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Free Ukulele Factory Tour – Kamaka Hawaii

Today’s Los Angeles Times had this wonderful audio slideshow tour of the Kamaka Hawaii ukulele factory.

You can almost smell the Koa wood and hear the sound of the ocean – and what gorgeous instruments! If you are visiting the island, be sure to stop by for the free tour.

Kamaka Hawaii
550 South St., Honolulu, Hawaii
808-531-3165

Kamaka Ukulele Factory
Click the image to watch the audio slideshow!
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Pessimism Never Sounded So Good!

Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards) is credited with popularizing the ukulele in America in the Roaring 20’s era. Interesting trivia fact – Edwards voiced the character Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney’s Pinnochio.

Watch the master here in this charming song about how we are all going to die someday!
Pay special attention to the swinging strumming style.

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Best Of Uke Web, Part One…

Mahalo!

Today, I want to give you plenty to do. Really, this should keep you busy for at least a month!

Here are some of my favorite places to visit on the web – each with it’s own unique ukulele offering. The best and fastest way to learn the uke is to be a part of an ukulele community. Fortunately, there are many places to hang out – and of course, you are always welcome here at UkeCanPlay!

First on this short list (in no particular order – they’re all great!) is Ukulele Underground.
Here you can find a large forum community, articles, videos and even a store to purchase all the necessities! Very, very cool site!

Next up is Dominator’s blog, home of the fantastic collection of Dominator tabs. Dominator is a well known and highly respected personality on the world ukulele scene. His site will keep you up to date on the latest happenings – maybe even in your area – and some of the greatest tab sheets you will find online. Highly recommended!

Finally, the fantastic videos to be found at IamHawaii. You can learn some great songs here, from legends like Jake Shimabukuro and Aldrine Guerrero, plus see some incredible views of the islands!

So, check ’em out, then head back here for more updates.

Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter – we have something very exciting lined up which will be available to our subscribers before anyone else!

Aloha,
BeatNik

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U-kool-lele!

Here is the infamous Amanda Palmer doing a ukulele cover of Radiohead’s Creep.

I will be teaching this (easy to play) song in an upcoming video right here on UkeCanPlay.com.

I wanted to post this right away for those of you who are new to the instrument and might be wondering if it’s the right instrument for you.
I mean, come on… How cool is this?

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Ukulele Fretboard Roadmap

For my blog launching pad, this first post is something very cool I found on the web – a fretboard diagram of every note on the uke. So, even if you don’t know anything about music, you can look at this diagram and figure out how to play a melody based on the chords or notation in your sheet music.

Here’s the C tuning:

Ukulele Fretboard Notes in GCEA tuning

And, for D tuning: