A Beginner's Ukulele Resource Kit

Handy links to learning the ukulele online.

  • 6th
  • May
  • 2014

Tally Hall’s “Hidden in the Sand” pairs a not-really-all-that-sad-of-a-song with lovely, yet escalatingly calamitous retro animation to great, melancholic effect. Love the chords ‘n sparse strumming. Chordsheet available at Ukulele WikiWiki.

(via TallyHall, ht: Ryan Taylor)

Tagged: uke ukulele Tally Hall performance animation retro

  • 21st
  • July
  • 2013

Stupid Ukulele” Robot iPhone Case

Whether you prefer “summer camp hand-tooled 50’s robot/cowboy crafty” vibe or ultra-sleek 60’s transistorized duo-tone, Billy Davis (aka One Swell Illustrator) has what ya need to scratch that nostalgic itch. (OSI blog)

(via One Swell Illustrator)

Tagged: uke ukulele robot leather retro cowboy Billy Davis Illustration

  • 30th
  • November
  • 2012

Retro pin-up doodler Sibylline’s homage to “Some Like It Hot” and McFly’s “Love Is Easy” video.

(via SibyllineSketchBlog)

Tagged: sibylline Illustration ukulele uke McFly Some Like It Hot retro

  • 28th
  • March
  • 2012
“The Id and the Ukulele” Mock Textbook
My efforts at going paperless by moving all my uke “music” onto my iPad continues — with addition of some homemade book covers, introducing some much needed color and variation to iBook’s shelves (without ‘em all the icons look identical).
(via Pizza By The Slice)

“The Id and the Ukulele” Mock Textbook

My efforts at going paperless by moving all my uke “music” onto my iPad continues — with addition of some homemade book covers, introducing some much needed color and variation to iBook’s shelves (without ‘em all the icons look identical).

(via Pizza By The Slice)

Tagged: uke ukulele books Illustration textbook Retro

  • 7th
  • May
  • 2011

The Ukulele & You

The Museum of Making Music's online exhibit “The Ukulele & You: America’s Love Affair with the Ukulele” offers an exceptional catalog of rare ukes: 

[the original exhibit] concentrated mainly on mass-produced instruments marketed to the American public beginning in 1915. The online catalogue preserves this core component and for the first time includes detailed front, back and side images of the collection along with physical descriptions, attributions and probable dates of manufacture.

Above are just a few of my favorites, including the Selcol “Skiffle Junior” ukulele, the outline of which bears an incredibly similarity to a certain round-eared mouse’s uke, manufactured by the same company, at about the same time. Hmmmmmm…

I’d love to see higher-res photos, but this site’s a terrific gift.  Thanks much!!!

Tagged: Collection museum uke ukulele plastic retro antique vintage

  • 26th
  • February
  • 2011
Stereo Stack - truly is “A kaleidoscopic-wonderland of hi-fidelity and dual-dynamic vibrancy”. A hypnotic collection of those “stereo” labels that appeared on vinyl album covers (via espop)
What’s this to do with ukuleles? See? Right there — “Mahalo — recorded in Hawaii” that’s enough for me!

Stereo Stack - truly is “A kaleidoscopic-wonderland of hi-fidelity and dual-dynamic vibrancy”. A hypnotic collection of those “stereo” labels that appeared on vinyl album covers (via espop)

What’s this to do with ukuleles? See? Right there — “Mahalo — recorded in Hawaii” that’s enough for me!

Tagged: retro vintage design commercial art vinyl collection ablum sleeve

Custom Derek Yaniger Tiki/Hipster Ukuleles

Derek is a whirlwind of productivity whose loose, free-flowing lines hearken a nostalgia-tinged classic tiki life are a natural continuation of Jim Flora’s 50’s hipsters. He’s designed some fantastic tiki mugs … and adorned a few musical instruments, too, including these ukuleles and bongos.

Tagged: uke ukulele custom handmade art cartoon hipster tiki retro

  • 4th
  • February
  • 2011

Hello, Chord Master!

I’ve gone gaga over Bakelite ‘n plastic ukuleles in past posts, however, this device, attached to the neck of one of these gems allowed one to play 6 — count ‘em SIX! — chords at the touch of a button! Sounds a bit like Ford’s old "teletouch" transmissions

ChordMaster.org’s stupendous compendium of plastic ukes, ads, gadgets, and folks happily playing (sometimes underwater — why not? it’s plastic!) is worthy your leisurely perusal. You’ll be amazed by such models as the Islander Ukette, T.V.Pal, Uke-A-Doodle, Ukeatune, Mousegetar, and many, many more!

Tagged: plastic Bakelite retro pop-culture gadget vintage ukulele uke collector

  • 16th
  • December
  • 2010
"The First Book of Jazz", Illustration by Cliff Roberts, Written by Langston Hughes, title page spread. Numerous glorious page scans  (via davidgeorgepearson)

"The First Book of Jazz", Illustration by Cliff Roberts, Written by Langston Hughes, title page spread. Numerous glorious page scans  (via davidgeorgepearson)

Tagged: vintage retro cartoon illustration jazz banjo books Cliff Roberts Langston Hughes