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Via [tumblr.com profile] allthingsukulele. Have a good weekend, all -- do something to put a smile on someone's face, yours included.

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newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | the answer is YES.)
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Today is a stressful day in the United States (please vote, if you're elligible!), which means that dangit, have a cute kid who happens to be Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.
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It was a cover of "To be or not to be" that convinced me to take up the ukulele, so you can only imagine how delighted I was to find [tumblr.com profile] dont-take-it-seriously's Hamlet ukulele photoshoot. Of all the times not to be able to lay hands on a skull, though...

Hamlet ukulele, http://dont-take-it-seriously.tumblr.com/post/27080527199/ukulele-photoshoot-ever-since-i-could-remember-i


The rest of it is pretty cute too. Happy Monday, everyone!
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (domo-kun | fight the hordes singin' and)
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I don't know where this came from (aside from the amazing [tumblr.com profile] ukulele-time), but from all appearances, this is a working ukulele made out of Legos. WIN.

Lego ukulele
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Ukulele players in Japan set record for largest ensemble

BBC: Japan breaks ukulele world record
A new world record for the largest ukulele ensemble has been set in Japan.

More than 2,000 strummers gathered in Yokohama, Japan's second-largest city, to trump the previous record set in Sweden.

The group were watched by Guinness World Records officials, AFP news agency said, and played a song called Aloha Mahalo A Hui Ho, written by a Hawaii-born former sumo wrestler.

They set the record during Japan's "Ukulele Picnic Week."

The diminutive guitar-shaped instrument originated from Hawaii, where it is also synonymous with hula dancing.

The previous record was set in August last year by 1,547 uke-wielding Swedes in Helsingborg.
You can see photos from a Chicago record-breaking attempt that I participated in earlier this summer!
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An Instagram user named chinatheperson spotted this good use of wait time and was good enough to record it for posterity. If we ever complain about having no time to practice again... well, perhaps we should be sure we don't wind up holding up traffic either.

Red light ukulele
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | serious canon is serious)
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Domo-kun is and has been one of my favorite things in the world for quite a long time. Which makes [tumblr.com profile] djchungy's girlfriend just that much cooler.

Domo-kun with ukulele by djchungy@Tumblr
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Constructed almost entirely from a single slab of premium grade birdseye maple. The smile and pupils are inlaid ebony. The bindings are Bolivian rosewood and the bridge is carved from Australian blackwood. Bone nut and saddle. Peghead geared tuners and Aquila strings. Spanish heel neck joint. Concerto size.
Sounds glorious, right? The instrument of an ardent professional, someone who yearns to play beautiful music on a work of art? Wait for it...

Elmo ukulele by BohemianWorkbench @Etsy

Yup. )


Nice trolling, [etsy.com profile] BohemianWorkbench.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (easy | this guy was handsome)
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This past St. George's Day (April 23), a very concerned protest occurred on Savile Row, home of London's most famous tailors. Everyone looked smashing, of course, but mostly I would like to point out this chap who charmed the camera in nearly every shot with his incredible banjolele.

The Chap Protest - Savile Row - Abercrombie & Fitch
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | courage! science! truth!)
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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
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | o'nine'tails)
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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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Stuart Wailing Resonators look like they should be at the top of any good rockabilly/folksabilly/rootsabilly wish list. The fact that he makes ukuleles to die for just adds to his luster, frankly.

Ain't She Sweet?

Back view )
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Hey folks! This is me coming to you from the other side of the Festival of Aloha World Record attempt. We didn't quite break the bank, but it was a really great hour or so of ukulele awesomeness -- if you ever get a chance to fill up a public space with ukulele players, it's a blast! This is the song we were taught, and Lanialoha Lee was a great, great teacher. Here's the sheet music, but try it just from the video; it was a new experience for me, and certainly the first time I'd really managed singing and playing at the same time.



For the interested, some pictures from the event!

14 photos )
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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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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 )
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (easy | this guy was handsome)
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I'm not coming up with much in the way of video (although they are on MySpace and were once written up for their Twenties-inspired fashion and act), but the Follies Sisters sure know how to ride that first big ukulele wave.

The Follies Sisters
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (homestuck | Karkat your face)
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This week we saw Jake Shimabukuro describe the ukulele as the instrument of peace. I can think of no better illustration of this truth than Godzilla playing one.

Godzilla Ukulele band, no really

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