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[Jun 2011 | Comments Off | 3,543 views]
Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog – Movie Review

by Joe Car   Here is a delightful documentary produced by Tiny Goat Films concerning our favorite instrument – the ukulele. This well made 79 minute DVD has everything you could hope for plus a few surprises. Top players like Jake Shimabukuro and James Hill strut their stuff and we get a good history of [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 5,746 views]
The Bandolim, the Cavaquino and Brazilian Choro Music

by Joe Carr [This article also appears in ukulelesessions.com as it will appeal to both mandolin and ukulele players.] Many mandolin players find their way to the delightful string based music from Brazil called choro. Choro groups typically feature the bandolim (a flat topped, roundhole mandolin,) a cavaquinho (a steel string, ukulele sized guitar,) several [...]

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[Oct 2010 | One Comment | 23,084 views]
Rick Turner: Respecting the Past, Looking Into the Future

by Joe Mendel  If Rick Turner charged consulting fees, I’d be broke. I have pestered him with questions about various aspects of building instruments since asking to interview him for mandolinsessions.com and he agreed. He is quite knowledgeable and quite willing to share that knowledge. “Just passing it forward” is how he puts it. He [...]

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[Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | 7,075 views]
Cliff Edwards Story

The Cliff Edwards Story (Ukulele Ike) Cliff Edwards sings “I Feel Pessimistic”. Cliff Edwards sings “I Did It With My Little Ukelele” with James Dunn looking on. DiggShareShare with StumblersTweet

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[Nov 2009 | 3 Comments | 12,819 views]
A Brief History of the Ukulele: Part 3

An excerpt from the book “Famous Solos & Duets for the ‘Ukulele” edited and arranged by John King THE MUSIC T. H. Rollinson’s setting of the traditional tune The Blue Bells of Scotland as a theme with one variation offered a glimpse of the solo possibilities of the ‘ukulele at an early date. The arrangement [...]

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[Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 82,448 views]
A Brief History of the Ukulele: Part 2

An excerpt from the book “Famous Solos & Duets for the ‘Ukulele” edited and arranged by John King THE METHODS One Hawaiian who believed the ‘ukulele was “not an invention but rather a creation” was Ernest Ka‘ai (1881-1962), the “most eminent of Hawaiian musicians” and arguably the most influential musical figure in Hawai‘i in the [...]

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[Jul 2009 | 5 Comments | 38,905 views]
A Brief History of the Ukulele: Part 1

An excerpt from the book “Famous Solos & Duets for the ‘Ukulele” edited and arranged by John King THE ‘UKULELE The ‘ukulele is not an indigenous Hawaiian instrument but was introduced into the Islands by the Portuguese at some date prior to the beginning of the 20th century. Most scholars fix the date of introduction [...]

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[Jul 2009 | 3 Comments | 8,240 views]
Roy Smeck – “Wizard of the Strings”

Roy Smeck was one of the truly great American popular musicians of the 20th century, one whose name would be as recognizable as Louis Armstrong’s or Les Paul’s if he hadn’t specialized in a “minor” instrument, the ukulele. As a boy, Smeck was obsessed with learning to play musical instruments, and he almost suffered a [...]