Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Grumpy Coyote Tunes || 10 Questions Song

GCT of UCB has a new Mainland baritone uke and another song to challenge ukers with. So now I have (3) UCB's here on Humble Baritonics. Ukisociety playing Nagasaki on his plastic baritone and...

Fitz Slapping Ukulele (Improvisation)

Wookiefatcat || May You Never

Outstanding, wish the video was a bit clearer.

NicholasMirth || Morning Song (Original)

Monday, June 28, 2010

ErinBev || Baritone Covers

Erin has a beautiful voice and a baritone ukulele. Nice combo. She also has several other songs played on her Bari...


UkuleleBros "Trailer Park Sessions" || You Won't See Me

Yes a brilliant performance. I frequently pass over videos in garages or dorm rooms but I think the Trailer Park ethos must be respected here.

For Ricky, Jullian and Bubbles...

And here is the tab.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Doogey9 || Chicken Picker Improv.

This is awesome stuff Todd. Very simple, but gets to the soul of the instrument. Thanks for some more great baritone ukulele playing. The slides, hammer-ons, Pull-offs and some quickly played 1/16th notes add a nice folksy flavor. I could see you sitting on a porch along with LewDite having a great time.

I would like to build my skills in this area and have been working with Lil' Rev's Hal Leonard book 2 which works on these skills in a variety of old tunes. Lil' Rev has told me that he has another Hal Leonard book on it's way soon, called 101 Licks for the Ukulele. (Buy the book with the CD!)

I have also plinked around on Ken Middleton's Bluegrass arrangements. They are high quality and he has videos of each song being played. A google search will get you there or type "Ken Middleton" in my blog search box. Ken also has e-books for sale (not specifically baritone)

I also see that FleaMarketMusic has a new bluegrass book out and I will surely get a copy. All of Fred Sokolow's work has been fantastic. (also not specifically baritone)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ken Middleton gives the Baritone a try...

Ken Middleton is a popular figure in the ukulele world. His videos are insirational and informative. I find that improvisations while sitting in his plush garden are the best.

Jake Wildwood || Japanese Model Baritone

I go to Jake Wildwood's site, Antebellum Instruments, regularly because he obtains old instruments and returns them to beauty and playability. He then takes a series of photographs and chronicles some history. He also plays each instrument and makes a YT video. Quite a treat. This morning I thought, what about Jake? He must have come across a baritone ukulele sometime although the baritone doesn't quite fit the late 1800's to early 1900's era.

Jake says, "I simply had to make a cut for you all on this baritone uke before it hits the rack and finds a new home. This is a c.1960s Japanese-built all-solid baritone under the "Carmencita" brand. Back and sides and neck of somewhat flamed Japanese maple, nice spruce top, and checker binding around the soundhole and top. It's sort of a typical import baritone from the time with the exception of the nice solid woods... and the tone... oh my. This thing projects very well and sounds like a decent quality classical guitar."

Sweetly played Jake! HB (HU)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

eBAY Photo of 1950's Harmony Baritone Ukulele

This eBay Bari is rivaling Favilla asking prices.
No, It's not my sale... I just found a moderately used Harmony
Bari in a vintage case for $65 at the local flea market.
It's not quite the historic Jim Beloff find
of an old Tiny Tim uke but it'll do.
OOOOooooooh! Mike DaSilva has a Baritone Ukulele on eBay too...

Satin Doll

The Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra performs "Satin Doll" at the Khyber in Philadelphia on the 22nd of June, 2010. Notice the bow tie, fezii, and fancy fingerwork on the Bari.

Krista Muir & The Enhancers || ELO's Living Thing

Nice rendition of Electric Light Orchestra song led by the baritone player Krista Muir.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Zac Efron con Bari, "Breakfast with Barry"
(yum, fig newtons)
Just kidding, there appears to be a movie out where he plays the uke.
(Image found on
I added in a link to the Ukulele Player Magazine
here and on Humble Uker for a quick reference
13 issues are available with a simple click.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ameliooo || Smith's Cover (Between Chatting)

Scoot forward to 1:05 unless you want to hear about Zoey D. I like her work on The Smiths tune and she's performed quite a few songs on the Baritone, approximately 40, of her songs on her YT Channel:

Hello Brooklyn Jon Braman Jay-Z cover ukulele hip hop live

You may have noticed that I posted Jon Braman, the Hip Hop uker in a recent post of Ukulele Disco. My friend has done some more research and found more of Jon's music. There are currently 6 songs posted on his YT channel. My oldest son was a big hip hop fan in his teenage years and I wasn't impressed with the amount of vulgarity in the lyrics, they did express the anger and pain in a suffering community, but I do enjoy Jon's work.

Patrick Wolf || Baritone Player with Fans

Patrick seems to have a following of Baritone Ukulele players. He's young and creative and exploring the ukulele. Sometimes the tunings are variant. I have seen atleast (4) other bari players covering his work. Tatiana even gives tutorials for those that care to search out more.

