A couple months ago, I submitted a few videos to collaborate with fellow ukulele enthusiasts. As luck would have it, both of the videos were completed and uploaded to YouTube close together.
Check out the videos below. And make sure to subscribe to both Pismo and Pockets.
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!
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.
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
I just added three handmade travel ukuleles to the FOR SALE TAB.
Get them before they are gone.
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.
I had a chance to check out the Ava Travel Ukulele and make a video about it. It’s a cool design that is very portable AND has a built-in amp.
The Kickstarter funding campaign is underway. Check out its perk and updates.
Ava Ukulele Kickstarter
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:
It’s no secret that I love multi-tools. I have them on my wrist, on my belt buckle, and a few in my pocket.
I have now designed my own guitar shaped multi-tool that includes 3 wrenches sized for luthier jobs like adjusting tuning machine bushings, output jacks, and potentiometer nuts.
Head over to the FOR SALE tab to find out how to get one.
(I also just added Circuits and Strings guitar/ukulele straps to that page)
Shane Speal (cigar box guitar player/builder/guru) checking out my tool.
I was able to attend the NAMM show in Anaheim, California for the first time this year. I (of course) searched out the ukuleles booths. Check out the above video to see some of the most interesting ukes (and other things) I saw at the show.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: I’ve stopped accepting new submissions to the waiting list. The list was getting long, and my ability to fulfill the requests was limited due to other obligations and projects. I’m now exploring some partnerships with luthier shops to make more of these ukuleles. If you want to get in touch with me, head over to the contact page.
Ever since releasing the video about my Backpacker Ukulele, I’ve had people inquiring about purchasing one.
You can now join the Backpacker Ukulele Waiting List.
(UPDATE: As of right now, I am only planning on making concert versions [the size shown in the videos]. I will also be making the ukuleles acoustic only. After testing the removable pickup, I’ve found that it makes too much noise since it is not permanently embedded.)