Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Munson Music || Halloween Tunes

Time Warp

Monster Mash

The Addams Family

Werewolves of London

Ghost Busters

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photo: James Hill with Mya-Moe Baritone Ukulele

Copied from the Truro Daily News Article 10-13-2014

James Hill and Jake Shimabukuro have been at the top of my personal list of the most well known and talented ukulele players in the world. They have both been spotted with baritone ukuleles in recent posts. Of course James Hill has an album with Anne which features his Mya-Moe bari.

 It is interesting to note that with the resurgence of the ukulele, the "third wave," which has been affectionately focused on the GCEA ukulele has exploded. It has been my theory that many people have found that they have musical ability and they want to expand and explore. 

Banjo ukuleles have been a strong area of growth with many of my ukulele playing friends. Banjo ukes are an easy conversion since the chords are the same shapes and in the same fret.

But, I was intrigued with the baritone ukulele early on. I loved the mellower low D sound. I started off with a low G concert uke and wanted to get a bit lower in range. I also found that my wife was much more amenable to my coach playing if my uke were a little softer. That allowed me more playing time -- every day!

Another big factor for me was listening to bari players like, Lil' Rev and the YouTube prolific bari old-time music, gospel, and bluesman Todd Baio, who went by the name Doogey9. They really showed me the great potential that I wanted to be part of.


I would like to invite you to share any news that you come across that other bari-uke players may benefit from. I welcome your photos of players with their baris or your photos of custom baris from your favorite luthiers.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Munson Music | More Tutorial Videos

Mister Munson strikes again with another selection of tutorials for the baritone ukulele player. He also does standard ukulele, banjo, guitar, madolin, and bass. He is open to song suggestions.





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro plays his Vintage Kamaka Bari-Uke on FACEBOOK

Another surprise, Jake wrote...

I'm loving my Kamaka baritone ukulele... The ukulele is over 40 years old and I just love the tone of the instrument - so warm... and it sounds amazing when plugged into a DI... I'm using the D'Addario J-71 strings on the baritone (with the high 4th string). It's so much fun to play! If you've never played a baritone, you should check it out. It's very different from the standard, concert and tenor. I enjoy playing ballads on it - here's an arrangement of "In My Life."

I should also give a big thanks to Gary Peare for pointing this out! Ukulelia.

Munson Covers || Sweet Child of Mine

Ryan Taylor || Halloween Ukulele Songs

Ryan Taylor let me know about his Halloween Song Book. I see that my blogging friend, and occassional bari-uke player, Armelle of Ukuleles and Languages has posted a very detailed review of Ryan's book along with videos. I think that she has provided an excellent review and would not attempt to recreate her work...

Check out this link.