Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pabrizzer || Further On Up the Road

A Bruce Springsteen cover.

Jeff Frownfelter || I'd Rather Have Jesus (Gospel)

Guitar + Mountain Dulcimer + Baritone Ukulele + Mandolin

Here's a link to the lyrics and other info about the hymn... 

The Old Geezer Method of Uncle Raggy...

Here we are looking at a Guitar with Uncle Raggy. He calls his method the Old Geezer Method and I see and hear quite of bit of musical talent and wisdom. The man can sing too!

More Old Geezer Musical Instruction... (Working thru a song the Geezer way)

I think Uncle Raggy has about 8,000 videos... have fun!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Synesthesia Sessions 2 || Jimmie Hendrix & Jack Johnson

Jimmie Hendrix - Voodoo Child

Jack Johnson - Upside Down ( Cover )

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Storm Greenwood || Giving Up (Ingrid Michaelson cover)

Andrew Morse || Harvest Moon (Neil Young cover)

Top notch bari playin!

Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz || SMOLDERING UKE 2015

I have been going to the UCSC Burning Uke Camp Outs in Septembers and hear that this event is a blast too...
The Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz presents

For those who just can’t wait until September for Burning Uke…  or don’t like to camp
• Smoldering Uke 2015 •
A Winter Ukulele Retreat
Hidden Valley Music Seminars
88 West Carmel Road, Carmel Valley, Ca 93924
March 13th-15th
Starts Friday Evening 4:00 PM ʻtil Sunday 2:00 PM

Play-alongs Friday and Saturday nights
plus workshops and impromptu jams Saturday & Sunday

There are great gathering places to play indoors and outdoors - if the weather permits"
Meet other Ukers, learn some new songs, some new techniques, have fun, feel the joy!!"

• This is not a campout - We will sleep and play indoors and meals will be provided

Dinner on Friday night, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday, Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday

Cost options include all meals,facility use,all workshops

Single Room @ Hidden Valley Inn (right next door)-------------------$405

Double Room @ Hidden Valley Inn (right next door)-----$295 per person

Double Room @ Wright Hall (on campus)------------------$270 per person

RV-----------------------------------$50 per RV + Meal Package per person
Meal Package (Commuter, no sleeping accommodations)--$175 per person

To Register: Send your check payable to Marty Carlson"
(the Ukulele Club has no bank account)
225 Mount Hermon Rd. Space 176 • Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 440-9382         

Ed Grosso || Vintage Songs on Zim-Gar baritone ukulele

Not all bari uke videos are labelled as such and I know I must miss many great videos. I was very glad to read Joo's e-mail about a talent that I had missed, Ed Grosso. If you know of a video, player, or lesson that you think others would enjoy then please send me a note like Joo from Singapore's below. 

Hi Humble Uker, 
Greetings from Singapore! 
My name is Joo and I love your site. 
Thanks for putting this up for us bari uke lovers. 
Have you seen any of Ed Grosso's videos? 
I think he played many of the old songs on his baritone too. 
There is one here, ​ 

There are more videos of him playing what looks and sounds like a bari uke.. 
Hope you like them too! 

(Ed notes... "Recorded on July 22, 1929 in New York City. This song was composed by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf for an all-Black revue titled "Hot Chocolates.")


(Ed notes... Breezin' Along with the Breeze, Songwriters: Haven Gillespie, Richard Whiting, Seymour B Simons. First Recorded by Josephine Baker, 1926)


(Ed notes... "It Had to Be You" is a popular song written by Isham Jones with lyrics by Gus Kahn, and was first published in 1924. The song was performed by Priscilla Lane in the 1939 film The Roaring Twenties and by Danny Thomas in the 1951 film I'll See You in My Dreams. The latter film was based loosely upon the lives of Gus Kahn and his wife Grace LeBoy Kahn. It was also performed by Dooley Wilson in the 1942 film Casablanca, and by Diane Keaton in the 1977 film Annie Hall.)

(Ed notes... (Up a) Lazy River" is a popular song by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin , published in 1930. The song is considered a jazz and pop standard, and has been recorded by many artists including: Bobby Darin, The Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong and the Grateful Dead.)

(Ed notes... Sweet Sue - Just You words by Will Harris, Music by Victor Young - Copyright 1928)

If you like Ed, you'll surely also like jazz and blues man DrBekken from Norway. Listen to "All I Do Is Dream Of You" for a little sampler.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

We Tigers Uke Songs || Le Premier Bonheur du Jour & White Winter Hymnal

Daisy Lu || Girl From Ipanema & Desafinado (Kimo Hussey Style)

MUF 2011 Ukulele Fest Tips

Good stuff...

Aoife O'Donovan & Fairfield Community Children's Choir || You & Me

Greater Bridgeport Symphony - A Folk Christmas

If I remember correctly, her first name is pronounce "ee-fa." She has a beautiful voice and occassionally plays the baritone ukulele. I love one of her bands called, "Crooked Still."

She has appeared on the effervescent "A Prairie Home Companion."

