Ukulele & Languages

Different countries,
Different cultures
one common language... the ukulele.

Archive for February, 2011

Today, classical string instruments specialist Herman Vandecauter kindly shares the ukulele tab for a solo piece by Italian guitarist and composer Francesco Molino (1775 – 1847).

Download Herman’s arrangement of Andante Vivace by Francesco Molino

Listen to the Andante Vivace performed by Herman
Andante Vivace by Francesco Molino performed by Herman

Here is some extra information kindly provided by Herman.

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This week’s Ukulele World Touroffers a wide variety of videos and subjects which I hope will contribute to your having a nice weekend.

Whether you’re after  mesmerizing voices,  a slide ukulele performance, Italian pop music, if you feel inclined towards learning some mathematics or if political satire is something for you, you should enjoy this post.

Country: United-Kingdom /Language: English

My favourite video this week, young and talented Misty Miller performs Remember.

Misty Miller has just released her debut album and her track Remember is available for free download here.

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If you grow tired of playing ukulele on the western scales, today is your chance to discover the Japanese Yo scale and on the Indian C major scale.

The Japanese Yo scale is a pentatonic scale using 5 notes instead of  the 7 which are commonly used in western scales. Besides, the Yo scale does not contain semitones. You can read explanations about the Japanese Yo scale on Wikipedia.

Listen to Ken Middleton improvising some traditional Japanese folk music on the Yo scale on an Ohana TK-35CG tenor ukulele.

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In this week’s Ukulele World Tour, we’ll fly to Brazil where blog friend Marcelo has uncovered new ukulele artists.

We’ll then move from Germany to Canada for a bunch of ukulele songs in German before landing in Spain with a performance by Spanish ukulele blog friend Jordi.

If all this doesn’t make you suffer from jet lag, you’ll be able to reach the end of this post with an escape to Australia before coming back to mainland Europe with a song by TooSoft from France.

Country: Brazil /Language: Brazilian Portuguese

Marcelo from the  blog Ukulele Brazil recently mentioned two Brazilian artists using the ukulele : Ana Ribeiro and Eduardo Ansay.

This song, Minha Paz is their first single.

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Quite a few people have asked me if I knew Meylie Mellow and Rel-Bar, the organisers of the FIUL festival (International Ukulele Festival of Lerrain) and I couldn’t say that I did.

I have therefore contacted Meylie Mellow and Rel-Bar to find out more about themselves and about the upcoming Uke Fest which will take place on the 17th/18th and 19th of June 2011 in the North-East of France, in the tiny village of Lerrain.…

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