Tag: ukulele

Ukulele Update

Last Christmas I wrote about my new ukulele and about one of my old ones.  Here is an update.

Few years back I bought a circa 1920 tenor ukulele from a guitar maker that I know.  It needed work and I finally got it to a luthier.  I took it to Woodsy’s in Medina.  Here is what it looked like when I took it in.

Notice it is missing pegs and there is a blue piece of thick rubber near the bridge.

Couple weeks passed and when I picked it up I was amazed.  The pegs were replaced with grover tuners and the piece of rubber is gone.  Turns out the rubber was a mute used to quiet it down.

The uke has a clear, loud, bright tone.  I am working on some tunes and when I’m satisfied I will post them.

If you need work done on any instrument take it down to Woodsy’s and you won’t be disappointed.  Make sure you stop across the street to Sully’s for a great Irish meal and some Guinness.

H. P. Lovecraft and the Ukulele

My daughter is a big fan of H. P. Lovecraft.  Although he never did much for me she loves his work, especially the Cthulhu stories*.  She often plays a role playing game with her friends, Call of Cthulhu.  Because of this she has stuffed Cthulhu animals and even knitted a Cthulhu hat.

I was surprised to find that Neil Gaiman tweeted a picture of his ukulele.

This is probably the coolest ukulele I’ve ever seen.  Makes me want to go watch The Evil Dead series.

*I’m not sure of the right way to spell Cthulhu.  Every website I go to spells it differently.  This is the way they spell it on Wikipedia.  Good enough for me.

Ukulele Jam Session

I was surfing the vast internet and found that there is a monthly ukulele jam session at the Coventry Library in Cleveland Heights.  I just missed the last one and the next one is on February 22nd.  Here are the details.

Event Type: Adult
Date: 2/22/2011
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Bring your ukulele for an evening of strumming, singing, and generally having a good time! All levels welcome. Music provided.
Library: Coventry Village Library
Location: Coventry Village Meeting Room
Presenter: Adult Services Staff

This sounds like a lot of fun.  The only problem is I usually work long hours so I may not be able to attend until I retire in August.

Bohemian Rhapsody

I was in the middle of writing a rant about a Teabagger that I met today.  I’m going to give it a day to see if I cool off.  In the meantime here is Jake Shimabukuro playing an incredible version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on the ukulele.

I was planning on putting some of my ukulele playing here but I think I’m going to wait until I improve a little more.


Christmas and Ukuleles

Christmas has come and gone and this year it was wonderful.  Saw the family and just relaxed.  I’ve needed this.

I bought the wife a drum machine, drum sticks and a beat box.  Now that she is s percussionist it’s only appropriate.  She now carries the drum sticks around with her and beats on everything.   The steel drum band has really opened her up to the musical world.

I’m very lucky in the gift thing. The family must be reading my blog because I got Bryan Ferry cds that fill a hole in my library (including the new one).   Also some electronic toys but the exciting thing is I got a Lanikai Concert Ukulele.    It is made from koa wood and is a beauty.

I’ve been playing the ukulele on and off but have been frustrated by the poor quality of the tuners.  They go out of tune so easily.  Plus the soprano is so small.  I really needed a concert size.

I already have three ukuleles but they are all tenors and two of them are on the cheap side.  A couple years ago I acquired a 1920 Martin Tenor Ukulele that needs a little bit of work.  Three of the tuners are gone and I need to get it to a luthier.  I just haven’t had the time.  I think I will do that soon.