The Charm of Pismo Ukulele

I’m not exactly sure how it happened.  How I found the channel.  I mean, where is the start of a circle?  Where does the answer exist before the question is asked?

It’s as if I awoke from a slumber, struggled to see through blurry eyes, then everything finally  became clear.

I found Pismo Ukulele.

Pismo Ukulele claims to merely offer “easy and simple ukulele tips and trick for the pre-beginner”.  And it does do that…in spades.  But he also presents material that challenges paradigms of conventional ukulele groupthink.  Part time traveler, part ukulele sage, part Kaufman.

I subscribe to a lot of ukulele channels, but I always make time to partake of Pismo’s latest offerings.

Pismo Ukulele YouTube

Let’s get him to 200 subscribers!

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Scott Huddleston Music and Avocado Trees

Scott has a great YouTube channel that features awesome songs. He asked for song suggestions, so I asked for Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Scuddleston YouTube

He made a great version, and even gave Circuits and Strings a shoutout.

Scott also started a channel where he is documenting his quest to grow an avocado tree. His accent, the subject matter, and the theme song all make it a winner. Go and subscribe.

SCOTT GROWS AN AVOCADO TREE

2018 Utah Uke Fest – Recap

AWebsite: http://www.utahukefest.org/

This year’s Utah Ukulele Festival was held on June 23, 2018 in Highland, Utah.

I attended with my two oldest children.  We had a great time attending the classes, meeting old and new friends, and playing and hearing ukulele music.

I held a workshop where we assembled canjo kits.  All 8 of the kits that I brought were used.  Check out the video to see the fun.

There were so many great classes.  I wish that we would have been able to attend them all

I had a chance to play two songs at the closing Saturday evening concert.  Videos to both of the songs are below.

The 2018 Utah Uke Fest was great.  Check out the Utah Uke Fest website to find out when the 2019 festival will take place.

 

 

Utah Uke Fest – 2018

UTAH UKE FEST WEBSITE

The 2018 Utah Uke Fest is fast approaching. It will take place on June 23, 2018. This will be the 7th annual event.  I’ve attended the festival every year, and taught classes at all of them except for the very first year.  There will be around 14 unique classes and workshops, along with 2 separate ukulele open mics, impromptu jams, and a capstone evening concert.  I’ll be playing a couple of songs at the evening concert [look for the guy playing the Lafayette Lilt].

I will be leading a canjo building workshop at this year’s festival.  We will have a great time assembling canjo kits made by C.B. Gitty.

Here is a video that I made about the kits.

The festival is held in Highland Utah.  Highland is a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City, or 25 minutes north of Provo.

This a delightful free event for people of all ages.  (The only part with a cost is my workshop to pay for the canjo kits.)   The Original Utah Uke Fest is the oldest, most well-rounded, and best ukulele festival in Utah.

Check the schedule and get more info here:

http://www.utahukefest.org/

 

Astro Folding Ukulele

I love travel style ukuleles of all sorts.  Finding ways to make instruments ultra portable is fascinating to me.

I’ve built a many different kinds of travel ukuleles.  I even made a ukulele with a retractable neck.

If a neck folds for storage, the strings need to be managed.  The new folding ukulele made by Astro Ukulele has a moving bridge that prevents the string from getting too floppy when it is folded for travel.  When unfolded, it is a soprano ukulele.  It even has two “wings” that pop out to make it easier to hold.

The Astro Ukulele comes in two different models, A and E.  The A is acoustic, and the E is electric.

The Kickstarter campaign  for the Astro Ukulele just launched.  Check out the ukulele models and other perks of the project.

ASTRO UKULELE KICKSTARTER

JUNE 2018 UPDATE:

Unfortunately this project failed to reach its goal on Kickstarter. Hopefully they will find another way to produce this design.