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End of Summer Ukulele Blowout in SoCal

End of Summer Ukulele Blowout in SoCal

On Saturday, August 29, our friends Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward will be throwing an End of Summer Ukulele Blowout at the E.P. Foster Library in historic downtown Ventura, California. The free family-friendly event, which will take place from 1 to 5 pm, includes beginner and intermediate workshops, along with lots of jamming and singing. To get you [...]

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Check Out This Sweet Uke Arrangement of the Beatles’ ‘Honey Pie’

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Isreal-based uke performer and teacher Elad David recently shared this gem of a video on our Facebook page, writing "Finally, after a long time that I didn't upload a new arrangement, here it is. My arrangement for 'Honey Pie' (Beatles) for ukulele." We think Paul McCartney—who penned the old-timey song for the Beatles' White Album, and [...]

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A Guide to Four Basic Moveable Dominant Chords

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By Alec “Cheef” Poletsky A dominant chord is rarely written as “dominant” (for example, C dominant 7 or F dom 7). Instead, you’ll see it notated as a chord name followed by a number (such as C7, D11, or E13). To keep things simple, I’ll discuss only the basic dominant-chord voicings, or “seven” chords. Dominant [...]

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The 4 K’s: Get to Know Hawaii’s Most Distinguished Ukulele Builders

Dennis Hermano, left, and Albert Tagama work in KoAloha’s factory.

By Adam Perlmutter Since the 1990s boom, the ukulele has become a global phenomenon, enthusiastically played by musicians everywhere from Great Britain to Thailand, in an incredible range of contexts. Meanwhile, the ukulele is still thriving in its place of origin, Hawaii, where it maintains its status as the state instrument. It’s hardly surprising that [...]

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See Rachel Manke at the Silver Creek Ukulele Carnival

See Rachel Manke at the Silver Creek Ukulele Carnival

On August 21-23, the fifth annual Silver Creek International Ukulele Carnival will take place near Two Harbors, Minnesota, along the shores of Lake Superior. The event will offer jam sessions, dancing, concerts, and workshops. Among the performers slated to attend is up-and-coming uker Rachel Manke, who appeared on A Prairie Home Companion back in June. To get [...]

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Master Uke Maker Pete Howlett Battles Parkinson’s

Master Uke Maker Pete Howlett Battles Parkinson’s

For more than 20 years, esteemed U.K. luthier Pete Howlett has been building world-class ukes, often generating lengthy customer waiting lists in the process. When he began, he made an "open declaration" that he would retire from building once he hit 1,000 instruments. Sadly, Howlett was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which has put the fulfillment of [...]


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