Saturday, June 28, 2008

I can't wait until May, 2255!

Hooray! Ukulala (ukulaladotcom on YouTube) just reached a nice little meaningless milestone: 100 YouTube Subscribers!

YouTuber jemmahatty rolled the subscribers over into three-digit territory. I'll resist the temptation to profile her yet. That means somewhere out there are 100 people that may or may not know when I put a video up. 100 people who probably have ukuleles, want to learn through video tutorials, and like somewhat similar music to what I've done tutorials for.

That got me thinking... where is this whole Ukulala thing going, and how fast? I think you know where I'm going with this: time for some math.

Let's see... I posted my first video on January 13th. Using a handy online time passage calculator, we can calculate that 166 days have passed. That works out to 100 subscribers in 166 days = 100/166 = 0.6024 New Subscribers per day.

So now I can calculate when I should hope to reach my next milestones (Subscriber goals), using the formula:

(# of days from January 13th, 2008) = (Subscriber goal)/0.6024


And then I can plug January 13th, 2008 and the # of days to look past it into this other time and date calculator to get an actual date for when I should expect to reach that milestone. Here's an idea of what to expect:

100 subscribers: 100/0.6024 = 166 days (Saturday, June 28th, 2008 - TODAY!)
200 subscribers: 200/0.6024 = 332 days (Wednesday, December 10, 2008)
500 subscribers: 500/0.6024 = 830 days (
Thursday, April 22, 2010)

and 1000 subscribers (big milestone!) = 1660 days (Monday, July 30, 2012)

So what does this all mean? To put things in perspective, at this rate, ukulaladotcom will have as many subscribers as that creepy girl who looks at the camera by

Sunday, May 27, 2255

When I am about 275 years old. What? It could happen. Of course, that's assuming there isn't a drop-off once everyone who plays the ukulele has subscribed.

~
Oh, and on the topic of milestones, I added a blurb about Ukulala to the "Top 50 Ukulele Sites list" last month, along with the tracking logo (left top) to see how Ukulala would stack up against the other juggernauts of the uke world.

I know what you're thinking: There are 50 ukulele sites!? Well, believe it or not, there are even more. Ukulala broke the top 50 on June 12th and has been climbing up ever since. It's now at #35, and because of the cumulative way the list calculates hits, I expect to be in the top 25 maybe by the end of the year. I think a good goal would be to get into the top 20 by 2009. I have no idea how reasonable that is, but I've always wanted to say "Wuddup dudes, well, I'm not an expert or anything, no, I'm just the guy who has the sixth most popular ukulele-based tutorial blog on the Northeastern coast."

That'll always be the dream.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ask Ukulala Vol. 3: Bosnia to the Moustache Empire

Yeeeeeeehaw, time for another round of Ask Ukulala Anything!

It's been a little while, but I have noticed I get enough questions about once a month, so I think from now on I'll try to make these approximately a monthly event.

We've got some excellent questions again this round, so I'll do my best to answer, starting with Piennoich from across the ocean in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Hello my friends :)
;)
Piennoich, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hi Piennoich! (mangles pronunciation as "pie"-"noych", smiles inquisitively, wonders which sex the name applies to)

I guess you have no question in particular, but, believe me, I read that wink loud and clear.

;)
:)
;)

Do you play World of Warcraft? Would you consider doing so if I sent you one?
Kelly, Circus clown (seriously!)


Well, the thing about Worl---wait a minute.... Are you reaaaally a circus clown?!?!

I feel like these questions are suddenly going the wrong direction. If you're really a circus clown, I want to know MORE. Like, what kind of clown tricks do you do? And are all your friends carnies and how do those flexy people carry heavy things without their bodies bending and how does that guy know how heavy everyone is and what do you feed the bears and is your whole family in the circus and---I'm trying to write down all my questions for you... but ..... head.... exploding..... with questions......... YEARGGGGH! *pop*

....

Ok, wait, I'm fine. Must have just been a blood clot.

Anyway, I don't play World of Warcraft. The last Warcraft I played was Warcraft II, and it was awesome (my favorite quote, from the two-headed ogre with the British accent: "We're ready master. No we're not!").

It's probably too late for me to get into Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) at this point if I haven't yet, so I probably wouldn't sta----wait, are you really a circus clown though?

Do you have videos of yourself online? And where do you access the internet?

*more delicious flattery* Also, teaching helps to learn, so i bet that your answering all these questions advances you even further.
A Fan, Everywhere

You, Mr. or Ms. Fan, are correct. Part of why I started making the tutorial videos and answering questions was so that I would be forced to figure it all out myself before I opened my big yapper. The questions aren't quite as rigorous as the videos, since I like to have a bit of fun with them, but I do try to address the substantial questions with real answers as best I can.

In fact, I might go out on a limb here and say teaching is the best the way to learn. So... everyone should go teach someone else how to play their favorite uke song, and let me know how it goes!

a lot of kids at my school have been pressuring me to try ukulele, but I've heard from adults it's a gateway silly instrument and can lead to the playing of yet sillier instruments. Could you possiably skip straight to the siller instruments? i'm a busy kid, and i can't aford to waste time on the uke when i know there are more hard-core silly instruments out there. Maybe you can post soungs on the jew's harp, or a series of wine glasses filled to different levels. OH! hows about an accordian song?! that big, ol' squeezy box is the bees knees.

Marduk, Mustachioed child upon a beardo's lap

Ooooh, this questioner also included a link to what appears to be a photo of himself:

I like how their coats match, but I'd be concerned if I were that guy that the kid is not actually his. I mean, look at that blond hair and relatively tiny moustache....

Anyway, back to the meat of this question: silly instrument!? SILLY!?!? DAMN YOU TINY TIM!

Nobody thought the ukulele was silly back before that moron started playing it. It's an amazingly versatile, portable, and yet simple instrument. It has a long proud history as a fusion of Portuguese culture and Hawaiian craftsmanship, and it was the instrument of choice here in the US during the 1920s jazz--the "icon of the Jazz Age" according to wikipedia.

And then that idiot picked it up and starting dancing around like a buffoon and squawking like a bird so people could laugh at him and his stupid little novelty instrument. Har har. RIP, no disrespect, but come on. I'm not even sure he knows how to tune or play his uke.

Anyway, those other ideas for instruments all sound awesome. Accordion, wine glasses, jew's harp--wait, is that a racial slur? Bringing up google... ok, no, you're in the clear--would all be fantastic to learn how to play. Lord knows there are ten billion people out there right now playing fucking electric guitar and nothing but. And I got nothing against the electric guitar, I just love to see more variety in music.

I like the idea of the ukulele being a gateway instrument, but there's nothing silly about it. It's fun and easy to learn, so it is a gateway... to music! (nods with self-satisfaction at the turn of the phrase)

So my advice to you is like anything else: if kids at school are pressuring you to do something, go for it bruh.

so...I've been flirting with the uke for a while now. nothing serious, but I came across this and was wondering if you knew where the hell to find tab for it. it's gorgeous.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9toJRdu2bXQ
thanks

sam, austin, tx

First of all, what a fantastic contrast between that video (the link goes to "ukulele master Ohta-san performs HAWAII") and the Tiny Tim video I just watched. The perfect juxtaposition of a master and a jester.

Yes, this is a beautiful song that I have never heard before. I did a pretty intensive online search (read: 10 full minutes) and came up with no tabs for it.

If you really are serious about learning this song, I would write Woodshed at ukulelehunt.com and request that he figure out tabs for it. There's nobody more qualified (or likely) to figure it out, and that song would be a great addition to the uke-iverse (not my term, but I like it).

...But, please don't ask him to figure it out unless you really would appreciate the work he does on it. It ain't easy what he does for the uke community, and if anyone out there requests tabs, I hope they would follow up and let him know it is appreciated.

