A Beginner's Ukulele Resource Kit

Handy links to learning the ukulele online.

  • 25th
  • March
  • 2014
rogerwilkerson:

More to enjoy - detail from 1957 Motorola Hi-Fi ad

rogerwilkerson:

More to enjoy - detail from 1957 Motorola Hi-Fi ad

Tagged: uke ukulele hifi motorola 1950s advertising ad vintage

  • 28th
  • July
  • 2012
…is sich reserviert, bittersheen (vintage German table placard)
Beware the evil eye of angered fiddlers…

…is sich reserviert, bittersheen (vintage German table placard)

Beware the evil eye of angered fiddlers…

Tagged: german illustration restaurants vintage

  • 21st
  • May
  • 2011

"The Ian Whitcomb (Radio/Podcast) Show"

Had a fantastic time last night at Coffee Gallery’s Backstage as Ian Whitcomb with pal guitarist Fred Sokolow led play-along tunes, told stories, and sang, but here I’m plugging Ian’s XM Radio show:

…British Invasion veteran and music historian Ian Whitcomb will share a special “Parade of the Faves”… featuring an eclectic and exciting mix of American and British popular songs ranging from Tin Pan Alley, Ragtime, through 1920s crooners and dance bands, to 1950’s rock and roll. This music-intensive program also features Whitcomb’s fascinating stories behind the music, the circumstances surrounding their composition and their noteworthy instrumentations.

He’s compiled a page with links to all past episodes here. I’ve listened to quite a few and they are quite entertaining and, if you’ve not heard him speak before, you’ll quickly appreciate his enthusiasm, wit, and wonderful “BBC radio voice”.

YouTube’s loaded with Ian’s 60’s and 70’s television appearances, too, including “Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday on Saturday Night" and "This Sporting Life”. His song “You Turn Me On" which Mae West recorded has been covered quite a bit.

Tagged: Ian Whitcomb Tin Pan Alley XM podcast uke ukulele vintage radio

  • 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

  • 5th
  • March
  • 2011
1920s Oscar Schmidt Ukelin Ukulele (via Heritage Auction Galleries)
Not that I’m into “exotic” ukes (allowing for unbelievable awesomeness that is Kala’s travel uke… with headstock compass), but this is so durned odd. For one, how’s a bowed gajillion stringed instrument a ukulele?

1920s Oscar Schmidt Ukelin Ukulele (via Heritage Auction Galleries)

Not that I’m into “exotic” ukes (allowing for unbelievable awesomeness that is Kala’s travel uke… with headstock compass), but this is so durned odd. For one, how’s a bowed gajillion stringed instrument a ukulele?

Tagged: vintage uke ukulele Collection

  • 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

  • 4th
  • February
  • 2011

OK, plastic ukes are fantastic, but how do they sound? 

"If I Only Had A Brain" played on a "T.V. Pal DeLuxe" Plastic Ukulele (via plasticukuleles)

Chords available from DoctorUke.com

Tagged: vintage ukulele uke collector

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

  • 27th
  • January
  • 2011

A.T. Howson 1910 Ukulele Model “Phono Fiddle”

Modeled originally from Johannes Matthias Augustus Stroh violins patented in 1899, Howson was a famous London Maker in the early 1900’s of odd “phono fiddle” instruments. … Approximately 25-1/2” tall this is a soprano scaled instrument with a silver horn…

Yours for $4,499 on eBay.

(via MusicGuyMic’s Room of Ukulele eBay Store)

Tagged: Phono Fiddle A.T.Howson 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