Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

All Things Strings || Violinist April Verch Provides Insights for Playing by Ear

I have been listening to more old-time music and fiddle tunes recently. Reading Flatpicking Guitar Magazine has opened my eyes & ears to the wonders of this Americana and often old European music. There's a tab that links to a page named "Bari Pickin'" (above, left) where you can find tablature of many old tunes in the Public Domain. Roger Ruthen has transcribed quite a few and also provided midis to get one familiar with the tunes.

In the video below, April describes the many other ways that we may learn a song. I thought you might find her insights and perspectives useful.

Here's April with her band

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gavin Kelso || Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 - Prelude

Heavenly on four strings...

Zeke's Salt City Found Object's Instrument Works

I have updated my previous post to include Zeke's blog post with the story behind the instrument. He's made many interesting instruments and has small posts on each including what materials were used and where they came from. Take a quick browse and you'll be hooked.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Martin Size 5 Tenor Guitar = Guitar Uke = Uke-I-Tar

Check this beauty out on Elderly Instruments...
Size 5 (Mini) body of solid Sipo, single ring soundhole rosette, morado bridge. 4-string neck, solid peghead with old-style Martin decal, vintage style open-gear tuners with cream buttons and Elderly Instruments stamp on back of peghead. Solid morado fretboard (23"scale, 1-1/4"nut), small pearl dot position markers. Tuned CGDA. May be re-strung for GDAE or DGBE/Chicago tuning. Approximate body dimensions are: upper bout 8", lower bout 11", maximum depth 3 3/4", body length 15 3/4", total length 34". Satin finish. Martin flattop hardshell case. HISTORICAL FUN FACT: Tenor guitar or Big Ukulele?? We found a 1924 pamphlet describing the tenor guitar as a "Guitar-Uke" or Uke-I-Tar" ! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Zeke Leonard || Gentlemen Instrument Builder

Zeke's Salt City Found Object Instrument Works blog post

2016 Seafaring Baritone Here's a Tenor Guitar made from Pianos (DGBE Tuning)

Dr Bekken || Just For A Thrill

A masterful bluesman from Norway!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

String Band YouTube Diversion

There's no bari here, just a musical diversion with stringed instruments...

Steve-n-Seagulls / Thunderstuck / AC/DC

Steve-n-Seagulls / Nothing Else Matters / Are these guys really Finnish?

The Dead South / In He'll I'll Be Good Company / Fun Video

The Dead South / House of the Rising Sun

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band official video for Raise a Little Hell

Barrels of Whiskey - The O'Reillys and the Paddyhats [Official Video]

Lost Dog street band / I went down to Georgia

Lost Dog street band / Moonshiner

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Followers... Thank you!

Thanks to the Humble Baritonics followers. I like to see your icons each time I post.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Aaron Keim || Quiet American Music

I just received an e-mail from Aaron and he's got some new projects planned,
"... I am thinking of something new for our next few books. Instead of longer instructional methods, I am considering releasing shorter books of 10 tabs each on a variety of subjects. We may end up doing these exclusively as Ebooks. The order of release will likely be: Two Finger Old Time Banjo, Fingerstyle Etudes, Baritone Ukulele, Clawhammer Banjo, etc... They would include audio and video with them, of course."
Click here for details: http://quietamericanmusic.com/live/

Please let Aaron know that you'd like to see the bari book.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Me & Old Harmony DoGBonE Tenor Guitar

Humbly Ukin' Jeff with a DoGBonE Harmony Tenor Guitar

My Wife Wendy and I did a complete bathroom remodel and partial kitchen remodel between the beginning of October 2016 until just before Christmas. We acted as our own contractor and had several subs along the way. Some very good, and a couple that we wished we hadn't met. We acted promptly to keep the true craftsman and eliminate the fakers.

One man, Michael, that we came across caught me playing my bari on the sofa one evening. He lives in our town and said he's had a 4-stringer for about 40 years. I asked him to bring it over and offered to restring it for him in DoGBonE tuning as he requested. It is a beautiful instrument with a small chip and some fret wear.

I started off my ukulele playing with my father's old soprano harmony ukulele with the plastic fretboard. He had given it to my kids and it lay in a toybox for many years. It is a wonder I ever got started since the instrument was in wretched playing shape.

I love the sunburst paint pattern and would like to see bari's painted this way. I posted a Pono Bari a few days back with a beautiful sunburst finish but it is actually a tenor guitar size set up for nylon strings and tuned like a baritone. I would love to give one a try.

Don't know if you've noticed but I have shifted the "pages" around a little bit and added "Bari Pickin'". I have had some conversations with Roger Ruthen who maintains the most prestigious bari-uke site in the world with his baritone ukulele tab on pdf-minstrel. He and I are collaborating to provide more tablature for bari players. The tunes will be from the public domain or original creations. This is exciting to be able to share more tab on Humble Baritonics.

On another page "flatpick.com" I will be linking some of the free tab from the real flatpick.com. I have found flatpick Guitar Magazine to be an amazing resource even though it is geared for the plectrum and the steel string guitar. The magazine just stopped being published after a twenty year run. It is a first class publication. All magazines are still available for purchase thru flatpick.com. If the hardcopies are sold out then digital copies are readily available. There are also many books, dvds, cds and such for sale.

If you have any thing that you'd like to share in the bari world as in stories, photos, music that you've created please contact me. 

Jeff West / Humble Uker / Humble Baritonics

Pinol Bari

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