TrustNo121000 (Tatiana, USA)


The Railway House:

Monday, June 14, 2010

John Kavanagh || Parlor Music

I was listening to a few of my ukulele CD's. I think I've had this for about three years. It may be the only album cover with a Baritone ukulele shown with the artist. The liner notes say that this CD can be downloaded at iTunes, or bought from CD Baby. I think I bought it directly from John over the internet.
"The Concept for this CD is "Parlour Music" - lightweight, charming instrumentals in the ragtime or classical vein, the sort of things people played at home for their own amusement in the days before TV." JK
The Baritone is "Hot Rodded" Spruce top on a Harmony Baritone.
Canadian Tenor Tuning, a-d-f#-b (Low a)

GUGUG || Tequila

This was one of my very first favorites on YouTube and I just realized there is a Baritone ukulele used in the song so I thought it would be great to revisit here. HU

Alan (Ukisociety) || Nagasaki

Alan, has been a favorite of mine because he creatively explores the ukulele, creates original songs, does parodies, and keeps me (and many others) entertained. What a great song -- a the whistling too! Imferpection at it's best. Thanks Alan. HU

Study Notes

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Doogey9 || Ol' Dan Tucker



Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rowdy Sailors...

Ukulele Lady is an old evergreen song by Gus Kahn and Richard A. Whiting. Published in 1925, the song was first made famous by Vaughn De Leath.It has been recorded by Peter Sellers, Arlo Guthrie on his album Hobo's Lullaby, and was performed by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in the second season of The Muppet Show.Bette Midler first performed the song live in the 1997 TV special "Diva Las Vegas" as a tribute to her native Hawaii. Midler later recorded the song for her album Bathhouse Betty

Ukulele Disco || Baritone Players

Here's a selection of talented Baritone players from Ukulele Disco

Band with Baritone: Steven Swartz, Alan Drogin, Gregor Kitzis, Jason DiMatteo, John Bollinger
Hip Hop uker Jon Braman
. (1/2 hour interview)
Hailey Wojcik
. (1/2 hour interview)
Uke Deville
. (What crowd support!)
Howie Leifer
Dana McCoy
John Kavanaugh

Ken Middleton || Wildwood Flower

The YT description doesn't clarify the ukulele size, Tenor or Bari. But I really don't care. Ken is such a great Ambassador for the ukulele and this version of Wildwood Flower is sweet... get your toes tappin'

Matthew K Moran || Ode to Vermeer

Chris Perkins || Dance of the Wind Chimes (Bari Ukulele Original)

Maccaferri Islander Baritone Ukulele!

Nice bit of ukulele history...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Arthur Godfrey Videos [Store Here] Baritone

Arthur Godfrey Sings His Version of "For You" - 1953

Arthur Godfrey and Janette Davis
If I Had You On A Desert Island (78 rpm record)

The Mamas & The Papas and Arthur Godfrey
Be My Valentine 01/29/66

Arthur Godfrey - Makin' Love Ukulele Style

Arthur Godfrey & Haleoke - Mele Kalikimake

Cliff Edwards was a guest on Arthur Godfrey's radio show in 1943. Godfrey is credited with inventing the baritone ukulele. Edwards was in his forties at the time of this recording.

Arthur Godfrey & Doris Day || Glass Bottom Boat & Que Sera, Sera

Here's a clip from the 1960's Doris Day Movie "The Glass Bottom Boat." Here's two big personalities from the 50's and 60's. Nice to see there was a movie with a little Baritone in it.

What's My Line? This shows a bit of his personality and fame.
(Do you play, pardon the expression, a musical instrument?)
What type of a question is that?

Irish Jig on Baritone

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Happy Bear || Baritone Ukulele Music from So. Korea

Here's a chance to hear some baritone ukulele from the other side of the world. He's got several bari videos using fingers and pick.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

loreteller || Freight Train + Harmonica

Here's loreteller's first video posting. He chose a classic to get started with.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mike DaSilva Ukulele Co. Custom Cut-away Baritone for Khabu

Click to enlarge...

Boat Paddle Ukulele Co. = Baritone Ukulele Photos

Jerry Hoffman supplied me with these Boat Paddle Ukulele Co. baritone photos. One is a koa with a mahogany top and the other is walnut with a yellow cedar top. They have a unique design which I find quite appealing.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Here's Randy Newman's Short People... the lead singer appears to be playing a Bari.


Found on anther ukulele blog: UkuleleEar

Uncle Dave Heaukulani Slack Key Ukulele DGBD

Hole Waimea - Slack Key `Ukulele

Slack Key Baritone Ukulele

He Aloha No O Honolulu & On The Island by John Cruz

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Minnie the Moocher (This may be a tenor?)

Dirk from Germany puts Brass Strings on A Pono Baritone

Dirk a.k.a. MugambisMonkey's words about his experiment...

This is an experiment. I put bronce strings on my Pono mahogany baritone uke (which has a scale length of 550 mm), using the following string diameters: .023w(D) .017(G) .014(B) .010(E). The uke sounds slightly out of tune (however it is not), I guess it's because of the compensated saddle which is made to compensate nylon strings and thus "overcompensates" now. I like the sound, but a real tenor guitar probably sounds better. :-) The sound is acoustic, I just use the Microcube in the background to play back the rhythm. Please cut me some slack since I usually never use a pick.

Baritone Ukulele & Oud || Foreign Sounds