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BIGDB
10-09-2013, 07:40 PM
Hello, wanted to see what everyone here thought was the most difficult instrumental ukulele song is to play or if you cant play it looks the most challenging. I know there are many out there but which one do you think takes the most skill?

The Big Kahuna
10-09-2013, 08:02 PM
Probably the entire Ring Cycle by Wagner.

hawaii 50
10-09-2013, 08:36 PM
I vote for Pandanus by The Peter Moon Band...try to get every note correct...haha

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-09-2013, 10:09 PM
I vote for Pandanus by The Peter Moon Band...try to get every note correct...haha

Yep, me too. And I'm only trying for half the notes.

Mistyface
10-09-2013, 11:02 PM
So any players play these 2 songs very well?
i want to listen it^^

Newportlocal
10-09-2013, 11:05 PM
Sakura Sakura Jake Shimabukuro

Bao
10-10-2013, 12:04 AM
Ode to a frozen boot by James hill. Very complex, especially if you're not familiar with the techniques used.

Lexxy
10-10-2013, 12:54 AM
Quite possibly this, I still do not have any idea how he does it. (Jake initially came up with the uke arrangement, this is just a cover; but a splendid cover by a splendid player - Andrew Molina!)

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

wrestlingmatt51
10-10-2013, 05:58 AM
Probably the entire Ring Cycle by Wagner.
ha! I'd like to see someone pull that off

HBolte
10-10-2013, 06:16 AM
Whatever one I'm learning at the moment. :D

Pandanus is amazing. I can only dream of playing that!

Linho
10-11-2013, 01:08 PM
I vote for Ode To A Frozen Boot by James Hill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsOhmN2mpHI#t=0m55s

Still trying to figure out the tabs. Impossible for me. :-/

Dan Uke
10-11-2013, 08:54 PM
Don't say Ode To a Frozen Boot since he already knows how to play it. :)

Newportlocal
10-11-2013, 09:27 PM
John King Carol of the Bells is another amazing song.
http://youtu.be/q7eCz8SC86U

Dan Uke
10-11-2013, 09:36 PM
I used to think this song was hard but this little girl makes it look...still difficult!! hahaha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Qwes9Tkso

Newportlocal
10-11-2013, 09:48 PM
I used to think this song was hard but this little girl makes it look...still difficult!! hahaha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Qwes9Tkso

mind blowing.

Dan Uke
10-11-2013, 10:02 PM
To digress a little, hard songs played in a duet or group I don't like listening to since they are overplayed, Body Surfing, Breezin, Tico Tico

Stevelele
10-12-2013, 05:42 AM
This little girl amazes yet depresses me. It's like me trying to play call of duty against 10 year olds and getting thoroughly owned


I used to think this song was hard but this little girl makes it look...still difficult!! hahaha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Qwes9Tkso

drbekken
10-15-2013, 06:47 AM
The most difficult thing is to play ONE note with the authority of players like Roy Smeck, Benny Chong, etc...or B B King or T-Bone Walker, for that matter. The flash factor is totally irrelevant.

slackkey007
10-15-2013, 07:01 AM
So any players play these 2 songs very well?
i want to listen it^^

Here's bruddah "mistahukulele808" with his version of Pandanus:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o6LDrDlx_4

pulelehua
10-16-2013, 07:37 AM
I would say something by James Hill, because there is so much going on there which you're not even aware of most of the time: muting with both hands, crazy right hand technique. He's technically amazing.

Maybe even just good ol' Billie Jean. He does all his crazy James Hill stuff... AND SINGS!!!

Kdogg
10-16-2013, 04:34 PM
I used to think this song was hard but this little girl makes it look...still difficult!! hahaha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Qwes9Tkso
I love the way she gets excited after she finishes,WOW sponsored by Ko'oloha at the age of ten!

CTurner
10-16-2013, 05:39 PM
The last thirty seconds....no the whole song, "Uke Talk" from James Hill's A Flying Leap. The precision and speed are wonderful while still having phrasing and internal changes and an honest-to-goodness build at the end that leaves you catapulting.

But I also agree that single note sequences, played "just right", is much to be desired and we can all find those moments in many songs for ourselves.

TJ Uke
10-17-2013, 04:03 PM
Maybe Flight of the Bumblebee at the tempo pianists, electric guitarists and violinists play it.

I've seen plenty of people play it around the 150-160ish bpm mark but other instruments commonly go for more around 190-210ish bpm.

tainauke
10-18-2013, 12:57 AM
I used to think this song was hard but this little girl makes it look...still difficult!! hahaha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Qwes9Tkso

I too am amazed and depressed watching this little girl!!!! She's really awesome!!! Thanks for sharing... I guess I'll go practice Twinkle Twinkle Little Star now...

The Big Kahuna
10-18-2013, 01:03 AM
Maybe Flight of the Bumblebee at the tempo pianists, electric guitarists and violinists play it.

I've seen plenty of people play it around the 150-160ish bpm mark but other instruments commonly go for more around 190-210ish bpm.

Search YouTube for Flight of the wounded bumble bee by Nuno Bettencourt

gaspar
10-22-2013, 10:11 AM
Roy Smeck - Melody in F

:)