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.
I started Live ‘Ukulele.com with my friend, Isaac Wang, back in 2007 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 so hopefully we can learn together!
Contact me with questions, to point out site errors, or just to talk story.
A Little About Me
I started playing ‘ukulele in 2005 and quickly was caught up in the Hawaiian music scene. I ended up studying with Herb Ohta Jr., James Hill, Kimo Hussey, and other fabulous players once a year at the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music & Lifestyle Camp. I always went home with large homework projects like:
- Learn ALL your scales!
- Record an album!
- Write your own songs!
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 gigs, gigs, and more gigs.
After graduating in 2013 with honors, I moved home and started recording, Point A, my first album. Around this 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. Riding on the coattails of that release, I’ve been working at promoting myself and my Hawaiian-singer/songwriter blend to get onto festival lineups. In the meantime you can find me playing restaurant background music on the weekends in the North Hawai’i area.
Spread The Word!
I LOVE free publicity! Beyond showing up on Google, the main way people find this site is via word-of-mouth.
Easy ways you can help the site grow:
- Tell your friends
- Link here from your personal or ‘ukulele club’s website
- Tell your students
- Use the share toolbar at the top of each page to post your favorite links to Facebook, Reddit, etc…
This helps get this site in front of more eyeballs and supports my efforts to make a living doing this music thing. Speaking of which…
I attempt, in one form or another, to pay my bills with music and this website. Anytime you purchase one of my products you help support the cause and allow me to continue providing free content to everybody. Mahalo nui loa!
‘Ukulele Chord Shapes – Book
55 pages of shapes, theory, usage, tips, tricks, and more. For intermediate/advanced players.
If Only – CD
More songs, full band arrangements, better mixes, and hopefully a bit of a cohesive picture – an actual “album!”
Point A – CD
At the start of 2014 I recorded, mixed, and produced an EP of original ‘ukulele instrumentals called Point A. The five songs range from folk rock to soft ballads and everywhere in between.
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.
I won’t sell your info to anybody. Promise. But if you want the legal-schmegal details you can read all about them here.
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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.