Friday Links

Pretty good article on the uke resurgence on SFGate (via Ukulelia). The usual stuff but done more intelligently. Can anyone enlighten me as to where in I’m Yours this ukulele that everyone talks about is?

Jim D’Ville asks National Reso-Phonic three questions.

Acilius did such a good review of the UOGB re-releases I don’t think I’ll be able to do one myself.

The Guardian lists John King’s Partita No. 3 as one of the best reworkings of Bach.

Spare a thought for Ukulele Ike.

Maccaferri plastic guitar catalogue.

As a proud Yorkshireman, it’s good to see the Yorkshire/ukulele connection getting recognised: Ralph Shaw spreading the Yorkshire aloha and H.U.G. will take part in Sunday’s Yorkshire Day Symphony.

Familiar voice on the LV ad.

Ukulele lessons help teacher walk again.

MP3s: You have to listen to and download Craig Robertson’s version of I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You.

Photos: UOGB take a dip, find the queen without a king, meff ‘n jojo’s Tiny Instrument Revue, Nice hat, dear (NSFW and you have to be logged in to see it), Seductive like an orangutan

In the comments: Can anyone give Uke-Less-Liv advice on how to manipulate her parents into getting her a uke?

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  1. Lindy Danny July 30th, 2010 2:13 pm

    I don’t know… It could very easily be a miss-tuned tenor plunking in the background providing the rhythm. It surely isn’t a great example of what the uke is capable of, but exposure none the less.

    Uke-Less-Liv, I don’t know what to say. Maybe you can have her listen to some good songs or watch a youtube video. Or, find a Kala at a store that also sells $2,000 Martin guitars and point out the difference in a “starter” instrument… Just a thought.

    ~DB

  2. Hello Jodi July 30th, 2010 3:55 pm

    Uke-Less-Liv:
    If you want it that badly, save up the money. I don’t know your age but when I was (I’m sure) much younger than you, I wanted an American Girl doll but my parents just plain couldn’t afford it. So I saved up the money, around $100 (Adjusting for inflation, that’s $179.03 in today’s money). It took me quite a while, if I recall. Around 8 months? That certainly gives you time to decide if it’s something you really want or if it’s just a passing fancy.

    And your initial investment is much smaller: You can get a Makala from MusicGuyMic for under $40 American. That’s a fine first ukulele – I played it in a full electric band.

    Save your pennies: you’ll have $40 in NO time and you will appreciate it so much more because you worked for it.

    For everyone else:
    When did I begin sounding like my Nana?

  3. Acilius July 30th, 2010 4:13 pm

    Thanks for the link and for your lavish praise, Al! They both mean a lot.

  4. skulleigh July 30th, 2010 5:08 pm

    Hello Jodi: I must sound like your Nana too – I would have said the same thing!

  5. Nate July 30th, 2010 6:05 pm

    You’re right about I’m Yours. It translates nicely to the uke, but was obviously originally done on the guitar. I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard the uke on any Mraz tunes.

  6. Rob NY July 31st, 2010 4:55 am

    The National Reso guy should stick to ukulele instead of ookolele.

  7. L.Bo Marie August 3rd, 2010 5:09 am

    @Hello Jodie- your Nana and I must share a brain too.

    re:the “familiar voice”… I watched the ad twice and still have no idea who it is…. *sigh*

  8. Woodshed August 3rd, 2010 4:54 pm

    Lindy: I don’t think it is a tenor, sounds very guitar-y to me.

    Jodi: That was my first reaction too. Kids today. Tsk.

    Acilius: They were both well deserved.

    Nate: I’ve seen him with a uke, but I haven’t heard one on anything he’s released (but I’m certainly not a big fan).

    Rob: That grates on me a little too.

    L.Bo: The answer is in the under-bar. It’s Sophie Madeleine.

  9. Greg August 3rd, 2010 9:40 pm

    I saw Jason Mraz on Saturday Night Live and he played it on a guitar, that was capo’d up about 6 or 8 frets so that it sounds like a uke

  10. Woodshed August 4th, 2010 8:04 pm

    Gret: Thanks for the info.

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