Ukulele & Languages

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

Archive for February, 2012

Al from Uke Hunt recently sent me a link to a German Ukulele YouTube Channel called VISIONSMagazin. The channel features ukulele sessions from the Kleinholz project (new ukulele videos every Monday). The concept is to ask various artists normally playing the guitar to play one of their songs on the ukulele.

Here are some sample videos from the channel in various styles and languages. Thanks to Al for finding this YouTube channel.

Frank Turner from the UK sings Sailor’s Boots. You can hear his live guitar performance of this song here.

A trio from Trier, Love A in a bathroom performance

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I never knew my Pono baritone ukulele had a truss rod until a couple of weeks ago. I suddendly noticed, much to my horror, that my Pono had started to buzz badly when I played certain strings.  I knew the strings were not to blame as I had changed them shortly before the buzz first occurred.

I couldn’t understand what caused the sudden change in the sound. I hadn’t dropped my ukulele and it had received no shock, nor did I leave it in the sun or in the cold.

I showed it to my friend Guillaume and he spotted that the truss rod was slightly coming out. We could take it out even more when we pulled it gently. I quickly searched on the internet and found this explanation from Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele  Company on how to set the truss rod. This guitar page (in French) was helpful to understand the principles of a truss rod too.

Here is my Pono with its truss rod sticking out. Thanks to Guillaume for the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not wanting to risk doing any damage to my uke, I emailed Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company for advice. I got a very fast answer from John and applying all he said restored my ukulele’s natural buzz-free warm and mellow tone. Thanks John !

Here is the explanation I got, in case you ever have the same problem :

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