Practice your aNueNue Ukulele every day, and of course you'll improve your intonation and technique. But playing, and time itself, brings wear and tear to your instrument. You should strive to keep your aNueNue Ukulele in a good state of repair. This makes for a better sounding instrument, which means it is more satisfying to play. It will also save you money, because caring for your aNueNue Ukulele means you won’t need to rely on a professional luthier for the maintenance you can easily do yourself. Store your aNueNue Ukulele properly and safely The first rule of thumb is to always store your aNueNue Ukulele properly in a hard case. Leaving your aNueNue Ukulele sitting out in the open is an invitation for serious damage caused by collisions, crashes, or exposure to rapid temperat
The many names of the Jew's harp--jaw harp, mouth harp, maultrommel, mungharpe, munngiga, and trump--attest to the instrument's popularity. Ron Berry is an Australian instrument maker as well as a Jew’s harp player and importer. “I like to play them at the market and watch people’s eyes go wide,” he says. “It’s just one of those sounds I guess. People love them because they’re nice and easy to play. You can pick them up and get a sound out of them straight away without much technique.” Jew’s harps have carved a niche in nearly every part of the world and can be found in quite a few shapes and styles. This tutorial focuses on those jaw harps held against a musician’s parted teeth. Parts of a Jew’s Harp A Jew’s harp consists of two parts--the frame and the tongue or reed. The vi
Are ukuleles enjoying a resurgence in popularity? George Harrison (of the Beatles, hello!) was a huge ukulele player and proponent. Tiny Tim was also a uke strummer but most people would rather forget that. Now it seems that this 4-string mini-guitar-like instrument is making a small but eloquent comeback. Origins of the Ukulele Invented by Portugese immigrants in Hawaii, the ukulele has the advantage of being small and portable. It's better than a back-packer type guitar because it has a richer, fuller tone than the portable guitar. The ukulele may be second fiddle to the guitar since it's smaller and has four strings to the guitar's six, but it's still an instrument that has a wide range of tone. There are also several sizes of ukulele such as: soprano 13” concert 15” t
Professional beatbox flute player, Greg Pattillo, is blown away by the volume of internet resources available to musicians today. With his first flute lessons in the 80’s, he falls among the last generation of musicians who had to learn music the old fashioned way. “I had to search long and hard for boot legged tapes of live recordings,” he remembers. “I couldn’t just open up my iTunes and download them, you know.” Nowadays, Pattillo makes his living playing flute, but he’s used the web to learn a variety of musical instruments including 6 string ukulele purely for enjoyment. “I got my mitts on an alto sax not so long ago,” he says, “and now I have something like YouTube where I can get exercises, hear different people play the same things, teach myself how to have an opinion about
The Teisco brand name stands for Tokyo Electric Instrument and Sound Company. Teisco was founded by Renowned Hawaiian and Spanish Guitarist Atswo Kaneko and Electrical engineer Doryu Matsuda. The company was originally called 'Aoi Onpa Kenkyujo' meaning (Hollyhock Soundwave or Electricity Laboratories). In 1956 the company name was changed to 'Nippon Onpa Kogyo Co' then changed to Teisco in 1964. The Vintage Electric Guitar In 1967 the company was aquired by the Kawai Musical Instrument Co. Ltd. They discontinued the name Teisco for guitars but used it for their keyboard brand until the 80’s. In the USA Teisco guitars were imported with at least eight brand names. Cheaper Than a Jaguar or a Jazzmaster When the strings are attacked from behind the bridge, a third bridge
If you're looking to buy a jazz ukulele or steel string ukulele the choices available can be quite overwhelming. So here's a quick guide to picking a jazz ukulele or steel string ukulele in three different price/quality brackets. Best Beginner Jazz Ukulele or steel string ukulele A great first jazz ukulele is the Lanikai LU-21 range. Despite them being cheap, they are well put together and are (usually at least) set up well enough for beginners not to have any problems with them. If you go cheaper than this you are very likely to come across problems in the way the steel string ukulele is made such as tuning problems or inaccurate intonation (i.e. the frets are not placed accurately). Another big advantage is that the jazz ukulele Lanikai LU-21 is one of the few entry level st...