Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wine Country Ukulele Festival Registration Closing Soon!

There is one and only one reason to miss a minute of the fabulous Wine Country Ukulele Festival this year. And that's because you're coming to my ukulele class at Lamorinda Music on September 6.

Yes, I blew it, and scheduled our first class on that Saturday.

But good news! The festival events run from Thursday the 4th through Sunday the 7th. Plus you'll have plenty of time after the class to drive up for the new super-special open mike event Saturday night.

More info at this link.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sarah Marie Young

A friend of mine mentioned that her niece sang and played the ukulele at her sister's wedding and pointed me to her Soundcloud page. I thought since she was nice enough to point me to the page I'd take a listen. I expected to hear a girl and a ukulele. I did not expect to be completely blown away.

Ever fall deeply in love with a voice at first hearing? I just did.

Sarah Marie Young won the 2011 Shure Montreaux Vocal Competition armed with a baritone uke and the most impressive set of pipes I've heard in a long time. I'm postively intoxicated. Ukulele fans will enjoy her work on Too Late to Say Goodbye, or on Simple Love (video above), but hang around and hear her full range of styles.

I'm cutting this short to go listen to more. Link

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Unlikely Scenario

Something's fishy. Invitation extended, check. Personal hygiene attended to, check. Bow tie tied (no clip-on!), check. Uke tuned, check. Pillows swiped from mom's sofa, check. Gentlemanly greeting at the familial front door, check. All the right bait used. Confounding. Link

(Via Uke Hunt, cont.)

Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean Leads Surf City Ukeshop

Dean Torrence, together with former Beach Boys member Chris Farmer, is leading uke lessons at the Huntington Beach Hyatt now through September 9th, 2014. The class got a nice write-up in the LA Times and you can find more information about workshops and souvenir packages on the Gallery HB website.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

UH Manoa Ukulele Uke Ad Archive

Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin points us to this flickr set of vintage ukulele ads posted by the University of Hawaii Manoa. Link

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

'Apanhei-te Cavaquinho' Ukulele Episode

Here is part 4 of a 4-part Portuguese documentary on the Cavaquinho, a relative of our favorite 4-stringed instrument. This segment explores the Hawaiian branch of the family. Narration is in Portuguese, but the interviews in Hawaii are in English. Because he's talking to a musicologist and not a reporter, Jake actually has some insightful things to say about the way he thinks about orchestrating strings in his arrangements. Link

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quilted Ukulele Case Tutorial

Do you sew? Here's a great tutorial on how to sew a custom uke bag.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lil Rev's / Harmonica Americana CD

Marc Revenson, aka Lil Rev, is crowdfunding his upcoming Harmonica CD. Rev assures me there'll be plenty of ukulele on the album.

I use Rev's method books with all my ukulele students and recommend them highly! Join me in supporting this big contributor to the wonderfully small world of the of wonderfully small ukulele.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ukulele Boogloo Lives!

In the wonderfully small world of the ukulele department, I bumped into Jerrold Connors, creator of the Ukulele Boogaloo site, yesterday at a taqueria. I first met Jerrold at the NoCal Ukulele Festival in the early Aughts not long after Mark Frauenfelder invited me to help edit Ukulelia.

Back in those early days, there wasn't a ton of ukulele information on the web, and Ukulele Boogaloo had one of the first big song libraries. It still does.

Jerrold's gotten busy on some other projects, so it's been a while since he's been able to update Boogaloo. If you've never visited, pop on over. It still ranks high on Google, a testament to Jerrold's vision and effort in building it in the first place.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Slayer: War Ensemble on a Ukulele

Rob Scallon shreds.

Digg sez the ukulele "might be at the direct intersection of 'painfully trendy' and 'lame to begin with'". Agree?

Via Digg

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