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brad bordessa with lei and aloha shirt

For the second year in a row I had the honor of playing at the Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival. This year was the 19th annual event and took place this past Saturday, March 2nd. I’ve been going to the fest for over a decade and it’s always been (and continues to be) a huge source of… Read more

freiburg minster

In February I got a really cheap plane ticket from Hilo to Milan, Italy. I wasn’t planning on traveling this year. But somehow I found my credit card out and a confirmation email from United in my inbox five minutes later. Huh. So I contacted my friend, Annette. I met her a while back when… Read more

Mele Kalikimaka Ukulele Tab

I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, but out of all the sappy, December 25th tunes you can play on your  Ľukulele, Mele Kalikimaka is my favorite. I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett singing this song on his album, Christmas Island, but everyone will have their own favorite rendition. Santa only knows, this… Read more

The  Ľukulele is a highly-pitched little beast. But what if you tune your uke a half-step down to F# B D# G#? It can yield you a thicker, warmer tone. The half-step lower tuning also lightens the tension of the strings. For the past year or two I’ve been using this trick on my main… Read more

Ever since my late great uncle told me (multiple times) at a family event that the Tennessee Waltz was his favorite song, I’ve felt a fondness for this tune. I first discovered Sam Cooke’s version and rocked to that for years – even though it’s very far removed from a “waltz” feel. Just recently one… Read more