Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rebecca Chinn || Somewhere Only We Know (Instrumental)


Matt (Music Makers) || Ukulele Kits

Matt demonstrates the Baritone and Concert Ukuleles from Musicmakers.

More info at

Matt & Cody || Foggy Mountain Special

Cody rocks Foggy Mountain Special on the Musicmakers tenor banjo!

That's Matt on the Baritone Uke. He is not rocking... he is more into gently swaying.

Tenor Banjo - Chicago Tuning - DGBE, just like the top four strings of a guitar.

Jerry and Matt || Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine on the Musicmakers

Monday, January 26, 2015

Worky Ticket Baritone Ukulele Selection

I came across the baritone banjo image and looked a bit further. There a some beautiful instruments and details and the prices look to be affordable...

Def: Worky Ticket - Pushing One's Luck. Pull a Fast One. - Causing trouble, sometimes in a mischevious way, sometimes in an aggressive way. (Geordie/Northumbrian in origin) .

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brian + Anais || Fleffikon-Aurora (Sound Cloud EP)

Jeff W. (me), Aaron Keim & Brian F.
with Favilla, Mya-Moe & Mr. Martin Bari-Ukes
Photo from Aaron Keim's Class at Mike 
DaSilva's Workshop / Studio Berkeley, CA

Brian recently e-mailed me to tell me that...

I recently recorded an eight song EP featuring baritone ukulele. 
It is available for free playback and download on soundcloud:
The songs are all duets for baritone uke 
and voice (me) and electronic pianica (my daughter).
I would love to have you hear what we're doing.

Here's a link to a video of an original song I recently 
posted on Ukulele Underground featuring the baritone ukulele:

Thank you Jeff for your constant advocacy for the baritone ukulele.

Be sure to hit the link and give the songs a listen. 
There is a very solid selection of music to enjoy,
Including: Tom Waits, Cohen, Neil Young and Brian Eno.
Be sure to comment and give Brian some feedback!


Ittadak1masu || Баритон укулеле (Baritone Ukulele)

I was watching some cool Russian folk video and thought that I should try to find some Russian Bari-Uke players. Google translate can really be handy at times.

Russian Folk Band Otava yo

Sunday, January 18, 2015

ArchiveStereo || Just Be Glad

"Just be Glad," performance with Jim Bach on bass, Joe Neminski on cajon, MK on Luna baritone ukulele. Recorded at the "Humanity in Harmony" concert at the Flint Institute of Music, Sunday, October 19 for the Daniel Pearl World Music Days...

ArchiveStereo || Original Song (Luna Zebrawood, Hi-D)

Shannon Monk & Joe Dan Boyd || If We Never Meet Again (this Side of Heaven)

"Only Ukes" is Shannon Smith Monk (vintage Silvertone baritone ukulele) & Joe Dan Boyd (Mele 8-string extended tenor ukulele) perform this old gospel song at Monk Monastery Studio on Aug. 27, 2013. This is a re-recording necessitated by a technical failure at the original performance on Aug. 17, 2013 @ Tinney Chapel Praise & Gospel Concert...

Pabrizzer || Take a Look at My Hands (Original)

Munson Bariuke Covers || Love Me Like You Do

Munson Bariuke Covers || Let It Be

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Samantha Fish Band || Shake 'Em On Down

We here at the Humble Baritonics studios in Northern California like to keep an open mind to what can be done on the 4-Stringer. Sometimes I invite our 4-string cousins into the studios for a little change of pace. And now for a little different 4-string sound on a Cigar Box Guitar...

Lili Sarayrah || Would You Stay? (NPR Tiny Desk Contest Video Submission)

Can you believe two bands vying for the NPR (American National Public Radio) Tiny Deck Concert video competition? And both have baritone ukulele players doing the lead!

This video has a blend of instruments for a fully orchestrated sound.

Music and Lyrics by Matthew Cox

Performed by:

Lili Sarayrah and Molly Germer - Violin/Vocals
Alexander Peña - Viola
Nadine Sherman - Cello
Kurt Fedde - Vibes
Matthew Cox - Lead Vocals/Baritone Ukulele/Keyboards

Enjolras || Aeris Theme (from Final Fantasy)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sarah Donner || Signal (NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest)

Written and performed by Sarah Donner with Jay Buchanan on bass...

