Saturday, March 18, 2017

Why 2017 is the Best Year Ever for the Baritone Ukulele Player (PART I)

The last time I wrote about the best things for a Baritone Ukulele player was in 2011. Of course it has continually gotten better. And in this post I'd like to tell you all about it. I usually put the spotlight on musicians and other sites that you will find helpful. This time I will expound on the benefits of Humble Baritonics blog and encourage you to follow and perhaps even add to the quality of this site.

Just recently with the assistance of Roger Ruthen, Tom Nelson, and Ken Middleton -- HB, has been able to add a lot of content to the blog in the form of musical tablature. I have also reached out to others and encourage you to consider supporting in the form of your favorite charts or tabs.

So what does HB offer? First of all, there are other sites that offer quality music and links are provided to Doctor Uke, pdf-Minstrel, Red Bluff Uke Club (Bari Charts). These are found in the tabs at the top of the screen just below the banner. You will find hundreds of songs here. Doctor uke will challenge your fingers with a plethora of chord charts. In pdf-Minstrel, Roger Ruthen, provides many tablatures in a variety of genres and skill levels -- including Classical, Traditional, and Celtic among others. The Red Bluff tabs links to many modern songs with carefully charted arrangements. (Ukulele Bartt also has some Bari charts that available but not by direct link.)

I also have a page tab for DGBE Songs. This one has had the most hits and I must admit the list really needs to grow. This is a place where you may find that you have a few favorites that you would consider sharing with the bari community.

There is a page tab labelled "Books" where I try to keep a comprehensive list of every bari-specific book that has ever been published for the baritone ukulele. There has been a rapid increase in the amount of books being published for the BU. If you know of any others please let me know. I will keep the community updated.

I would also like to thank a man that likes to remain behind the scenes. His name is Ron Hale and I like to call him my DRM (Deep Research Man). He has an uncanny ability to find the best videos. I value his support. He lives in the Wine Country not so far from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Another man that has consistently kept in touch is the Jazzy Uke man Glen Rose. He has made many videos for the Jazz player. He is a music teacher and musical historian. He once gave my mother and I front seat tickets to his multi-instrumental performances. His work is shown in the Tutorials page tab.

(to be continued...)

The Bookshop Band || You Make The Best Plans Thomas (Songs From The Shed)

The Bookshop Band || Curious & Curiouser (a musical filmette inspired by Alice in Wonderland)

The Bookshop Band || Accidents & Pretty Girls

Beth Whitney || Raven, Shadows of a Man (EOP Presents)

Our friendly DRM makes my life easy. I have posted Beth before but hadn't seen this recent 2017 performance. Thanks Mr. Hale

Friday, March 17, 2017

Desirée Dawson || Wild Heart (CBC Music)

Desirée is a jewel. I love her passion and soft vocal power.

Much appreciation for Ron Hale DRM, always digging hardest and finding the best videos!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Danielle Ate the Sandwich || The Universe (Mya-Moe Bari)

Mya-Moe Ukuleles

Ron Hale DRM strikes again!

Ukulele Sessions || James Hill & Anne Janelle

Thanks to Ron Hale DRM for finding and sharing this one. This starts of with a standard ukulele and then has two songs with James on a Mya-Moa Baritone Ukulele.
James Hill and Anne Janelle play three songs for our cameras on this Ukulele Session. The first two are old-time classics, one with vocals by Anne Janelle, followed up with an original written by James Hill.
“Blackberry Blossom”“Ah, Poor Bird” with vocal by Anne Janelle“Promenade,” an original written and sung by James Hill
On his set, James played three ukes, a signature tenor built by Berkeley, California maker Mike DaSilva and two baritones made by Mya-Moe, of White Salmon, Washington. One baritone is tuned standard (capoed at the second fret), while the other one is tuned to a unique tuning that James developed. The second baritone is tuned B E B E, with the two B strings tuned in unison.
DRM is "Deep Research Man."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Vic Schmeltz || Living Water String Review (Low D, unwound)

Claude LeBlanc || Comparing 4 Different Tunings on a Baritone Ukulele: LOW D, HIGH D, LOW G, HIGH G

Read his YouTube video comments for the string gauges chosen for GCEA tuning. "I am playing Seaguar Blue Label fishing lead for all tunings *(except the D in the Low D tuning, which is Seaguar Premier fishing lead."

The Seaguar Premier fishing lead strings used are:
LOW D: D=*130lb, G=80lb, B=60lb, E=40lb
HIGH D: D=50lb, G=80lb, B=60lb, E=40lb

Desirae Garcia || Flaws

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Quote I Like

Qoute of the Day...

"Enjoy the deep, mellow goodness!"

-Ralf Youtz
(from a Bari-Positive thread on Ukulele Underground)

The O'Pears || Hard Bargain | Great Heart Festival 2016

Acapella Beatles,

The O'Pears || Long Winter (Live at The Music Gallery)


The O'Pears || Morning Song (Live at the Music Gallery)

Lovely voices...

Our ol' buddy Ron Hale finds another gem!

Bari in standby only,

The Haunted Windchimes || Troubled Waters

Jamie Jobb's elegant YouTube Comments, Published on Jun 13, 2016,

Sing Out magazine lauds Haunted Windchimes' "rustic honeyed harmonies" which clearly flow from the feminine side of the band. More than just sisters-in-law, Chela and Desirae intuitively grasp how to conjoin voices into that sacred stratosphere of unvarnished country singin'.

Oh yes, and did we mention the songs each woman writes tend to scatter a certain poetic pixiedust uncommon to this planet? Basing themselves at the foot of the Front Range in Pueblo Colorado, the Haunted Windchimes trek along with the best of the burgeoning Rocky Mountain music scene which includes inspired bands like The Railsplitters, The Infamous Stringdusters, Ragged Union, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, The Shook Twins, Steep Ravine, Bad Ridge, Flatt Lonesome, and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies.

This performance was recorded live at Armando's in Martinez California on September 13, 2015 and produced by Minor Chords Productions.

Desirae Garcia || Bed of Roses

The Haunted Windchimes || Live at Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Haunted Windchimes || Out with the Crow

One of my favorite bands...

(Desiree on the Vega Bari.)

Added to DGBE Songs. Recommend switching to Am, Dm, and E chords.

Also check out the cool animated video made to this song, here.