Friday, December 26, 2014

Scott Rogers || Clawhammer Bari Goodness

The Corporate Commedian (Clawhammer)

 The Kitchen Girl (Clawhammer)

 Waterbound (Clawhammer)

  "Hi Jeff... here's a link This is a site with lots of tabs in several tunings. They're written for banjo but baritone players can just ignore the fifth string notations. Some tunes use the fifth string as part of the melody but with a bit of lateral thinking one can find a work around." (Scott's response to my inquiry from a couple of years back)

June Apple / Flop Eared Mule (Clawhammer)

Green Willis (Clawhammer)

Bring 'Em Home (Clawhammer)

Blackberry Blossom (Clawhammer)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fretboard Toolbox || Holiday Tunes for the Baritone Ukulele 2

Scott Sharp has put together more information and music to support the baritone ukulele community. He has a 15 minute video that provides the details of his work. He also has backing tracks played on guitar at varying speeds.

I appreciate and like to support all who take the time to share bari-uke knowledge with the world.

Guido Heistek || Chipmunk Song for Solo Ukulele (Christmas Don't Be Late) w/ tab

Guido has something good going on here with The Chipmunk's Christmas song chord melody. Even though he's arranged this with a standard high-G GCEA uke in mind, I gave it a whirl with both high-D and low-DGBE tuned baris. The arrangement was quite simple for me and a pleasure to play. It works for both high and low tuned ukes because the melody is driven by the high #1 string.

There is also a bit more challenging version 2.

Here Guido talks about his beautiful Mya-Moe ukulele...

And Guido has more, part-time performers read this.

Jeanne Jolly || Noche de Paz (Silent Night)

Why did the video get smaller?

Jim Kozel || Winifred's Dream (on a Custom Lil' Jimmy Electric Baritone)

The debut performance of the Lil' Jimmy...

Jason Wethington || Work In Progress

Fretboard Toolbox || Holiday Tunes for the Baritone Ukulele

Scott Sharp has put together more information and music to support the baritone ukulele community. He has a 15 minute video that provides the details of his work. He also has backing tracks played on guitar at varying speeds. 

I appreciate and like to support all who take the time to share bari-uke knowledge with the world.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Casey J Chapman || Silver Bells

A soft & soothing finger-style version...

Andrew Morse || One Meatball (Hy Zaret and Lou Singer)

Andrew provides another spectacular version of this song...

I first heard this song on a version by my talented and entertaining friend, Lil' Rev. He gives a little bit of history in his GCEA-uke performance below. This performance was from the  Portland Ukulele Festival in 2006. He's also a baritone ukulele player and has written a beginning baritone ukulele player book for Hal Leonard called, Baritone Ukulele Book One.

I also had a hand in getting Lil' Rev blogging and sharing his insights therein. You can see his blog by clicking, Fountain of Uke.

Apple Show || Walk You Home (ost.ไอฟาย แต๊งกิ้ว เลิฟยู้)

Here's a sweet little musical treat...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Jenni & Mom || White Christmas duet

The baritone ukulele player should know that Jenni has a site with some Baritone Ukulele arrangements. Jenni and her mom are friends of mine that I sometimes meet at the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. If you play the ukulele and are travelling near Santa Cruz (1 hour south of San Francisco on the coast) you should consider visiting this club. It normally gathers the 3rd Thursday of the month at Bocci's Cellar. Leave a comment if you need more information.

Jenni's music is on her Kukana's Uke Klub page for Baritone.

Aaron Crowell || Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Very skillful hands... play a traditional Christmas tune.

Mele Kalikimaka!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

joojooukes || 小白船 ( Little White Boat) - children song

Thanks to Andrew Morse for finding this one... Click on the video and check out the comments for a story behind the video.

Michael Lynch || Travis Picking on the Bari

Michael Lynch || America the Beautiful

The Doormats || Speak to Me/Breathe, On the Run

The Tatamimats perform Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (The Dark Side of the Uke) @ The Knockout, SF, October 30, 2009. Ukuleles: 1 soprano, 2 tenor, 1 baritone.

Andrew Morse || Mustang Sally

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Aaron Keim || Aphids in the Kale Patch

I recently saw Aaron and his wife Nicole at a Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz meeting. He is such a talented player, teacher, and friendly spirit. He and Nicole (and soon I'm sure little Henry) provide some wonderful old-timey music. Check out The Quiet American for more videos and tabs.

Grumpy Coyote || Soy Como Soy

Monday, December 8, 2014

pdf-Minstrel || Australian Themed Original Tunes by Roger Ruthen

Roger has created some originals tunes on the baritone ukulele. He has many compositions on his site that may tickle your fancy. Take a look and explore..... try the Koala Lullaby.

If you have found Humble Baritonics helps satisfy your bari-uke curiousty and if you want to explore more of your instrument then, pdf-Minstrel is the place to be for music tabbed and dedicated to solid selection of music

Wally Lawder || I Saw a Rainbow (Original)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pono is Putting Out a Strong Selection of Baritone Ukuleles!

Wow Pono has a beautiful selection of baritone ukuleles. I would love to give them all a try! It would seem that the market for baritones ukuleles is growing and people are demanding more high quality instruments.

Katy & Shanece || Inside Out (cover)

Research man Ron Hale strikes again with Katy & Shanece. Photos and bead appear to come from the French Quarter of New Orleans...!page2/cjg9!untitled/zoom/cal7/image1ozq

Isla Norman & Rosie Roulette || You Made Me Who I Am (original song)

Research man Ron Hale finds another jewel...