Saturday, October 29, 2016

Chip Jones || Blues for Tenor Guitar

There's an interesting phenomena of baritones and tenor guitars sharing 4 strings and occassionally what I like to call DoGBonE tuning. Although more commonly known as Chicago tuning, DGBE. indicates the standard TG tuning as CGDA. But also mentions other possible tunings.

Chip Jones in his book Blues for Tenor Guitar takes care of both tunings in the same spiral bound blues lesson book. The cover indicates the lessons are in standard notation and tablature. Inside it is clear that a lot of effort has gone into progressively exploring the blues. Each chapter has CGDA along with an equal compliment of DGBE.

Joe Tate || Sausalito Gig Poster

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Taimane Gardner || Neptune's Storm

I almost missed this video. Be sure not to miss it!

I love her skills. The colors in the early video remind me of old colored black and white movies and lovely lady actresses from that period. Do you see the joy on her face as she plays? Beautiful.

She's performs for Ted Talks,

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Captivating ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner shares two performances: one, a frenetic, dazzling medley of recognizable classical tunes, and the second, a haunting and powerful composition of her own entitled "Neptune Storm".

Dazzling and innovative ukulele virtuoso and songwriter

Taimane Gardner picked up her first ukulele at the age of five—and it was love at first strum.

Demonstrating her impressive musical chops as a young street performer in Waikiki, Taimane (which means “diamond” in the Samoan language) was a diamond in the rough until Don Ho discovered her at the age of 13. The budding songstress soon became a featured performer with the legendary Hawaiian crooner, playing alongside him at venues in Las Vegas and Palm Springs. From there her popularity grew, and Taimane has since performed in many parts of the world, dazzling audiences far and wide with her cutting-edge style. Her performances have been described as elegant and energetic, while her stage presence is simultaneously overwhelming and captivating.

In addition to playing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane also writes her own songs and adds fresh material to her sets.

Known for her unique musical vision and innovative ukulele style, Taimane shows the versatility of an instrument that is often viewed as limited or simplistic. She has the ability to blend musical genres—from classical to classic rock to flamenco—without missing a beat.

Rhan Wilson || Rhythm & Music Explained Simply

My friend Rhan and his musical wisdom...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rocky Mjos || An Introduction to Ukulele Drive

I received an e-mail from Rocky Mjos in the middle of a very busy week. His e-mail is really an opportunity to share his group with the baritone ukulele playing community so I am sharing it as it came to Humble Baritonics...

Hello, Humble Uker.

First, I want to thank you for your Humble Baritonics website. It is one of my daily go-to sites since I started playing the baritone uke. It has introduced me to some fine and interesting musicians and I’ve also used the useful links.

Secondly I wanted to introduce you to a group I play in — Ukulele Drive.

I am actually writing you first regarding our group (I am a bari player, after al!), though I also plan on contacting some of the other sites in the near future.

Ukulele Drive gave it’s first public performance of a few songs almost two years ago at private party on Halloween night.

The group was founded by a group of players and singer friends who all had connections to one another — four had played together decades earlier in a contemporary folk band, two had played Renaissance and Baroque music for a long time, and there are two married couples.

With a real diversity of skills in different musical genres, this group has been trying to incorporate them — original music, jazzy things (my wife is a jazz and world music singer), pop tunes, and even early music. We do a movement from a Vivaldi concerto, are now working on a medieval piece and even Beethoven (via Charlie Brown).

We have some strong singers and the three women sound great on “Heebie Jeebies” in an arrangement by the Boswell Sisters which we pair with a modern “Slickville” rag — same chords!

Our typical lineup includes 2 soprano ukes, a concert, tenor, bari, and bass. I play both finger style and with a pick, depending on the musical needs or volume required.

Our website is:

Perhaps of the most interest for your readers (judging by the great videos you embed) would be a public TV show we recorded in May of 2015 (broadcast in August of 2015) and which is now online. We don’t have individual song videos but the timings for the show’s ukulele songs are listed on our website along with a link to the show:

Or the show can be accessed at the TV station’s website:

Since the videos can’t be embedded like regular YouTube vids, I have attached some screen captures from TV show, some featuring baritone. These have been sized to 520 pixels wide, which seems to be the standard size for your YouTube images.

The show spotlighted the work of our main writer, Emily.

Thank you again for your blog! I appreciate your efforts!

— Rocky Mjos for Ukulele Drive

La Familia de Ukuleles || Cherry's World

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hope College's The Anchor || Indie-Folk Popularization

“I think our generation as a whole is tired of the overproduced and over-processed media and music, and so when you hear something as raw and real as folk music, especially in the live scenario, that’s a lot more genuine and a lot more real"

The Holland, Michigan Hope College student paper, The Anchor mention's one of Humble Baritonic's favorites, Wild Child, in this issue. Topics about the rise of the ukulele are discussed as well as popular bands like Mumford & Sons.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Justin Johnson || Snowy Mountain Coming Down

Great studio recording, multi-instrumentalist...

Justin Johnson || Electric Cigar Box Guitar

Some 4 string brethen blasting...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tha Haunted Windchimes || Ballad of Human Progress

BariFever (New DGBE Song Selection)

I received an e-mail earlier from another bari enthusiast. How can your site name be more enthusiacticly named than BariFever? There's a broad selection of songs in several different genres. Please give it a good look and try his arrangements, BariFever.

He notes that he plays these arrangements with a plectrum on Baritone Ukulele and Tenor Guitar (tuned DGBE) but all can be played fingerstyle