COMPETITION! - Win a Ukestar ukulele strap!

12 Apr 2011

COMPETITION! - Win a Ukestar ukulele strap!


Ok folks - lets get straight into a new competition!  With many thanks to Hannah at Ukestar straps, I have one of her creations available for you to win!

You can read my review of the strap HERE which as you can see is a product I really rather like!  They are very well made, soft and wonderful!  I will be giving away a strap in medium (standard) size in the Argyle Corduroy pattern as you saw in the review.

So, what do you have to do to enter?

Well, I want this blog to be an inspiration for new players, and part of them getting inspiration is getting ideas for songs to try out.  I therefore want you to comment telling me your top 3 favourite songs you play on the uke.   That's all you have to do to enter, and I will put all the eligible entries in a hat on the closing date and draw a winner at random!  Make sure your entry includes your name and is not posted using the blogger "anonymous" option or I wont be able to enter you or contact you!  The best way is to follow this blog (scroll down on the right) and register with Google, though thats not absolutely essential!

Competition closes on 11 May 5.00pm UK time -  I will announce the winner on here and on twitter and Ukulele Underground - I need (obviously) to be able to get in touch with you to get your postal address so if you win, you can email me through the blog (see the contact me page above).

Good luck everyone, and lets try to get a big list of uke songs going to provide that useful inspiration to others!

To see more of the Ukestar strap range - visit - Ukestar straps shop


1. Competition starts on 12 April 1400 GMT and ends at 5.00pm GMT  on 11 May 2011
2. To be eligible for the prize draw, you must post a comment on this thread stating your three favourite songs to play on the ukulele
3. I reserve the right to reject comments that I deem in any way offensive ( I have some younger readers!)  My decision on this is final.
4. On draw day, I will put all eligible entries in a hat and draw a winner.  Only those comments that I have published will be eligible for the competition.  My decision on the winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. The winner will be announced within 7 days of the draw day, and will be announced on this site.  The winner will need to make contact with me to collect the prize
6.  Winner will need to provide valid postal address for the item to be posted
7. In the event the winner does not respond to the request for address within 14 days, I will pick draw another name from the hat.
8. No responsibility is held for failure with the postal service, and no replacement will be offered.  This prize has no alternative cash value.
9. Item will be posted standard post within 14 days of confirmation of winners address, depending on where you are you may need to sign for it.
10. No purchase necessary
11. posting a comment is not proof that I have received your entry. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason
12. The prize in not transferable to another person


  1. To the person who just tried to post a comment, but chose to be displayed as "anonymous" - sorry, but that cant work - wouldn't be able to contact you if you won!

  2. My three favourite ukulele songs are:
    Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
    Mad World

    Bruce Moffatt

    (this wants to post as 'anonymous' even though I select 'google account' and select my google login details.)

  3. It's OK Bruce - it shows as being from Bruce - as you can see!

  4. My three favorite songs to play?

    Let's see, at the moment that would be:

    You and I - Ingrid Michaelson
    Rise Up - Eddie Vedder
    To Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan

  5. Hello, i'm Ogi from Indonesia

    Actually, there are plenty songs that i love to play with uke, and all of them are my favourite *duh*. But 3 of them (which are the favourite favourite)

    Postcards from Italy - Beirut
    Tonight You Belong to Me - Steve Martin & Bernadette Peters (The Jerk)
    Kill The Director - The Wombats

  6. My three favs are:

    Three Little Birds- Bob Marley
    Mad World-Tears for Fears
    I gotta Feeling-Black Eyed Peas

  7. Drop baby Drop
    Five foot two
    Build me Up ButterCup

  8. Three favorites:

    House of the Rising Sun
    Fur Elise


  9. Mandarb - glad you put the entry in - will make sure you go in the draw!

  10. My 3 Favorite songs to play on the ukulele are:

    Time after time - Cyndi Lauper
    Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
    Kids - MGMT

    Though, it's hard to choose just 3!!!

