Friday Links

400 kids and Jack Johnson attempt to break the record for most ukuleles played at once. See the video evidence here. The record may not last long. From what I can make out, the Yokohama Hawai’i Festival are planning to have 1,000 people ukeing at once this weekend. oscar schmidt washburn bell ukuleleSomeone should tell the San Diego Ukulele Festival – they’re attempting to break the same record but only had about 300 visitors last year.

Oscar Schmidt (Washburn) are releasing six new ukuleles including this reproduction of the 1920s bell ukulele.

A review of Beyond the Break (7 Dances for Ukulele) which features music from Jake Shimabukuro. The ukulele outshines the dancing. “For though plenty of excitement came out of the speakers, there was little fizz in the dancing. Make that no fizz. “While Shimabukuro was tearing up his tiny strings… the eight dancers in assorted slacker-wear moped about in a laconic fog.”

whiteboydancefloor has a track from the forthcoming album by Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala and a cover of Agnetha ‘ABBA’ Faltskog.

Join the campaign to get a Hollywood star for Ukulele Ike.

Hear a 13-tone equal-temperament ukulele i.e. the octave is divided into thirteen equal frets rather than twelve.

Tanguy Ukulele Orchestra has three new computer game related tracks.

Ukulele brings politicians together.

Transsexual escort‘s tale of new ukulele acquisition.

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  1. Frances July 27th, 2007 6:06 pm

    Well, it’s coming along just fine thanks, those different chord structures are beginning to stick in my head.

    I’m in NYC for a few days next month and am already looking around for my next Uke…upgrading to…concert and amplified. Not sure where to look in NYC, maybe West 48th where I remember a lot of guitars shops used to be.

    My brother-in-law has just offered me his Mandolin, good God, please tell me I won’t have to re-learn yet even more new chord structures!

    Have a restful / playful weekend.

    Frances.

  2. Woodshed July 28th, 2007 10:40 am

    I’ve heard from people that NYC isn’t a good place to shop for ukes and that none of the shops on 48th sell any. I’m told First Flight Music has a few. You’re probably better of with Duke of Uke.

    You’re going to have to learn a completely new set of chord shapes for the mandolin I’m afraid.

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