Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cinderella Lifestyle || Where be the Philosophers

Laurie is a bari-playin' You-Tubin' friend of mine. Here we get see another sound of our fried and although there isn't any bari Laurie carries it in her heart...

Be sure to read Laurie's notes on the video. She's always creating...

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sara Bareilles || Anchors Away

Sara Bareilles || Free Ride

Sara Bareilles || Beautiful

Rachel Aumiller and Her Illegits

"A song about her old front porch on Pine Street."


Zoƫ Bestel || Everything You Didn't Do (Jamie Cullum cover)

Berean 315 || The Matador [Original Song]

Unckc || Aranjuez Mon Amour

Uku Wulf || Wand'rin' Star

Pabrizzer || Stewball

Glen Rose || Corcovado [Jazz Ukulele]

Glen Rose is another contributer to the baritone ukulele world. I have met him, seen his shows, and been to a class at the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. He is the man to follow if you like jazz music. He has written several books and has a selection specifically for the bari player.
Glen simplifies jazz into very user friendly chord combinations and they sound great. For those that haven't played the jazzy 9th's and 13th's you might find a whole new range of sounds to tinker with. Glen shares so much more and you can explore his videos on YouTube, his website, and training videos by following these links:

Glen often plays a baritone ukulele with Low G strings, in GCEA tuning since he's looking to reach the largest audience possible. But the savvy DoGBonE tuned bari-uke player learns to adapt on a regular basis. I think that it will be well worth the effort. Here's one of his blues scale lessons...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Chicken Bone John || Slide Cigar Box in G tuning DGBD

Pabrizzer || Everyone Must Get Stoned

Kimo Hussey || Baritone Uke Talk and Amazing Grace

Jonathan Mann || Our Bari Ukin' Friend is Doing ED-VIDs


Jonathan has played many of his creations with his baritone ukulele. He is branching out into educational videos with a humorous side. He is a master video and song creator. The songs below do not have the bari but if you like Jonathan's style you may like these too.


SOH-CAH-TOA (for those young math nuts!)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Aaron Embry || Four Songs on Tenor Guitar

This is a Fretboard Journal video with Aaron that gives a feel for the Tenor Guitar in it's standard tuning. This particular instrument is quite beautiful...

OJ Lopena || Baritone and DGBE-Tuned-Blueridge Tenor Guitar Comparisons

More info on Tenor Guitar...

Dr Bekken || You Can't Lose What You Never Had

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ondrej Sarek || Jewish Songs (and Other Titles) for Baritone Ukulele

Ondrej has created several book for the baritone ukulele. I just came across Ondrej's book, Jewish Songs for the Baritone Ukulele. It appears there are actually 2 books on Amazon: a high-D version and a low-D version. Here's the book link via

Jewish Songs (I believe this is low-D)

There is one song from the book posted as a pdf, link. Scroll down to page 31 to see Tum Balailaka (low-D version) and page 33 to see the same as a high-D version. 

Ondrej has been prolific in his book writing and is a recognized writer on, link. I have linked several of his books here. Unfortunately, I have not always been able to determine whether a book was in low-D or high-D by the descriptions posted on the covers or the "book description" on where all of the links tie back. So look carefully.

The titles are intriguing...

Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Campanella style songbook for beginner (high D)
Romantic Pieces by Frantisek Max Knize

HELP -- I have an affection for the sound of Klezmer style music. Is there anyone that can review the Yiddish titles and tell me if there are any Klezmer tunes?

Scott Rogers || Green Willis (Clawhammer Bari)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Aaron Keim || Crooked Tree Waltz (DGBE Reso Tenor Guitar)

Lagaringer || Grandpa, Tell Me About the Good Old Days

I first heard this sung by The Voice winner Danielle. I think it was a Blake Shelton choice. Laura sings it very sweetly.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Brushy One-String || Jamaican Rhythm Man

I'm sure that I posted Brushy quite a while ago but perhaps on Humble Uker. I think that his one-string base playing and rhythm skills are so solid. I have often wondered how we might use that low D-string too accomplish a different sound.

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Brushy performs one of his most heartfelt songs in Kingston. This is the original, uncut, full version, from The King of One String DVD and soundtrack.

I have had the pleasure of taking a day trip to beautiful Jamaica. The countryside is very beautiful and lush green, the ocean is near aqua blue and quite warm. I remember seeing all of the school children in their brightly colored school uniforms. Each school had a distinct color and they seemed to take great care of what they have and to cherish their educations.

I know nothing about how to play base and very little about percussion but I do think  a study of Brushy's one-string and "knocking" could be added to a bari-uke player's repertoire.

Watch him play the one string bass here...

I see Brushy playing different frets for a variety of songs on YouTube

No Man Stop Me he plays the following frets: 3, 5, 0, 1. Putting them in order I see: 0, 1, 3, 5. On the guitar this would yield: E, F, G, A. On the Bari-Uke D-string we would have D, Eb, F, G and I am not sure where this gets me.

In his "My First Song" video he plays frets 0, 5, 7 and in the key of E gets E, A, B which is the 1-4-5 of the E scale. On the bari-uke we would get D-scale 1-4-5 or D, G, A. This 1-4-5 may be the secret to the bass. The rhythm is now the challenge.

(In progress...)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Corey Fujimoto- "Smokey Mountain Lullabye" Chet Atkins (Live in Studio)

My ever hunting pal, Ron Hale, came across this video and there is a baritone ukulele and an incredible sound. It is my policy to keep this blog to standard DoGBonE tuning but, of course, there is an exception to every rule. This one is actually an example video of GCEA tuning on a baritone ukulele body. There is also an article on Ukulele Review that gives further discussion to the topic.