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Posted by Ian on January 22, 2012

It seems like this has become a bit of a trend — making a post every once in a while, trying to convince myself that I will begin posting again…

The way I figure, if I actually want to get back in the swing of things, I might as well actually post something and see if it gets me to post again. So, without any further adieu:

In the many years since I have made any sort of useful blog post, I have fully fleshed out a song I started writing a while ago. Anyways, here’s a video of it being performed by my (late) band, Clean Slate:

And, for your enjoyment, here’s a tab for the opening bit:

(it’s a PDF)

And then the lyrics, should you want to know anything besides the opening bit.

Verse 1
Thoughts never thought,
And dreams, never dreamnt.
Words never spoken,
The things we forget.
A smile never smiled,
A frown, turned around.
The things you’ve lost forever,
The things you’ll never know.
You get up,
You go out,
You live your life.
Not knowing,
What could be,
Or what was right…
Of all the things you’ve ever done,
How many went through.
Of all the words you’ve ever said,
Which ones came from you?
Verse 2
And, as we go on,
What stays the same?
A couple of friends,
well, who’s to blame?
The times they keep on changing,
Changing all you’ve known.
What was true, gone forever,
You’re all alone.
Chorus 2
Of all the things you’ve ever done,
How many went through.
Of all the words you’ve ever said,
Which ones came from you?
Verse 3
So now you think,
What can you do.
‘Got nothing left,
Not even a clue.
You know you,
Must do something.
Escape this low.
You’ve got to,
Rise above this.
Let spirit show.
Chorus 3
So why don’t you just get up,
Go on and live your life.
No more of this turning back,
Go on and make it right.

Now, from the video, you should be able to figure out the verses (they are the last couple of lines of the tab, repeated over and over).

The chorus is simply C, F, G, C. Watch the video for the chord changes.


No guarantee as to whether or not I’ll be posting regularly again, but I will try to give you all something to mess around with every once in a while.

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Close to the Edge – Yes

Posted by Ian on March 9, 2008

Close to the Edge is a 20 minute epic made by the Prog Outfit Yes back in 1972. I consider it, and the album it is on, to be one of the best put together albums of all time.

The title track is full of amazing guitar parts, but one that stands out to most to me is the segment that starts at about 3 minutes into the song. I have attempted to tab it out, and have gotten a pretty good result.


After the point that I stopped tabbing, there are a few variations on the riff that are played. If you listen to the song, it is pretty easy to pick out how they are different and what you should play to correctly play them.

Also note that the tempo is not perfect: if you can, listen to the song while learning the riff so you can match tempos and style.

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Drifting (for lack of a better name)

Posted by Ian on March 8, 2008

I’ve pretty much finished the piece I was working on… it turned out to only run to about 40 seconds, but it seems pretty much finished. Maybe I could expand the different sections some more, but for now, I’m calling it finished.

I forgot to add a time marking, so just remember that it was written to be played at about 120, though it sounds fine if you play it faster.


I will record an audi example if I have time to do it at some point.


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Soft as a Dove – Yes

Posted by Ian on March 2, 2008

An absolutely beautiful song… fits nicely on the uke.


And sorry that I haven’t been updating for the last week… other things got in the way of my blogging… lousy internet connection… busy week at school… etc, etc. I”m back on the air.

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David Bowie – Space Oddity

Posted by Ian on February 17, 2008

Some of Bowie’s music has absolutely great guitar parts, and one of my favorite is the little progression midway through ‘Space Oddity’, which also happens to be one of my favorite Bowie songs.

Anyways, you can’t get the riff to work out on a normal GCEA tuned Uke exactly, but you can get close using four rather simple chords: C, F, G, and A.


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The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

Posted by Ian on February 16, 2008

The Stones are possibly one of the best classic rock outfits still around today… though they have, in my opinion, somewhat lost their touch recently… not saying that they’re bad… just saying that they’re a bit…. past their prime.

Anyways, one of their most memorable guitar parts is the intro to ‘Paint It Black’, which is somewhat ukeable. Here’s the result of my efforts.

The open C is not the correct note for the lower part of the riff, though it works as filler. If you want only the proper melody, just leave out the open C’s.


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ZZ Top – La Grange

Posted by Ian on February 15, 2008

ZZ Top’s “La Grange” is full of great variations of its main riff that are, sadly, not all able to be played on the uke.

However, bu sortof meshing a couple of the riffs together, you get a ukeable riff that is definitely recognizable as La Grange: pure Bluesy, Beard Swingin’, Texan noise (and that’s good noise, too, I might add).

You might want to watch this video to gain a better understanding of the ‘Beard Swingin” part.


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Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

Posted by Ian on February 14, 2008

The intro riff to ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ by Elton John is, in my opinion, among the best rock guitar riffs of all time.

I have managed to work it out on the uke… almost. It isn’t perfect, but it does a good job of trying to be.



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The Beatles – Day Tripper (Intro)

Posted by Ian on February 13, 2008

Today’s riff is the intro to ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles.


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Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman

Posted by Ian on February 12, 2008

Today’s riff is from Roy Orbison’s classic, Oh, Pretty Woman.

Have fun!

There are many variations that you can use when playing. One main variation is replacing the open E string notes with an E on the c string, which is on the fouth fret. This allows you to stay in one position for much of the riff.


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