Ukulele & Languages

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

Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

This World Tour Post will make you travel to Eastern and Southern Europe as well as Asia and should delight your ears with a wide variety of languages.

Many thanks to Al from the best ukulele blog Uke Hunt for sending me links to many of the videos featured in this post.

1. Country: United-Kingdom / Language : Polish

British singer and songwriter Katy Carr performs O Moj Rozmarynie

2. Country: Serbia / Language: Serbian

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I’d like to start this World Tour Post with a video of Bosko & Honey playing a tune called Earthquake together with Gensblue from Japan.

My thoughts go to the people of Japan at this very difficult time.

You can help Bosko and Honey support the Japan Disaster Appeal by buying their Ukulele Safari Compilation CD. Full details are available from their site.

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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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This week’s _or rather last week’s belated_ ukulele World Tour will highlight ukulele instrumentals, with many rags, a bit of pop, punk and blues. Enjoy !

Country: United Kingdom/ Language: Instrumental

Wellington Rag , a tune written in New-Zealand by Clive Harvey

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Coming to an acceptable level of Christmas mood has been rather difficult this year, partly because Christmas ukulele videos in languages other than English have been rather hard to find.

Santa did bring me a nice Christmas present though, with the addition of a new language to the Ukulele and Languages collection : Corsican.

With a couple of days to go before Christmas, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, filled with ukulele songs and languages.

If you’ve come here just for the Christmas videos, scroll down to the end of this post. (It’s a bad idea though because you’ll miss some really good videos).

Let’s start the World tour with non-christmas songs in various styles to suit different tastes.

Country: United-States / Language: English

Great baritone ukulele fingerpicking on this cover of Richland Woman Blues, a song by country blues singer and guitarist Mississippi John Hurt performed by Jake Loew

Aaron Keim plays the ballad of  KC Jones. Casey Jones was a locomotive

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