Monday, March 31, 2014

Kevin Beddoe and his custom Kinnard Bari

Kevin Beddoe and I were hanging out at UkeJay's Jam in San Francisco last weekend. Kevin and I met at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in Napa last year. Since then the Kinnard Ukes have expanded to include an amazingly beautiful and so smoothly playable.
We had a chance to play some music in the conference room in the back.

Kanile'a Guitarlele (Baritone Scale)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Munson Music || All Along the Watchtower


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg 5 || Earling Morning Thief

Little Miss Higgins || Moonlit Picnic

Andrew Morse recommended Little Miss Higgins...


Roger Ruthen, from south-eastern Australia, is a big contributor to the baritone ukulele community. As far as I know pdf-Minstrel is the biggest site, of a very few around the world, that is making regular contributions to the baritone ukulele. Every once in a while Roger has a point that he'd like to share on Humble Baritonics. I'm always glad to share his opinions because I want to share the widest variety of information possible to you the everyday reader.

Here's what Roger has to share...

 "I have played all sizes of ukulele for many years in most tunings. My favourite ukulele is the Baritone Uke, and my favourite way of playing is with a hard plectrum. I have written the transcriptions specifically to be played with a plectrum, although they can be easily played fingerstyle. Out of all the ukes, I find that the Baritone Uke has the greatest volume and sustain, having said that it is nowhere comparable to a classical guitar. This is why I use a pick on the shorter string length of the Baritone uke. The fingernails do not give as wide a range of volume or tone that the plectrum can give with proper technique. Good technique also eliminates string buzz when the plastic plectrum come into contact with the baritone ukulele strings by playing through the string at the correct angle.

I have published many Baritone Ukulele chord/melody arrangements on Pdf-Minstrel suitable for plectrum and can be found at:

I now have several genres of tabs for the plectrum 'Bari.' such as Flatpicking Melodies, Hymns, Cantatas, Classical and Traditional. I would encourage all Baritone Ukulele players to try playing with a plectrum, especially those that have previously played a guitar with a plectrum. There is no doubt that it is harder to play with a plectrum than playing with your fingers, but with perseverance you will increase your volume and speed of attack better than that can achieved by fingers alone.

I hope you enjoy the arrangements. – Roger Ruthen"

Andrew Morse || Early Morning Thief

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Custom Kinnard Baritone Ukulele

I had a few corrections, kindly provided by Kevin...

I had the privilege of meeting Kevin Beddoe last year at the Napa Wine Country Ukulele Festival. He is the distibutor and owner of Kinnard Ukes. His company was specializing in making beautiful tenor ukuleles. I had my early 60's Favilla baritone with me and he gave it a test. He is a skilled musician and found the baritone intriguing. He sent me a few links to some music that he played with me in Napa and asked me a few questions about what I'd like to see in a baritone ukulele. John S. Kinnard is the luthier and builder of the Kinnard Ukuleles.

Below you will see his vision, for the baritone ukulele, that he sent just a few days ago. It is an absolutely gorgeous instrument. And it has a sound hole (a la Jonathan Mann's bari -- but just a little shinier). It has the peg head internally gear tuners. I wish I could include his sound sample. Click the photos to enlarge.

Kevin wrote...

Our website is

All pricing is located on page 2 of the website-

This one is-

Walnut back and sides
Bearclaw Sitka Spruce
Walnut neck with twin carbon fiber support rods
Peghed tuners
Rosewood bridge and fingerboard 
Walnut faceplate
Bone nut and saddle

Our ukes are available in three different series- 1,2 and 3.

Descriptions of each available on the website.

Joe Dan Boyd & Peckerwood Junction Boys & Girls TC 03-15-14

From the YT comments... "At this concert, staged at Tinney Chapel, the quintessential country church, 03-15-14, Joe Dan Boyd plays his "big, bad, bass ukulele," aka a 1931 Martin 1-17-P (a long-scale plectrum guitar strung and played like a baritone ukulele) tuned DGBE with a capo on the second fret and using a Gibson triangle medium tortoise style pick. He performs White Dove, Hold Fast To The Right and If We Never Meet Again (this side of Heaven). On the second two songs, he is joined by Doc Davis on washtub bass and Denise Marsoun on spoons. On the third song, Ora Young also sings harmony."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pabrizzer || Back Around (Bonnie Raitt cover)

He's getting called, "The King of the Baritone Blues."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jonathan Mann || It's Real (Song A Day #1897)

Jonathan Mann is the Real Deal ( I really like this one! )

Published on Mar 13, 2014
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We're all just children pretending to be adults
We're all just monkey's expecting results
Don't let anybody see that you don't know what you're doing
Don't let anybody know how vulnerable you feel

It's real
It's real
The storm and the sun and you're the only one
Who can feel
What you feel
The arctic mountains in your heart
Are real

There's pain in my chest and he won't go away
He's my best friend, he sits silently
Until I hear him whisper
But I don't wanna listen
But the more I don't acknowledge him
The more my heart pounds like a piston

It's real
It's real
The storm and the sun and you're the only one
Who can feel
What you feel
The arctic mountains in your heart
Are real

I am an animal, I scream and shout
Crack me open and pour me out
I can fill the universe
With the freezing cold of winter
I'm good at keeping it complicated
You can't make it simpler

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email: jonathan (at)
call: (510) 402-6081

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Guitar Repairers || Andy Playing a Strad Bari

Here's a playing demo of a Strad bari-ukulele. Near the end of the video Andy plays with a tapping style.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

pdf Minstrel -- Espanoleta (Gaspar Sanz)

If you play the baritone ukulele and want to try a little classical you should check out Roger Ruthen's pdf-Minstrel.

XaverHB || Goodnight Moon

From Germany...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sabaydeemusic || In My Life (Beatles Instrumental cover)

Played on a custom baritone ukulele by Wiroon Songbundit.

Alex Holmes || Fields of Anthenry

Alex is back with a great song...

Alex Holmes || Thank You for Leaving Me (Narciso Lobo Cover)

Flamenco Bari cover.

Thanks Alex for sharing. I have been a fan of your musicianship.