Ibanez Ukuleles, Mel Bay: Friday Links

Ibanez are the latest guitar company to jump on the bandwagon with their range of ukuleles.

Mel Bay have a new dedicated uke site which includes a chance to win a Kala travel ukulele.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Proms (it may or may not be available where you are).

The film industry seems to have been overtaken by ukuleles recently. James Franco serenaded Julia Roberts with Jen Kwok’s ukulele. She’s also going to be ukeing in the film. And Zac Efron plays uke in his next film as well. Whilst Russell Brand ukes in his skivvies (thanks to Heather for that one). But they can’t do it like the old-school stars: Buster Keaton and Ukulele Ike duet on one uke.

Humble Baritonics is a new blog from Jeff searching out baritone ukulele tabs online.

One to avoid: PlayAUke. Yeah, it’s for charity. But charging for this is just ridiculous. Chapter one is six lines of writing and 3 Julia Nunes videos. And it doesn’t get any better.

The Observer chats to the UOGB and Tricity Vogue.

MP3s: Oh World has a track from The Hazzards (formerly the Ukes of Hazzard), ZME Music has tada tata.

On Flickr: Jukebox-ulele, The Secret Life of Toys

10 ukulele clubs and club nights in London.

The Beatle Fest’s largest ukulele ensemble record attempt gathered 97 people. So I’m still a World Record holder.

Impress your boho boyfriend with a ukulele (via ps i love uke).

If anyone knows or is a ukulele player/teacher in the Woodstock/Kingston area, can you shoot me an email.

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10 Comments

  1. Phredd August 21st, 2009 2:16 pm

    Welcome back Al, I hope you had a nice holiday.

  2. Donnie Bubbles August 21st, 2009 2:55 pm

    Welcome back! That Ibanez Spalted Mango is gorgeous – almost worth $170 just to hang it on the wall. Speaking of beautiful ukes (ahem) – don’t know how you missed this one in Friday links:

    http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/00183/ukulele20rv1_she_183043gm-e.jpg

    You must still be half on vacation….

  3. Hello Jodi August 21st, 2009 3:44 pm

    Welcome back!

  4. Woodshed August 21st, 2009 3:51 pm

    Phredd: Thanks! It was a working holiday, but still…

    Donnie: There’s an interview with her coming up. If you’re taken with her, the full set of that shoot is here. How could you doubt me? ;)

    Jodi: Thanks. Good to be back.

  5. byjimini August 21st, 2009 4:07 pm

    Mmmm, love that Ibanez mango uke.

  6. cardboardfrog August 21st, 2009 4:37 pm

    i’m glad they stuck the prom on iplayer i was worried i’d miss it having been stuck in the library all week,
    zac efron…with a uke… it makes me sad, although i will be keen to see if i’m better than him.
    good to see you returning to your blog mr woodshed,
    playauke even acknowledges that he learned for free online, thats silly.

  7. todd August 21st, 2009 5:08 pm

    ah…back to me normal regimen of checking your “friday links…”

    Go Mel Bay!!! I taught myself guitar from “Mel Bay’s book of Guitar Chords.” w/picture diagrams of course….

    hope your break was good….but it’s good to have you back :)

    cheers,

    Todd

  8. Paul Sesink Clee August 21st, 2009 5:10 pm

    This Ibanez ukes have radiused fretboards.. Pretty cool to see that in a production-line uke.

  9. Franny August 22nd, 2009 5:17 am

    Hooray, Ukulele Hunt is back!

    That Buster Keaton video is amazing!

  10. Woodshed August 22nd, 2009 3:14 pm

    byjimini: It certainly looks good. Be interested to try it out.

    cbf: And they’re going to bring out a DVD of the Prom. Roll on Christmas.

    todd: Oh man, who did that Mel Bay tribute song? *Goes to look it up* Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. That guitar solo is hilarious.

    Paul: I had to look up what a radiused fretboard was. Much to my shame.

    Franny: No doubt. Absolute legend.

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