Monday, October 21, 2013

Yussi || San Felipe (Awesome Spanish Bari)

Katya Austin || Bari-Uke-Gospel -- Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Jim Beloff || The Daily Uke -- Baritone Edition

Today, I received an e-mail from Jim Beloff, who has published several ukulele books and has the fabulous uke-centric website, Flea Market Music. This site is great to explore. You can discover quite a bit on the bulletin board. Below is a link to his books. Soon it will include another for the bari-uke player called, The Daily Uke -- Baritone Edition.

Jim wrote,

Thanks for your postings about our upcoming songbook, The Daily Ukulele: Baritone Edition. We'll have copies for sale next week in our online store and the first 100 copies will be numbered and signed by me and Liz. The book will feature all the same songs (in the same keys) as the first Daily Ukulele songbook (365) but with baritone chord fingerings (grids) at the top of each song. This will allow bari players to play from the same book that their C tuned fellow players use. Also, of course, the text pages up front and chord chart are all baritone (DGBE) oriented. 
"Uke Can Change The World"

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Alex Holmes || Sunshine on My Shoulder

Jeepers creepers, this man can sing! Goodbye (Steve Earle cover)

Jean Mann || A Pile of Leaves

Lagaringer || Kauanoeanuhea

There a story at the beginning but you can skip forward to 1:54 to hear the song. It is a very beautiful Hawaiian tune. The Pono is a beautiful instrument.

Birds Eye View || Tubthumping

Jenny Littlefield || Paper Bag

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jonathan Mann || Beat-Up Bari Uke Creations

Make the Bed in Your Head #1740

Let's Fix the Light #1738

You Can't Force It #1736

Back to Where I Started From #1725

Dylan Landau || City Girl (Original Song)

Original creation...

Dr. Bekken || Drown in My Own Tears

The Doc is MASTERFUL once more...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Yussi || Elixir

Aaron Keim || Bill Cheatham

Aaron wrote, "Here is a traditional fiddle tune played on a baritone uke. The tab will be in our upcoming fingerstyle ukulele book. In the meantime, checkout to download some other free tabs and hear our music!"

Also, "The uke is made by Mya-Moe, of course --"

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Aaron Keim || Roxy's Waltz

Aaron is a great teacher. Tablature for his music can be found here, The Quiet American.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Michael Carey || Don't Think Twice (Dylan cover) & Pono Review

Michael gives a personal testimonial about his new Pono baritone ukulele. I would also like to add that the Pono has an adjustable rod in the neck. I was recently at Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto and played one of these. The string action was just amazingly perfect and the instrument has a very nice feel.
I have two vintage Favilla baritones that I love and I have played a Martin baritone as well. The Favillas have a deep body and a relatively thick neck, a substantial feel, which feels very comfortable in my hand. When I played the Martin, I noticed a major difference in the feel of the neck, the neck is thinner (from front to back) and flatter.
The Pono has the flatter Martin-like thinner neck.  It is well crafted and feels well balanced in my hands. The fine adjustable neck make the action so easy that the instrument is buttery good in its feel. To my ear the instrument also has a great solid bari-sound.

Now, listen to Michael's glowing report...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jay Lichty || Misty

Corey Fujimoto || Ko'olau Tenor Guitar #1 [DGBE]

This is a very beautiful instrument. Corey shows it off very nicely...

Hawaiian Music Supply comments...

"This is the first Ko'olau tenor guitar made, just strung up today! It's a 23" scale 4 string guitar tuned like a baritone ukulele or the high four on guitar, DGBE. It can have other tunings as well but we put it at the standard tenor guitar tuning for this demo. 
Corey hadn't played this song before but said he heard it on the drive over. He was just figuring it out, finding his way on musical memory. He wanted to wait and play something he knew but I told him "no way! that sounds so cool!" Right? 
Tune into our review site- and we'll release pictures and more video's of this gorgeous new instrument soon. Noa and Ryan at Ko'olau make some of the finest custom instruments you will ever find. This one is nothing short of phenomenal. See more from them at"

Jonathan Mann Passion Project || A Song About Writing Songs

We have been following the Song-A-Day man as part of our personal Passion Project. He we support Jonathon even without his banged-up beaten-up holey bari...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Todd B || The Wagoner's Lad

Todd B || Sittin' on Top of the World

Todd has been an inspiration to me for a long time. He has turned me on to many older tunes that I have enjoyed: Gospel, Blues, Old Timey. I have three of his self-produced CD's. If you want to hear an absolutely fabulous original listen to Surburban Fool.