funky uke

funky uke

Roddy's picture



Liner Notes: 

Just warming up for an open mic session this afternoon and this came up. I was thinking about the chords for the Joe Cocker/Leon Russsell version of the letter and came up with this. I think it has the potential to be developed further.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


Jerry Pettit's picture

Ooh, very nice uke work. Usually just think of strumming with that particular instrument. Yeah...develop this further!

katpiercemusic's picture

Wow! This sounds like a cross between funk and a little gypsy jazz. I love the style! And now I feel like I should take a trip to the woodshed with my ukulele because I have a lot to learn.

cblack's picture

This may well be the funkiest ukulele I've ever heard. Well done!

Chip Withrow's picture

So cool that I found this song! Just a half hour or so ago, I did an Instagram hashtag search for "funky uke" because I plan to make a video of me playing one of my new songs.
Your pick/strum style is crisp and indeed funky. I am super impressed and a bit envious. This one rocks, in a jazzy, finger-snapping way.

Tim Fatchen's picture

Always did prefer Leon R's version... uke, yeah well, I'll just strum along. Out of my league, but then that was always the case Biggrin Very funky indeed!

3tdoan's picture

BADASS. I'm in awe sir! It's amazing how it's so witty and eloquent already, without any lyrics.

kahlo2013's picture

Such a great funky vibe that it makes me smile. I was just strumming my tenor uke and it sounded nothing like this. I'm inspired! Really wonderful sound and fantastic rhythms!

standup's picture

Beautiful layers of funk here. Funny, I don't hear "The Letter" here at all. And I've heard Alex Chilton himself do it. Such a great groove to this. When I play uke it's clanky and janky. This is everything else but that.