No. 16, Spring 2017
Our Special Focus section this time is both broad and colorful: “Your Ukulele Collection”! Inside you’ll read about how more and more ukers are filling out their instrument collections by branching out to sizes they might not already own. Jumpin’ Jim Beloff offers a peak at his massive collection of ukulele ephemera, from sheet music and magazine covers to advertisements and valentine cards. Dale Hope, co-author of the definitive book, The Aloha Shirt, lets us in on the origin of the colorful sportswear fad. We also have features on how to guard your uke from humidity issues, and the growing trend of building your own ukulele. We have a major interview with Jake Shimabukuro talking about his wild new album, Nashville Sessions, and Jim D’Ville charts the adventures of Lil’ Rev. We also have a lesson on Rev’s clawhammer uke style. Other musically oriented articles include D’Ville on the potency of minor chords, crafting a dynamic performance of Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin’,” and going Irish with a lesson on the of fiddle tune “Drowsy Maggie.” In our “Gear” section, we look into the importance of good tuners, and also examine the mysterious birth of the baritone uke. And our “Gods of Uke” column salutes the memory of the great early 20th century uke giant Ernest Ka’ai. Plus you’ll find info on upcoming events, a new book, and much more!