Flippin' the Bird
July 5, 2015 12:04 PM   Subscribe

Sure, musical fundamentals are important, but there's also a place for techniques that look cool. Peter Forrest explains Three Tricks for Ukulele Showboating.

Part of a series of ukulele tutorials, which I might have included in my previous ukulele megapost if I'd known they existed. (There are also various other uke songs and reviews on Forrest's YouTube channel, and his website, Ukulele North, includes sheet music.)
posted by Shmuel510 (9 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
These are pretty cool... almost make me want to learn to play the ukelele.
posted by kinnakeet at 1:43 PM on July 5, 2015


We all saw the link to The Rock playing the uke, right?

Other people saw that, right?
posted by Time To Sharpen Our Knives at 3:20 PM on July 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


I play the ukulele a bit, but I wouldn't qualify myself as a participant in the "uke community" or anything like that. So I have to ask, is posting ukulele videos and on YouTube usually associated with being a real-life Wes Anderson character?
posted by WCWedin at 4:20 PM on July 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


There is a very wide variety of people with ukulele videos on YouTube. Honestly, that's the primary reason I picked up the uke in the first place. So many talented people on YouTube (especially Molly Lewis) seemed to be having a ton of fun strumming on theirs, and I decided I would not be the last person on the Internet without a ukulele!
posted by Shmuel510 at 4:30 PM on July 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


So I have to ask, is posting ukulele videos and on YouTube usually associated with being a real-life Wes Anderson character?

No, the uke is more in the Zooey Deschanel school of twee. A Wes Anderson character plays sousaphone and always has it with him.
posted by maxsparber at 4:35 PM on July 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


I highly recommend James Hill's cover of Billy Jean, which I found in one of the related videos...
posted by kaibutsu at 4:42 PM on July 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Time To Sharpen Our Knives: "We all saw the link to The Rock playing the uke , right?

Other people saw that, right?
"

What video? Like The Rock would play the uke. Pshaw. Get your meds right.
posted by Samizdata at 7:02 PM on July 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


I would never hit the soundboard of my 1930s koa Martin like Hill does, even with a piezo pickup. But now I want to beat on my little Kala. I can def do bassline-melody-percussion on guitars and viols, why did it take a comedy video to remind me on uke?!
posted by Dreidl at 10:16 PM on July 5, 2015


I'd recommend anything by James Hill, especially when his wife joins him.
Two of my favorites.

I watch a lot of uke videos and hadn't seen these yet. Thanks.
And I don't know how I missed the megapost.
posted by MtDewd at 6:54 AM on July 6, 2015


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