Friday Links

I’ve started the Ukulele 2013 Spotify playlist. Kicking off with Kelli Rae Powell, Brendan Maclean, We Were Evergreen and a song about waffles. You can find more ukulele Spotify playlists here.

New Red Series Aquila strings. The same idea as the low-G red strings they brought out but a full set of re-entrant strings. The news being that all the strings are the same size and the pitch is changed by the density of the strings. According to Aquila that makes them, “brighter, more powerful and more responsive.” The low-G Red Series has had a few snapping problems but also sounds good. So we’ll see how these stack up.

Ukulele players’s oath.

Sheet Music Plus has got a uke book sale on.

New live EP from The Love Leighs Lootbeg.

Pictures: Here’s Johnny, Not a great start for the chord determining software, moon banjolele (via @ShelleyRickey), Pimp my M.U.F. ukulele decorating contest.

Video: Ukulele Cat (via thingsisawthatilove).

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  1. Kyle Frazer March 1st, 2013 2:23 pm

    With regards to the oath, I was never any good at attracting the opposite sex anyway, guitar or no guitar!

    I went off Aquila when I snapped 3 low-G wound strings in a few weeks, I thought the new red version was meant to fix that?

    Worth Clears all the way for me now.

  2. Woodshed March 1st, 2013 4:53 pm

    Kyle: Worth Clears are my first choice too. I might try out the red strings though.

  3. Ron Hale March 1st, 2013 11:41 pm

    Shouldn’t have to type name/email in every time,

    Uke Players Oath:

    The Founder (of Ukulele Consciousness), Robert Wheeler, says the purpose of the ukulele is to get laid. His marital history bears this out.

    All you really need are three chords and the truth. If you’ve never met the truth, then sure, learn 500 cocktail chords and get that smooth jazz gig at the country club.

    Yeah, you got chops to spare but truth beats chops every time. One of the best things about the little 4-string is that someone with something to say can pick it up, learn those 4 chords, and get what’s inside outside. Right now. Not years later.

    And this is infinitely superior to making your jumping flea weep, sleep, beep – and bleep – or bedazzling the bejeebus out of every one and all
    with your sixteen part arrangement of “Billy’s Jeans” played with twenty-six chopsticks.

    That’s not a downhill jerk slope, Hannah, that’s a sheer plunge off the edge of sanity into the abyss. For far too many picking up an ‘ukulele is the equivalent of popping on a red clown’s nose and donning the giganto shoes. Slipping into that Federation Star Trek uniform. Slathering on the whiteface and living out your mime fantasies.

    Let’s declare the ukulele a ‘kazoo-free zone’.
    There, a huge chunk of jerks gone instantly. No more flashmobs forcing Disney covers on unsuspecting innocents. Another chunk bites the dust. But it’s only a start. The price of ukulele dejerkification is eternal vigilance.

    Someone seems to be unaware of the movement to
    remove ukulele playing hipsters from the face of the planet. Never ask one about taste in music unless you intend on turning the advice on its head.

    Good song advice – as far as it goes. I renew my call for the return of the REAL “Over the Rainbow” to ukedom. Support me, Hannah.

    How about a new rule: If a song has already been covered 50,000 times on video… Well, take “Creep”. If you’ve already played it 50K times, then stop. Just stop. This and every other universe thanks you.

    Sorry, Hannah, DDUUDU does work for every song.

    If guitar players are better than ukers are bari players better than ukers, as well? We all know that ain’t so.

    On the other hand guitalele players are in fact better than ukers. So don’t try acting all Jake around them.

    Remember, there’s an expression “That is so ukulele.” There isn’t an equivalent for guitar or guitalele.

    Or tuba, or ocarina, or nose flute. And there are good reasons why.

    But a uker will accept the fact that other ukers aren’t musical geniuses.

    Dorks aren’t just the best ukulele players, they’re the only ukulele players.

    Speaking of We Were Evergreen… They get a pass from me, but no one else does. A pass for what?

    The damn xylophone. The new kazoo. Enough already. Especially the really tinkly sort.
    Wanna make your band/music sound really wussy?

    Here’s how.

  4. Woodshed March 2nd, 2013 2:01 pm

    Ron Hale: Your browser doesn’t remember it? I’ll see what I can do.

  5. Pete March 5th, 2013 9:14 am

    Hey there!

    Do you know who is bringing in the red strings? Sutherland?


  6. Howard SMith March 5th, 2013 10:02 am

    Sutherland are certainly distributors of Aquilla, you will need to ask if they will be stocking the new reds though.

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