I started paying the ukulele like many mainlanders after a 2 ˝ year tour
on Oahu with the Navy. We didn’t hear much from the ukulele for many years then
two local Hawaiian boys Israel Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole and Jake
Shimabukuro hit the scene like a tidal wave! Samples of his music may be found
Israel Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo’ole – IZ to his friends and fans was nicknamed
"The Gentle Giant" by his admirers. He was described as always
cheerful and positive, and he was best known for his love of the land and of
the people of Hawaii. Through his consummate ukulele playing and incorporation
of other idioms (such as jazz and reggae), Iz remains one of the major
influences in Hawai'ian music over the last 15 years. Iz passaway on June 26,
1997 at 12:18 am at the age of 38 due to weight-related respiratory illnesses.
Iz’s songs have been used an a variety of movies and his song “Somewhere Over
The Rainbow” is currently being used in a TV commercial.
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Jake Shimabukuro is the hottest
'ukulele player to come along in a LONG time. His speed of light playing and
his great stage presence have propelled him to the top of the 'ukulele
hierarchy in just a few short years. He has several solo albums out and they
are fun to listen to. Shimabukuro's appearance dramatically altered traditional
perceptions of 'ukulele music. Playing with incredible technique and great
feeling, he covers all types of music from Hawaiian to classical, jazz, rock,
blues, funk and of course, improvisation that comes naturally to the 'ukulele,
Shimabukuro continues to be a source of inspiration to the Hawaiian music
scene. Jake became world renown after his solo rendition of the Beatles guitarist
George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The video can be seen
Ukulele comes in Four sizes. They are Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone.
Their sizes range from a 21 inch Soprano to a 33 inch Baritone.
the tenor ukulele. It is good to match the ukulele to your voice. The tenor
being the most common for vocal ranges.
Ukuleles are tuned the same except for the Baritone Ukulele. The three smaller
Ukuleles are tuned G, C, E and A, from the top string closest to your chin down. A Baritone ukulele is tuned like the top four
strings of a guitar, or D, G, B and E.
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