Saturday, May 30, 2015

Camsuke || This Is My Father's World (Herringe Baritone Ukulele)

Here's a tuning that I haven't seen available before for the baritone ukulele. Sandy Weltman's site has a couple of free songs as examples of his work in CGBD "plectrum" tuning.

Sandy says on his site Sandy Weltman Music,
"I use a plectrum tuning scheme on the baritone ukelele. It works wonderfully and allows the ukelele to resonate at a deeper/warmer frequency. For more info on this tuning, please download the free pdf below (see below). Also watch the accompanying video to learn the chords in this tuning and to get a better understanding of it (also below). Included in the pdf and video is a simple song (Ain’t She Sweet) in this tuning."

I haven't found the Ain't She Sweet video and will need to check in with Sandy to locate it.



Friday, May 29, 2015

Ondrej Sarek || Prolific Baritone Ukulele Book Writer

Ondrej has several baritone ukulele books up on Amazon dot com. I wonder if readers have tried any of them and if they have any favorites or recommendations.


Podcast || Commercial Suicide Songwriting

My wife Wendy and I enjoy watching the the Tiny House Nation show. In a recent show a musician paired down his stringed instrument collection to get into a tiny gothic home. He does a podcast about song writing and this podcast talks about his tiny home adventure and possible T.V. show themesong.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baritone Ukulele in All Douglas Fir by Webber Guitars - at Bluedog Guitars

Great 'Old Timey' vintage tone on this superbly crafted new Webber Guitars Baritone Ukulele in all Douglas Fir with Maple neck, fretboard, headstock and bridge! Available at...

Check out the Greenback Bari.

And here's the douglas-fir Bari.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Haunted Windchimes || 2 Videos & Pueblo Library Concert

I am a big fan of Americana music and thrilled that there's a band that I can share that has a a young bari uke player named Desiree. I was fortunate to see the band play live once in Santa Cruz, California. They are a fantastic band. Enjoy...

"Old Ship to Zion" (Leadbelly)

The Haunted Windchimes in CONCERT (1 hour 5 mins)
Presented by the Pueblo City-County Library District
as part of 2012 All Pueblo Reads
Recorded at the Rawlings Library on October 12, 2012
Videography by David Hartkop

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Treza Bettencourt || The Sound of Silence

Dr Bekken || Ja-Da

Jon (ButterflyBandito) says it best,

"Supa! Supa! Supa supa sing sing sing. the Docta! The Docta! The docta is in in in. :)"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Southern Ukulele Store (UK) || Pono BN-10 Big Baritone Review

JooJooUkes || Art & Song Trilogy

The Lightman Song (Joo's Original)

The Rabbit In The Moon

Don't Let Us Get (Warren Zevon cover)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lew Dite || Old-Time Trilogy (DGBD tuning)

Here's Lew's Songster YouTube page... He has another Old-Time sing-along page that he calls the LDsongscreen.

Old Ground Hog

Peg and Awl

Skillet Good and Greasy

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lew Dite || Mountain Minor Trilogy

Lew Dite has been offering up Old-Time music for years. He plays several instruments and I'm glad to see he chose to play the baritone ukulele for these Mountain Minor Trilogy where the bari is tuned to a low D, DGCD. If you dig Old-Time music be sure to check out Lew's YouTube pages.

The Coo Coo (1 of 3)

East Virginia Blue (2 of 3)

Pretty Polly

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baritonics on the Road || Reno Uke Fest || Tyde Music

I have been on a road trip which I started off last Friday at the Reno Ukulele Festival. I had just a few hours to connect with some old friends, review the merchandise, and make some new friends. I was most excited about meeting the new luthiers, Devin and Tyler.

Their company sprung out of their experience as furniture builders in the Lake Tahoe area. I like their innovative, recycled, and fresh approach towards luthiery. Their innovative baritone (and standard GCEA) ukulele design has differences that I think could build their business into a strong following of contemporary players.

Here's Devin & Tyler with the "Recycled Wood" Bari-Uke

This is the Tyde Music Table of Instruments. Note the wide selection of ukuleles and woods. The rectangular wood boxes are amazingly didgeridoos! They also have iPhone wood box resonator/amplifiers. See

Here's Devin with the Headstock

This front was made out of a wood cabinet door. 
The 3 diminishing holes are their trademark.

I asked for an up close photo of the head stock which was made from a worn shingle from a Lake Tahoe boathouse.