“Redeemed” By Lou Barlow

Lou was brought to my attention a couple weeks ago and I was thrilled to discover upon a quick search that he’s offering something quite different to the ‘ukulele world! Perhaps because he’s a crossover uke player (originally the bassist from Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh) he has a unique spin on music and the possibilities of the instrument.

Beyond playing interesting and unique songs, Lou tunes his ‘ukulele very unconventionally. By putting huge classical guitar strings on a baritone he’s able to tune down into a guitar’s low range. This allows him to play convincing bass lines on the low strings while leaving the higher strings available for melody.

It’s better seen than explained: