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!

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 and have been at it for a while. This site allows me to take you along for the ride and share what I’ve learned!

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 Herb Ohta Jr., James Hill, Kimo Hussey, and other fabulous players once a year at the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music & Lifestyle Camp fueled my desire to really make this ‘ukulele thing part of my life.

About the time I finished high school, a new program called the Institute of Hawaiian Music was being started on Maui at University of Hawai’i. I auditioned for a spot in the cohort, got accepted, and moved to Maui for two years. We studied Hawaiian language, music theory, recording technology, etc… We also played LOTS of gigs.

After graduating in 2013 with honors, I moved home and started recording, Point A, my first album.

Around that time I also began to break into the workshop teaching scene, first at the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music & Lifestyle Workshop, then at the Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat, and, most recently, George Kahumoku Jr’s. Slack Key & ‘Ukulele Workshop on Maui.

In 2016 I began my second recording project, this time going for a full-length LP of all-original singer/songwriter music called, If Only.

I’ve written a fairly successful book called ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes. It’s 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:
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Because Amazon is such a corporate monster, lately I’ve been trying to diversify by also joining affiliate programs by Musician’s Friend and Reverb.

Clicking on these links earns me a small commission if you order something through these sites. You don’t pay any more and it helps support all the free content provided here.