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Alphabet of musical instruments (U for Ukulele), Tin Whistle Press


Alphabet Poster of Musical Instruments by Tin Whistle Press: "What's a yehu? This is an alphabet print I originally made for my son's room, featuring different musical instruments from the common to the somewhat obscure. Designed, drawn, and hand screen printed by me on heavy weight 100 lb. cover French Dur-O-Tone Butcher White paper. Three-color limited run silk screen."

Poster in action )


Happy Friday, gang!
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Meet Miss Olive and Miss Magriet, two ladies from [etsy.com profile] TheJumpingFleaMarket to start your week.

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Close-ups )


And a quick question to you, dear members: for myself, I have been so neglectful of my ukulele that I've (!!) lost most of my calluses, which is distressing. I'm starting to think that maybe some mutual accountability/goal-setting might help me actually progress, rather than just fiddling around and not acquiring skills or a repertoire. Would anyone be interested in a once-weekly check-in post, where we can declare a goal for the week (learn a song, practice strumming, &c) and talk about how we think we did the week before?
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This is the cutest! Okay, even if you're like me and iPad/iPhone-less, you can appreciate these really darling cartoons of a bear playing a ukulele, created as part of the Ukulele Rangers, a celebration of people who bring their ukuleles to Yosemite National Park!

Ukulele Rangers, dancing bear with ukulele


If you click that link, there are also mugs and shirts and things available in addition to the gadget wallpapers.
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Oh no, sorry guys! It's my birthday, and I've spent all my waking hours being indolent. (It's great!) I'm not a reader of the Scary-Go-Round comics, but this t-shirt is darling with (I assume) or without context!

Scary-Go-Round Ukes Not Nukes, T-Shirt from TopatoCo
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I like odd search terms. I'll just leave it at saying that putting "patriotic ukulele" into Google Image Search is more fun than I would have anticipated. Happy July 4th to all, and happy Independence Day (yes, that one!) to those who celebrate it today!

Huzzah! )
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The printmongers (that's what they call themselves!) at [etsy.com profile] aardvarkonsea have a lot of fun with their prints. Their take on the proper place of ukuleles in our lives is long, but not to be missed.

Wake up and... )
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In the Northern Hemisphere, and certainly in Chicago, where I live, summer is in full swing, and most of us are dreaming of something to cool us off. Thank goodness [etsy.com profile] chaldea supplies with this adorable tiny print.

Penguin Plays Ukulele print by chaldea @Etsy

One more, because I couldn't resist )


Have a grand weekend, everybody!
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In this morning's Etsy trawl, I found myself in awe of a sudden surge in sparkly ukuleles available. If you don't think that rhinestones improve everything they touch, think again, and prepare to have your mind blown.

Three lovely examples )


Happy Friday, folks! Have a great weekend. <3
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[etsy.com profile] ArCaneLutherie may actually have the coolest ukuleles that I've seen yet. They're instruments, but they're also fully supportive and functional canes too. You can get them custom built to your specifications (guitars, mandolins, violins and dulcimers also available); or you can go for a pocket instrument. Here are some pictures of the ukulele cane:

ArCane Lutherie @ Etsy

Two more )


There are also videos available so you can hear the sound. Not too shabby!
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One of the great things about YouTube is that it's chock-full of characters. You just meet people at their most enthusiastic and they're completely wonderful and captivating. In the course of trying to decide whether to invest in this little gizmo, I found the following video review of support straps for your ukulele. Stick around through the end. I adore this guy already.



Spoiler alert: I bought the Uke Thong. Will review it here once it arrives. Happy Friday, folks! And a good long weekend for those celebrating Memorial Day.
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Hey all! I don't know how many of you are in the Chicago area, but the first ever Festival of Aloha is holding an attempt at breaking Sweden's world record for most ukulele players performing a continuous piece for five minutes in one place this Saturday in Lincoln Square (just off the Western Brown Line stop).

On a side note, the Old Town School of Folk Music is having a sale on Mahalo ukuleles (the really colorful ones) -- only $25 each!
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By which I mean that a steampunk ukulele (listed as a bass by, of course, [etsy.com profile] celentanowoodworks, though it seems it can be built as a uke) is made beautiful, per Kate Beaton, by all its useless gears and cogs.

Enough with needlessly complicated run-on sentences -- to the pictures!

Steampunk ukulele (or bass) by Celentano Woodworks

Oooooooh. )
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It's been my project this weekend to figure out how I can play "Sigh No More, Ladies" from Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing (watch it here; it's lovely). Unfortunately, the only easily accessible tabs I've found have been guitar-only.

The internet is good to us, though; Missy has us covered with some tips (and illustrations) for converting guitar tabs to ukulele-useful tabs. I'm also contemplating looking into a capo, but that might just be me enjoying having stuff (the thing that would really help me out would be this thong, so that should come first).

I'm in transit at the moment, but if I manage to come up with some satisfactory results, I'll definitely share. Do you have any recent triumphs (or tribulations!) you want to talk about? Happy Monday, all!
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That's not a violin. Repeat: that is not a violin.



[etsy.com profile] davidprat has it for sale on Etsy here. Cognitive dissonance party ahoy!
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We're having a rare perfect spring here in Chicago, but that doesn't mean it's ever a bad time to dream about Hawaii, courtesy of [etsy.com profile] EverythingIsJake.

Retro Hawaii print by EverythingIsJake @etsy
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A little less Big Island, a little more Boot Hill. I don't know how well these instruments play, but you've got to give [etsy.com profile] TheSomberRaven this -- they definitely look cool!

Old West ukulele

Three more )
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In case you can't carry your ukulele with you everywhere you go, there's an even more portable option for declaring your love of the instrument, thanks to [etsy.com profile] theartfulbadger!

Pins. Plenty of them. )

Have a great weekend, everybody!
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Did you know atompunk was a thing? It's the 1960s/Jetsons-style equivalent of steampunk (Victorian) and dieselpunk (WWI through the early 1950s). Anyway, this is only related because sometimes [etsy.com profile] celentanowoodworks is so awesome I just want to yell at them. An atomic ukulele. For serious? Good lord. Want.

Celentano Woodworks atomic ukulele

Two more, plus a video )

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