Monday, April 7, 2008

Gypsy Master

I recently saw a video on Youtube that really caught my eyes. It's a video of Mike Okouchi playing "Gypsy Ukulele". So of all the new ukulele videos that pops up on Youtube all the time (including my ghetto videos), why did this one make a special impression? That's because I have a "Gypsy Rose" ukulele being built by Kevin Crossett of Kepasa Ukuleles!

Mike Okouchi is, of course, awesome in this video, but when I saw it, I just thought "how awesome would it be to play this song on a Gypsy Rose!" So, I'm determined now to learn how to play this song using Dominator's tabs for it. It's going to be difficult though, as the song's difficulty seems to be above my skill level. It will probably be a month or two before the Gypsy Rose will arrive, so I've got some time to do it. If I'm successful, I'll be sure to post some results here.

Meanwhile, here is the kick butt video of Mike Okouchi playing Gypsy Ukulele:


RTL said...

Says the video is no longer available.


Good luck with the song and new uke.

rtl said...

Doh, and now there it is again... odd... my internet hookup must have hiccuped.

GX9901 said...

Yeah, Youtube does that sometimes. You just gotta give it a few tries sometimes.

For others, if the video doesn't show here, try searching "gypsy ukulele" at Youtube itself.

JTY said...

Killer video! I learned it off of Doms tabs when he first posted it. I liked the fast paced vibe to it. My son and I played it at one of his school function a couple of years ago and at last months open mic too.. he on rhythm, and I on the lead part. Everytime I play it, I learn more about it and its a nice tempo to jam/improv etc with. Great tune. good luck with it. JTY

Mike Okouchi said...

Wow...I'm flattered. I can't wait to see your "Gypsy Rose" uke. Glad that people enjoy this song. It was a real kick to write. Thanks to Dominator and gx9901 for the love!

Which uke should I bring on my next trip to Oahu???

What's the maximum you'd spend on a ukulele case for your best uke?

If you could steal one of my ukes, which one would it be???

How curly do you like your koa? (preferably on a uke)

What's the maximum number of ukes a perfectly sane person should have???

Poll: How often do you play the ukulele???

Poll: Which guitar company's approach to ukes do you prefer???

Poll: What's your favorite type of headstock???

Poll: The new basic Collings concert uke (UC-1) sells for about $1k, your reaction is: