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.
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.
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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.
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