 PM
I love discovering new people from other people. I have found out about SO many ukulele players this way. Wonder if there should be some sort of sticky for ukulele players, as YouTube can be tricky to navigate, particularly if you want to avoid Jake, the Ukulele Kid and a few others we all know and love.

Bingo: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?44225-Ukulele-Artists-amp-Bands

RawrGazzawrs
08-05-2011, 09:42 PM
great stuff being shared on this thread :D
hope to see this grow more

pulelehua
08-06-2011, 04:24 AM
Bingo: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?44225-Ukulele-Artists-amp-Bands

Ah. The sticky just at the top of this thread. Yeah. Missed that. Doh.

<starts to dream of being on that list some day...........>

:)

rasputinsghost
08-06-2011, 07:00 AM
Keep your eyes on the hands!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBFdrLu7o9w&feature=related

wickedwahine11
08-06-2011, 07:07 AM
For me it is definitely "Europa" done by Herb Ohta Jr.

joejeweler
08-06-2011, 07:39 AM
I agree,.....Steven Strauss's version is just so mellow, and flows to the soul. The chord struture to this song has
always been a masterpiece,....touches a lot of folks. The fact that it's a love song hits us all i think, as
we've all been there.

I looked for hours trying to find a tab of this arrangement,......with no luck. Has anyone worked an accurate tab out on this one? I believe Steven uses a low G setup, BTW.



I love Ohta-San's version, but I think I like this one's even better:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvYEv5EjJzE


Here's Hoagy singing his own tune


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvhq3V8ZhTA

Michael_
08-06-2011, 09:29 AM
I love Ohta-San's version, but I think I like this one's even better:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvYEv5EjJzE

The Steven Strauss version. Also great! Interesting picking technique.

ukestah
08-06-2011, 09:51 AM
Keep your eyes on the hands!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBFdrLu7o9w&feature=related

Carl Ray is definitely one of the best out there. Great vid!

Dan Uke
08-09-2011, 08:24 PM
I found another one...I don't like the chorus that much but the beginning is nice!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND0nVWHG8ZU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL