Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Luiza Minghella || Finger Painting

Luiza says she's only 14 and this is her original song...


Friday, April 26, 2013

Jazz Banjo Rex (on Bari) || You Make Lovin' Fun (Fleetwood Mac cover)

Pabrizzer || Free Little Bird

Iwao || When You Wish Upon a Star

Do you think this is Low D tuning? Is he playing a tenor or a baritone?

About 1:30 in this video (below) he mentions that the ukulele is a baritone and then repeats it a few times later too. My understanding of Japanese is almost none but I understood: baritone, ukulele, Jazz, slack-tuned, Hilo Shower and Ohta-san. He starts playing at about 4:15 in this video. The Hawaiian slack key sound is so amazing!

Erin Lovett || Bad News

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pabrizzer || Burn One Down

I hadn't heard this song before so I did a bit of exploring.
Here's one performed in an amazing studio!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jan Laurenz || Classically Inspired Composition

Inspired yes, inspiring yes. Jan indicates that this is a Lanikai baritone ukulele with a Fishman pick up. There is an amazing clarity of sound. This video by Jan stretches my imagination even further as to the range of musicality that can be achieved on a 4-string instrument. 

I am compelled to say, "Bravo!" This is surely another reason to say, "Today is the best day to be a baritone ukulele player." And perhaps, "I need to find out about Fishman pick-ups." Jan responded to my inquiry, and let me know that he is playing re-entrant dGBE tuning (and he is from Switzerland.) Mr. Ken Middleton will be pleased.

Below I am reposting a Progressive Rock video by Jan where he further shows his expertise on a variety of instruments.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mark Jackson & Jane Jelbart || Under the Maui Moon

It is amazing the connections we can make across the world with our unique shared interests. I am a recovering eBay addict. At one time, I was collecting ukulele player photos and came across a regular adversary, Terry C. from Australia. We had quite a long correspondence and shared player images. He used some in his Cliff Edwards YouTube "music videos" under the name BeareTube.

About a year ago Terry's good friend A.J. Leonard, also from Australia, came to the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz and taught and was the feature attraction of the evening. And I must say a top notch player. Now the connections continue with Mark and Jane playing a A.J. tune and Jane is playing a Baritone Ukulele.

June 2, 2012 -- Mark & Jane perform this AJ Leonard on their front verandah in Newcastle. Mark is playing a tenor Makana Mele ukulele from the Big Island of Hawaii. It is made of perspex (plexiglass) and lined with Hawaiian shirt material. The pictured lady has unfortunate anatomical anomalies. Jane is playing a baritone ukulele.

Heather Waller || Poison Oak

Heather Hammers || Never Saw It Once

Bobi Belle || Lucky Man (Emerson, Lake & Palmer 70's)

My older step brother, Douglas Lindroos, was raised in the L.A. area and he got me interested in music when I was a teen. Two of his favorite bands of the era were Yes and ELP and they also became mine. I was very glad to see a version of Lucky Man being played on the Bari! Thank you Bobi Belle...

Here's a link provided by Bobi (Metal Head Org Chords)
(In the Chorus Bobi uses an Em instead of the G at "Lucky")
(Dsus4 = DGBE = 0233)

Michelle Blades || I'm Dead (Peel Session # 45)

I have been following Michelle for a long time. She's a creative force with her vocals and her bari-playing and so I am always curious to hear her new work...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Rhan Wilson: All In Good Time || "The Five Musical Senses"

The five musical senses.

Offhand, I would say that a good musician utilizes five basic skills (or senses), and with the large groups I have been working with lately, the order of learning is often in this order:

Chords (Learning basics: C, F, G, etc)
Group Playing (Singing a song together)
Rhythm (Being in sync and knowing where the beat is.)
Awareness (Knowing where others are rhythmically and hearing everything going on around you.)
Dynamics (Being an artist. Loud, soft, tender, long, short….)

The reason the Ukulele is so popular is because it is so easy to learn the basic chords one needs to start playing music. In little time at all, the beginning uke player knows C, F, and G7 and that is all they need to play hundreds of songs. The joy of singing and playing together in a group is infectious and the group singalong captivates everyone’s interest. Playing chords, strumming, singing, and reading a basic chart offers a challenge to keep up with.

Often, the other three musical skills: rhythm, awareness, and dynamics – get left behind in the pursuit of learning more chords and finding more singalong situations...

(To see the remainder of Rhan's thoughts click, here.)

Heartwood Guitar || If I Die Young (The Band Perry)

I like this arrangement with a riff from Heartwood. Just eliminate the Guitar A string part from the riff.

Pabrizzer || Dust in the Wind

Monday, April 8, 2013

Fountain of Uke Blogspot || Two-Chord-Tunes

Lil' Rev is a friend of mine. He's a multi-instrumentalist and a baritone ukulele player. I recommend following his blog is you like old-timey/double-entendre/ragtime/blues music.

He recently posted a list of two chord tunes, link.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Corley & Josh || Jolene

War Jacket || Waterwings

Thanks to Uke Hunt Al, posted on UkeToob...

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