More information on the PICA site, including information for performers and vendors. Link
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Otto von Stroheim sez
"Ukefans will not want to miss Tiki Oasis 6, May 4 - 7 2006, in San Diego. On Sunday there'll be a free ukulele jam in the Tiki Marketplace pavilion at noon. And Gary Peare is the coolest boss EVAR!"(Disclaimer: Otto and I are cow-orkers at Tesser.)
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Hurry, Hurry, Step right up and pre-order your brand spankin' new Martin 5K. The price is Top Seekrit unless you call Elderly directly. But the "minimum advertised price" is $4,199. (In case some mysterious benefactor is lurking out there in ukeland, my birthday is the same as George Formby's. George's is May 26.) Link
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Ukulele Ray sez:
"Habitat 4 Ukulele is a San Francisco-based private ukulele museum featuring a world-class gallery collection of string instruments dedicated to the ukulele, its history, famous players and just about anything uke. The museum, with its several rooms of historical ukuleles and related ephemera, blended with LIVE performances and old movies, brings together the old with the new for uke lovers of all ages."Link
Christopher Napier recently won (Great Britain's) Stars in Their Eyes Kids competition by playing George Formby's old standard "Little Stick of Blackpool Rock." Turned out nice again, indeed! Well done, Chris! Link
UPDATE: The good folks over at the George Formby Society have a tribute page up for Chris, along with video from the show! Link
Friday, March 24, 2006
"The Hula School of Santa Cruz is sponsoring an 'ukulele workshop with Rodney Takahashi of San Jose.
Date: Thursday, March 30th
Place: First Congregational Church, 900 High Street, Westside Santa Cruz
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $15 pre-registation, $20 at the door
All levels are welcomed. This one-time workshop is to introduce Rodney and his style of teaching to the Santa Cruz area.
Visit his website at www.ukulelejams.com or contact Leolani for any questions. Mahalo!
The Hula School of Santa Cruz
Ka Lei Wehi O Ka Mailelauloa
Friday, March 17, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
"This disposable camera will take a photo with you and Elvis. The shots include Elvis serenading you on his uke, Elvis dressed as a cowboy, Elvis in his army uniform and a couple of shots of Elvis looking dreamily at you. Let’s see your fancy-schmancy digital camera do that!"Link (via Fretboard Journal)
Friday, March 10, 2006
Michael Simmons over at The Fretboard Journal let us know that they have a few pix of the new Jake Shimabukuro Signature Model Kamaka Tenor on their blog. Lovely! Check it out, and also consider subscribing to The Fretboard Journal. It's brought to you by the same folks that publish the occasionally-published Ukulele Occasional. I've been drooling over the inagural issue for several weeks now. Folks in the food industry talk about "food porn": images that make you lust for some particular food item. The FJ is dangerously close to lutherie porn! Link
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Behold: the Mother Lode. The Rosetta Stone of all music Hawaiian.
On a recent trip to Hawaii, I had considered buying a comprehensive Hawaiian songbook, "He Mele Aloha." But comprehensive as it is, it contains no melodies (lyrics and chords only). Being a haole boy, it was basically useless to me. Tonight, however, courtesy of a link on the Kolohe Uke Club site (see post below), I discovered this site, which contains the missing parts of the puzzle: all of the melodies in midi form! I haven't tried it, but it appears that you can download one file with all the midis so you can practice offline.
As if that weren't enough, there are also midis for traditional and contemporary local kine strums, and melodies from several early mele collections, like "King's Songs of Hawaii." Bookmark this site immediately! Oh, and buy a copy of "He Mele Aloha," too. Link