    Sarah (aka Starby from UU)

  11. I have more than three favourites, but here's a selection:

    Skullcrusher Mountain
    Wild Mountain Thyme
    Last Thing on My Mind

  12. my favorites change often, but lately, every practice session, I play:

    Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
    Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
    Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

  13. Dirkallie-

    my favorite songs to play (at the moment) on the uke are

    free bird
    blue moon of Kentucky
    ghost riders in the sky

  14. Girl from Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz
    Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
    Eggplant - Michael Franks

  15. My three current favourite favourites are:
    8 Days a Week - The Beatles
    Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
    Telephone - Lady GaGa

    Loving some of the suggestions! Can't wait to get home and try them out :)

  16. My three favourites at the moment are

    The Waterboys - Fishermans Blues
    CCR - Bad Moon Rising
    Travis - Flowers in the Window

    All fairly simple for a beginner like me .

  17. Better Together- Jack Johnson
    All I Got- Newton Faulkner
    Greensleeves- Henry VIII

  18. I'm too new at this to really have enough of a repertoire built up to pick favorites, but from my very short list thus far:

    * Over the Rainbow (what got me into this mess in the first place ;) )
    * Haele
    * Hene (can you guess which book I'm working out of at the moment?)


  19. What a great contest, here are my top three:
    Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
    Somewhere over the rainbow by Iz
    Kids by MGMT
    Thans again pauljmuk!

  20. Cheeso from Ukulele Underground12 April 2011 at 18:12:00 BST

    My three faves are:
    There She Goes by the La's
    Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Neil Young
    Sleigh Bells by U900

  21. Three of my favourites are:
    1. I'm Satisfied With My Gal
    2. Overseas Stomp
    3. Ain't She Sweet
    I noticed that some people have also included their source for the song. I hate to put "by Joe Blow" when Joe Blow was a performer who sang the song, but not the composer. The word "by", makes it sound like the person composed the song. Perhaps "learned from" or "as sung by" might be a better way of saying it. I probably learned the first two from Jim Kweskin's Jug Band and the 3rd, I was inspired to learn after hearing George Harrison play it, but I'm not sure who wrote any of these songs.

  22. 1. Greensleeves
    2. Auld Lang Syne
    3. April May (by Peter Berryman)

  23. 1. Breakdown
    2. Wonderful tonight
    3. 1234


    1. Clementine
    2. Little Brown Jug
    3. major music scale

    I'm not sure that #3 qualifies as a song, so:

    4. Froggie Went a Courting

  25. Today?

    Watching the Wheels -John Lennon
    Opihi Man - Ka'au Crater Boys version
    Sugar Magnolia - Grateful Dead

  26. 1) I love playing 'Venus' on the uke, purely for the excellent chord changes (challenging but not overly so).
    2) Would be 'Shaving Cream', fun song to sing , great sing-a-long chorus
    3) Has to be Tears in heaven, been working on the tabs for this so i can sound really complex. Havn't quiet got it yet, but most of its there (using the one from Aldrines tutorial on UU)

  27. My favourite songs to play are:

    1.) Hotel California by The Eagles
    2.) Charleston by James P Johnson
    3.) You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

  28. Hi There,

    I got my ukulele early feb this year...
    These are the 3 first song that I learned.
    1. Somewhere over the rainbow(Jason Castro)
    2. Sentimental Heart(She & Him)
    3. Creep (Amanda Palmer)

    I really would like to learn plucking...but so far I only know how to strum:(...

    I hope I win...heheh :) This strap will look awesome on my uke...:p

  29. Creep
    She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
    I Shot the Sheriff

  30. 1. Something (The Beatles)--instrumental
    2. All of Me
    3. Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House)

  31. I had to think about my top 3....

    1.Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae
    2.Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    3.It must Be love - Labi Siffre

    ..Guess I'm just an ol' romantic at heart..

  32. zac987 from UkuleleUnderground13 April 2011 at 20:42:00 BST

    1. When I'm Cleaning Windows - George Formby
    2. Leaning on a Lamp Post ^
    3. Creep (Banjo Uke style) - Radiohead

  33. No Rain- Blind Melon
    Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin
    Kids- MGMT

  34. At the moment:
    Music Box Waltz

    oddly alphabetic at that

  35. My favorite songs are:

    Drop Baby/Honey Baby-Manao Company/Three Plus
    I Hear Music-Kaau Crater Boys
    We Jammin-Bob Marley

  36. Hey Soul Sister -- Train
    The General -- Dispatch
    Rhythm of Love -- Plain White Ts

  37. Sweet contest one I can actually win!
    1. Hey there Delilah/ Plain White-Ts
    2. Harry Potter Theme Song :P
    3. Classico/ Tenactous D

  38. Woohoo!

    1. Alonso Mudarra's Romanesca Guardame Las Vacas for 4-course renaissance guitar
    2. Ukulele Ike's Man on the Flying Trapeze
    3. George Formby's Oh Mother, what'll I do now?

  39. Total noob, so the songs I play are pretty easy but here goes:

    Anyone Else But You - Moldy Peaches
    very easy, but the lyrics are great

    Over the Rainbow - Iz
    a classic for ukulele and perhaps overheard, but it is a pleasure to be able to play a song everyone has heard

    Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
    though I prefere Iggy Pop's lyrics (I grew up with them!)

    A great day to all and happy strumming!!!!

  40. My 3 all time faves:
    Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)
    Scarlet Tide (Elvis Costello)
    Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

  41. Oh, It Is Love
    Once More For The Road-Original
    First Day of My Life

  42. Blue Moon
    The Cowboy Song
    Yellow Bird

  43. Let it be
    Easy like Sunday morning
    I'm yours

  44. ok Barry, George Stone's here, XD
    not to win,just participate on your contest and give you my support, allways
    3 favourite songs, I have a lot but I will say maybe the 3 ones any ukelelist should know how to play:
    - Ain't She Sweet
    - Five Foot Two
    - When I'm Cleaning Windows
    Hope everything goes ok for you, a big hugh, amigo

  45. :D Hello!
    I love foisting my song choices upon unwary bystanders, I think you should make this like a weekly thing where people play something they'd not usually consider. My ramblings out of the way, my three favourite songs to play are:

    Speak Now- Taylor Swift
    Perfect- Pink
    Listen to the Rain- Evanescence

    :) good luck everyone!

    Robyn Samwell
    (bunnyrawr on UU)

  46. OK - really difficult to pick out 3 but for the moment they are:

    1. Knock Three Times on the Ceiling if You Want Me (you'll need an afro wig and a flowered shirt)
    2. Mull of Kintyre (if you're a beginner, don't worry about the key change)
    3. The Cover of the Rolling Stone (nice one to play with a mate)

    Happy strumming, Sue

  47. Hello all, only 3 huh?

    "Big Strong Girl" (Deb Talan)
    "Kaulana Kawaihae" (arpeggio style)

    My parody of "Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce changed to "Coon Named Scrounge" cuz...the kids love this one.

  48. Let it Be-The Beatles
    Blue Monk-Thelonious Monk
    Hey Soul Sister-Train

    Three very different--but all great--songs

  49. In no particular order:

    San Francisco Bay Blues-Clapton version
    La Isla Bonita- even Madonna is great on a uke
    Ain't She Sweet- you can't beat a classic

  50. The Hypnotist - Craig Robertson
    When I'm 64 - Paul McCartney
    Ain't She Sweet

  51. Jessie j Pricetag
    Kinks Sunny Afternoon
    George Michael Faith
    Now gonna have to learn all the others on this page : )

  52. OJB is my UUforum username.
    But my three most favourite songs to play on uke at the moment are:
    Clair de Lune- Debussy
    Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
    The Scientist - Coldplay

    Good luck to everyone!

  53. You Belong To Me (from the soundtrack of Shrek)
    Let it Be - The Beatles
    In My Life - The Beatles

  54. Three favs are:
    Blowing in the wind
    I wanna be like you
    You are my sunshine

  55. MiaRosie
    Still a beginner when it comes to playing, but;

    1. Stairway to heaven,
    2. Autumn leaves.
    3. Maire's wedding (first one I learnt and the one I use to warm up these ole fingers as only four chords used)

    Thank you for running the comp :o)

  56. @Jim Yates, thanks for your reminder of mentioning the songwriters!

