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How to maintain your aNueNue Ukulele musical instrument

How to maintain your aNueNue Ukulele musical instrument

Music
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
Vintage ukulele collectible as Investments

Vintage ukulele collectible as Investments

Business, Music
Vintage ukulele collecting can be a fun way of investing money. Like car enthusiast who collect Corvettes or people who deal in antique toys, furniture or sports memorabilia, there is a worldwide market and appeal for vintage ukulele. Just like any antique, ukulele have a history and tell stories. They also have a proven track record for generating money .Here is some advice for someone starting out. What Makes a Vintage Ukulele Collectable Condition- Whether its baseball cards or Barbie Dolls or any kind of collectable antique, condition is very important. Vintage ukulele in excellent condition is always worth more than ukulele in average shape. Other criteria for the ukulele to be worth money are Originality- Any modifications, replaced parts or repairs, no matter how sma...
Ukulele renaissance and gift ideas for music lovers

Ukulele renaissance and gift ideas for music lovers

Music
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
How to learn 6 string ukulele online

How to learn 6 string ukulele online

Music
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
Teisco – King of the knock-off guitar

Teisco – King of the knock-off guitar

Entertainment
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
Tin Can Instruments – Ramkie

Tin Can Instruments – Ramkie

Music
When the British took South Africa from the Dutch in 1815, they imported technologies brand new to the Africans who lived there. The tin can, first patented in 1810, was especially well received – not only as a readily recycled container for food and water, but as a newer, louder, and more brilliant resonator for stringed instruments. The most noteworthy outcome of that revelation was the ramkie, a plucked or strummed instrument related to lutes, guitars, and ukeleles. The traditional ramkie is based on an oil can. Cooking oil? Motor oil? Who cares! If it has a pleasant "ping," it will do very nicely. Cookie tins, round or rectangular, are less traditional – but often produce a superior sound. Once the can has been selected, the builder must create a workable neck for the instrument.