The little instrument has gone from being an exotic new trend to the embodiment of kitsch since it arrived on Hawaii 125 years ago, but is currently enjoying a revival.
Great in-depth article on the history of ukulele, with some of the classic, must-see videos!
Why: Due to a decade-long viral marketing campaign called “Zooey Deschanel,” we associate the ukulele with quirkiness, off-beat interests, and sensitivity.
What You Think: “He’s sensitive! He’s expressive! We could form a band and tour the world, like that extremely twee two-person band from the Hyundai commercials!”
Ukulele = Hotness. Lesson learned.
Congratulations to Robert Porembski!
Robert collected a total of 569 votes in the Ukulele Besties contest on our UkeCanPlay Facebook Page, and won himself a SWEEEEET Kala ukulele package that includes all three of the best-selling BeatNik uke products! Here is that winning photo of Robert:
Once Robert received the prize, he immediately set out to put it to good use. He is a professional musician, and wanted to give us all a gift in return – so he recorded this amazing song, Sunset Beach, for us to enjoy:
Here are the other amazingly awesome contestants:
This is our tribe. These are our brothers and sisters. Uke on, everyone!!
Thank you all for participating in the contest!
Since becoming a father two years ago, lightning-fingered ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro doesn’t spend quite as much time on the road as he used to. Now he travels just seven months out of the year, with a quick trip home every three weeks or so. HONOLULU Magazine caught up with him during a brief recent visit.
Are ready to win a sweet ukulele? How about all THREE of my software products? Okay, I’ll throw in a case, a tuner, Aquila strings (the best!) and some other bonuses…
NOW are you ready?
It’s easy to enter – just take a cool picture of you and your significant other (your ukulele, I mean). Tack on the words “UkeCanPlay.com” as seen in this example:
Yup, that’s me in the studio recording the chords in Speak Ukulele 2, along with my bestie!
Just go to the UkeCanPlay Facebook page for the contest – Ukulele Besties Contest!
Then, get everyone you know to vote-by-like your picture.
Most votes wins!!!
Oh, and use this hashtag when you share your image: #ukulelebesties
Winners announced the week after 10/15/2014.
I’ve wanted to play guitar for years, but I just cannot seem to get the hang of it. I finally decided to take a page from Julie’s ukulele book and thought I’d try one in the hopes that I could man…
Love the Mobius concept!
See on the-gadgeteer.com
…it’s a square candy tin and I’ve got an old “been around” soprano uke neck (late 30s Regal) bolted to a banjo-style dowel internally and then secured to the body.
I’d love to do a project like this! Listen to the audio clip – what a great sound!