Southern Ukulele Store || Kokio Ebony Baritone

Ebony baritone ukulele from the people at Risa...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jonathan Mann || Please Forgive Me

Yeah, I know he's playing guitar.
But he's my bari playin' buddy too.
He writes a song a day and this one is one of his best.

This is Song A Day #2202.

I do a lot
But I could do so much more
I'm a lazy man
At my core
My ambition
And my fear
Put me here
They put me here

Please forgive me
My potential
Please forgive me
What I don't achieve
If I die tomorrow
And you're flying solo
Know I love you
Please forgive me

I'm only driving
Without a map
Like everyone else
I fill in the gaps
I give enough
To get things done
I don't know how
To give another one

I do a lot
But it's not enough
I wanna give
So goddamn much
In the early hours
When we're all alone
My mind is racing
I try to atone

Six Water Grog || Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine

I am becoming a fan of Lanny and his Six Water Grog Blog. In this post Lanny is showing off a Fletcher tenor guitar and in the Grasshopper song, which I have played before on a dulcimer, but here he plays lead on the tenor and someone play baritone uke backing for a good sound.

Ivan & Brian || You Are My Sunshine

Brian - soprano uke, harmonica and lead vocal.
Ivan - baritone ukulele, double bass and harmonies.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Six Water Grog || Figuring it out for Yourself

Musical food for thought, using your ears...

Lanny writes...
"This is supposed to be the melody to the tune Sefrial, track 2 on Medeski, Martin and Wood's "Zaebos: Book of Angels", a 2008 album of John Zorn compositions. I kinda figured it out by ear on tenor banjo last night just before going to bed, and then woke up this morning and decided to instantly try playing it on baritone ukulele, after humming it in my sleep! (I have a very cheap, no-name ukulele). What you're hearing is a recording made at 7am today, minutes after playing this tune for the first time on uke, and less than 12 hours after trying to learn it on tenor banjo. My apologies to actual musicians. It's probably not even Sefrial at all."

Glen Rose || Creating a new Bari Book in Viet Nam

Glen Rose with his DGBE Tenor Uke

Glen is continuing to share Jazz Music for the baritone uke community. 
He's been keeping me update and I'll let you know 
when the next book/CD is available. for now, 

Living the Simple Musical Life in Viet Nam.

Room with a View.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich || The Drawing Back of Curtains

Danielle is playing her beautiful baritone Mya-Moe Ukulele:

From Danielle's YT comments Jan 12, 2015...

-Bandcamp: http://danielleatethesandwich.bandcam...
FEB 10th | LOS ANGELES, CA | HOTEL CAFE| 7pm, $12, 21+
(currently booking shows in the southwest)
MAR 1st | BOULDER, CO | SHINE | 7pm, $10, 21+
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

A J Leonard || I Can See Clearly Now

This video is from BeareTube or Terry C an Australian friend I made when collecting photos of Cliff Edwards on eBay. Terry is good friends with A.J. whom I met when he came to California and visited my home base of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. A.J. is a fantastic player but this is the first video that I have seen of him playing a baritone ukulele. It is amazing how common interests can bring people together from around the world.

Terry C is a great fan of vintage Martin ukuleles. I wonder if there's a Martin bari in his collection now? 

Shirley Kent || You Raise Me Up

With Inspirational Quotes...

Ralf & Andrew || Canary in a Coal Mine

More SOTU 105 (Season of the Uke) with two inspirational players...

Only Uke That Matters || Lonely Boy (Farm Days)

Only Uke That Matters || Jersey Girl

Ralf with a SOTU 150 song...

Only Uke That Matters || After the Gold Rush (Neil Young Cover)

I have missed Ralf's music, here's SOTU 141 tune...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Andrew Morse || Lonely For A While Jesse Winchester cover)

Andrew put up a link to this song in DoGBonE format. I have also created a link to this in the DGBE songs "page" above.

Jesse Winchester live

Linda Louden & Popstar666 || Crying in the Rain (Everly Brothers cover)

Nice collab...

