Jake Shimabukuro discusses his new education foundation; Elisabeth Robson reports on the UK punk-uke explosion; a profile of Malaysian uke artist Zee Avi; and historian and author Jim Tranquada tells how San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific Int’l Expo sparked the first uke craze; plus four songs (including three classic holiday tunes), news, CDs, gear reviews, and much, much more.
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Jason Mraz discusses the making of a ukulele classic. Martin Guitar ukulele ambassador LP reveals how the instrument jump-started the acclaimed songwriter’s solo career. The Mersey Belles keep the United Kingdom’s retro ukulele tradition kicking, while the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society draw big crowds in Florida. We also review 6 sweet new ukes, and launch the “Play This Issue” song contest.
Heidi Swedberg has gone from fabled Seinfeld cast member to one of the nation’s top ukulele clinicians, Amanda Shires deconstructs the happy-go-lucky ukulele, the ukulele makes its case for a place in music education, luthier Gary Zimnicki makes beautiful music out of the ruins of Detroit’s houses, Eef Barzelay celebrates the versatile ukulele, profile on the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, the story of Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, jazz up the uke with swing substitutions, pentatonic scale basics, plus news, reviews, music lessons, events, and much more.
YouTube Stars: Danielle Ate the Sandwich and four other uke sensations are lighting up the Internet, with profiles of Victoria Vox, Julia Nunes, Sophie Madeleine and Lila Burns; Play a Jake Shimabukuro arrangement of the Beatles’ “Here, There & Everywhere”; Daniel Ho’s Hawaiian Odyssey; Gods of Uke, featuring Jesse Kalima, with music to play; Learn to create easy chord variations in a lesson by James Hill; Gear reviews of four new ukes from Breedlove, Lanikai, Mahalo and Eddy Finn; Plus news, reviews, music lessons, a calendar of events, and much, much more.