Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lil' Rev || New CD: Claw & Hammer

Lil' Rev 
Friend to many
Ukulele Player
Travelling Minstrel
Story Teller
Music Teacher
Master of the Double-Entendre
Promoter of Old-Time Music
Writer of Hal Leonard Music Books

This last year has been challenging for my friend.
Losing his love and his musical joy.

After the darkness
Time for healing
Musical Therapy
A spark, mojo found
A new album of the old & cherished
Old- Time 
with Clawhammer Uke
Lil' Rev & Friends
Stringband, Country, Folk, Pre-Bluegrass, Originals

(have a listen)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Maria Alejandra Plata // Palamino (VIAJERO Producciones)

Thanks to Ron Hale for waking up the Humble Uker with a nice production.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Smile Orchestra || Säkkijärven Polkka

Here's a jewel from Ron Hale's research...

Great name for a joyful band. For my Finnish step-father Carl Edwin Lindroos of Finnlayson, Minnesota in his younger days. Minä rakastan sinua!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Aaron & Nicole Keim || A Ukulele Handbook

I have been following and learning music from Aaron for several years. I first met him at Mike DaSilva's Ukulele workshop in Berkeley, California when he had a concert and class with his bandmates from the Boulder Acoustic Society. Aaron has a way of teaching music like a problem solver. If one way doesn't work, then he'll communicate it in another. I have one of his books from that early class in my ukulele library.

In recent year's I have made sure to see Aaron and Nicole as they play and teach either in Santa Cruz or Berkeley. I follow Aaron on his site called The Quiet American and enjoy the songs that Aaron and Nicole create in a beautiful handy-arsty fashion. There is something about a hand-drawn book that draws me in and feels like an old friend.

Now Aaron has let me know the they're about to release their next book "A Ukulele Handbook." The book aims to be indispensable to all ukulele players, with lessons on melodies, songs, strumming, tab, picking, chords, music theory, general ukulele info and more. All of it is hand copied and illustrated by Nicole, printed on recycled paper with covers by Stumptown Printers in Portland.

I have taken a look through the first 30 or so pages, and it comes at a good time, since I think it will be a great tool for teaching many aspects of the ukulele to my son Kyle and his girlfriend Elizabeth. There are also videos that go along with the book. Here is a playlist for the 24 videos that accompany the book:

Aaron and Nicole play Americana or Old-Time Music which is simple, rich, beautiful, and really fun. Here's one of his video lessons as a sampler...

...And here's a link, to beautiful merchandise site, where you may obtain a copy of "A Ukulele Handbook" or another musical treat.

Something I truly enjoy and value,

Jeff / Humble Uker / Humble Baritonics