Hey,
I just got my ukulele yesterday so I'm a total newbie with it, but I have to say I love your videos and I just can't wait to learn them all.
But well, as you know I have to start somewhere and I just want to ask you wich song do you think is the easiest to begin with?
Thank you
(Anonymous because it was sent in a private message. If this is you and you don't care, let me know)

If you have a capo or you are comfortable tuning the ukulele up by a half-note, I'd say Elephant Gun would be a great place to start. That's where I started. You can make it sound very much like Beirut's version pretty quickly.

If you don't have a capo or don't have a tuner that does different notes (I HIGHLY recommend AP Tuner if you are tuning on a computer), then I'd say In the Aeroplane Over the Sea would be the best place to start, especially if you just do the first verse of the song to get a feel for it. It uses 4 simple repeating chords, and it's a very pretty instrumental song.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is very motivating to play your favorite songs, so if you have a favorite, I'd say start with that and just plug away!

Good luck.

"apprenez à jouer Five Years au Ukulele et emportez le avec vous samedi, on va s’amuser !" "Learn to play Five Years on the Ukulele and take it with you on Saturday. It will be fun!" Shouldn't one learn the incoherent nonsensical gibberish language?
Francophone, USA

Merci, mon ami, pour la traduction. Je regrette de ne pas pouvoir assister à ce concert-là. C'était probablement un peu trop loin ... *pop*

....

Wait, what the hell just happened!? What's all that gibberish up there and why does my head hurt? Where am I!?!?

This question was in response to this post, where I found that caption above my tutorial for Five Years Time on the blogoteque page. While I appreciate the magic tricks you and Quentin (in the comments from that post) can do turning nonsense into english, I don't think there's any way someone like me could do it.

We love our willful ignorance of foreign stuff where I come from.

Hey, Just wanted to send a big thanks from the WonderHowTo team for featuring us on your blog. We always love people talking about our site! Thanks! Best,
Ben Kinzel, Online Marketing Manager
WonderHowTo.com

Well, Ben, I think you're doing a fine job as Online Marketing Manager. In fact, since you sent me this nice little note and since your website is very useful, I'm going to add this link to my main list of Ukulinklinks (over on the right). It's the ukulele section of your "how to" videos.

I hope I can reward you guys with a few clicks. All kinds of useful information on this site, like a very candid (read: shady but true) video how to get started in internet marketing, from this guy:



Herwitz, if you're reading this, there's a thing or two in there about the benefits of maintaining online anonymity. Mr. Kinzel, if you're reading this, don't worry, I think you're one of the good kind of internet marketers based on the honest approach and friendly note. That might even be your real name, which, according to the video above, means you have a good product. Unlikely, but possible.

Anyway, I appreciate a bit of honesty and openness from marketers.

Hey Paz! I have really been enjoying your videos! I've got quite a few of them down now. But my question is this: When playing Five Years Time, is the "hit-type" strum like the "hit" strum in Nantes? I have watched your videos many times and I can't seem to get it.
Taylor

Oh man, this is probably the question I've received the most at Ukulala. "How do I make that 'hit' noise you talk about?"

The problem is, I learned how to do it early on, back years ago when I tried and failed to learn guitar, so I hardly think about it anymore. I've made a few attempts to describe it (question from Molly, about halfway down), but it's always been an unexpected road block for people in the videos I've done.

Apparently it's called a "chuck" noise, and yes, it IS the same "move" I'm doing in both Nantes and Five Years Time (although it's done quicker in Five Years Time). I also use it in Boy With the Arab Strap and Plenty More.

It's a part of my repertoire, and I hope it will eventually be part of yours. The basic idea is just to strum quickly down, and immediately mute the strings with your palm.
Just push your palm up against them as the end of your strum.

I really need to make a video of it like this guy did. Then I can do some better show-and-tell. So... practice what you can for now, but... stay tuned?

