12 of the best ukulele videos on YouTube

Towering performances on the tiny instrument

12 of the best ukulele videos on YouTube

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!