Sunday, May 21, 2017

Buke & Gass || NPR Tiny Desk Concert

So how does the 6-string count as a modified bari-uke?

Tom Nelson's Tunes || El Porompompero (Flamenco Baritone Ukulele)

El Porompompero is another Flamenco arrangement for baritone ukulele.

For the arrangements, see Tom Nelson's Tunes above.

Tom Nelson's Tunes || La Gitanita (Flamenco Baritone Ukulele)

Tom has a great fondness for Flamenco music. He wrote the following...

Flamenco is a field of study all on to it's own. It started with the gypsies in southern Europe and was not highly thought of by the upper class. Every region developed it's own style. Some of these are very flowing and some seem like random parts just thrown together. What the guitarist is doing is playing to how the dancer moves. It might look like the music determines what the dance is but it's the other way around. I tried to find a flamenco instructor for quite a while around here and had absolutely no luck at all. I would tell folks to find a style or piece of music they like and then work on that. It must be remembered that whatever is found will be laid out for a 6 string guitar and not for our 4 string bari's. So, a little massaging must be done. In fact I have never found any flamenco music for the uke.

This is not the easiest music to find or play, it's just the most fun. 

Jürg Hochweber composed "La Gitanita" in 1989 for guitar students and put it on my website for free non-commercial use. Now it is popular all over the world, but it is not a traditional song! Tom Nelson has arranged the tune for baritone ukulele

La Gitanita pdf
La Gitanita (Tabledit)

See Tom Nelson's Tunes above...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Jim D'Ville 3 Questions || Daniel Ward (Flamenco & More) STRUMMING SKILLS

I have thrown in a standard ukulele video of Daniel Ward who is a fantastic Latin Rhythm player. I have taken a class from Daniel at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival and spent a week at California Coast Music Camp last year talking a bit of music. He wowed the group with his strumming skills. Jim D'Ville is the Play Ukulele By Ear man. 

This video is to whet your whistle for two upcoming tunes from our friend Tom Nelson. They are flamenco style and give one a satisfying taste of some great tunes. Stay tuned!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Ken Middleton

Ken is a skilled musician, who has provided many music videos over the years. We met a few years back at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in Napa California. He's a kind man with a bad-ass enthusiasm for good music. Ken prefers re-entrant bari (high-D) and is also the force behind the fully-flourocarbon string sets under the name Living Water Strings. He sells both high and low D sets. Ken is also a representative for Ohana Baritone Ukuleles.

I asked Ken if he would provide a playlist of his baritone ukulele songs for posting on The Bad-Ass Baritone Ukulele Blog (The Blog for Playlists of Bari Playin' Artists) and he sent us a 35 song playlist. I think you will find this quite enjoyable...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DrBekken gives away Ancient Mystical Secrets of Playing the Blues on a Baritone Ukulele from somewhere near the Fjords of Norway!

Dear Humble Baritonics Readers and Subcribers: I was so excited to receive two e-mails from DrBekken this morning that the above hyperbolic title just begged to be proclaimed. As you look at your computers, ridiculous claims continue to be made to provoke, inspire, and perhaps even instill despair with the state of the world. Not so here on Humble Baritonics you receive the honest to God simple bari truths. Today's truth is more good blues tutorials from the Norwegian Scatman. You have reached the mother lode, Nirvana, awesome blues...

Doc's short tip on using a movable chord shape (3-string D = X232), with droning bass.


 The great old show tune 'Singing In The Rain', played in Eb on the baritone ukulele. Only three chord shapes are in use...many more actual chords. Another example of movable chord shapes.


I will add a page tab above, "DrBekken Blues" and you can also find a playlist of DrBekken's playing on The Bad-Ass Baritone Ukulele. Here's an encore, DrBekken at the piano...