Since I’ve started the website (blog), it’s become abundantly clear to me that I need to up my social media game. So today, I jumped into I’ve heard about Reddit; seen links and sharing buttons on websites (in fact, I just added the Reddit sharing button to my posts); and stumbled across the occasional provocative Reddit-related headline. Continue reading “Reddit”

Local Groups

I think one of the best ways to motivate yourself to keep playing is to become a part of the music-playing community. But where are they? When I first started playing, I had a hard time finding groups to play with. And when I finally did stumble upon a group, it was dismally small.

Since that time, I’ve learned that Anchorage has a vibrant musical community, including lots of interest in the ukulele. But, when I search for information on uke groups, the pickings are slim. Continue reading “Local Groups”

Ukulele Russ

I wanted to keep it local tonight and talk about the Anchorage Folk Festival, which is a totally cool… (yea, let’s make that pun intended) folk music festival that happens in Anchorage for about ten days each year.

But no, that will just have to wait, because tonight I want to talk about Ukulele Russ. I will keep it local, though. Continue reading “Ukulele Russ”

Super Mario Brothers

The nostalgia makes it even more fun to play!

If you played Nintendo as a kid, then you can’t help but like these tunes on the uke. And the ukulele serves as the perfect medium for these 30-year-old digital  compositions. Continue reading “Super Mario Brothers”

James Hill

Now that I’m “officially” getting this website off the ground, I feel like I have an obligation to get back in to the uke scene and get to know the old, and new, online resources. I jumped back on the Ukulele Underground Forums and caught a James Hill video.

After watching this, I headed straight to his website and checked out more. I recommend you do the same. Continue reading “James Hill”

Ukulele Hunt

One of my favorite ukulele sites is Uke Hunt (Wikipedia might refer to this as a “Gag Name”). And I’m not ashamed to say that since this is my first website ever, I might use his site as a model (but also ukulelego and Got a Ukulele). Imitation is flattery. Eventually, I’ll branch off with my own ideas and do my own thing, but I think that website has a good thing going and I would like to use it as a diving board.

The tabs on Uke Hunt are great. In fact, I discovered my favorite uke tab (Naked As We Came – Iron and Wine) at this site. Continue reading “Ukulele Hunt”

First Official

This is also my About page, but I think it’s appropriate to make it my first “official” blog post. Here’s to hoping I can make this site something worthwhile. I’m sure it will be a constant work in progress (or it’ll die, like so many others, with high hopes and aspirations never realized).

I’m starting this page primarily as a hobby, but I also have a soft spot for the little 4-stringed instrument known as the ukulele (I’d call myself a ukulele enthusiast). The ukulele reignited a passion for music in me that I first attempted to kindle with the guitar and the banjo, and it has helped to sustain that passion for years (although now I’m playing the guitar and banjo more than the uke, but I’ll hold that for another post).

In 2010, during a vacation to Maui, I purchased a souvenir (toy) uke for practically nothing at an ABC shop. I loved playing that little thing. A couple months later, I got my first soprano, then I got a concert as a gift, and a a short time after that, I ordered a tenor.

The uke helped me to become a better musician, helped me learn some theory, and made me realize that a joy for music transcends genres and instruments. So, while I don’t play the uke as much as I’d like to anymore, it holds a special place in my heart.

The uke is HOT right now, and has been for a few years. A Google Trend search of “Ukulele” and “Uke” will give you a good idea of the ukulele’s rise in popularity:

But, I believe mainstream ukulele popularity is like the stock market and will inevitably trend downward once again (side note: There seem to be a lot of spikes in December, the uke must be a popular Christmas gift). Until then, I want to do my part to give the uke a seat at the table. It deserves it.

THE uke video

This is not only the most popular uke video (that I’m aware of), but also one of YouTube’s most popular videos. It’s a YouTube classic. Jake is one of the uke’s greatest ambassadors.

He’s on tour now:

And he’ll be here in Anchorage (that also happens to be where I am) on February 6, 2016.