NAMM 2013: Friday Links

NAMM: Music’s big show-off shindig has started. Follow Ukeeku for all the important ukulele action. For starters, here’s a Lanikai USB ukulele and songwriting dice.

New Releases: Jake Wildwood Has Been Framed (it’s free to download – scroll past the burning house), Blue Dean Carcione’s Bad Things & Good People, live EP from Celisse Henderson, Kara Square’s Love Songs for Everyone Especially Uke.

Pictures: The Sea ukulele (watch it being drawn here), Johnny Marvin festooned with ukuleles, Ukulele convention by Melissa Four

Captain Beefheart’s rules for playing guitar.

Halifax Ukulele Gang’s giant songbook.

Ralph Shaw asks What’s the next chord?.

Bric-a-brac: Sloth Playing the Ukulele t-shirt, UKULELE a giclee

Videos: 3D printable ukulele test (sounds better than I thought it would but I expect 3D printers are going to be most useful for nuts and bridges in the uke world), Wilfried Welti compares the ukuleles in his collection, Miss Universe doing a ukulele cover, Carmen Electra is clearly into ukulele players.

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  1. Kara Square January 25th, 2013 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing a link to “Love Songs For Everyone But Especially Uke.” I full-heartedly appreciate the support! (And I owe you a lot… I learned your Swiss Army Ukulele Strum from your book. It’s my go-to strum and it’s all over that album.) Thanks again, Al!

  2. Phredd January 25th, 2013 4:08 pm

    I have really enjoyed following Ukeeku’s pics from NAMM. Do you think that is a uke bass from FMM? Seems like several companies are going that direction.

  3. Ron Hale January 25th, 2013 5:47 pm

    Will NAMM give us something useful such as pedals, software, or some sort of modeling technology to make one uke sound like another, Al?

    Guitars are heading in this direction. How about recording your Mahalo and having it sound like a Mya-Moe. Making a video with your Hilo and viewers hear a Kamaka. Amping your Makala and having the sound of a vintage Martin emerge.

    Is it real or is it Memorex? Imagine the possibilities. Bring premium ukuleles to the masses and the future belongs to you.

    Along the lines of uke basses: Kala has uploaded the 21 minute video they’ll be looping at their NAMM booth and a (surprisingly) hefty chunk of it is devoted to basses.

    Seems they don’t see the uke bass a just a minor deal apart from the regular ukulele, but rather like Fender sees the bass in relation to its guitars – of major importance and integral to their brand and its reputation.

  4. Woodshed January 26th, 2013 6:56 am

    Kara: That’s fantastic! I’m glad I could help out.

    Phredd: That seems like a possibility. Kala’s certainly seems to be doing very well. I’m quite intrigued by their violin. Not that I’ve ever played a violin.

  5. Emily January 29th, 2013 2:09 am

    Yay! You’re back!

    Thanks for the Halifax songbook!
    And all the other stuff too!

  6. Woodshed January 29th, 2013 8:16 am

    Emily: Glad you liked it. It’s good to be back.

  7. Jake Wildwood January 30th, 2013 8:50 pm

    Hey, thanks for the mention, Mr! I appreciate it a ton!

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