Sunday, July 26, 2015

Little Miss Higgins & the Winnepeg Five || Moonlit Picnic (REPRISE)

And her playful "Bargain Shop Panties" video... (sans baritone)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Munson Music || D'yer Maker (Led Zeppelin) Bariuke Cover Lesson in C with Chords/Lyrics

The complete list.

Munson Music || Baritone Ukulele Covers

Mr. Munson is a multi-instrumentalist and makes play along videos in a wide variety of genres. He has taken on the baritone ukulele in a very serious way. Check this YouTube MunsonCovers Baritone Ukulele Cover Lessons list out...

Kudos to him for all of his work.

Munson Music || Mommas Don't Let Your Boys Grow Up to be Cowboys

Willie & Waylon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Zaynab Malik || Cast No Shadow (Oasis Cover) REPRISE

Zaynab writes, "I just worked this less than a week ago but am really working on trying to produce more instead of concerning myself with perfection. This is just a simple, easy, rough song that I really like!"

Perfection doesn't exist. Lovely voice, consistent strum, and simply very enjoyable...

Some Kinks,

Mancini & Mercer

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Here's my first installment in the exploration of the world of baritone ukuleles. I have the opportunity to play one of these beauties on a couple of occasions. I would consider it one of the 2 best that I have had the pleasure to pick and strum. If you are searching for a finely built and supremely playable baritone for the rest of your life then I would consider this maker and instrument.

It is perfect in all aspects: physical beauty, plays with the most delicate of touch, and such rich beautiful tone. It would be one of those instruments that fit my unique philosophy -- we love to spend so much time playing our instruments -- if we consider the $/hour of pleasure what could be better for years of personal enjoyment?

I actually had a tiny bit of influence in the creation of Kinnard baritone. I met Kevin Beddoe who had commissioned several tenor ukuleles and had them on display at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival about 4 years ago. I had brought my favorite vintage mahogany Favilla baritone ukulele and shared it with Kevin as we talked music. It was only a spark...

In my exploration of various baritone ukulele makers, I will use the heading as above and $$$$ will be a high-end custom and $ to indicate a lower cost. The Kinnard Ukes site shows baritones priced from $1,800 to about $2,700.

G. J. Lee || 陶喆〈找自己〉 彈唱~雞湯的烏克麗麗鍋~

If there's anyone that can search out other baritone players in Mandarin, Cantonese, or any other language for that matter, I would really appreciate the expanded diversity. This request also goes out for musical links.

Jeff / Humble Baritonics

Munson Music || Teach Your Children

UOGB || Hot Lips

Charlie McGuire || Step It Up and Go

Some good blues transcribed for the baritone ukulele...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Roig Rivera || Sin Banderas (Spanish)


My first blog post was made on 7/6/2009. It has been over 6 years now. The plan was to find everything I could about the baritone ukulele and share. I also wanted to find links that would support the bari player. For the most part, I have just attached YouTube videos that showed the great diversity that the instrument has based on individual preferences.

I think it is about time I research a variety of costs for baritones. Perhaps I'll break it down something like this...

Over $1,000

I would like to encourage you to share anything that contributes to the enrichment of the bari-uke player. This could be an arrangement, story, a photo of yourself with your bari. Also if you have any links that "translate" well to the bari please forward to Your comments are appreciated.

I may also take Google ads if they support bari related items.



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Rob McKillop || Playing a Baritone Uke by Dallas Sutherland, Edinburgh

I work as a project manager in the busy San Francisco Bay Area. It is fast-paced and furious every day. I always keep my old "beater" bari in the corner. Some days instead of getting in the car and going out to for some lunch I shut my office door and play a little. First an little Neil Young "Old Man" from any Easy Guitar Book

After that I pulled out Rob McKillop's "20 Easy Fingerstyle Exercises for Ukulele Book" and worked through a few exercises. Next, I opened up my e-mail and had a message from Jon Thysell sychronistically sharing this wonderful video of Rob playing a Sutherland baritone ukulele. Enjoy...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

UkeSun || GoPro Hero4 meets Pono Ukulele

A nice place to play in Switzerland...

Monday, July 13, 2015

Jake Shimabukuro || Plays 50 Year Old Kamaka Baritone

Jake has a bari and plays it in concert...

(Two of the biggest names in the ukulele world, James Hill and Jake Shimabukuro both have bari ukes in their arsenal of ukuleles. James made a fully bari album.)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Carolin Nobles || Original Song played on a Risa baritone ukulele.

Carolin is a harp player and has an original tune to share on the baritone.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

War Jacket || Mad World (Tears for Fears Cover)

Here's a very good listen... "Such a beautiful / creepy song. Perfect for War Jacket."

And I'll take another helping of that!

Inspiration, spoken word video

War Jacket || It's All Behind Me

Full track off their upcoming album, releasing this fall 2015. Check out their website for more information:

Flea Market Music Market Place

I ocassionally take a look through this Marketplace page and find some beautiful instruments. This is part of Jim Beloff's Flea Market Music site. Jim is also a supporter of the baritone ukulele community. He has put together two superb bari books: The Bari Best and The Daily Ukulele Baritone Edition.

If you look soon enough you may see a Mya-Moe baritone for sale. It looks to be a beautiful instrument.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Shane Cross || John Panner

Synesthesia Sessions || Son's Gonna Rise

Synesthesia Sessions || G. Love & Special Sauce

The Ukulele Site || Pono BN-20D

Pono BN20D Sunburst from Hawaii Music Supply on Vimeo.

Big Bari = Tenor Guitar Sized, braced for nylon strings.

Hawaii Music Supply video || Pono RBSH Cedar Top

Pono RBSH Cedar Top from Hawaii Music Supply on Vimeo.

A very nice high-end manufactured baritone ukulele. I have been considering adding a new Pono to my bari collection. I would like to have a bari with geared tuners to get a bit finer and consistent tuning than my vintage ukes. This one is a beauty and is part of the Pono Pro-Classics Series. 

I would also like to have a baritone ukulele with an additional top sound hole in order to hear the sweet sounds coming upwards.

If you click on the HD you'll get a High Density video but on my computer it interrupted the musical flow. I was a bit distracted with the attempts to re-tune. Since this is a new instrument I assume the strings may be settling in.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Clara Sanabras || Ode to Jimmy Jo (Live at The Forge 2-23-12)

Lutes & Ukes 2015

Another spectacular find from the uke research department head, Mr. Ron Hale...

Very cool. I want to know what each instrument is!

Romain Abrams || Vance Joy strumming on a new Kala

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Birch Pereira || 2 Short Bari Instrumentals

Siri Ma Siri - Jam of the Week

Summer of Saudade

Pinol Guitars || Baritone Ukulele Video CB102

Some beautiful wood work on these bari's

There are two other videos with other baritone ukuleles if you care to hunt them down.

Shawn Yacavone || Ukulele Friend DOT Com Kawika Baritone Ukuleles

Ukulele Friend is post videos of different ukuleles to give you the opportunity to hear their tones. Sounds like a good gimmick to have ukuleles sent to them to try out. Lucky for us we get to hear some models that I hadn't heard about from Kawika Ookuleles. The instruments are recorded with high-quality studio recording tools. Link to UF.

Custom Baritone Ukulele

Custom Koa / Cedar Baritone Ukulele