So, I am a beginner with the ukulele, and I've been searching in Google for ukulele songs to play. I have found many songs such as, Tiny Bubbles (to play for my grandpa, haha). I can play the chords just fine, but they don't tell you how to strum them! I am really confused. Do you just have to try different patterns until it sounds right? Cause it's really hard...
Taylor

Damn right it's hard! And why the HELL don't any sites tell you how to strum the songs when it's so important!?

That's exactly why I include strumming patterns into all my videos. It was a complete mystery to me why it is ignored in

1) books
2) tutorial videos
3) chord sites
4) tab sites

and that made it really difficult to learn some songs that should have been simple. It's like they all assume the strumming just kinda "happens". WRONG. It's a major--sometimes THE defining--part of a song.

Actually I do give HUGE credit to Woodshed at ukulelehunt.com for including strumming patterns when it really matters. It was his written description of Elephant Gun that helped me learn the song so easily it inspired me to make my first video. And no, I'm not just kissing his ass cause he's got the #1 uke site in the world, I'm legitimately impressed with the depth and breadth of his body of work.

Very cool tutorial for "the penalty", Thanks for putting that online. As you maybe know, theres an alternative version of the song on flyingclubcup.com with a different strumming pattern. Any chance you could figure out that one?
Sayyadina, Germany

I see what you're talking about. It's very similar, still in twelve beats of course, but he doesn't let it pause as long after the first strum on each chord. Basically just replace some of the misses in the version I did with soft strums, where you just barely hit the strings on your up or down strums.

With bold as a louder strum, I think it would be:

1) down
2) miss up
3) soft down (instead of miss)
4) up
5) down
6) soft up (instead of miss)
7) down
8) miss up
9) down
10) up
11) down
12) up


i hope the reason this weeks poll was so lame is cause you're too busy workin' with that song "allmike_newDIR2_2." i've been playing with the other ones to make them less monotonous. it's been slow going- everything good keeps ending up sounding sad, and when i manage to make it sound uppity it sounds too corny. i had a spot of luck this evening, but i'm too tired to work on it now, so hopefully i can iron it out this weekend. oh, and here's my question for ukulala: did you see that colbert report when he postulated the existence of santa's arch rival, Manfred Claus? comic GOLD.
the mighty gorch, earthquake island

D'oh, I missed that episode, but I did find this mention of the Manfred Claus here (at 0:37 in the video). Colbert is kind of a hero.

And yes, this week's poll is LAME. I am sorry. I meant to have it be a reference to this quote from this Simpsons episode, where
Springfield Elementary students took an aptitude test to determine ' future careers:

Ms. Hoover: First question. If I could be any animal, I would be (a) a carpenter ant, (b) a nurse shark, or (c) a lawyer bird.


Unfortunately I thought that was too obvious, so I kept only the carpenter ant. The poll ended up just... boring. Oh well, I guess the onus is on me to try and spice up the interpretion of the results. Looks like "Cat" is going to win.

In case anyone was wondering, yes, this is the same Gorch who was an honorary member of Ukulala. He helped me with this little ditty, my first bit of original uke music with drums. Someday I'll make that into a real song.

He lives in Japan now, where he is studying under the tutelage of electronic drumming masters to become a master himself, or something like that. Actually I forget why he went there. maybe just to feel tall (was that racist?).

Anyway, he recently started sending me stuff to add uke to, so we can collaborate again. I still have a hard time coming up with interesting original stuff and playing along with a beat, but I will be working on
"allmike_newDIR2_2" soon. I have a certain mistrust of electronic music, but I think mixed with an acoustic recording it has potential. And when we have something to show for it, I'll post it here.

Plus, I already know what my album name will be for the great collaboration between Ukulala and the Mighty Gorch: The Rise and Fall of the Moustache Empire.

~

That's it for now! Use that little box over on the left ANY TIME to ask me about ANY THING!

Peace out!

-Paz

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Monday, June 16, 2008

How to play The Penalty by Beirut

Along with the several requests on YouTube for this song, weekly poll #5 showed me one important thing: Ukulala visitors are ravenous, salivating, Beirut-hungry dogs. They just can't get enough Beirut. And thank goodness, 'cause I'm not going to stop making Beirut videos anytime soon. If you haven't heard it yet, now is the time to check out The Penalty.

