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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Video: William Tell Overture

Or more commonly known as the theme to the Lone Ranger series.

Here I am using a flamenco style triplet strum or rasgueado in the form of a gallop. I will post a short tutorial on that strum soon.

The instrument is my new Gold Tone open back banjo ukulele. I have a t-shirt stuffed in the back to control the overtones. You can also expect a clawhammer demonstration with it soon. This instrument was MADE for clawhammer.

Until then… enjoy

Ukulele Secret #1

I cheated…

Well, you could look at it that way. I am an experienced guitar player of 30 years.

So… that being said. If you play guitar, the transition is a comfortable one.


You are confronted by REENTRANT TUNING UNING, UNING!!
(Sorry for yelling. Was hoping for that horror movie echo.)

More on reentrant tuning later, but suffice it to say, your guitar skills will carry over nicely.

Not a guitar player? No biggie. Just be open and loosey goosey.


Your badassery is right around the corner.


Secret Post Script: If you play banjo, you may well already be a ukulele badass… and you probably know why.