Friday, March 24, 2017

成都 (趙雷) Ukuyiyi || Baritone Ukulele Cover

沉默的表示 (羅大佑) - Baritone ukulele cover II

Manitoba Hal || LIVE on The Drew Marshall Show

Manitoba Hal know the Blues. If you like the Blues don't miss this one!

The Drew Marshall Show YT Comments...
Over the past fifteen years Manitoba Hal Brolund has forged an international reputation for engaging performance, storytelling and masterful ukulele playing. His strong foundation in American roots / blues music, confident expressive vocals, and distinctive original music have made him a solid draw and in demand workshop leader at festivals, house concerts and soft seat theatres in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Hal’s performances are all about engaging and connecting with his audience and he makes music that takes his audience from the deep south to the islands with songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding background beats with looping technology showcasing the blues in all it's passion and groove. Many wouldn’t associate the ukulele as a blues instrument, but Hal takes out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail. Hal’s own blues tunes breathe with hints of cajun, rock, gospel, and folk. He is influenced by artists like Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Colin Linden, and Big Dave Mclean. Internationally recognized as a master of the ukulele, Hal’s instruments include a custom made double necked ukulele and a steel strung baritone slide ukulele that are both driven to the edge as he bangs, plucks and squeezes every ounce of emotion and groove from the four strings.

Thanks to Ron Hale DRM for hooking another spectacular catch!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Why 2017 is the Best Year Ever for the Baritone Ukulele Player (PART I)

The last time I wrote about the best things for a Baritone Ukulele player was in 2011. Of course it has continually gotten better. And in this post I'd like to tell you all about it. I usually put the spotlight on musicians and other sites that you will find helpful. This time I will expound on the benefits of Humble Baritonics blog and encourage you to follow and perhaps even add to the quality of this site.

Just recently with the assistance of Roger Ruthen, Tom Nelson, and Ken Middleton -- HB, has been able to add a lot of content to the blog in the form of musical tablature. I have also reached out to others and encourage you to consider supporting in the form of your favorite charts or tabs.

So what does HB offer? First of all, there are other sites that offer quality music and links are provided to Doctor Uke, pdf-Minstrel, Red Bluff Uke Club (Bari Charts). These are found in the tabs at the top of the screen just below the banner. You will find hundreds of songs here. Doctor uke will challenge your fingers with a plethora of chord charts. In pdf-Minstrel, Roger Ruthen, provides many tablatures in a variety of genres and skill levels -- including Classical, Traditional, and Celtic among others. The Red Bluff tabs links to many modern songs with carefully charted arrangements. (Ukulele Bartt also has some Bari charts that available but not by direct link.)

I also have a page tab for DGBE Songs. This one has had the most hits and I must admit the list really needs to grow. This is a place where you may find that you have a few favorites that you would consider sharing with the bari community.

There is a page tab labelled "Books" where I try to keep a comprehensive list of every bari-specific book that has ever been published for the baritone ukulele. There has been a rapid increase in the amount of books being published for the BU. If you know of any others please let me know. I will keep the community updated.

I would also like to thank a man that likes to remain behind the scenes. His name is Ron Hale and I like to call him my DRM (Deep Research Man). He has an uncanny ability to find the best videos. I value his support. He lives in the Wine Country not so far from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Another man that has consistently kept in touch is the Jazzy Uke man Glen Rose. He has made many videos for the Jazz player. He is a music teacher and musical historian. He once gave my mother and I front seat tickets to his multi-instrumental performances. His work is shown in the Tutorials page tab.

(to be continued...)

The Bookshop Band || You Make The Best Plans Thomas (Songs From The Shed)

The Bookshop Band || Curious & Curiouser (a musical filmette inspired by Alice in Wonderland)

The Bookshop Band || Accidents & Pretty Girls

Beth Whitney || Raven, Shadows of a Man (EOP Presents)

Our friendly DRM makes my life easy. I have posted Beth before but hadn't seen this recent 2017 performance. Thanks Mr. Hale