The ukulele chords I used can be found here on ukulelehunt.com.

Here's my tutorial video:



Video Breakdown:

0:00 Intro, Tuning
0:22 Chords (C, e/C, Em, F, G for simple version, add C(alt) and Fadd9 for advanced version. Click on the chord links below for pictures of the fingering)
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1:15 Strumming pattern (12 beat loop described below)
3:03 Strumming example
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3:28 Chorder Intro
3:43 Intro: Simple version
(C, e/C, Em, F) (F, e/C, Em, F)
4:49 Intro: Advanced version
(C, e/C, Em, C(alt)->F) (F->Fadd9, e/C, Em, F->Fadd9)
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6:15 First verse Part 1 (F, e/C, Em, F->Fadd9) times 2
7:29 First verse Part 2 (G, C, F, C) times 2
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7:58 Middle (same as Intro, but starts at F)
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8:19 Verse 2 (same as verse 1, more loops of G, C, F, C)
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8:51 Demonstration of Intro/Verse 1

Chords:
C
e/C
C(alt)
Em
F
Fadd9
G

Strumming Pattern:
The strumming pattern follows a twelve-beat loop, where each beat is an up or a down strum. The up and down strums (your hand) should move at a regular pace. The strums to emphasize (play louder) are bolded.

1) down
2) miss up
3) miss down
4) up
5) down
6) miss up
7) down
8) miss up
9) down
10) up
11) down
12) up
(switch chord and repeat)

Chorder:
Each block in the table below represents one loop of 12 beats, as described above. For the most part, the strumming pattern is exactly the same throughout the whole song.

The song is divided into several parts:
1) Intro
2) First verse part 1
3) First verse part 2 (loops GCFC)
4) Middle (same as intro, but starts with F instead of C)
5) Second verse part 1 (same as first verse part 1)
6) Second verse part 2 (loops GCFC)

Intro
For the simple version, play just F instead of C(alt)->F and just F instead of F,Fadd9.

Ce/CEmC(alt)->F
F,Fadd9e/CEmC(alt)->F

Verse 1

For the simple version, play just F instead of F,Fadd9.

F,Fadd9
like
e/C
day
Em
I
F
trial
F,Fadd9
let
e/C
-way
Em
once
F
island
G IC
stay
F IC
-lieved
G
left
C
light
F
-ways
C
season

Middle (same as Intro, but starts with F)

For the simple version, play just F instead of C(alt)->F and just F instead of F,Fadd9.

Fe/CEmC(alt)->F
F,Fadd9e/CEmC(alt)->F

Verse 2

For the simple version, play just F instead of F,Fadd9.


F,Fadd9
impossible
e/C
night
Em
crowd
F
home-
F,Fadd9
fully
e/C
you'll
Em
leave
F
light
G
family
C
wait
F
keep
C
breathing
G
get
C
day
F
find
C
kneeling
G
let
C
may
F
they
C
reason
G
left
C
light
F
-ways
C
season
GCFC
GCFC

If you have questions or find mistakes, let me know and I'll answer whatever I can or update this to reflect any issues.

Word. The Penalty is an awesome song.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Better know a subscriber: Bayreuth11

Ask and ye shall receive. This profile of a subscriber is by request, left in the comments on this first "better know a subscriber" post. As I hinted, I was hoping somebody would request to be profiled, so cheers to Bayreuth11! And jeers to everyone who didn't. Yes, I'm looking at you.

So, who is Bayreuth11?

