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Happy New Year, UUers! Hopefully everyone made the jump into 2009 safely and in one piece, so we can all continue rocking the boat with the sweet sounds of uke music!

In this, the very first Uke Lesson of the new year, Aldrine breaks down the song "If I Ain't Got You" by the incomparable, Ms. Alicia Keys. Check it out, do your thing, and if you've got questions, we're always here for you.

The polls for the 1st Annual Ukulele Underground Awards ("The Undies!") are now closed. The races were close and many tough battles were fought. Who will reign triumphant? Stay tuned this month for a live stream of The Undie Awards and cheer on the winners!

*Also* It's not too late to get your entries in for our "Bling Fo' Yo' Thing" Ukulele Give-Away Contest! Just take a picture of the wild and crazy bling that you hang from the headstock of your ukulele and send it to us at ukuleleunderground(at) to enter. You could win a brand new Kala Koa Concert Cedar Top Ukulele (courtesy of MGM)! Entries must be submitted by January 31st 2009!

We hope the new year brings you happiness, music, creativity, and the courage to strum hard (no matter who's watching)!

-UU Staff


  1. It would be extremely helpful with lyrics & tabs music sheet so we could go along at our own pace but this was extremely helpful!

  2. cool song.. I love it. You’re rock. I’m your fans
    Thanks for sharing,

    I’m in Thailand. There are not much people playing uke here.. anyway I love it. Thank for your beautiful lesson again. I already subscribe your podcast.

    Keep going it’s wonderful..


  3. I’m confused, you explain the chords used for a song but doesn’t that depend on the uke? Won’t a tenor and a soprano use different chord shapes?

    1. There are chord variations, much like the chords on the piano, to which each variation produce (nearly) identical sound and are only played differently, the only different chord shapes are on the baritone.

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