Tag Archives: 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 […]

Upcycled pick from Iced Tea container

Upcycling: Kantele, Ukulele or Guitar picks

My upcycled plastic picks that can be used for kantele, ukulele, or guitar playing received a very positive response at my two recent shows — Art Festival at Thornebrook and the October Gainesville Arts Market at the SoMA Art Media Hub.  Most people thought it an clever upcycling idea. I thought you’d enjoy the video of […]

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 of the Best Kind: UOGB

What a treat.  I attended the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s performance at the Phillips Performing Arts Center in town.  This is a great group of talented performers. I’ve been following their activities for several years — not all 30 (which is how many years they have been together) because I only re-discovered the ukulele about […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easter hymns for ukulele and Native American flute

Easter Hymns for Ukulele & Native American style flute

7 Lively Hymns for Ukulele & Native American Style Flute. With fond memories of singing Easter hymns, I have compiled 7 lively hymns for two instruments: the ukulele and the Native American style flute. The songs are written out using tab, as many of you have told me you can then play the songs immediately […]

Christmas Songs for Ukulele and Native American Flute

Christmas Songs: e-Book for Native American flute & Ukulele

If you like to practice ahead of time for Christmas, then you need this book.  Available for download in my Etsy store.  The pdf ebook contains 16 songs with finger diagrams for a six-hole Native American style flute showing you where to place your fingers for each note. If you play a concert-tuned Am (A […]