My convoluted, twisted speculation:

His (or "her", but I'm already assuming "his" because the name doesn't indicate female, and on the internet male is the default) profile picture:




Joined: October 12, 2007
Last Login: 1 day ago
Videos Watched: 540
Subscribers: 0
Channel Views: 65
Country: United States
Interests and Hobbies: Playing Ukulele, Running


Not a whole lot of info to work off. Also, he hasn't posted any of his own videos. Tough to get any personal info on just this.... but... things start to get a bit more interesting in his lists:

Movies and Shows: Donnie Darko, Fight Club, The Life Aquatic, The Shining, Rebel Without a Cause, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development


Ok ok, now those are all pretty damn good movies and shows. Especially the shows (and I love watching Fight Club). The male/female question is still out there, but I'd have to say these are mostly "guy" movies and shows, so if I had to make a wild assumption I'd still go with male (although... Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt, Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, James Dean... this could still be a girl's list of favorite movies...). But it's the music list that really makes things interesting:

Music: Beirut, New Order, Belle and Sebastian, Voxtrot, The New Pronographers, Neutral Milk Hotel, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, The Postal Service, Noah and the Whale, The Decemberists, The National, The Replacements, Wolf Parade, Broken Social Scene, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Of Montreal, Okkervil River, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, Jeff Buckley, The Smiths, The Cure, Gang of Four, Breathe Owl Breathe


The ones in green are bands I think are amazing, blue are ones I think have a few great songs and nothing I really object to, and the ones in red are ones I've never heard of, or haven't heard enough to form an opinion yet. The key here is that there are NO bands I have heard and don't like. That is highly, highly unusual for me. (Sonic Youth is the only questionable one, but I realized I don't know enough about them to say either way). But the fact that every favorite of his is either a favorite of mine already or I haven't heard it before means two things:

1) He's in the right place for learning ukulele songs he'll enjoy.
2) I need to check out those bands on the list I've never heard of.

Now, back to figuring out stuff about Bayreuth11.

He's involved enough with YouTube to have organized playlists, a customized background, and a nice picture of his uke as a profile pic. So he's savvy with YouTube, but at the same time he has none of his own personal videos up. That says to me he has not embraced YouTube in the way that teenagers of the day have (those wacky young people will put up videos of anything), so he's a bit older. Maybe late twenties or early thirties?

Then there is the name. Based on the fact that a) Beirut gets top billing on his music list and b) one of his playlists of videos is the entire Beirut Blogotheque video series for Flying Club Cup (which are amazing, as I have mentioned before), I think "Bayreuth11" is either a homonym for Beirut or a reference to the city of Bayreuth, Germany. Most likely it's a bit of both, but mainly a reference to the city, so I'm going to guess he's got German ancestry or family. Bayreuth and Bayreuth1 are already taken, at least one of them by a German.

He has 7 playlists, mostly related to music, either uke or other. Bayreuth11 loves music, and good music at that. And he's organized, at least for music. I don't know of too many people that would take the time to organize themselves playlists with descriptions, so I'd guess he likes to archive and list things as much as possible, just to organize the musical obsession in his life.

He has two friends: longrangeforce and luminoussoul. Not a lot of help there, except that they are both in the U.S., have similar music tastes, and luminoussoul is maybe a 47 year-old woman who plays piano. It is somewhat possible these three are all the same person, but the musical tastes are just different enough that I think it's unlikely (luminoussoul likes a bunch of Sting). It's more likely that Bayreuth11 and longrangeforce are the same person. longrangeforce lists his/her age at 69, which is probably just a joke (since most people around that age either a) don't know how to move "that little arrow" on the "computer machine", b) have forgotten their age, or c) are busy running for president). And he signed up three days before Bayreuth11, so it was probably just an alternate account with a name he didn't like as much. If he is longrangeforce, he's probably interested in astronomy or physics (long range force being a physics term for gravitational forces with stars and galaxies, I believe), so he might be a grad student. That's a bit of a stretch, but hey, there isn't much to work with here.

Oh my god. Looking at his favorites, he has TWO out of twelve favorite videos devoted specifically to Age of Consent by New Order. And one of them is this amazing ukulele cover.

Age of Consent might be my favorite song of all time. If it's not number one, it's certainly top 3 and shifts in and out of the 1-spot. God damn it's a great song. It's official: Thumbs up for Bayreuth11.

