Links and resources

There are too many ukulele sites online to list even a fraction of them, so I will simply list my own site, which has reviews and several links to other sites, as well as listing my favourite ukulele forum where you can get advice, help and more music.

Any list of links is outdated almost as soon as it gets published, because the Internet is always in a state of flux. However, these are some sites where you can listen to or download old 78s, or download additional vintage sheet music.

You should also check YouTube for any song you're interested in. If you can't find the original, you might find any number of cover versions.

For new arrangements worked out from these and other old songsheets and books, I highly recommend Ukulele Nick's Tin Pan Ukulalley site. He has more than 400 songs available (as of April, 2020) for downloading (PDF), viewing or printing, as well as YouTube videos of many. Great site.

Please contact me with any comments, questions or suggestions.

 

A few notes on scanning sheet music:

Old sheet music is often very brittle and sustains damage from folding and bending easily. Most home or small-office scanners cannot fully scan a typical page of sheet music laid flat on the glass (there is a Brother multi-purpose printer that can scan to 11 x 17 or A3, however). I have also rented time at a local copy shop to do my scanning because their photocopiers double as scanners.

I scan everything at 300dpi, with front covers (and, rarely, back covers) in colour. Insides are scanned in greyscale or B&W which gives a cleaner image than scanning in colour for old paper. Because the paper has often yellowed through aging, it sometimes requires adjusting lightness and contrast levels to get the best image (although a scanner's B&W setting may do it automatically). If the scanner has an auto setting for adjusting contrast, try it. I save the files in PDF format and collate the covers and insides, and crop to the edge in Adobe Acrobat.

I consider 300 dpi an optimum resolution: lower and you can compromise the ability to zoom and the printed clarity. Higher and the file sizes can become very large.

It is helpful to use Acrobat's 'reduce document size' feature after scanning to reduce the physical size of the file. However, if you scan the pages to JPG format instead of PDF, this can reduce the resolution of the pages to the point where they are not very legible. Turning a file to OCR format can also reduce the file size. This, however, only works effectively if you scan the inside pages in B&W, because otherwise the contrast is too pale for OCR to be effective.

Keep the paper as flat as possible. Shadows at the gutter or along the edges can create problems in clarity.