Category Ukulele

Ukulele & Native American Style Flute

I am reworking my website and reducing the number of pages dedicated to specific topics.  This blog post was previously a page on the site dedicated to Native American style flute and ukulele music.  I will no longer be creating this particular mode of music but want to leave it available for the many who […]

Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro put on a great show in Gainesville. I really enjoyed the performance! The concert was more than two hours of music. Some songs he performed with his electric and bass guitar players. Some songs he performed solo. He performed a wide range of songs, showing the versatility of the ukulele and […]

Gluing soundboard onto uke sides

Ukulele Performance with Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is on tour, and I’m looking forward to hearing him perform in Gainesville on Feb. 9. I’ve been playing his CDs, picking up and playing my ukuleles (one at a time, of course), and looking forward to his upcoming concert. Jake Shimabukuro became one of the sensations of YouTube in 2006 […]

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 2016 Concert, Gainesville, Florida

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain provides interactive performance

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain brought holiday spirit and good cheer in general to Gainesville in their concert at the University Auditorium on Dec. 2. In their two-hour performance, they demonstrated the range of the ukulele, playing a wide of musical styles — from Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” to the theme from the James […]

Koa ukulele made with Mike DaSilva!

Play along with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform in Gainesville on Friday, Dec. 2, and I’m delighted  I’ll be in the audience. There’s something inspiring about group musical performances. I developed that enthusiasm for musical groupwork from my own experience of playing clarinet in the high school band. Our band director would lead us through rehearsal […]


Make playing music part of your 2016

The holidays are a special time of year, and part of what makes the holidays special is the music. Many people are listening to more music and playing and singing more during the holidays than the rest of the year. Think of how music has added to your positive outlook and how playing music or […]

Southern Ontario Ukulele Players (SOUP) perform ‘I’ll Fly Away’

Hearing the Southern Ontario Ukulele Players (SOUP) was an added bonus of attending the Home County Folk Festival. The SOUPers, as they are called, played several songs, including “I’ll Fly Away,” written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929 and considered to be one of the most recorded gospel hymns. You can listen to the SOUPers playing by clicking […]

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in Florida

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is on tour in the United States in April.  They’re headed to Florida. For many years, I have enjoyed what this group of musicians has done for the ukulele.   Particularly when I was first learning the ukulele, they were an inspiration. For a few years, I made cigar […]

Ukulele Solo Book

Several years ago, in a bookstore that no longer exists, I found a wonderful book.  “The Ukulele as a Solo Instrument, C Notation: A Collection of Ukulele Solos” by N.B. Bailey and Keoki E. Awai with its 1916 copyright was an expensive purchase.  But 99 years ago, the book was only $1.00 US. I scanned a few songs from […]

Gainesville Flute Circle

The December meeting of the Gainesville Flute Circle provided us the opportunity to play our Native American-style flutes and get into the holiday spirit by playing some Christmas carols including “I Saw Three Ships” and “Silent Night.” We had fun with flute dialogues and conversations.  We had partners and developed a storyline and then played […]

Purpleheart kantele

Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday special prices on wooden kanteles

Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday provide me with two reasons to offer specials — because I operate a small business that offers online shopping. You can chose from kanteles in my Etsy store. By ordering your kantele now, you will receive the kantele for holiday gift giving or to have it for yourself to play […]

Compare sizes of travel ukulele to sopranino kantele and 5-string larger kantele (left).

Ukulele, Flute, Kantele: Sharing Adolphe Sax’s enthusiasm for making a variety of musical instruments

What fun to be introduced recently to Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone and the creator of many other musical instruments. I learned of Mr. Sax from a tribute on NPR Morning Edition celebrating him on his 200th birthday. Adolphe Sax didn’t create just one kind of saxophone but a family of saxophones and […]