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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pohaku Ukulele: The Movie Epic

Here are the next best 27 minutes of your life. Watch as Peter Hurney goes from rough-sawn blocks to a finished soprano, masterfully strummed by the inimitable Steven Strauss (inimitable, I know, because I've tried).

Peter's production volume is extremely limited. In part, because he's such a methodical and persnickety builder. In part, too, I suspect, because he's invested so much time in engineering and building a bewildering array of custom ukulele building tools and jigs. You can't tell it from this video, but Peter's shop is a modest garden shed, with the space utilized as cleverly as his tools. Kind of the Studley Tool Chest of workshops.

Peter is truly a maker's maker. Someday I'll be lucky enough to have him build one for me. Link

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gary Zimnicki's Sweet Ukes…from Abandoned Homes

Here's luthier Gary Zimnicki talking about building the instruments he's making out of the wood from abandoned housed in Detroit. Proud to say that I helped him with this idea (in the video he credits his son and "a friend"--I suspect I'm "the friend"). And thrilled to hear Gary's reclaimed wood ukulele played by Rob Bourassa.

More at the article on Detroit Performs.
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