My final analysis:

Bayreuth11 is around 30 years old, an American of German ancestry who may have done (or is still doing) advanced studies in physics or astronomy. He also has a deep obsession for music and the ukulele. He loves indy music, 80's music, and psychedelic folk, and he tries to find and consume as much as he possibly can. He keeps an organized collection of music, and it would be tough to name a band in the genre he hasn't heard of. Maybe Paleo is obscure enough? Music invades on every part of his life, like a life soundtrack. He loves to run, and he brings an iPod and has a few playlists specifically made for running. He loves to run to Arcade Fire (those mixes should really have some Violent Femmes if they don't already). He was almost as excited to find Ukulala as I was to find Age of Consent on the uke in his favorites. He's already bookmarked Ukulala, and he's going to check the site every week or so to see what song I post next (and when I do post it, he's going to like it). In the last weekly poll, he voted for "The Penalty by Beirut".

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So that's my (somewhat lengthy) take on Bayreuth11. Could be completely wrong, I have no idea, but that's what I've got in my head now so THAT'S THE FINAL WORD. Better know a subscriber #2! Leave a comment here (or anywhere) if you want to nominate another subscriber. Bayreuth11, if you see this, feel free to correct me, insult me, or berate me... or to praise me as the Sherlock Holmes of the ukulele world!

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Ukulala Out There

So one of the cool things about YouTube is how videos can spread and mix around out there in the big flying bit mess that is the internet. Once you put something up, anything can happen to it. Case in point, my friend put this little number up and ended up getting a call from Inside Edition, who featured the clip in an expose of vodka snorting and how it affected Prince Harry (no joke! they sent him a DVD of the episode) .

So yeah, you never know who might be interested in your videos. I decided to do a little check and see where exactly on the internet Ukulala videos are being featured, and here's what I got:

ukulelehunt.com
This is officially the top ukulele site out there, so it's been great to work with Woodshed on doing at least one collaboration (Boy With the Arab Strap). I'm hoping to do more with him in areas where our musical taste collides, or areas where video would really help his stuff.
Belle and Sebastian on Ukulelehunt.com

wonderhowto.com
This is a very cool website I'd never heard of before. It seems to pull together all sorts of tutorial videos on every subject, organizes them, and makes them searchable. I think it's a great idea, I may even start using it for other things.
Beirut on wonderhowto.com

blogotheque.net
These guys made some of my all-time favorite videos EVER, apparently for both Beirut and Noah and the Whale. All the text on that page appears to be some sort of incoherent nonsensical gibberish ("apprenez à jouer Five Years au Ukulele et emportez le avec vous samedi, on va s’amuser !" ???! wtf?), so it's impossible to tell what they say about it, but I'm happy for the shout-out!
Noah and the Whale on blogotheque.net

video.aol.com
Frankly I don't how they get away with this, in a legal sense. It appears "aol video" just sets up video pages with youtube and other videos and calls them "aol videos". Whatever. I guess if more people see videos online, alls well that ends well. They have all the ukulala videos.
Ukulala on AOL Video

actoguitar.com
This site bills itself as "a revolution in guitar learning." They bring together guitar-specific tutorials and organize them by category. The only Ukulala video I did involving guitars was my terrible "how to turn a guitar into a ukulele" tutorial, so that's the only one on their site.
Guitar to ukulele with a capo on Actoguitar

webletras.com.br
This is a huge Brazilian site with more gobbledy-gook words ("sua busca termina aqui"-- guh-wuhhh???), along with a large selection of song lyrics. If you can find the Squirrel Nut Zippers and then click on Plenty More, a tiny little version of the Ukulala tutorial video pops up on the bottom right. Kinda funny. YouTube reports a whopping two clicks from there, so it's not exactly a huge draw.
Squirrel Nut Zippers on webletras.com.br

That's all I could find. Kinda cool how stuff spreads in an online community, no?

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