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 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 (mostly) the hard 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. 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 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.

Recently I’ve been making an effort to get back to the Hawaiian music that I love. I plan on recording an album of such songs in the near future, but I’ve got a lot of woodshedding to do to get that project into the light. In the meantime you can find me playing restaurant background music on the weekends in the North Hawai’i area.

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

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 (and your uke club)
  • Link here from your website (or ask your club to link)
  • Tell your students
  • Use the share toolbar at the top of each page to post your favorite links to Facebook and other social media platforms

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…

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 help support the cause and allow me to continue providing free content to everybody. Mahalo nui loa!

‘Ukulele Chord Shapes – Book

UCSPossibly the largest collection of ‘ukulele chord shapes and families in print. Almost certainly the most complete guide to chords you can get.

55 pages of shapes, theory, usage, tips, tricks, and more. For intermediate/advanced players.

Available as a print book or a downloadable PDF.

If Only – CD

My second album of all-original songs that fall into a folk-rock kind of genre. Everything I learned with Point A (below) I scaled up for an LP!

More songs, full band arrangements, better mixes, and hopefully a bit of a cohesive picture – an actual “album!”

Order a physical copy or download

Point A – CD

Album-Cover-frontAt 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.

It’s available on iTunes and Amazon MP3 as a digital download, and also in physical copy from Mele.com and Big Island Grown in Honoka’a, Hawai’i.

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.