Sunday, June 14, 2009

Finger stretcher!

Long time no post! I've been both busy and lazy with regards to posting on this blog of late, but that seems to happen when summer rolls around, so hopefully you'll keep this little blog in the back of your mind and check back once in a while because I'll definitely keep it going, even if it's slow goings in the summer.

With some nice weather out (finally!), I decided to give Piano Forte a shot on my deck. I have been playing this one a lot lately but have not really been able to be too smooth at it. As you might know, this one requires some serious finger stretches in a couple of sections. Trying to be like Jake and play it on a tenor is doable but rather difficult, so I've been playing it on my William King long-scale concert, which is basically the only uke I've been playing in the last month or so anyway. To my surprise it only took two takes to get a relatively clean run through the song. I like this song quite a bit and it's a good one to demonstrate the ukulele as a finger picking instrument to people who don't know much about it.

Oh, if you're wondering about the thing that's hanging off the headstock, it's a little rabbit made out of jade. It's hung on the uke by my inner Aldrine Guerrero wannabe, or something...LOL! :P

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: