Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Adie (WeHappyFew) has a new Custom Baritone Ukulele

Adie sent me a link to his new video showing his new baritone ukulele. He writes...
"This is my new handmade Baritone ukulele made by Davide Donato in Italy under the Herrmann Guitars brand. Davide usually makes soprano and tenor ukes but agreed to build me a baritone to my specification, so this one sports a 001 serial number! It has walnut back and sides, abete val di fiemme on the top, and is fitted with a K&K twinspot pickup. In the first section of the video I have it set up in soprano tuning with a specially designed Aquila string set, and the 2nd section is in baritone tuning with D'addairo strings. I have used a micro cube for the 'plugged in' test. You can check out Davide's uke's on the Herrmann website here..." 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Back the Truck Up! Holy Grail Baritone Ukulele!

U Da Mann... Mann electric Baritone Ukulele... WOW.

I have been trying to stay away from the blog for a while because I have been working on some extra projects that have come my way recently requiring me to work evenings & weekends. I hope that my sense of an economic upturn is going your way too. You may not see too many posts over the next few weeks from me but I had to post this unique electric baritone ukulele. I don't know the price but I am guessing  it's pricey based on it's beauty and plethura of electronics.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Keoki Kling || Candle in the Wind


Myrna Ukulele || I Thought About You

Myrna is feeling some melancholy for trains...

Logan & Faith || Waltzing Matilda (My Favorite Version!!!)

Sometimes I think that I'm going to hear a plinka-plinka style performance and then I am pleasantly surprised. This is one of those moments. I would like to hear some more of this soothing fingerpicking duet.

Big Frankie J || Song Video & Tutorial #2 (Big River)



Big Frankie J || Song Video & Tutorial #1 (God's Gonna Cut You Down)

Awesome Big Frankie, Thanks for the song & tutorial




So I occasionally check the stats for the blog and find that many of you are making use of the very limited selection of songs on the "DGBE Songs" page obtained by clicking the tab above. I am very glad that you are and I want to increase this list. I sent a beautiful vintage Harmony baritone ukulele to my son Joshua W. in Indianapolis, so that he and my grandson Caden can learn and share some music together. I have a second vintage Maxwell baritone ukulele that will be on it's way too.

One of the things that I want to do too is figure out how to store PDF files so that I can share some of the arrangements that I've worked on with you too. Is anyone knowledgeable on a solid site for the storage of pdf's that I can get an WWW link? If so, please leave me a note. Perhaps some of you have an arrangement that you've worked out on the bari buke (big-uke) that you want to share. Who knows? 

So this post says "Heartwood Guitar" and I wanted to share it because it looks like another quality site. Take a look at the link below. Notice the guitar chords and how you can understand the chords in a bari sort of way for the most part. Next notice the strum pattern and that there's a link to help with the pattern as well. Lastly the arrangement is pretty detailed.

Lodi -- Creedence Clearwater Revival

Jeff W. (humbleukerATgmailDOTcom)
Humble Uker
Humble Baritonics
The Barried DoGBonE || Baritone Ukulele

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britian || Rock Around the Clock

There's Ritchie singing and playing the baritone ukulele...

Monday, February 20, 2012

TEDxPhoenix || Michelle Blades

Yeah for Michelle!!! This is an excellent quality video and it shows well on a full screen. I have been a fan of Michelle for quite a while. I have also have a "The Barried DoGBonE" page for Michelle that compiles several of her songs. What a sweet a capella intro...

Spring Breakup (Mathias Kom & Kim Barlow) || Hide in the Sea

I often don't comment on videos. I guess I am more of the hunter-gatherer-type but I am amazed that Mathias works over that Mahalo Buke the way he does. I usually find these Mahalo Ukulele frets sharp on the edges to slide your hand along. Perhaps he's done some magical luthiery on it. I am always so impressed when I watch talented musicians with a mastery of their instruments -- even more so when it's a $60 instrument!

In these Spring Breakup videos we see a casual relation between two musicians and their instruments. Words woven together with deep emotions tucked into those homemade threads of woolly life stories. I am glad to come across several of their videos since none of them are marked: bari, bari-uke, or baritone. (Sometimes you get a lucky inspiration.) The instrument is just the vehicle for the music. The mastery of any instrument results in a mesmerized audience. I enjoy the easy going connection between these musicians and those present to hear -- it seems all are welcomed into this music.

Mathias Kom, Kim Barlow & Susie Asado || Dinosaur Medley & Other Good Stuff

Jenny & the Whale

The Effect I Have on Women

Mother & Wife

Somethin' Stupid

Corley Darling || Midnight to Georgia

A little Southern sweetness...

Bliss Blood || Moanin' Low

Anyone familiar with The Moonlighters?

Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies || at Union Hall, Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange

The Haunted Windchimes || Little Box (Desirae's Lullaby Live in Fresno 17FEB2012)

This one is off of their recent album titled, Out with the Crow.

Lil' Rev || Workshops & Performances

I went to Lil' Rev's workshop at Mike DaSilva's Ukulele Building Workshop yesterday. I never miss a workshop with LR when he comes around for his annual visit. He's an amazing talent, teacher and story teller. The workshop was on Jug Band Songs on the Ukulele. He is constantly teaching player development skills and written several music books for Hal Leonard, including "101 Licks For the Ukulele" which is a great one to have in your library. (NOTE: It is in GCEA tuning but worth studying.)

He borrowed my Favilla baritone ukulele, tuned it DF#AD, and played one song in his mini concert after the workshop. Hopefully a little of his magic has rubbed off on my bari.

Rev. will be heading North towards Sacramento, beautiful seaside Mendocino, and then up to Oregon and Washington before heading to the Reno Ukulele Festival in Nevada on April 1st. Be sure to check out LR's Calendar.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Adam Trieb & Kathryn Letellier || Time of the Season (Zombies cover)

I gotta say this is a very fun duet with solid vocals and sound effects. I hope we hear some more from this duo. Made me smile. What a good vintage rock song choice...

Evandob || Well if nothing else it is an interesting piece of art

ChristyLynn42 || Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Rockettedog || In Spite of Ourselves (John Prine cover on Bari-Uke)

John Prine seems to be a master of verbal imagery and adult humor. My friends Vince Tuzzi and Celina Gutierrez performed a great duet at the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz but it is hard to beat John Prine himself singing with Iris DeMent.

2,500,000 Hits on this one...

Rockettedog & David || Helplessly Hoping

Nice harmonies... thanks Cheryl.

Jethro Wilbury & Jamie Landers || Hank Williams Medley

Saturday, February 18, 2012

|| Rainbow Connection

Love the Muppetesque vocals gentlemen...

Big Bottom Myrtle Jazz Baritone Ukulele Photos

Check out the photos at this MySpace LINK, LINK2

Emjenic || Suzanne (Dutch Version of Leonard Cohen song)

Andrew the Uklectic || Streets of London (with MicroCube)

SRPM INC || Clawhammer Wow WoooooooW!

Wow that thumb is dropping all over the place! Awesome talent. (They're set in Gm and the uke is tuned DGBbD.)

SRPM INC || Original Clawhammer Tune

I am not sure what tuning this is from this Canadian player from Toronto. But the clawhammer sound is pretty mesmerizing...

Here's another medley... Sally In The Garden and Rocky Mountain Goat. The uke is tuned (low string to high string) CGCD. (Perhaps it's tuned the same way above.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Danlboom || Hawaiian Tune

The Haunted Windchimes || Up Close and Personal...

The Haunted Windchimes played at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz last night. I have been planning to see them for about two weeks. The Crepe Place has quite a small performance and audience space and the environment was fairly intimate. As a baritone uukulele player, you know there aren't many chances you get to see a band member performing on bari-uke.

It turned out that THW where scheduled later in the evening than I expected but I had Robbie and Jenna hanging out with me to enjoy the first Bluegrass duo and they were quite talented with guitar, mandolin and banjo. They swapped instruments regularly and my honey voiced friend Robbie was thrilled with the quality of their harmonies.

I am not the greatest at categorizing music but I was thinking it was a combination of Roots, Folk, and Jug Band with great vocals and sweet harmonies from Desirae & Chela. Their website shares,
The Haunted Windchimes sound draws from traditional folk and American roots music. The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 75 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It’s not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around.
So I took a moment to give greetings to Desirae Garcia, who plays the bari in the band. Her bari is a beautiful 50's Vega baritone ukulele that was promoted by Arthur Godfrey on his TV show in the mid to late 1950's. About half way thru their song set her D-string broke. Someone was trying to find another bari D-string but it wasn't to be found.

I had my 1950's Favilla in my trunk just a block away so I got it and brought it over to Desirae to use. Unfortunately she was confused by my Worth Medium Brown strings since they were an all-nylon-unwound set. She got playing again after a couple of songs, perhaps getting a guitar string to place on her bari. Later she told me that she played DGBE and she explained her confusion about the unwound string set. I told her it WAS a DGBE set. (That's the first negative I've found with these strings, sorry Worth.)

This video below gives a bit of a close-up on the band members...

So after reclaiming my Favilla and purchasing THW's new CD called, "Out With the Crow," Sean, the upright bassist in the band came over to check out my baritone ukulele. (Sean is walking behind in Desirae in the video above.) He is a big ukulele fan & player and apparently the band luthier. (He actually responded to my comments to one of their YouTube performance videos saying that the band really liked the big uke.) He had to perform several repairs on Desirae's Vega bari-uke when it had an unfortunate spill. He had a soprano ukulele and soprano-banjo-ukulele at the back of the stage area but were not used in tonight's set.

I let Sean know that there will be a Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz meeting tonight at Bocci's Cellar. He wanted to know the specifics and I hope that he'll get the chance to attend. HU.

The Band
Inaiah Lujan (guitar) 
Chela Lujan (banjo)
Desirae Garcia (baritone ukulele)
Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin) also fiddle and concertina!
Sean Fanning (stand-up bass, and ukulele lover!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hailel Sela || Fly ME to the Moon

Well done...

Briride || He Aloha Mele

6JUL2010 Brian says,

"As many of you know, I absolutely love the baritone ukulele. I wanted to learn a traditional Hawaian song to dedicate to my friends who live in the islands. For those of you that enjoy details... I am playing it with a capo on the 5th fret to tune to a standard ukulele chord structure and a more traditional sound."

Mason Mac || I'm Not Crying (Flight of the Conchords cover)

Very solid and whimsically sad...

Flight of the Conchords (Live in Melkweg, Amsterdam, 3APR2010)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Jon Braman || Sally Sun at the NY Uke Fest

My favorite Hip-Hop ukulele player...

LOCAL NOTICE || Lil' Rev Jug Band Classes in Santa Cruz and Berkeley, California

"Jug Band Styles For Ukulele"
The Jug Band era of the 1920’s & 30’s brought with it a wealth
of ukulele-friendly songs, tricks, progressions and strums
Join Lil Rev for a rollicking 90 minutes of Jug Band
fun thru its history, recordings, artists, and repertoire
In addition to building your repertoire, we’ll also explore the I, VI, II, V progression,
circle of 5ths ,early Boogie Patterns, stop-time and more
Find out why this timeless music is still so much fun to sing, strum and play
This is open to all level of players with a 12 page repertoire packet
Bring a recording device if you have one.
$20 Cash.

Santa Cruz, CA
Thursday, February 16, before the regular Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz meeting, 4:00 to 5:30. Then stay for an evening of ukulele fun.

Berkeley, CA
Sunday, February 19th, 1pm-2:30pm workshop, plus short demo for workshop attendees @ 3pm

ROGER RUTHEN MONDAY || Nonesuch (John Playford)

This week has something unique, the precise arrangement is being played on the standard GCEA ukulele. Here Roger is using his Tri-TAB arrangement style that works the same for both high-G and low-G tuned ukuleles because the song is played on the CEA-strings. It also works for our DGBE ukuleles since playing it on the baritone ukulele just shifts the key a bit lower and the GBE-strings. This is great for solo playing.

Link to the PDF-Minstrel Tri-TAB. (Tri-TAB is played on 3-strings, GBE)

Link to video of Roger Ruthen's PDF-Minstrel arrangement. It will give you a chance to see hand movements as well as hear the musical timing.

I am including a classical guitar performance for your listening pleasure too.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lap Top || Voodoo Child, Surrey Boy

This is pretty wild distorted effects...

Amelioooo || Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People baritone ukulele cover)

I added the chords in the DGBE songs page above.

E=2000, G=0003, D=0232, A=2220
(If you have a capo put it on the first fret.)
(If you're playing solo forget about it!)

Blake || Early Strumming in a Dangerous Environment

Keep it going Blake. That lil' guy might someday be your drummer...

Mason Mac || Extra Extra (Original)

BOOK || Bruce Emery: Blues Guitar from Scratch

So I was at one of my local "Candy Stores," Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto and bought myself a present for my 51st birthday 10FEB61. Bruce jam packs information in his books. It is a guitar book but as you know, I am always searching for anything with a sufficient amount of DoGBonE knowledge. (In case that's too obtuse, I mean related to the DGBE strings.) Also his 88 pages of knowledge are selling for $16.50 -- Gee whiz! Is that a deal or what?

So, if you're into developing your Blue riff skills, I would highly recommend taking a good solid 10 minutes at your local music store thumbing through these pages and notice... (to be continued).

Herman Vandecauter || 1800's Art

Herman posted this vintage 1800's art with his changes
on FaceBook. I asked him if it was okay to use here.
He is a spectacular classical guitarist and standard ukulele player.
He has many splendid videos on his YouTube channel.

PHOTO: Healing with Music (Yoga Journal 1994)

I have a feeling this image must be of a baritone ukulele player. I have been trying to reduce the amount of books I have stored in my house. So I was going through some boxes stored in a closet and found this old Yoga Journal from Jan/Feb 1994. I see that it was given to me by my old friend Hans Joachim Franke.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Kingston Trio || M.T.A.

I had heard that the Kingston Trio had regularly used a baritone ukulele. This video shows a 4 string instrument but is it a tenor guitar or a bari-uke? I am leaning towards a TG. Is there anyone that knows any better? The second video shows the instrument on the album cover early in the video.

So, it's settled as a Tenor Guitar. Thanks to Larry, who left a comment with a terrific link for us...

Patrick || The Daily Frail

Yes banjo. Interesting tuning: Open Gm.

Silicon Valley Ukulele Club Info

I recently attended a weekend workshop put on by members of the Silicon Valley Ukulele Club. The club is well attended and has a few events each week. If you are local take a look at their site...

Silicon Valley Ukulele Club

Ukulele Festival of Northern California (Hayward) April 1, 2012

18th ‘Ukulele Festival of Northern California
Chabot College Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545
Date: April 1, 2012 10:00am – 5:30pm

(Thanks Al / Uke Hunt)

Inuakira || Melt My Heart to Stone

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Joy Ike Music || Happy at Tellus 360

And copied from the YT Comments...

Joy sings her original song during a packed out "Table Top Session" evening performance at the absolutely beautiful and unique Tellus 360 located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Saturday 7 January 2012.

Joy Ike on ukulele and lead vocals.
Peace Ike on djembe and percussion.

Visit the official website of Joy Ike.

Visit Joy on Facebook at Joy Ike (Musician/Band).

Video recorded by Rabbit Hill Acoustic, Camera A.
Stage lighting by Rabbit Hill Acoustic.
File name is "A 00222 Happy 20120107 Tellus 360.mpg".

Sid & Jerry Hausman || Old Westerns...

It is not easy finding the best baritone ukulele videos but it is real satisfying when you find a treat like the videos below. Often they're hiding on YouTube without "baritone" or "ukulele" tags. Here's some great tunes from a concert at the Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach, California April 3, 2011. 

Happy Trails to You (English y Espanol)

Along the Navajo Trail

That's What I Like About the South

Four Thousand Rooms in Amirillo

Bob Wills & the Texas Cowboys

Sid Hausman || The Grand Canyon Trail

A Classic Western tune masterfully played...

Sarah Donner (Ask A Cat Lady) || TMI put to song

All you need to know about your cat but were afraid to ask... Ask a Cat Lady!

Yes there is more, are you cat codependent?

John Michael Borrello || May Angels Care for You

John hasn't posted since October 2010. He has a very unique style...

Monday, February 6, 2012


You might have noticed my failure to have a song for last Monday. I have been dealing with an upturn in the economy and had some project meetings to attend in San Francisco. Roger has a variety of songs on his pdf-Minstrel site and thought this song would add some variety. I had a hard time finding a video but found one with a guitar player again.

This traditional Irish arrangement is full of HO's and PO's and is in 6/8 time. It is under the flatpicking heading and so there is a steady down-up-down to up-down-up OR d-u-d-d-u-d / d-u-d-d-u-d. Explore it. This is quite tricky! I wonder if the PO's (or pull-offs) are just released or if they are to be plucked with the fretting finger? Also the video below is not flatpicked but fingerpicked. Was this challenging for you?

The Gaelic Club

String Theory

String Theory by Brian Hart
String Theory, a photo by Brian Hart on Flickr.

I Want Altitude || Firework (Katy Perry cover on Bari-Uke)

I don't think that I have ever seen a face so expressive as this young lady's...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nigella & Jeff || Bigfoot Song

I suspect this is "early" 'Ella...

UK Ukeman || Lonesome Whistle Blow (Hank Williams Sr. cover)

Bent Note Instruments || Custom Baritone Panjos

Thomas Pottage || Snow Day (Multi-Instruments including Bari-Uke)


Episode #1 of Thomas' Ear Training

Episode #2 -- Minor 6th to the Octave (Intervals)

Sierra Graham || Nothing to You (Original)

Are you also noticing the growing amount of bari-uke players? I know I must many of the baritone videos that don't tag "baritone" and "ukulele" but I am always surprise to find new names almost daily. This Sierra Graham sounds professionally produced to me...

Abby TheOldHorseShoes || Crazy (by Willie Nelson)

Some more sweetness from Abby...

REPRISE || Two Famous Musicians on the Baritone Ukulele

Our bari-uke playing friend, Dr Bekken inspired me to re-post these today...

Mel Torme || Quite Nights (circa 1960)
(the Bossa Nova "Corcovado" by Antonio Carlos Jobim)

[I believe Glen Rose has prepared the arrangement for this song,]

Jason Mraz || Fly Me to the Moon

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Nigella || Raisins (cover on Baritone Ukulele of Bare Naked Ladies)

Glad to see Nigella back again...
"Raisins played by Nigella (song by the Bare Naked Ladies) on Baritone Ukulele. This was made in about 30 minutes goofing off with a green screen (more like a sheet), National Geographic cut out pictures, a crappy digital camera and iMovie. The Curt Cobain hair was courtesy of forgetting to use shampoo after a swim."

Friday, February 3, 2012

Maryanne || Echoic

Karl Senior || Brown Trousers

Steel String Big Bottom Myrtle Baritone Ukulele

Wow some very nice sound sampling. Do not try steel strings on your bari -- it will put too much strain on the instrument...
Roberts Guitars & Ukuleles. Big Bottom Myrtle - Baritone ukulele. Kaska tone bars, Tasmanian Blackwood soundboard, Oregon Myrtle back/sides, Spanish Cedar neck, carbon fiber truss rod, Gabon Ebony conpound radius fretboard, 16th fret neck joint, cantilevered fretboard extension, Gotoh geared tuners, Gabon Ebony headstock veneers, Bloodwood and Koa binding and purfling, Gabon Ebony bridge and adjustable floating tailpiece, tuned side sound port, and radiused American Holly fret markers, Silk & Steel strings, bone nut and saddle.

REvenwood || Pewnego Dnia (Polish)

Chris Swain (The Great Zaffo) || Insomnia

Here's another new baritone player.

Graham Jong-Il || Heaven's Gate

Quite a song. Intro and lyrics for this emotional arrangement are in the YouTube comments...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Emjenic || House for Sale

"A great song by the Dutch band Lucifer. It was a hit in the Netherlands in 1975, topping 4th place in the Dutch Top 40. Originally sung by Margriet Eshuijs, it remains a Dutch pop classic."

Alyssa Marie || Your Body is a Wonderland

Skamylee || Hurt (It is NOT sideways!)

Here's a version of the song from Chordie. I have not tried it out yet.

Those Darlins || REPRISE Their "Red Light Love" Cartoon with a Cartoon Bari-Uke)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Opal Fly || Wakarusa 2009

And the talented O.F. on Sax...

Nadine Treble7Notes || Green Eyes (Coldplay Cover on Bari-Uke)

Hailel Sela || Live High (Jason Mraz cover)

This bari-uke video has nearly 20,000 hits by YouTube viewers.

Dr Bekken || Abilene

Dr Bekken || I'm a Bad, Bad Man

The Doc pulls out another classic and struts his stuff. "I eat horse-shoe nails on toast! I'm a bad, bad man..."

Vintage Stella Tenor Guitar

I have seen a few old Tenor Guitars lately and they were tuned DGBE which is not the common tuning but it can work. You get quite a sharper sound out of those narrow gauge steel strings. This Stella is a beauty.

Beasts of Seasons

Beasts of Seasons by Anna Victrola
Beasts of Seasons, a photo by Anna Victrola on Flickr.

A school project...