Thursday, November 27, 2014

Will Fly || Ukulele Lady (Tenor Guitar)

I consider the tenor guitar our bari cousin and will post them occassionally.

This is a great tune...

The Izzy Burns Quartet || Red Rocking Chair

Tenor guitar...

Thanks to Ron Hale for the find.

Nate Rider & Wally Lawder of The Folk Shop (in Tucson) || La Paloma

Monday, November 24, 2014

Alison Kraus || A Hundred Miles or More

A bari sighting at 4:57. Alison's sweetness is found throughout...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Boom Boom on the Bari

Munson Music  Guitar Tutorial

From our Bari friend Mojo,

Friday, November 21, 2014

Renee Searles || Custom Baritone Ukulele made by Barron River Guitars

Pomerado School || Teaching Baritone Ukulele to Grammar Students

Roger Ruthen would be glad to hear about this...
...“I thought, this year, let’s add to this,” said Ortiz. “Being a musician, who was a music major before switching to general education, I vowed that one day I would provide additional opportunities to learn music or the fine arts to my students.”
Ortiz plans to focus his music program around the baritone ukulele, which is a lesser-known version of the instrument that is tuned similarly to the bottom four strings of a guitar.
“If you learn the chords (for the baritone ukulele), you’ll have essentially learned the same chords for the guitar,” said Ortiz. “It gives the students a leg up.” Ortiz said the ukulele is also easier for young students to hold than a guitar.
In case you don't know Roger's work, look here. He has many tabs for the bari ukin' community.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Neil Young || Was He a Bari Player?

              Sunol Hike 11-7-14, 7.3 Miles, W tree

I see many people taking advantage of the "Season of the Uke" part of the Ukulele Underground site to develop their playing skills or to just plain share great songs. I recently saw a few tunes showing off some Neil Young tunes. I listened to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and enjoyed the Deja Vu album that my brother Doug Lindroos bought back in the 70's. But, I heard a different side of Neil than I noticed as a teen. Pabrizzer is always sharing songs that are delicious and build my music library.

So I wanted to do some exploration. I bought a Heart of Gold DVD from a local Frye's store. It features a much older Neil with many new songs and a group of his talented friends. It is mainly acoustic and shows of his amazing talents as a song writer and seasoned musician. I learned that Neil owns and plays Hank Williams' old guitar. He likes to collect used guitars because they carry stories in them.

I wanted to learn more so I headed to YouTube for more info where I found something quite interesting from a lengthy interview on the Howard Stern Show. Early in the interview Neil states that his father gave him an Arthur Godfrey ukulele when he was 6. When AG and ukulele are mentioned in the same sentence it definitely leads me to jump to a conclusion -- that perhaps Neil started off with a baritone ukulele. Neil said that he mastered the uke.

So, I went a little further, and asked my good Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz friend, Sandor (Shawn-Door) Nagyszalanczy his opinion. Sandor is a collector and historian of the ukulele for the last 30 (or so) years. He responded to my inquiry...
The guitar, banjo and uke company "Vega" made a line of three baritone ukuleles, all of which were connected with Godfrey: the regular bari, a "deluxe" version, with fancier appointments, and the "Solo Lute" which had a longer scale, big square fret markers, and a brown sunburst finish. I've never seen or heard of them making smaller (tenor or soprano) ukes. Although Godfrey played mostly a custom cutaway baritone, at one time, Gibson did make him a special tenor uke with a built-in pickup. It was offered for sale on Ebay years ago.
So, it may have been a bari-uke! I welcome Neil to clear up the question.

Jeff West
Humble Uker
Humble Baritonics

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nicole Monchamp || Bluegrass Jam

My wife,Wendy, and I watched the Country Music Awards on US T.V. earlier this week and I wonder where the Bluegrass scene fits in within the music world. Is it more of an East Coast mountains phenomena or where do we get to hear good bluegrass music on the West Coast?

Occassionally, I get to hear some good stuff on the Cupertino KKUP radio station. They support a variety of music but my reception is spotty. Here's a bluegrass jam with a bari from February 2013.

Uke Buddy || Tuner, Chords, Chord Finder, Scales

Here's a cool baritone ukulele friendly site.

Bari-Uke Tuner (Click the DGBE at the top right of the headstock.)

Uke Buddy Scales

Uke Buddy Chord Finder

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Webber Guitars || Custom Baritone

Antebellum Instruments || Jan 2013 Post || Favilla

I have 2 Favillas and I love playing them. They have deep bodies and a rich tone. They have thick sturdy necks and can be found for 1/4 of the price of a vintage Martin baris now selling from $1,600 to $1,900 U.S.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jamie Landers || Linger (Cranberries cover)

Linda Louden || Wayfaring Stranger (Neil Young cover)

Linda tuned this one AFAD...

I asked Linda about the video technique and her tuning...

"The camera movement is called Ken Burns. It is in the iMovie program and very easy to use. The tuning came from experimenting with moving the low string down so that i could create a bass sound with out using a bass. I have had to slightly modify the chords used to make it work. The FAD was lowered to a vocal range good for me and the A dropped even further."

Monday, November 3, 2014

Austin Bazaar || How to Play Baritone Ukulele

Sandy Weltman || Clouds

Below are 3 videos of Sandy Weltman playing jazz on the baritone ukulele. Good stuff.

Sandy Weltman || Till there Was You

Sandy Weltman || All The Things You Are

Delaney Gibson || All Apologies (Nirvana cover)

Guitar Tuner || Baritone Ukulele Jazz Progression

BACH || Fugue in Cm || ClassicTab.Org

One of my favorite music stores in Berkeley closed about a year ago. It was called "The Fifth String." Gladly, there is a new music shop, a block away, just north of Ashby on Adeline and is called the Berkeley Musical Instrument Exchange. Its main deal is the classical guitar but there is a wide array of musical instruments. I was lucky enough to have two classical guitarist friends testing and playing classical duets on a few guitars. I just down nearby listening and watching. I noticed that one of the arrangements that they were playing was entirely bari uke compatible!

The classical guitar has a very wide fretboard and nylon strings like the bari. The distance between the strings is almost identical too. This got me interested in checking out some classical guitar tabs and I found ClassTab.

There are a lot of songs here. Is there anyone that has some time and/or knowledge of classical music that would be willing to hunt for bari compatible tabs at the ClassTab link?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pabrizzer || Oh Mother Earth

I don't know if I've heard this one before. A fine song indeed. I listen to the local public radio in the San Francisco Bay Area and heard a radio program called Moyer's & Company. He interviewed Bernie Sanders an Independent Senator from Vermont, U.S.A. and had a synchronicistic tone to what this song sings about. 

I have missed out on some Neil Young's music and lyrics. Thanks Pa. I will have to listen more carefully to the songs of Mr. Young.

Adrian Gaffy || Norwegian Wood

Erivel || Unknown Legend (Neil Young cover)