Ibanez UKS10 Ukulele – Anyone got one?

Ibanez UKS10 Ukulele Soprano with Bag Natural
Has anybody picked one of these up yet? For $49.99 it seems like a pretty great deal, especially considering that you get a gig bag with it as well.  snixxx, on Twitter was asking me about it and I told him that I'd do some research.

I'm half-tempted to just buy one and then write about it.  I love my Lanikai but I wouldn't mind "seeing other people", as it were.  So, if someone can get me interested in this uke, then I'm going to go for it.

Slightly distracted from Ukuleles for once. Gasp!

So.  Here's the deal.  I might be slightly distracted from  Ukuleles for the next day or two.  I know, I know.... it's shocking.  Here's the deal.  Ukulele Guy (yup, I'm using the 3rd person) is also in a  "Heavy New Wave" band where he plays guitar and, on Friday, we are opening for Shonen  Knife.  While this might not be a big deal to many people, it is something that I'm considering having immortalized on my headstone.

So... If I'm a little off, please forgive me.


Ukulele Guy

Tiny Tim Video: Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight

I'm sort of stunned that this is my first Tiny Tim reference on this here blog.  For shame!  I should let everyone know that I LOVE Tiny Tim.  I used to watch him on Laugh-in when I was a kid and he blew my mind.  I even have a "God Bless Tiny Tim" t-shirt somewhere, I should link to that.  Hmm... shoot.  I don't see it for sale anywhere, but look at this Tiny Tim Shirt.

Anyway, I'm getting distracted.  I started this post to talk about a rad Youtube video I found of Tiny Tim performing "Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight" on Australian TV.  This appears to be right at his prime.  If you've watched a lot of Tiny Tim videos, you might notice that when he plays with any sort of accompaniment, he sometimes gets a little off track.  I think he just spent much of his career playing solo that he sometimes forgets that he can't change tempo or insert random breaks in the songs (to do hilarious gestures or faces) without derailing the orchestra.  But, in this video he's rock steady! Enjoy!

Mel Bay Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele

@steveberryman, on Twitter, asked me the following:

any recommendations for uke tabs with some easyish, but nice sounding picking songs?

So, I did a little bit of digging and I think I might have found the best option, for a book anyway.  I've been trying to pick up some different strumming patterns on Youtube, but I've also wanted to find a source for some advanced picking styles as well.  I think I might buy this and then I can give it an in-depth review.

Mel Bay Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele (Paperback)
Mel Bay Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele (Paperback)

There are a total of 7 reviews and 6 of them are the full 5 stars.  The 7th review is 4 stars, so that seems like a pretty decent recommendation in itself.  I own quite a few Mel Bay books for guitar and I've always found them very clear and straightforward, so hopefully that's the case for his Uke books.

Rare Pre-war Martin Ukulele on Ebay

Can someone call my wife and tell her that I've fallen for someone else?  I think she'll understand once she sees the pictures.  I mean, look at this thing!  It's gorgeous!  Not only that but it's incredibly rare.  I mean, a Rare Martin Pre-War K-3 Soprano Ukulele doesn't just show up every day.

Besides the general rarity of this ukulele, though, it's in almost mint condition.  Gah!  If I only knew people who were worth killing to someone else.  Err.. . I mean.  Nevermind.  No no.. I'd never consider renting myself out as a professional assassin just to pay for a ukulele addiction.  That'd be ridiculous.