12 of the best ukulele videos on YouTube

Towering performances on the tiny instrument

12 of the best ukulele videos on YouTube
We scour the web for the best uke performances out there
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Jake Shimabukuro

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k

Probably one of the most viewed uke videos anywhere on the internet, and with good reason. Jake re-works The Beatles and makes us all take the ukulele very seriously indeed.

Theme From 'Shaft' – The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlMT-oEIQuo

Not only is it highly amusing hearing a northerner pretend to be Isaac Hayes, but the entire band play beautifully, and the arrangement straddles the line between hilarity and genius.

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea – George Harrison

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5CkIniOcqs

George Harrison re-works an American classic with aplomb on his final album. Check out the young Jools Holland tinkling the ivories in this one...

George Formby – When I'm Cleaning Windows

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmAeijj5cM

The original ukulele superstar. Witty, charming and unique, there's no one quite like George Formby. This song exists somewhere in the DNA of every Englishman.

Super Mario Theme – James Hill

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keqE8eYjRKw

For both the originality of the choice of cover and the fluidity of the playing, James Hill makes the cut for our ukulele megamix.

Somebody That I Used To Know - Sungha Jung

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3uZAAjqDsc

Whatever you think of the song, there's no denying that Sungha Jung is an exceptional talent. Awe-inspiring.

The Scarlet Tide – Elvis Costello

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ZIRMne2w0

With nothing but a uke for company, Elvis blows away the audience with a phenomenal performance of a beautiful song (taken from the Cold Mountain soundtrack, fact fans).

Led Zeppelin meets Beethoven – Taimane Gardner

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhHiU-g7QXE

It's the ultimate classical rock crossover, and Taimane works the stage like the uke hero she surely is.

California Worldfest - Brittni Paiva and Tommy Emmanuel

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd1qHyCbZNU

Tommy Emmanuel has a great eye for talent and regularly gives young players a break. Check out Brittni Paiva's effortless interplay with bit Tom here.

Something – Paul McCartney, ELO and Eric Clapton

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTUDxOxt_DE

Macca has been performing Something on ukulele as a tribute to George Harrison for some time now, but here is surely the ultimate version, as ELO and Clapton join in half way through.

Kris Fuchigami – Can't Take My Eyes Of You

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8piYz7FC_z8

A flawless performance of a classic, Kris Fuchigami has got incredible feel and a nice hat, which is really all anyone needs.

Flight Of The Conchords – Mermaids

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZLhUik0tSU

Sometimes funny is enough. Although it helps if you can write great tunes, too...

Want to play like some of these guys? Don't forget that Play Guitar Now: Ukulele is available now from WHSmiths and all good newsagents, or you can order a copy online. Now get strumming!