Monday, January 31, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
Todd Korup ("The Uker of OZ" in OZaukee County, WI) made a ukulele out of a Hormel sausage tin. He calls it the Sausage Canjo. "The great thing about it is it serves a double purpose! It is also my lunchbox! It's a great way to always have a uke with me throughout the day for those times when I need a little 'stress relief,' a couple chords and I'm good to go."
Thursday, January 27, 2005
I'm particularly intrigued by the novel string guide he's added above the nut to keep the strings taut against his offset headstock design (see image, left). Link. Yet another here. Yummy!
While you're in metal mode, check out these beautiful "Canukes", too.
UPDATE: Bill Clagett was kind enough to point out a broken link on this story as well as point us to the cookie tin banjo he made. (An entire sub-species: who woulda known? What could be next? Stainless steel resonator bedpan instruments? Okay, ukefans, there's your big idea for the day...)
"Due to the lack of naturally occurring building materials available in vast areas of Australia, millions of houses, sheds. water tanks and fences are made from galvanised steel sheets (usually corrugated for strength). Galvanised iron, or Galvo, is now an integral part of the Australian landscape and it seemed natural (to me at least!) to try it in a resonator guitar.The perfect accompaniment for your washtub bass! Link (via King David Ukulele Station)
The result is a truly awesome sound, VERY loud but with a surprisingly rounded tone. "
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Correction: Dominic (AKA Dominator) actually created the tabs for this song. As he explains -- "I corresponded with James while working on a few of his tunes, Super Mario being one of them. James told me he thought I was doing a wonderful job and that the tabs were pretty accurate. (Getting them exact would take sitting with him for hours to go over his unique playing style). He gave me permission to post the tabs but told me that I could not say or imply that they were 'Official Transcriptions' or 'Endorsed' by him. Now the tab itself does not say either of these. However, I do have a spot at the top of the tab that says 'Arranged by James Hill.' And that is true from the sense that he arranged it for ukulele prior to recording it. Even though the tab also says 'Transcribed by Dominator' readers may still think that James made this available on his own."
Monday, January 10, 2005
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Sunday, January 02, 2005
Saturday, January 01, 2005
"I wanted a place where anyone could feel welcome and comfortable...to listen to ukulele music, and also to feel free to try each instrument and not feel pressured to buy. I wanted to introduce people to the uke, and give a quick lesson so that anyone could play a few chords and feel good about the instrument."Link: