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» Throwback

An updated, in-depth look at different types of 'ukulele pickups including explanations of under-saddle transducers, sound-board transducers, active and passive systems, and some of the most popular brands and models.

» Album Release

James Hill rolled out his new album for the world yesterday. "The Old Silo invites you into a world of new beginnings, old regrets, might-have-beens, burning questions, beautiful women, horny geezers and gold diggers. Produced by indie rock hero Joel [...]

» Song Chords

Here's a wordy song about musical stardom with one of the most well-known strumming intros of the era. Mr. Jones uses a clever minor progression in A minor that changes to C major for the chorus. The chords are pretty [...]

» Throwback

Any ‘ukulele that you buy is an investment. Here are some updated tips to protect that investment.

» Song Chords

This is a Hawaiian standard written by Edith Kanaka'ole about picking seaweed. Hapa popularized it on their self-titled debut and it has since become the contemporary version everyone turns to. Uluwehi O Ke Kai has only three chords and follows [...]

» Monthly Roundup

August was mellow. Sometimes that's good. Here are the posts that trailed across the front page this month: Review: Moment By John Nash Interview With Andrew Kitakis from Hawai'i Music Supply Shine On by John Cruz Puff The Magic Dragon [...]

» Review

A look at a brand new release from a new 'ukulele player on the block. Moment is an album of seven original solo 'ukulele tunes from John Nash.


It's become workshop season! A time of year I look forward to when instructors are confirmed, campers get back in touch, and plans are made for the week in Pahala. This year the teaching lineup at the Kahumoku 'Ohana Music [...]

» Video

The title of this video on Youtube is "Julian Egan slaughtering a James Taylor song called You Got A Friend." I don't think "slaughtering" has made its way into pop lingo as a positive expression, but "killing it" has. Let's [...]

» Song Chords

When comes to great, simple writing in the contemporary Hawaiian genre, it's hard to beat John Cruz. He's a master of doing interesting things with easy chords while keeping his melodies catchy. Acoustic Soul is Cruz's first album and contains [...]