Friday, October 29, 2010

PHOTO: Todd Baio Old-Time Folkster

Todd Baio, aka, Doogey9 or Brother Sonny, has been a friend and encourager of Humble Uker and Humble Baritonics blogs. Todd blends his solid singing voice and many of the old-time songs with his string music stylings. He's a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and has a plethura of great videos. His love of simple and soulful music is clearly displayed in his numerous videos.

I asked Todd if he could share a couple of photos of himself with his Baritone Ukuleles and he has obliged. This is the first of the two photos that he sent me. I will save the second photo for a future posting of Todd's new recordings. There is a simplicity to the music but Todd always adds his knowledge and skillful fingerings to each arrangement. I think that this photo shows Todd's very contemplative side.

Todd has also created CD's (for sale) of several of his songs, and he's created a video with more information here...

Here's Swanee River, a simple tune, but expertly performed.

MugambisMonkey || Banjolise (Tenor Banjo DGBE)

The Baritone Ukulele has another cousin called the Tenor Banjo. Here, MM, or Dirk has shared a good banjo tune with us via YT.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Danielle Ate the Sandwich || Goodbye Frankie

Tonight, I decided to rework several of the BARI BOX VIDEOS to create a full lady's line-up. These are changed regularly, so keep your eyes open for more changes. Now Danielle, get your monkey suit on...

Kaile || Passes & Passports (Reverie Sound Revue)

Here's another lovely young singer, Kate, who's found a new Baritone Ukulele. I like the very artistic way that this video is shot. Kate is an 18 year old singer-songwriter according to her YouTube channel. She's quite the musician -- I find it amazing how so much talent is developed at a young age. I'm glad that she bought the Bari -- it is much lighter to carry than a piano.

Kate CAN write songs, and really touch a deeper place, here she sings her own song while playing the paino -- Jailbait

Kate's Bandcamp

wagePeaceNYC || How Can I Tell Her?

... I spent the day writing a song for YouTube!

Sleipniruke || Essai Favilla Baryton B2

Favilla: such a warm sound... Pierre of UkeAttitude inquired about the tune and the response was, "It's just an 'improvisation', a variation on a simple result of agreement." Interesting way to put it or an odd Google translation? Very nice improvisation.

OLD-time STRING music [Links Here]

More to come...



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The 'G' Word Will Not be Used Here...

I was ooogling my google thing and found this thread about how musicians doing a jam or recording session would feel about someone pulling out a Baritone Ukulele. There were several threads but this one seemed the most inspired and playful...

Re: Baritone Ukulele in your session?

Bonjour! Some of you know that I regularly play the BARITONE UKULELE at sessions. It has caused some consternation at times due to it not being a full on established ‘trad instrument’ but the popular image of the UKE is troublesome. I think a lot of prejudice against the ukulele is based on the misunderstanding of which instrument one means. The first instrument to come to most people’s mind on the mention of ‘uke’ is the small treble or concert size instruments. This was the one played by Tiny Tim. They can be cheap and toy-like and because they can be purchased in different colours and sizes (e.g. Pink Flying Vee/ Sponge Bob/ Pineapple shaped et cetera) and are suitable for kids to learn on, ukes tend to lack a serious image. This is unfortunate as even the most modest treble uke played well can have a poignant sound and be quite beautiful. Unfortunately most session go-ers wouldn’t know a treble form a tenor from a baritone. Last night a guy asked me if I was playing a tenor guitar (which has no such image problems!).

Anyway... The baritone is well suited for trad Irish backing; more so than the six string devil (SSD) in my opinion. It has gut or nylon strings which give it a gentler though more responsive touch than the steel strung ‘other instrument’. (Uke players never use or say the ‘g’ word by the way.)

The tone can be quite harp like and one can reflect the playing of the harp at times. With a little finger picking and judicious bass selection you can (strangely!) also emulate a piano-like backing- the timbre can be similar. You can of course scrub away and copy the syncopated ‘Bo Diddley riddums’ and so forth that are so popular with the SSD botherers. A gently thumb strummed staccato chord on the offbeat can also mimic a box basses. It only has four strings (D G B E- same as the top four on the SSD) the bottom string being a D. This of course is handy in a majority of trad Irish tunes. The four string set up leads to instinctive modal chord selection. It is also QUIETER, even when spanked. I believe this makes it rather more polite in most session situations, especially the smaller group of people one.

And another thing: they are small and light to cart around! (Unlike the large piece of wood that is the six string twangle beast!

