About Brad And Live ‘Ukulele.com

Aloha! My name is Brad Bordessa and I call Honoka’a, Hawai’i my home. I keep things running around here – writing content, making tabs, and coding the site.

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Here I am jamming with Sonny Lim & Ledward Kaapana – both Grammy nominees (Photo: Susan Bonney)

I started Live ‘Ukulele.com with my friend,¬†Isaac Wang, back in 2007 when I was 14 and shortly after I began playing. The name reflects a musical journey: living with the instrument. No fanfare, no drama, no cutesy-ness that’s often associated with the ‘ukulele.

It’s simple: I want to become a better musician. This site allows me to take you along for the ride and share what I’ve learned along the way!

Contact me with questions, to point out site errors, or just to talk story.

Isaac helped get things going, but has since moved on to doing smart, academic things I mostly don’t understand. He’s currently in the PhD English program at Purdue University.

A Little About Me

I started playing ‘ukulele in 2005 and quickly was caught up in the Hawaiian music scene. Studying with world-class instructors once a year at the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music & Lifestyle Camp fueled my desire to really make this ‘ukulele thing part of my life.

And so I did. Here are some highlights:

I graduated with honors from the Institute of Hawaiian Music at University of Hawai’i Maui College in 2013.

I’m a staff instructor at the Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat and George Kahumoku Jr’s. Slack Key & ‘Ukulele Workshop and have taught alongside James Hill, Kevin Carrol, Gerold Ross, Fred Sokolau and others.

I’ve been a featured performer at the Slack Key Show and at the Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival and shared the stage with Herb Ohta Jr., Sonny Lim, HAPA, the late Martin Pahinui, and Ledward Kaapana, to name a few.

Me ‘n Herb (Photo: Dusty Foster 2016)

I’ve written, produced, and recorded two albums of original music. Point A is an EP of ‘ukulele instrumentals. If Only is a full-length LP of singer/songwriter music. Both can be found in the store.

My book, called ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes, has sold over 2,500 copies and has 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Ukulele Magazine caries it in their online store.

Check out my schedule or visit my personal website, BradBordessa.com, to find out more about my music.

My Projects/Products:

I attempt, in one form or another, to pay my bills with music and this website. Anytime you purchase one of my products you:

  • Get a really cool ‘ukulele book or some of my music.
  • Help support what I do here.

Shop for Books, Resources, & CDs

My Gear:

These days I primarily play a Moore Bettah custom tenor made by Chuck Moore and strung with Worth CH strings (Savarez Alliance KF95 low-G).

Read more about it here: My Moore Bettah Custom Tenor.

From 2007-2013 I played a Kamaka HF-3. You’ll see it in all videos, pictures, and lessons from that era.

Read more about it here: My Kamaka HF-3.

I also play a Pono BE-DC solidbody baritone with my little rock/hip-hop band, Kingside.

For more, check out the full break-down of what I’m using.

Technical Stuff:

Privacy Policy:
I won’t sell your info to anybody. Promise. But if you want the legal-schmegal details you can read all about them here.

Affiliate Programs:
I am a participant in the Reverb affiliate program. Clicking on these links earns me a small commission if you order something through their site. You don’t pay any more and it helps support all the free content provided here.