Category Archives: Post

New section: Professional Ukulele Recording Artists

I’m excited to announce a new section to this site that highlights the many professional recording artists who play the ukulele. I’ve done a fair bit of digging and found some really great musicians whose primary instrument is the beloved uke. I look forward to learning more about them by researching and writing profiles, and sharing what I… Read More »

World Premier of Yasui’s Concerto for Ukulele

There has been much anticipation over the first formal concerto written for ukulele. For those not into classical music, a concerto is traditionally a composition of three movements in which a solo instrument is accompanied by an orchestra or concert band. Usually that solo instrument is one from the orchestra, like a trumpet, flute, clarinet or cello. The ukulele… Read More »

Ripple by The Grateful Dead arranged for Fingerstyle Ukulele

While there is a wonderful book of fingerstyle Grateful Dead arrangements for guitar by Fred Sokolow, us ukulele players have no such luck. Until Fred gets around to doing one for ukulele (he did the Jumpin’ Jim Bluegrass Ukulele Songbook, after all) we’ll have to manage on our own. To that end, I’ve done a simple arrangement of… Read More »

A Comparison of the K Brand Ukuleles

“K Brand” refers to the well-known Hawaiian ukulele makers. They share a few attributes that set them apart from other ukulele brands: They’re all hand-made in Hawaii. Their ukuleles are almost all made of solid Koa, the traditional Hawaiian wood used in ukuleles. They’re professional grade and pricey (roughly $1,000 and up). The big four Hawaiian ukulele makers typically included in this… Read More »

Ukulele Strings Comparison Guide

The general consensus on choosing ukulele strings is that you just have to try a bunch and see what you like. The sound and playability of a given string set is highly subjective to personal preference and differs considerably from instrument to instrument. That said, comparing strings is expensive, time-consuming and laborious. So I enjoy reading others’ impression of… Read More »

What started the first Ukulele craze in 1915

Ukuele Magazine has posted an article that excerpts a bit of John King and Jim Tranquada’s book, The Ukulele: A History. I’m about halfway through that book and am loving it – a must read for any ukulele lover. The level of detail and story telling is astonishing and results in a highly readable, but academic-grade… Read More »

How and why to memorize the songs you learn

Being able to play a tune with your eyes closed allows the half of your brain that would focus on reading the music to focus instead on playing it. Danno from Uke Song of the Month wrote a post recently about memorizing songs that reminded me of this important topic. He suggests that memorization is a useful… Read More »