About Brad and Live ʻUkulele.com


Aloha! My name is Brad Bordessa and I call Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi my home. I keep things running around here – writing content, making tabs, and coding the site.

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Here I am jamming onstage at the Slack Key Show with Grammy nominees Sonny Lim & Ledward Kaapana (Photo: Susan Bonney)

I started Live ʻUkulele.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 ʻukulele.

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!

More About Me

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

I’ve been a staff instructor at George Kahumoku Jr’s. Slack Key & ʻUkulele Workshop since 2016 and at the Hawaiʻi Island ʻUkulele Retreat since 2013 and have taught alongside James Hill, Kevin Carrol, Gerold Ross, Fred Sokolau, Bryan Tolentino, and others.

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

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Me ‘n Herb at the Slack Key Show (Photo: Dusty Foster 2016)

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.
Most photos you see on the site are taken by my brother, Evan Bordessa.

My Books

Providing ultra-high quality resources for uke players has always been my biggest goal with this site. I’ve been able to take the presentation of some of my best information up another notch with these books.

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ʻUkulele Chord Shapes is my best-selling offering about moveable chord shapes and understanding the fretboard.

Left Hand Technique For ʻUkulele and Right Hand Technique For ʻUkulele explore the physical motions responsible for creating sound on a uke. One focuses on fretting and fingering, one on strumming and picking.

Learn More

My Podcast

Like to learn through listening or just enjoy some wholesome discussion on ʻukulele and music topics? Check out my new podcast. The title is really clever, it’s: The Live ʻUkulele Podcast With Brad Bordessa.

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On it I talk about everything from practice to recording to buying a uke to …anything, really, as long as it’s uke-reated. Sometimes I have a guest, sometimes it’s just me.

Tune in Now!

My Music

In addition to teaching, I’m also a performing musician. Writing original music is one of the most rewarding things I do. These songs are my story and the recordings capture moments of my ʻukulele playing that I’m proud to share. The music on my Bandcamp is all written, recorded, and mostly played by me, Brad.

Brad on Bandcamp

Visit my personal website, BradBordessa.com, to find out more about my music and see where I’m playing next.

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 and Uketropolis affiliate programs. 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.