Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wild Child || Silly Things (BAMM.TV)

Playful and fun, here's a beautiful and simple video around the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California. 

(I was just at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Deep into the guts of the museum which is being renovated. The company that I work for is putting in the stair towers in the 11-story addition on the North side of the building. About 20 years ago I was involved with the original construction.)

DELETE OR REPLACE Chelsea Poole || Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Victoria Vox || Mon Coeur Vide

I have seen a bari in the hands of a few of "ukulele pro circuit" lately...

Lil' Rev check
Ken Middleton check
Ralph Shaw check
James Hill check

I have even heard that Alistair Wood has a bari-uke in his arsenal!

and now Victoria Vox too! check

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lloyd Landico Music || Silver Wings (Soundcloud)

Well there must be more bari music on sound cloud. Have you heard any? Any favorites that you'd like to share?

Here's Lloyd's, Silver Wings (Merle Haggard Classic) 

MimiDreamie || I Thank You Mr. Moon & We Three (Soundcloud).

Yes, I am becoming a fan of Mimi. I love her repertoire. I had a brilliant teacher, named Steven Strauss, he taught many of us members of the Berkeley Ukulele Club to enjoy music just like these clever and fun tunes. I like that deep low bari strum.

I Want to Thank You, Mr. Moon

We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me)

Mimi inspired me with thoughts of my old pal, Steven Strauss, who has numerous videos on the Pip R. Lagenta YouTube channel. Steven is masterful. He taught me to love the low G which became a low D as I shifted my interests to the baritone ukulele. I am posting the video below, although GCEA on an electric concert uke, because it shows off his left-hand technique which is so smooth and fluid. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Zoë Bestel || Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)

Wonderfully sung by Zoë...

DELETE MimiDreamie || Someday My Prince Will Come

Mixing Classic Dis'ney with a little blues...

Uke Hunt || Weird-Ass Scales

Alistair and I have been acquainted via the internet for about 5 years now. He's been a constant source of great information, terrific arrangements, and leading edge information. His Ukulele Hunt is followed by thousands, or possibly tens of thousands.

I haven't mentioned UkeHunt to the readers/followers of Humble Baritonics for a while, perhaps that's due more to my reentering the salaried-employee world of fast-paced construction in the San Francisco Bay Area. That gives me so much less time to scour the internet as when I was self-employed for nearly 10 years.

Al has just posted Three More Weird-Ass Ukulele Scales and they are also good for low-D and high-D baritone ukulele players. Playing the scales gives you a whole different feel. I had to hunt down the first one that Al shared for you too. Here's Al's first Weird-Ass Scales.

Try for more fun.

Joe Martin & Friends || Postcards from Italy

Dr Bekken || Broke Down Engine

Weepin' and wailin the blues again, The Doc!...

Seong Pil Hwang || Black Orpheus

Delicious! Subscribed. I really like these Ponos.

Garota de Ipanema (Another treat)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Uke Republic Baritone Uke Demos

Riptide Baritone
Ohana Round Back Baritone BK-70RB
 Kala Baritone KA-SB Solid Spruce
 Pono Acacia AB
LoPrinzi Solid Port Orford Cedar/Myrtle Baritone Custom Baritone

Ecco-G Instrument Stand

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Daily Ukulele: Baritone Edition

I think that it is time for me to give some additional thanks to Jim and Liz Beloff for putting together this book of amazing tunes and gearing it to the baritone ukulele. When I posted "Today Is The Best Day to Be A Bari Player" this book hadn't been put together. I know that every bari player could use this as a cornerstone of their bari-uke library. Each song is put in standard musical notation and is on a single page which makes it so easy to use. No page turning. The easy, first position diagrams, are shown for all chord shapes.

These chord shapes may be easy, but there are many chords in the book that will surely add to your chord vocabulary. Flea Market Music is a place to receive some of the best ukulele music in the world. Jim and Liz have made many ukulele players happy. In their book they talk about the ukulele as a social instrument. Bari players have been more independent since we have had to take either GCEA notated songs or truncated guitar arrangements, study them and make them our own.