    1. One Note Samba - Carlos Jobim
    2. Tanta Til Beate - Lillebjorn Nilsen
    3. Leaning On A Lamp Post - Noel Grey

  57. I'll see you in my dreams
    Penas do tiê (Brazilian traditional)
    Tonight you belong to me

  58. my top 3 ^^

    jamming - bob marley
    On The Radio - Regina Spektor
    house of the rising sun - the animals

  59. On The Radio by Regina Spektor is an inspired choice for ukulele!

  60. 1. How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
    2. Karma Cameleon - Culture Club
    3. Jolly Holiday - from Mary Poppins

  61. 1. Something - the Beatles
    2. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
    3. Down By The Riverside - Traditional

  62. 1. Christmas Cookies -- George Strait
    2. Pretty when it's new -- Merle Haggard
    Oh Mary, don't you weep -- gospel

  63. me up buttercup
    3.first impressions

    gl8121 on ukulele underground

  64. 1- Don't Think Twice, it's Alright - Bob Dylan
    2- Sugar Baby - Bob Dylan
    3- I Believe in You - Bob Dylan

    What can I say? I'm obsessed with Bob Dylan. And not in a "haha, that's neat, you're such a fan" sort of way, but in a "Oh crap, Bob, call the police, that fat guy with a ukulele is trying to jump over your fence again" sort of way.

  65. I love my Uke and anything I play puts a smile on my face but I am new to the game so I like the classics Ukulele Lady, Folsom Prison Blues, Country Roads!
    Keep on Strum-in!

  66. Wow, great idea for entering a contest.
    I play uke with my 13 yr old daughter and our 3 favorite songs to play are;
    1. I will survive - More of the Cake version then Gloria Gaynor's
    2. Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
    3. Vampire - (from the Juno soundtrack)

  67. Nice Idea, my three faves to play at the moment are
    1.)You've got a friend in me - Randy Newman
    2.)Comets - Cocoon
    3.)Sittin on the dock of the bay - Otis Redding

  68. 1. Harder Better Faster Stronger (shouldn't work on uke but it does and is beautiful!)

    2. Silence Kit by Pavement (super fun and so different to the recorded version which sounds like it was played through a guitar amp bought for less than a fiver)

    3. Beverly Hills Cop theme (catchiest thing ever)

  69. 1.) “Bright Side of Life.”
    2.) “When I’m Sixty-Four.”
    3.) “Banana Pancakes.”

  70. I love playing
    "Sabor a Mi"
    "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
    on any size uke!

  71. My three favorite songs seem to change weekly, but this week they are: 1. Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody - David Lee Roth version 2. Dream Police by Cheap Trick 3. Saturday in the Park by Chicago

  72. Wow, out of all the songs I play, lately my favorites are:

    1) Birdcage in your Soul- TMBG
    2) You Ruined Everything- Jonathan Coulton
    3) Moondance- Van Morrison

  73. Great contest idea! My three favorites at the moment are:

    All My Loving -- The Beatles
    Na Moku Eha -- multiple artists
    I'll Never Find Another You -- The Seekers

    -- mds725 (UU username)

  74. My Three favorite songs to play on the ukulele are:
    Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter Paul and Mary,
    99 Red Balloons by Nena,
    and Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons.

  75. I love playing:

    1) Valentine - Kina Grannis
    2) Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
    3) Viva la Vida - Coldplay

  76. socalspartan from Ukulele Underground

    1) Jackson - My 2yr old loves to sing this one with me. Good thing, 'cause there's no way I can sing June Carters part.

    2) Rawhide - No one sees this one coming!

    3) Brown Sugar - Rockin' tune.

  77. My word, when this is over I have one MASSIVE blog post to type to get these listed! LOL

  78. achickfromcorea from the Ukulele Underground

    Three favorite tunes to play:

    1. Magic Martin Ukulele Waltz
    2. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
    3. Aldrine Guerrero's Ukulele Waltz

  79. sassamakass from Ukulele Underground

    My favorite uke songs are:
    1You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
    2Sugar Magnolia by the Grateful Dead
    3Oh Dear by Brandi Carlile

  80. Sugar Magnolia? Inspired choice of song - love it!

  81. Hello

    1) While my guitar gently weeps
    2) E'ku u morning dew
    3) I'm yours - Jason Mraz


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