Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
and this explains how he affords all those ukes!
Friday, February 19, 2010
here are some pics of my latest Grizzly kit mutilation. i got the idea from the foldable Voyage-Air guitars. we usually backpack when we travel so we try to carry as little as possible. i thought maybe a foldable ukulele would be something easy to stuff in the backpack.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
As the Congress went on, Allison Cochran’s quiet smile, sunny disposition, and damn fine fiddle playing made the show for me. With Chris Little on banjo and tenor guitar, their song “Goddess of Brown County” was so haunting and memorable I’ve been playing it ever since. Having her join in with me for harmonies on an impromptu version of the disco tune “I Will Survive” still cracks me up. It was one of those moments you just can’t plan for – too much fun. She brightened every jam she was a part of, and eventually became in my mind a sort of representation of all of the kindness, openness, and talent I met there in Brown County.
Mike wrote me today and let me know that Allison passed away. I don’t have any details – just that she’s gone. I didn’t know her other than those few hours in that field, but I sure will miss her…
So raise a glass, bow a head, play a song – whichever suits you – for the woman I began to think of as the real “Goddess of Brown County”. Adios Allison – You’ll be missed.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
It seems to me that I should be able to go to any mall music store and grab one for about $150... And that would be true, if I didn't live in the US.
For some unknown reason Yamaha only sells these things in the EU - and in limited supply in Canukistan (Canada Alan, Canada).
I've tried twice to get one via phone to no avail. It's like they are a prohibited substance.
Meanwhile you can go play all the crappy Yamaha nylon student guitars you want... everything in the line - except the GL-1.
Anyway - here is a lovely girl from the UK (I think) who absolutely shows us all what a GL-1 can do.
She's pretty damn good - and nice too. Give her a sub and tell her to play more uke.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Lesson: Don't put your uke down on a chair EVEN FOR A SECOND. You might forget it.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Yes yes, I know. I have instrument ADD. I admit that. Currently I've been thinking about a tenor guitar. Why? Well, I can tune it in fourths like a baritone uke, or in fifths like an octave mando. Both of which I play.
Of all the cooky instrument ideas I've had lately - this one actually has the best collection of rationalization.
I've been thinking of the Gold Tone resonator version above -some of you have Gold Tone banjo-ukes and banjos - any thoughts on quality for Gold Tone?