I've been taken by the marvelous
ukulele, one of the most portable and playable instruments around.
The ukulele always seems to generate smiles. It is NOT a toy,
although it's a great instrument for little hands to begin to learn how to
play a string instrument.
It's pretty clear there are some fanatics
in the ukulele world, and some of them are found at these sites.
||I'm going to gradually
start annotating uke-related web sites, since it's difficult to know
what's there without visiting yourself, and that can be frustrating.
I'll try to make the descriptions brief, but you still may need to
look around the sites to see if they meet your own interests.
Hill, Ukulele Player Extraordinaire
James is an amazing player, and at a young age, is also a very
effective teacher of ukulele. I've spent a couple of weeks in workshops with him,
and I highly recommend him. But most of all, get his CDs and listen to his music.
Interview About George Harrison
George Harrison (yes, that George Harrison) was a great fan of the
uke, and played it himself. His son Dhani says that George often
traveled with two ukes, so that if someone else wanted to play along, he
could give them a uke to use. On his final album, "Brainwashed,"
there is a great version of an old standard "The Devil and the Deep Blue
Sea," with the uke as primary accompaniment.
This interview on NPR is with longtime
collaborator Jeff Lynne and George's son, Dhani Harrison, and the uke is talked about in
the context of George's music. About 18 minutes long and worth a
Festivals and Workshops
Listed events may not occur each year, so the web
site may only be current for the last one presented. Some of these
are just festivals, but many include a workshop component.
If you know of
other such events, send an e-mail to
Southern California Ukulele
Annual Hawaiian Ukulele
Windy City Uke Fest
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop
I know, sounds like it's only for guitar players. NOT!!
PSGW is a very old event, starting in 1974. It's a community
experience for acoustic musicians of all kinds. Uke has become an
important part of the workshops, and the principal person who teachers
there is the remarkable James Hill (http://www.ukulelejames.com).
Miscellaneous Uke Sites
Minnesota Ukulele Players
Based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area,
this blog site includes a variety of stuff, including a description by the
site owner of his uke building project. Lots of good links, too.
TUSC stands for Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club. Based in the
United Kingdom, this is a really fine website, with lots of info about
ukes. But most impressive is several songbooks, in PDF format,
downloadable for anyone's use, with a wide array of tunes, with chord
notation. Related is the blog site of the TUSC writer, known as
Nipper, found at
http://www.ukulelerevolution.blogspot.com/. Check it out!!!
Ukulele Strummer's Association (SUSA)
Salem, Oregon group of uke enthusiasts.
Site offers a nice set of songs and some articles about uke, among other
Here's what Tonya says: "I like ukuleles. They’re fun,
approachable and, without question, one of the “happiest” instruments I
know. I like ukulele people even more. They’re fun, approachable
and, without question, pretty darn happy,,," Her web site is full of
useful info, including some PDF files on things like how to buy a uke, or
some beginning lessons.
Pineapple Pete's Uke School
Ukulele Association (PUA)
Hall of Fame Museum
Brudda Bu's Ukulele Heaven
Jumpin' Jim Beloff's Flea Market
Ukulelia: Your Passport to Four
Bounty Music Hawaii Ukulele Guide
Ukulele Occasional Magazine
Ukuleles by Kawika
There's no such thing
as too much uke!
Ukukele...Voice of Hawaii
History of the Martin Ukulele by Richard Johnston
Ukulele Guild of Hawaii
Article about ukes
Ralph Shaw, King of the Ukulele
Tiki King's Ukulele Stuff
Beatles Fun! My very favorite ukulele site, and one of my
favorite sites of any kind. This site does one thing, very
well. It shows you how to play about 50 Beatles tunes on the
ukulele, both using graphics and sound. You have to see it to
Tapes, one of the great instructional materials producers, has
several ukulele items.