See the Baritone Edition link at Flea Market Music page. There is additional link for the entire table of contents, here. You can also find a link to a sample page here. (Most songs are a full page.)

The selection of songs is a very wide slice of well-loved, time-tested tunes. Jim has all of the arrangements set to the same keys as his The Daily Uke for GCEA-tuned ukes, so you can play along with other ukers playing with their The Daily Ukulele. I also find it great that the book is spiral bound. It lays flat and is easy to use.

Jeff / Humble Baritonics

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Andrew Morse || 2112 Discovery and Presentation (Rush cover)

Andrew really shows off the potential of the baritone ukulele with this performance. Over 6 minutes of listening fun...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Treble7Notes || Me & Mr Jones (Amy Whinehouse)

Another old bari-ukin' friend returns to YouTube, and us...

Todd Baio || Baker Shop Boogie

Oh yeah, so good to see and hear Todd playing a bari again...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mimi Dreamie || I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)

Very nicely done. Mimi says she's going to share more vintage tunes on Sundays. This one is the first installment, enjoy...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Michelle Blades || My Own Home (From the movie Jungle Book)

Take a look a the last 5 videos posted the theme has been movie tunes. It includes 2 movies in which the baritone ukulele has taken the front stage!

Emma || Pan's Lullaby (from the Movie Pan's Labyrinth)

If you like foreign films this one is quite interesting. (WARNING: It does involve some "rough" scenes of cruelty.)

Doris Day & Arthur Godfrey || Deep Blue Sea (Bari at the Movies)

There's also Doris Day's Que Sera, Sera at the end...

Pabrizzer || Careless Love

Jason Robards || That's My Baby (Movie with Bari)

I had know about this film as a ukulele film. Wendy and I happened to be passively channel surfing and I said, that movie has ukuleles in it. We flipped it on about this precise moment. This musical theme occurs throughout the movie (made in 1965)...

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Buck-and-a-Quarter Quartet (?) || Deed I Do (1926 Tune)

For more on the band check out the previous posting.

The Buck-and-a-Quarter Quartet (?) || When I Take My Sugar to Tea (Tune from 1931)

John Bianchi writes, "The Buck-and-a-Quarter Quartet plays "When I Take My Sugar To Tea" at the Ukulele Cabaret. Friday, April 25th, at Jimmy's No. 43 in New York City. This 1931 tune by Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman is performed by Carl Luckert (guitar), Angus Loten (baritone ukulele) , John Bianchi (banjolele), Ben Mealer (standard uke), and John "Sir Scratchy" Landry (Violin)."

I can hear Angus Loten is really jammin' the bari but his Pono is hidden for the entire video except for the last few seconds of applause...

John Sharpe || Shake My Sillies Out (Raffi cover)

Raffi's music was played to our children on car trips when they were young...

Andrew Morse || Hey Baby Hey

erivel || You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby (The Smiths 80's cover)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Little Miss Higgins || Early Morning Thief

Another version by LMH...

Lagaringer || A Thousand Years

Allison Arth || Love Potion #9

Munson Music || Baritone Ukulele Tutorials

Another good day for baritone ukulele players... Munson Music is creating tutorials. Check out this Baritone Uke Lessons playlist. You'll want to bookmark this one. I have also created a "PAGE" up above for easy access to the videos as "MUNSON MUSIC."

His videos are great for intros, rhythms, ideas. I think we'll be seeing many more...

Munson Music || The Band Perry Tutorial on Guitar

Munson packs a ton of info in this "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" tutorial. This song has many chord changes and Munson suggests several strum variations. I think there is much to be gained for us bari-uke players. He has a few of The Band Perry's songs for study in his play list...

The base notes can be tricky since our lowest C is on the 2 (B) string. Give it a go. His strumming instructions are worth a good study. For a growing selection of Bari-Specific tunes check out his "Bari Uke Lessons" and be sure to read the "notes" in each of his YouTube videos for even more...

Pioneer Lyrics Video