Cinematique Instruments || Muted Baritone Sound Samples

A curiosity...

Thom Jackson || Quick Baritone Ukulele Demonstration

A sales promotion from Down Under on YouTube...

Rebecca & Josh Redman || Watercolors

Note that they are siblings and both play the Baritone ukulele.

You can hear some of their music on Myspace

Monday, October 25, 2010

MonteCore505 || Maybe

Tom Hodge || Killing the Blues on a Baritone Ukulele (Tuned GDAE)

Tom Hodge singing "Winter Sun" from his CD "Shadows and Light". Tom is a singer, writer, musician, teacher, and seeker. You can find a link to his work on Youtube as "bucktoothclam". This Video was produced for me by Ben Quick at Shamrock Production. He can be found on Youtube as "fxpirate" (Not sure of the instrumentation.)

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Hanging with Bari

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Andellzov & The Girls

This is a really sweet family performance but embedding was disabled... (well Mama changed her mind. So here it is.)

Mele's Daniel "Pohaku" Osorno || My Heart Will Go On

Friday, October 22, 2010

WS64 || Killer Joe || Clearwater Baritone Ukulele

Wolfgang WS64 is an amazing performer and multi-instrumentalist. Here's a pair of his outstanding performances that you're going to enjoy. If you have a chance to check out the German Ukulele Club's website you'll find a very vibrant ukulele community.

Flatpicking Robert Johnson's Blues Style

Glen Rose & Linda Dathe || Route 66 the Jazzy Way

Route 66 (written by Bobby Troup) shown with jazz blues progression and jazz chords. Jazz Blues explained in, "Jazz Blues for Ukulele," e-book: jazzyukulele

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mike & Angelo || A Song in My Heart (Live)

LaScala Baritone Uke on eBay

Could this be a tenor guitar?

Howie (Mudgie069) || Sports an Elvis look for Latest Lesson on the Baritone Ukulele

Many of you have been checking out Howie's lessons on the TUTOR page. He's got an easy style to follow and here you finally get to see him face to face. Nice little trick to put on an Elvis face like this. There's a facebook page for his daughter Maisy's school program: UKULELES R US (Webcam Pro 9000)

Taio Cruz || Dynamite

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lightnin Wells || Somewhere Over The Rainbow

I think that Ukulelia is the longest running blog. I see that their archives go way back to 2001. They are ukulele masters in the art of uke-info-gathering as well as in brevity. Here is a link I found as their most recent post, and it was a Bari-good-one!

Here's a note from the performer... "Hey guys, Hope you don't try it on a Bari. I'm playing it on a tenor Martin tuned down low like a Bari. That high string is really needed to do that one.Thanks for posting my video.Lightnin' Wells" Well my euphoric bubble had almost been burst -- except for the fact that the DGBE Bari can have a High D

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fretted Friends || The Baritone Ukulele Chord Bible

I just received my recent purchase of Fretted Friends The Baritone Ukulele Chord Bible 2,160 Chords by Tobe A Richards. First of all it has a first class appearance and a nice quality spiral binding that allows the book to lie flat. This book has a VERY FULL range of chords, for example in C:

C, Cm, C7, Cm7, C0, Co7, C-5, C+, C5, C6, Cm6, Cmaj7, Csus2, Csus4, C7sus4, Cm7-5, Cadd9, Cmadd9, C6add9, Cm6add9, Cm(maj7), Cmaj7-5, Cmaj7+5, C9, C7-5, C7+5, C7-9, C7+9, Cm9, Cmaj9, C11, C13 (There are 3 of each of these). And then in the back there are additional major SLASH chords for bass notes: C/C, C/Db, C/D, C/Eb, C/E, C/F, C/F#, C/G, C/Ab, C/A, C/Bb, C/B.

This book is more than a standard chord book there are also several pages of useful player friendly information.

They requested feedback and I really appreciate the depth of chords and the slash chords. The slash chords are frequently noted on guitar sites and now I have a good reference. Also each of the chord boxed indicates:1, F3, 3, S5, 7, 9, etc.

Pages 88-91 shows a collection of 48 moveable chord shapes. Pages 92-93 is called The Ukulele Family Factfile: Akulele, Baritone, Braguinha, Cavaquinho, Charango, Concert Ukulele, Guitarlele, Rajao, Re-Entrant Tuning, Soprano Ukulele, Taropatch, Tenor Ukulele, Timple, Tiple, Ukulele, Ukulele-Banjo, Venezuelan Quatro. There's really a lot of info on these two pages, because the font is quite small.

KellyJmpr || Baritone Ukulele Covers



Born Again Jeeper || Sweet Caroline (N. Diamond Cover)

Wow an old Neil Diamond tune on Baritone Ukulele, Trombone, etc, etc, etc... I really like this production on multi-tracks. Enjoy

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Guitar Tuned Jazz Banjo Solos for Baritone Ukulele

Is that a mouth full? Searching through Jim Beloff's site,, came across a thread for Baritone Ukulele players searching out chord melodies. has issued several online issues called Jazz Banjo Magazine. The direct index is found here, you then click on the picture of the issue or the underlined volume number.

Vol 7, No.4 -- I'll See You in My Dreams

Vol 7, No.3 -- Ukulele Lady
Vol 7, No.3 -- The Shadow of Your Smile
Vol 7, No.2 -- Basin Street Blues

If someone wants to explore this more there are back issues available on CD for a reasonable fee to support Jazz Banjo Magazine

Saturday, October 16, 2010

William King Baritone Ukulele

I just spent a good part of the Giants/Phillies first play-off game looking at the William King archives, 713 entries! If you are into ukulele eye-candy then William Kings' journal has THE archive for some of the most beautiful ukuleles in the world. The photos are professional quality and there are stories upon stories of the intricacies of luthiery. I was looking for some fine Baritone Ukulele photos and stories to share, but there are some added links to some other articles that I found interesting.

Lil' Rev. || New Hal Leonard Project: Baritone Ukulele

You may recognize Lil' Rev in this video and notice that he's not playing a Baritone Ukulele either. But I've seen him a few times in Berkeley and Santa Cruz. Rev has always wanted a blog and I am helping him get started on his own blog, Fountain of Uke. He's definitely one of my favorites and I've posted several of his videos over on Humble Uker. I have seen him perform with a beautiful Bari made by Tony Graziano from Santa Cruz. Been trying to get a picture of him posing with that Graziano Bari to share with you.

Rev just sent me a brief e-mail saying, "You will be glad to hear that my publisher just approval my proposal for my next series of books! The Hal Leonard Baritone Ukulele Method Book Series! Very Cool! I will start this book in 2011 and it will hit the streets in 2012." He's a multi-instrumentalist, great person and teacher. I have each of his ukulele books and I really like the way that he builds a solid playing foundation of skills. I have always purchased the book with the CD's and I believe that Hal Leonard books are quite reasonably priced.

Lil Rev is a very skilled teacher, and his personality comes across on the CD's just like when you meet him in person. I am hoping that the Baritone book doesn't start from square one because his previous books do that for the GCEA tuned ukulele. Or if it does need to start at the beginning perhaps it can be enlarged to pick up some more intermediate tunes with thirds, or a chord melody tune, a blues tune, a slide blues tune, another folk tune, a bluegrass favorite, etc... (I guess I'm getting greedy) HU

P.S. Lil Rev has two other books that I'm waiting to purchase: the Fountain of Uke Songbook (gCEA) and 101 Licks for the Ukulele (gCEA)

Friday, October 15, 2010

WagePeaceNYC || A Note from a Musician Rejuvenated by Bari

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for writing. I think your blog is great. When I first saw you feature my playing, tears came to my eyes. It's amazing what validation does to the spirit. I started in music as a horn player, focusing on the trumpet. After years of playing I found I was enjoying music less and less, even though I was playing in a great funk band. Three years ago my sister-in-law bought me an Oscar Schmidt soprano uke for a Christmas gift. It wasn't long before the trumpet was collecting dust. I couldn't put the uke down. I could practice for hours at any time of the day without driving my neighbors crazy.

Since picking up the uke I rediscovered my passion for music and have expanded my musical experience by starting to write songs. When I found the baritone, I had found an instrument that spoke to me. It's amazing how much joy can be found in a cheap Harmony Baritone. I feel very strongly that music has a healing, transformative power and I believe the ukulele has an important place in the arsenal of promoting peace and love. Thank you for your blog spotlighting this beautiful instrument. Please feel free to use this correspondence (or parts of it) in your blog if you feel it would fit.

wage peace,

Thanks Nick for sharing your story, I really enjoy your style with this amazing Harmony Baritone Ukulele. I had just bought one with just a few minor scratches and with a retro case from a local flea market for $62. I have really been drawn to the Bari and collecting and sharing have been a lot of fun. Your flair with the strums is what I have been watching more recently in videos. I have been doing a chunk and pick the high string for my own home strumming and your expert hands have shown it off. Jeff / Humble Uker

Blues from a Bari FOR SALE AD.

This is an old post and I'm pretty sure this baby is snatched up... Wade thru the sale jibberish and enjoy the Blues.

Karen B. with Custom Baritone Ukulele || Burning Uke 8

Karen was part of the large Bluegrass music contingent at Burning Uke 8. I wanted to get a close up of the Bari that her husband had custom built for her but the cell phone camera didn't do a good job. So I found another among the 100's of BU8 pics online.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Todd B. (doogey9) || The Ham Fisted Blues

Sounds like a honey roasted ham to me!

Blues History Robert Johnson - Crossroad Blues

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Maisy's Intro || Black & White (MJ cover)

Maisy is 9 and she's getting an early start in her music. Her school in Tywyn, U.K. , has a music teacher that has started a Facebook group called UKULELES R US. She bought a load of Ukuleles for the school and it's become quite a craze in this area at the moment.

Tywyn, Wales

The Obligatory Proud Grandpa Shot

Here I am at home with my granddaughter
Maya Avery Graham, born August 23, 2010.

mudgie069 || Baritone Tutorials

Mudgie has put together a series of tutorials played on the Baritone Ukulele. These are contemporary songs. I will post a couple here and put the remainder in the TUTOR page above for easy future reference. These are all very nicely done and easy to follow.

Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2)

When September Ends (Green Day)

Wanted Dead or Alive Intro (Bon Jovi)

I notice that Mudgie069 sometimes describes things opposite to the conventions that I have used here in Humble Baritonics. He says the Baritone is the same as the low (as in closest to the ground) 4 strings of the Guitar and I have carried the convention that these are the high (higher pitch) 4 strings. Also conventional numbering of the strings is counting from the floor up 1,2,3,4 but he sometimes counts in reverse starting with 1 at the top (closest to your nose). Enjoy the tutorials, he's got the body of a god!

Monday, October 11, 2010

ukegwyn || Sea of Love

Heart Bari, tuned GCEA?

wagepeacenyc || Baritone Ukulele Original

My Bari-Uke journey winds all over the place. These videos remind me of the beauty of music, hearing it, feeling it, tickling it. Nick has these recent posts and I think I will put these on the tutorial page under the heading "strumming". The strumming is frequently the difference between an average and a solid performance. I would like to challenge myself to move along the strumming and picking path and hopefully to a better musical expression.

, good motto.

Boot Camp

My Romance from a crushed & repaired Harmony Baritone Ukulele

BenG0811 || Baritone Ukulele

LaurenAlegre || Robbers (Cold War Kids cover)

PHOTO: Jason Mraz and Bari

This photo was found on the "Gotaukulele" blog
Fantastic Photo

Sunday, October 10, 2010

BOOK || Flatpicking Guitar MAGAZINE

There's not much to be found directly for the Baritone Ukulele so the largest source of reference comes down from guitar information or up from ukulele information. I am an explorer and my two favorite S.F. Bay Area music stores for Folk, Flatpicking, Blues, etc. are in Berkeley (The 5th String) and Palo Alto (Gryphon Strings).

I have been experimenting with flatpicking but just using my fingers and not a pick as a personal preference. Came across this FLATPICKING GUITAR MAGAZINE for a $6.00 cover price. The magazine has a quality color cover and 76 durable bond pages. This particular magazine has:

  • Bill Nershi article (6 full pages long, plus 3 pages of 2 arrangements)
  • Walk With Me arrangment (2p)
  • Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar + arrangement (2p)
  • Beginner's Page + arrangement (2p)
  • Kaufman's Corner + arr. (3p)
  • Taking it to the next Level + arr. (3p)
  • Nashville Flattop The Rest Stroke; Rest Stroke G-runs + arr. (3p)
  • Sharpening the Axe Inversions, Triads up the Neck (4p)
  • Bluegrass Guitar Duets: In The Pines (2p)
  • Crosspicking as Filler Will the Circle be Unbroken (3p)
  • The O-Zone Morrison's Jig (3p)
  • Favorite Scales & Exercises, Part 3 (6p)
  • Music Theory: Mastering the Fingerboard (Circle of 4ths & 5ths) (5p)
  • Pickin' Fiddle Tunes (5.5p)
  • John McGann's Eclectic Accoustic
  • and a few more

Quite a broad selection... The drawback for Bari players is that the arrangements are made for guitar, so only (3) arrangements are really clean for Bari.

  1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  2. Old Joe Clark
  3. Great Basket Island (except 2 notes)

There's a huge amount of high quality material here including theory and various skill building concepts. The subscription rate is $30 for 6 issues and $60 for 6 issues plus a CD for each.



BOOK || Bob Brozman's Bottleneck Blues Guitar

Ann Mayo Muir || Crisp Fall Night

Ann Mayo Muir Music, BMI. Backing Ann up here is the wonderful jazz/swing guitarist, Tom Mitchell. This song tells the story of a fiddle bow (beau) searching for the fiddle of his dreams. It's inspired by many marvelous conversations with Alasdair Fraser at his Scottish Fidlde Camp , Valley of the Moon, in Santa Cruz, CA. Hear more of Tom Mitchell's great singing and playing with The Blue Rhythm Boys at his website Thanks to the Institute of Musical Traditions for including Ann in their concert series. Find more of her great music at

Saturday, October 9, 2010

R. Crumb Musical Art

Mike & Angelo || Song in My Heart || Baritone Ukulele & Bass Guitar

Mike & Angelo video slideshow

Their website...

Mike & Angelo || The Brush (Yeah!) || Baritone Ukulele & Bass Guitar

Mike & Angelo try their hand at this tune by songwriter Mike Williams

Mike & Angelo sounds like fun...

I'm O.K. ART FORMS MUSIC (Roller Skating Craziness set to a Settimi song, No Ukes)

Mike & Angelo || Life is So Peculiar || Baritone Ukulele & Bass Guitar

My buddy, Ron Hale, came across another wonderful treat.

This is the Mike & Angelo take on the Linda Ronstad classic. Recorded at Atlanta's Red Light Cafe 12/19/07

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cinderella Lifestyle || Do You? (Original by an Original)

Whenever I see another CinderellaLifestyle video it get's me excited to see what LaurieLeeC has got in store for us. Her life is exposed and there's a crazy aspect, a sane aspect, and an incredibly creative aspect. In this world of prolific McDonald's style of cookie cutter franchises we see so much of the same old stuff. LLC uses her life long store of skills with her simple amplified baritone ukulele and makes powerhouse videos on a regular basis. Never afraid to show a cracked window or a dusty old spider web she puts it all out. Thanks Laurie for another treat.

Do you?

Do you remember?
when we were young?
There wasn't anything we couldn't do,
we couldn't get done
We were standing on the edge of life..
how could we know about the heartache and strife?

Life is beautiful
sometimes life is cruel
Today you're Super man
Tomorrow you're a fool

He Was'nt her first love
he won't be her last
He left a trail of wreakage
in her heart, her heart
She called in the clean up crew
it was a line of lovers
He never even knew he played a part

Life is wonderful
sometimes it is a trial
One day you're standing tall
the next day you're in a pile

(crazy break)
do you ever?
wonder bout the one that got away
the river of life it courses
twists and turns from day to day
she can still see clearly his fresh face
in the moonlight
and thinks of what might have been if she'd
said yes that moonlit night?

this life left her with a reputation
no amount of time could ever shake
she came to realize she'd live her actions
she would live by her mistakes

Life is beautiful
sometimes life is cruel
today you're Super man
tomorrow you're a fool
Rhyme or Reason
Reason and Rhyme
Well never have the answers
hard as we try
hard as we try
oh no never ever gonna
have the answers
no no no
hard as we try, doot do etc

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Buke and Gass in NY

"Buke and Gass, the charming duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez, who supported Efterklang on the entire tour, were captivating. The band’s name comes from their instruments – a baritone ukulele (Buke) and a homemade guitar-bass hybrid (Gass)"

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

GrumpyCoyoteTunes || Code Monkey on Baritone Ukulele

I just recently met Grumpy Coyote at the Ukulele Underground takeover of Michael DaSilva's studio. He's another UCB (Unbelievably Creative Bohemian) at the cutting edge of ukulele playing an song writing. The links below are worth watching too. Kristin Shirts won a contest and performs with Jonathon Coulton on stage with her soprano ukulele.

boozelele version on fluke

Jonathon Coulton & Kristin Shirts (uke) perform Code Monkey

Tunes aplenty at

ukulelecowboysociety || Don't Think Twice

fatblues || Vega Baritone Ukulele

Some videos are just too short. Fatblues does some nice work on this Vega baritone ukulele but I want to hear some more of the good ol' blues.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

LESSON || Glen Rose || Blues Ukulele with Jazz Chords

Glen Rose has prepared another quick lesson on the Baritone Ukulele tuned GCEA (Low G) but all of the instruction is good for the DGBE tuned instrument. (Except the C13 would be a G13, the F9 would be a C9, etc...)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ledward Ka'apana || Borrows Maddog's Uke

Here's another one of my diversions that could easily be posted over on Humble Uker Ramblings but I have shared Ledward there before and I am mesmerized by his skill. Ledward is a joy to listen to. E Ku'u Morning Dew is one of may Hawaiian favorites and my father, Stanley W. used to play Blue, Blue, My World is Blue on the Hammond Organ. 14:22 of Ledward's mastery is a treat. The borrowed uke belongs to Bob Rainey who is my friend over at the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. Hearing the volume on this one makes me want to get an amp hook up on Bari.

"YT comments... Before a concert at Don Quixote's in Felton California, Bob (Maddog) Rainey showed Led his new carbon fiber Blackbird 'ukulele. Led was favorably impressed with the sound and decided to play it during the concert. I joined three individual song clips together to show how much Led enjoyed playing it. I tried focusing on the headstock at the end of each song, not trying to show the Blackbird logo, but to show the white cat's head that Maddog added to his 'ukulele, in honor of his cat "Bratwurst". Ya gotta love Maddog!!"

Ledward's music reminds me of Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor's story telling about Lake Wobegone. Garrison would tell a nice little story and get you completely off track and then "poof" some how you're right back were you started.

kalozpepi || Kaláka - Kányádi || A Dél keresztje alatt (Budapest, Hungary)

Pan Flute, Furry Drum, Guitar, Baritone Ukulele (?)

More Hungarian Kaláka (No Bari this time)

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Debutant Hour || No Scrubs (Band) (TLC Cover)

Mia Pixley (Cello), Maria Sonevytsky (Baritone Ukukele), Susan Hwang (Hobo Drum Kit)

YT tags were quite interesting: NYC brooklyn literate cabaret vaudeville close harmony humor acoustic alternative americana anti-folk antifolk art rock avant-garde cool sassy eclectic experimental female female vocalists franz fun girl group great lyricists indie je ne sais quoi nicolay nyc retro singer-songwriter theatrical unique vintage weird outre

PHOTO: Emily || Hippomaiden of YouTube

"This is hippomaiden from YouTube. I read your message then told myself to look for a picture. Here is one -- I hope it works! Thank you so much for your continuous support of my videos, I really appreciate it! Hope all is well with you. :) Emily"

Emily is just starting off her journey in college as a music student of course. I really enjoy the energy she puts into her music and the Sea Shanty song is my favorite. I wish her the best and hope she'll check in once in awhile.

Malvina Reynolds || No Hole in My Head

Here's a classic from the Pete Seeger Rainbow Quest. Malvina has a unique strum that I wanted to record. This is great vintage stuff. I will post non-bari stuff about 5% of the time when I think there's a bari benefit. Shiny & the Spoon from Cincinnati, Ohio and it's on their EP too.

I naively thought this was an unheard song and I was on to something, but it has also been covered on standard GCEA ukuleles by casetone2514 and adellethegreat

NivramFalcon || Limehouse Blues

P.S. I know there's a Marvin Falcon in uke player history. So who is Nivram?

Professor Peter & Doctor Dick || Bass-o-lele

I have had a couple of e-mail conversations with the gentlemen from The Netherlands about the song Red Lips Kiss My Blues Away. They just let me know that Doctor Dick plays another version of the baritone that uses the low 4 strings of the guitar rather than the high 4 strings. They call it the bass-o-lele. Here's a photo...

"Hello Jeff, I play the baritone uke but . . . . not as a baritone ! I call it my bass-o-lele. I have the four low strings of a classical guitar on my bariton and play bass on it. The idea is that the gap between a normal bassguitar and a soprano uke is to big. The gap between my bass-o-lele and a uke is the same as between a basguitar and a guitar. I use it in my duo PROFESSOR PETER AND DOCTOR DICK (our real names are Peter and Dick). You can find us on our website Greetings from Dick The Netherlands, Europe"

Here it is in action...

PHOTO: Those Darlings