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Friday Links: New Music, Cory Wong

Two excellent new instrumental albums: from Finland Markus Rantanen’s debut Ukulele and from Israel, composer and producer, Ziv Grinberg’s Ukulele Fantasies. Vulfpeck‘s Cory Wong chats with Jake Shimabukuro about technique, gear and touring with Bela Fleck. A big step above the standard Shimabukuro interview. (Thanks to Dan for the tip-off.) CPR Classical ask James Hill […]

Friday Links: Joni Mitchell Lost Tapes, President Carter and a Magpie

– Lost tapes of a young Joni Mitchell playing ukulele found. – Eddie Vedder played a song for Jimmy Carter on a ukulele made of wood from Carter’s estate. Close-ups of the uke on luthier Beau Hannam’s Facebook. – Jake Shimabukuro discusses how he’s been handling the hellscape of 2020. – Magpie joins the THUG’s […]

Gear I Use in 2020

It’s been many years since I did a gear list. So here’s a rundown of the ukes, strings and various other things I use. Ukuleles Main Ukes: For most of my videos I use a tenor Ohana TK-35G. The pointy uke I sometimes use is a tenor KoAloha Sceptre. Practice Uke: I’ve been enjoying using […]

Friday Links: TV Screen Ukes, Ultraman, Ties for Straps

Covid rules force schools to ditch recorders in favour of ukuleles as it turns out kids sharing spit isn’t the best for hygiene. On Video – Electronicos Fantasticos jam on their ukuleles made of TV screens. – Heart transplant recipient played ukulele, sang a duet before surgery – Billie Eilish's ukelele goes up for sale […]

Friday Links

Rebecca Sugar has been raising money for National Bail Out with a stream with Estelle (uke action starts at about 15 minutes) and auctioning off her ukulele. Aloha Radio Hawaii is a beautiful album recreating the sound of the “golden age of Hawaiian music”. Although the project’s founder Dave Way makes the slightly strange assertion […]

Friday Links: Willie K RIP

Hawaiian ukulele legend, Willie K dies at age 59 after 2-year battle with cancer. Willie was a consumate musician who was as at home playing the blues and shredding with Steven Tyler as he was performing classical music using his startling operatic voice. – An auction of Formby banjoleles and memorabilia turned out nice again […]

Uke Hunt is Thirteen

Uke Hunt turned 13 this month. According to WebMD a 13 year olds will, “speak in longer, more complex sentences [and] use sarcasm and humor.” Fascinating. Here’s a round-up of the goings-on of the last year. May 2019 In tabs: The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year, Ukulele Ike – Ja-Da (Tab) and K-Pop […]

Friday Links: Ian Whitcomb RIP, Online Uke Fest

Ukulele legend and ragtime revivalist, Ian Whitcomb has died at 78. He made a huge contribution to keeping alive the ukulele and the music of the Jazz Age. If you want to know a lot more about him, his friend and collaborator Janet Klein reminisced with her band about him in this video. Whitcomb had […]

Friday Links: Easy Chords and Challenging Licks

Live ‘Ukulele has a collection of “80 easy ‘ukulele songs for beginners with 3 or 4 chords”. Vinícius Vivas has started a series of finger-twisting licks in his Toca aí! series that you can see demonstrated on his Instagram. Lil Rev is doing a series of free online ukulele classes on Mead Public Library’s Facebook. […]

Friday Links: Dominator Tabs

If you’ve been around the ukulele world a while, you’ll be familiar with Dominic ‘Dominator’ Pieranunzio’s ukulele tabs. They were a great resource so it was a bit concerning that he and his site disappeared from the internet. But, fear not, he’s still doing well and his tabs are still available here on this spammy-looking […]

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