Tenor ukulele-Stand by me

Here is a short video of me practicing stand by me on my tenor ukulele. It was done in one take, as I’m really nervous about recording myself, so it was just a case of hit record and play the uke before I changed my mind. Hopefully it’ll get a bit easier recording myself now I’ve done it once. The uke is an Alvarez tenor ukulele which I have converted to a low g tuning with a set of d’addario fluorocarbon strings. I had hoped that my first AVOYP on here would be guitar based, but I’m having a few trials and tribulations with guitar which I will try to put into a learning log in the near future. Anyway, thanks for watching. Any critique welcome as I want to try and improve/refine this song, and maybe even try singing whilst playing :slightly_smiling_face:


Bravo Tim, congrats on a first AVOYP.

Sounded good to me. Well done on the taps.

Hi Tim,
Your First AVOYP :partying_face: :sunglasses: that is a big thing as you feel :smiley: and it is a nice one :clap: :sunglasses:
Extra points for the vinger tick on the uke :clap: :sunglasses:

Hello Tim, whoowhoo, what a nice first recording :partying_face::clap::champagne:!!
That was very enjoyable :smiling_face:.
I particularly like the percussive elements. They made the whole song even more authentic :+1:.

Funny sidestory: my son Tim just started to experiment with an uke some days ago. I’ll show him your video to inspire him even more :slightly_smiling_face:.

1 Like

Hey Tim
That was great! well played and enjoyable :smiley: :clap:
Congrats on your first AVOYP! :partying_face:
I do love the uke :sunflower:

Thanks very much for taking the time to listen David :slightly_smiling_face:

1 Like

Thanks very much for listening Rogier. I’ll take those extra points and see if I can redeem them towards my guitar playing :wink:

Thanks very much for listening and the kind comments Nicole. The taps came from Justin’s ukulele Stand by me lesson. In the lesson he taps with the flat of his hand. The way I strum I found it very awkward to flatten my hand out and slap the uke and then get it back into a good strumming position quickly. I’d already grown out my nails for strumming so just used them to tap instead and it developed from there. I would like to wish your son all the very best with his new uke. :smiling_face: I’m sure his young mind will pick it up a lot quicker than I have :grinning:

1 Like

Thanks for listening and your kind comments Jasmine. The Uke was an impulse buy and I’m so glad I got it. They are really fun little instruments, and suit me particularly well as I’m quite short :sweat_smile: Much prefer it with the low g string set, and the fluorocarbon strings sound better to my ears than nylgut. My GAS has been nagging at me for a while now to get a baritone and my willpower is starting to wane………

1 Like

Yas! ukes are fun! :smiley:
I’ll have to give the fluorocarbon strings a try.
I’ve had my eye on a nice baritone uke for a while too. I know it’s only a matter of time… :laughing:


Well played: your ukelele sounded really tuneful, the percussion and the strumming were spot on. I was singing along.


Wow, thanks Brian. I was very nervous and felt my strumming was a bit tense, but hopefully the nerves will settle as I start to record myself more. The fact that you felt you could sing along to it makes me really happy, and motivated to keep improving. Thanks for listening :slightly_smiling_face:

Loved it my friend! One of my all time favorites! Keep up the awesome work!


Hi Tim. Congratulations on your first video. :slight_smile: I loved it, very nicely played. I loved tapping especially, it adds to the song. In the next instance you could add a guitar in the mix and then singing. That would be cool mini project. :slight_smile:

Thanks for listening Tony and the kind comments. Going to keep on trying to improve this one. Currently working on Radiohead’s Creep, which works surprisingly well on the uke. It’s got two barres in it though so it may be many months yet before I post it on here. Thanks :slightly_smiling_face:

Many thanks for listening and the positive comments Boris. Adding in a guitar is a really cool idea and not one I would have considered.
Lots of extra motivation to practice my guitar there. Cheers :slightly_smiling_face:

1 Like

Very nice & also very recognizable… often times it’s difficult to tell what song is being played without singing. Your playing was good, your timing was good & the percussive element was great! I recently acquired a cajon… that would be a fun addition if you’re into layering tracks… especially with the guitar addition!!!

Keep up the good uke work!!! :+1:t2:


Thanks for listening and the positive comments Tod. You’ve set off my GAS now. I used to work as a mental health nurse and every week I would take a small group of the people I cared for to a local music group. Everybody loved the Cajons and we had some really fun times. A cajon has been on my ‘want list’ for quite a while now. Just need to work out how to sneak one past my wife :sweat_smile:

1 Like