While this site isn’t going anywhere, I’ve found that quick-blogging about ukulele materials that interest me is much more efficient on pinterest. See and/or subscribe to my new Ukulele Play! pinterest board.
I’ll reserve this blog for more in-depth reviews of materials, etc..
Lovely rendition of this song from Craig Brandau‘s book, Jazz Chord Solos for Tenor Ukulele (Low G) . . .
A very interesting video on the history of Kamaka Ukulele, one of the oldest and most respected ukulele makers in Hawaii.
Jan is a great multi-instrumentalist that has taken an extended interest in the ukulele. He has some great videos; check out his channel on youtube.
Jake stops in at Google to give a concert while touring his new album, Grand Ukulele:
This includes some of the songs I saw live at Peery’s Egyption Theater in October of 2012.
There is also a really interesting part where he talks about how Alan Parsons recorded his uke.
A lovely rendition of Eleanor Rigby performed by Greg Hawkes (of The Cars) on his The Beatles Ukulele album:
I think it’s amazing what you can accomplish with a ‘ukulele orchestra’ type setting.
Sarah Maisel & Paul Tillery (who were featured performer/teachers at our festival last year) team up with Marcus Moore at NAMM 2013:
Soprano Ukulele Chord Charts
Other Important Ukulele Sites
Things that will make your life easier
Things from Amazon (usually better prices than local stores for these small items):
- Snark SN-1 Clip On Tuner ($10.26) : Tune quickly and accurately (though don’t forget to use your ears as well).
- Dunlop Banjo Capo ($14.99) : Raise the pitch of your Ukulele. Sing in a higher key without changing the chords.
- Manhasset Music Stand ($33.08) : I’ve used all kinds of music stands over the years and this classic is still my favorite.
- Aquilla Premium Ukulele Strings ($6) : Considered by many the best ukulele strings available. If you have a Lanikai, these are already on your ukulele.
Items you’ll want to go to a music store to get:
- Metronome : It is best to try out a metronome before you buy it. Some of them have very annoying beeps or clicks that will drive you insane. You’ll want to buy one that you can listen to for a very long time and the only way to know that is to listen to them at the store. Ask one of the music store staff to help you. Prices range from $10 to $50 for electronic models or more for a traditional wind-up metronome.
The Best Songbook
I’ll only be posting ‘public domain’ songs on the site (those written before 1922). So, if you’d like to get a good selection of more modern songs (legally), this is the best book to start with:
Actually, Jim Beloff is the editor for the popular Jumpin’ Jim’s Ukulele books. I have several of these, but the above is the largest.