Friday, January 31, 2014

Willie Nelson || It Always Will Be

I have become a big fan of Willie Nelson. His guitar solos are my favorites. This song shows the warmth and dept of Willie's voice and I love that guitar solo! I recently posted a link to this song int the DGBE Songs page above. Cheers!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

If there ever was a baritone ukulele convention, I wish it was here. I recently added back in my stat counter and it tells me the city that viewers are from and Barrie, Ontario, Canada was the last viewer. Pretty Cool. All I know is that person checked out some of the DGBE songs that I have on the "page above." It's good to see that readers are using the site. 

 Jeff / Humble Uker / Humble Baritonics

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Miss Ukulele Em || Somewhere Only We Know

Bobi Belle || Love You

I would sure love to hear her in a studio version... How about some Emerson Lake & Palmer from Bobi on the Bari.

Andrew Morse || Drive the Cold Winter Away (1625)

Read Andrew's notes that go with this video for more info...

Pabrizzer and Some Blues

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lou and the Llamas || Dirty Blues

Lesson from a Busker in Santa Cruz

I met this young man went coming out Logos in Santa Cruz. He was carrying a couple of instrument cases and one case look like it could be holding a baritone. So I asked him about his instruments. It turned out that he was carrying a mandolin and a smaller guitar, as smaller instruments travel better.
I showed him my 1960's Favilla bari and he naturally started playing a little Sublime. He told me that he was the son of a violin maker in Idaho and that he's been enjoying travelling around. Then he played little snippets of several songs all by ear.
As he handed the bari back to me he said, "Now play one for me." As I hesitated, he said, "Just do it" in a very encouraging way. So I played Ring of Fire and after the first verse he joined in and sang along. I have really only memorized a handful of songs that I can play solidly from memory at a moment's notice. This reminds me of how I want to work on my musical ears.

Play Ukulele by Ear, is a site created by Jim D'Ville, that is all about using your ears. Jim also has a feature that he calls the 3-chord Club that he provides videos, sometimes tells you the actual chord, and then challenges you to hear where the changes occur.

So what was the lesson? Sing solid and strong. As the busker said just do it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Matthias Wandel || Wood Ukulele Case

For those wood workers out there...

And of course there's a little amatuer luthiery on Matthias' channel.

James Hill Model Ko'olau Baritone Ukulele Sampler

I need to follow up and see if James will be doing some video work with this instrument.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wild Child || Crazy Bird

Research scientist Ron Hale discovered this Wild Child video. If you like odd art concept videos then this one is for you. For more historical information on the band, check the "about" at this link.

We Tigers Uke Songs || Trudy Dies (Bari & Glockenspiel)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

John Sharpe || Don't Ever Let Go

Armelle || Oblivion (Original Composition)

Kimo Hussey talks about the Kanakapila, Musicality and the 5 Right Hand Skills!

What are the 5 right hand skills? Some good thoughts... Let the instrument breathe.

That's some sweet sounds coming out of the Zanuck's Bari.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ukuleley Ox || Ukulele Saturday Springtime

Ox writes, ukulele tune based on Hanon scales. Cheers to Uke of Carl for tabs.

Wear Away My Dancing Shoes

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Billy Wilson (Electric Bari Uke) || Zydeco Theme


Billy Wilson (Electric Baritone Ukulele)
Steven Strauss (Electric Ukulele)
Ed Johnson (Gut-Bucket)
Cynthia Wilson (Percussion)

Originally recorded in 2009

Armelle || Discovering the Joys of Songwriting on the Ukulele & Guitar

Armelle has been blogging about the ukulele and has her focus on the variety of languages in ukulele songs. Her posts celebrate the diversity of the worldwide ukulele community. I thought that her recent post might be interesting to bari uke players starting to think about creating their own music.

Discovering the Joys of Songwriting...

She has also played a bit of baritone ukulele and she created a song, Maelström.

Zeke Leonard || Pete Seeger Tenor tuned DGBE

Read more about this instrument on Zeke's Salt City Found Object Instrument Works.

Zeke Leonard || Staircase in the Key of D

I have been checking out Zeke's blog, each and every post, he creates instruments out of found objects. Many are based on the ukulele and he's a fan of DGBE tuning. Here's a video on one of his projects...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Haunted Windchimes || Hour Concert at the Pueblo Library

Concert from 2012... I've gotta say that I really love their sound. If you haven't heard them before you will get a good dose right here. They're playing old-school with everyone playing and singing around a single mic. I had a small chance to talk with Desiree and the bassist in Santa Cruz, Ca. The bassist is a big fan of the ukulele.

There is another band with Aoife O'Donovan, called Crooked Still that plays much of the same style but more traditionally leaned old-timey blue grassy material. Aoife is the lead singer and I had found photos of her with a bari a few years back but only guitars in the most recent hunts.

And sticking in the same genre is another band with the headliner Gillian Welch. Her partner and guitarist is David Rawlings and is a great player just to watch. I saw this video earlier today that I
favorite and will share, here.

The Haunted Windchimes

The Haunted Windchimes are one of my favorite bands that has a member that plays a vintage Vega baritone ukulele. That's Desiree Garcia. I saw the group play once in Santa Cruz. I see that they're playing in Colorado at the Fine Arts Center on January 11, 2014. There music is a fantastic blend of Roots type music that is becoming popular around America.

I also was reminded that THW was on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. Has anyone had the chance to see the band and care to leave a comment?

Take a look at their FaceBook page and get an image of the band and Desiree with her baritone uke. Take a look at their FB Foto Stream.