Category Archives: Other Musical Instruments

Native American flute & Ukulele for Christmas

If you have played the ukulele for a few years (let’s see, it’s 7 for me, having received my first great ukulele for Christmas in 2006) then you know there is a certain amount of intrigue to learning new instruments. … Continue reading

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3 Loves: Blend Ukulele, Hiking and Multimedia

How exhilarating!  Combining three loves — hiking,  playing the ukulele and multimedia! The story of multimedia artists hiking 222 miles of the John Muir trail resulted in a variety of interesting great stories.  But the post I love the most: … Continue reading

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Yamaha’s Guitalele: Guitar or Ukulele ?

Every once in a while when I travel to the coast, I visit the big city’s Guitar Center to see what’s new.  This last time, I found Yamaha’s guitalele hanging on the wall with the ukuleles.  Only $99. With its … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to Kumbaya? The role of Ukulele in Life

The summer is gone.  What happened to it?  So fast.  Not once did I sit around a campfire and sing Kumbaya.  Come to think of it, haven’t done that for decades. Not long ago, Ron Hale wrote a lengthy response … Continue reading

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Flowering Dogwood, Ukuleles and Making Music: Wood Vibrations

Music is magical. You agree, I know, or you wouldn’t be here. Would you also agree that the wood used to make the musical instruments is magical? The kind of wood used to make a musical instrument affects the tone, … Continue reading

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B-Flat, B-ware: Should you strum B Flat on your ukulele near unknown water?

Someone gets the idea that Bb speaks to alligators because they’d heard a 2007 NPR piece “Have you heard about B Flat?” So if you’re in Florida, think about it before strumming B flat on your ukulele near unknown waters.  Especially B … Continue reading

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If you are busy making rain, you need someone else to play the ukulele

We love the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  We love orchestras.  We love the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, the Langley Ukulele Ensemble and other orchestras.  Not sure, though, what you call the rainmaker orchestra. Hands, snapping fingers, clapping.  Listen to … Continue reading

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Joe Yanuziello, Toronto Luthier featured in mini documentary

For a short time (Fretboard Journal claims) you can sneak a peek at a new mini-documentary “Meet Your Maker”, featuring Canadian luthier Joe Yanuziello. What great videography and photography — the color, the music, the story we’re teased with.  You … Continue reading

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Treat yourself to a ukulele treatise on Qwiki

You’ve heard of wikipedia, now there’s Qwiki.  Check ukulele on Qwiki.  Once you’ve finished you can familiarize yourself with Martin guitars, a tiple or the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  Like wikipedia, you may find a few facts that need correcting.

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ImproVox: Will it help you sing in Tune with your Ukulele?

Once I decide whether to buy this for the iPhone or iPad, I’ll give it a test run with the ukulele and see what happens.  Has anyone already tried it with their ukulele?  

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