Valerio Vitullo || Three Hearts in a Tangle (Roy Drusky cover) & Some Humans Ain't Human (John Prine cover)

Valerio has been bringing out some out classic country tunes...

Roy Drusky, live version, 1965 B&W.

John Prine, live version, 2005

Ukucafe || Baritone Ukulele Songs

Sometime I am amazed at how many videos that I miss even when they are clearly labelled as baritone! Here's a collection of various gamer or anime themes that I hadn't heard before. I found them all quite enjoyable...

Ukucafe is a French website but there are english language translations as well. With some hunting thru the link above you may be able to find mostly GCEA, but also some DGBE tabs.

Waltz of Chihiro

Theme of Tapion (Wrath of the Dragon)

Underwater Waltz (Super Mario Brothers Theme) DGBE

Tsukimori Song (零 / Project Zero / Fatal Frame IV)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Overworld theme (nes game)

Theme of Roxas (Kingdom Hearts 2) DGBE

Also there are GCEA arrangements that could be played on a Low D DGBE tuned baritone ukulele, for instance, To River (To the Moon OST).

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stuff by Jas || Blank Space (cover)

Here's a young lady with plenty of personality. She has a new bari-uke it has a name and it's own knitted cap!

Myrna || Bésame Mucho

Saturday, January 3, 2015

6-String || Ibanez AVT1 Artwood Vintage Tenor Parlor Acoustic 4 String Guitar Demo

In the following video, Dan Mumm indicates that the tenor guitar is normally tuned in 5th's CGDA like a viola, but it is adaptable to the background of a player of guitar, banjo, mandolin, or ukulele. For us bari-tone-uke players we could tune it DGBE (or DGBD for Open G tuning).

I have one of these Ibanez Artwood AVT1 tenor "parlour" guitars. Ibanez has paid attention to some finer details as you can see in this video. I have wanted to be able to try out a steel string instrument but I injured my left wrist in a cycling accident many years ago and find that in my few attempts in playing a guitar have triggered some discomfort.

I love the instrument. It takes a bit of play to get used to the steel strings after playing flourocarbon strings. Nylon strings are much softer on the fingers but the steel strings have a bit of punch & twang. The parlour design makes it feel just a step up in body size and the length is 36" vs 30" for the standard bari.

Let me know if you've had any experiences with a tenor guitar in DGBE or in standard tuning. I'd like to hear about your experiences.

Humble Baritonics

Friday, January 2, 2015

Dave Matthews & Grover & Doctor Uke

I have watched many hours of Sesame Street since I had two brothers 8 and 9 years younger than me. I also have 4 grown children that had years of watching too. I came across this video of Dave Matthews playing Guitar-Banjo. Dave's finger's are all over the fretboard.

So watching Dave's fingers reminded me of the beauty of chord movement and the delicious sounds of the chord variations. I decided to check out Doctor Uke's site again. He has completely revamped the site since I was last there. And He has spent a lot of time getting BAR (baritone) arrangements for almost every tune. There are 1271 arrangements currently on the site -- WOW!

Logan || Video Games (Lana Del Rey Cover) (reprise)

ShortGrainMusic || At the Mid Hour of Night (1813)

SGM writes,
This Irish folk song is from the 5th volume of Irish Melodies by the poet Thomas Moore and arranger John Stevenson published in 1813. Many classical singers know this song from the collection of folksong arrangements by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). The melody is slightly different from Britten's arrangement, which used the melody "O Molly, dear!" collected by Edward Bunting from a harper in 1800. Instead of using Stevenson's accompaniment, (which seems a bit too reliant on tonic and dominant chords for such an old tune), I've made my own minimalistic arrangement to highlight the melody.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dr Bekken || Mandy Make Up Your Mind

Received a New Years' musical greeting from Doc...

Here's a new bari video.
Happy New Year!


Our bari-ukin' friend Dr Bekken live on piano, Oslo Konserthus Norway, Oct 2, 2013 Jazz Academy

Rebecca Karpen || Temple in Athens

Rebecca's new original song "Temple in Athens" live at The Bitter End.

Somewhere in New Mexico (cover)