I’d wanted a sopranino ukulele ever since I first saw one, I figured it’s portability would make it a great companion for me when I’m away from home. The iUke clocks in at around £60 (I’m haven’t seen anywhere in the US stocking them yet). For your money, you get a solid topped instrument with Aquila strings and a pretty nice padded gig bag. Here’s my thoughts after owning one for the past few months…
I recently purchased a couple of books by Aaron and Nicole Keim. Together Aaron and Nicole are husband and wife duo The Quiet American. They perform traditional old-time American folk music that feels and sounds incredibly authentic, it’s American folk music at it’s best.
I recently got my hands on a plastic backed Mahilele soprano ukulele (a first for me) and I’ve been playing it quite a lot so here’s my thoughts… Continue reading
In anticipation of heading to the upcoming Grand Northern Ukulele festival I figured it was time to grab some kind of case for one of my ukuleles. At the moment they’re all stacked up in the corner of my living room amongst my guitars and aren’t getting much protection.
I have to admit I’ve been wanting to get my hands on an Octopus soprano ukulele to try out for quite a while now. Firstly because I’ve read good things about them (for the price) and secondly as I’m eventually going to do some custom artwork on a ukulele and it’s a likely candidate.
Well, I’m now the proud owner of an Octopus soprano so here’s my thoughts…
Recently I got my hands on a Ukulele Chord Changer from Troubadour Music. For those of you that don’t know, a chord changer is a device that straps on to the neck of your ukulele and allows you to play chords at the press of a button. My initial interest in the Chord Changer was sparked when my dad asked whether I thought he could play the ukulele with his arthritis.
What’s great about the ukulele is that it’s so damn handy, I can pretty much keep it by my side 24/7 – well that is unless my wife decides to move it to some place where I can’t find it and I have to go hunting it down (maybe she’s doing it on purpose!). So I guess you could say it’s a good idea to give them some place where you can put them and know that they’ll always be there when you want them. Continue reading
I’ve just got my hands on a Rhythm Ring which is a percussive ring that you put on your strumming hand to add a bit of accompaniment to your playing. Sometimes I find the ukulele a little bit empty or flat on it’s own. It doesn’t have that full feeling that a full size body gives an acoustic guitar. Continue reading