Friday night I was watching one of my favorite shows Shark Tank, where one of the “contestants” was trying to get funding for their iPad musical instruction app called Miso Music Plectrum that helps you learn banjo, guitar and ukulele songs. After the show, I checked out the app and some subsequent research turned up a surprisingly interesting new stylus that is shaped like a guitar pick. The iPic from Woodees can be used like a standard capacitive stylus, but it can also be used to “play” virtual stringed instruments by providing a more traditional feel. Priced at $14.99, the iPic is available in several colors and can also be used with gloves. Miso Music Plectrum is available for the iPad and is priced at .99 cents. In app purchase of individual songs are Free – $ depending on the song.
From Amidio comes the Futulele, an upcoming Ukulele synthesizer for iOS. With a special case that holds an iPad and an iPhone and using Bluetooth connectivity, you can strum to your hearts content. Each song can have up to 12 chords in it, and chord sets can be changed on the fly. Amidio is currently looking for manufacturers to assist in producing the Futulele cases, preferably with embedded speakers.
Expected to be released in early April and should be optimised for the Ipad 3.
My friends over at Lichty Guitars have posted some great gift ideas that range from ukulele earrings (you know you need these!), to books and other items. If you’re thinking about having a custom uke built, you can’t go wrong by ordering one from Jay Lichty. I still love mine.
Here’s a cool gift idea for the ukulele player that has it all… It’s a DIY kit for a folding soprano sized ukulele. The parts are made of laser cut bamboo. All you need to complete the project is some sandpaper, glue and a few other miscellaneous items and you’ll be able to build your own instrument that just happens to fold up into a nifty little package that can easily stow in your backpack. The resulting uke won’t sound as good as a traditionally built instrument, but it will make a fun do-it-yourself project. There are two kit designs to choose from, which are priced from $75-$87.50 (pictured). If you don’t want to take the time to build the kit, you can even buy them already finished… but for the price of the finished kits ($250 – $375), you could buy a decent regular uke. Check out these kits here.
If you’re looking for a new ukulele artist to check out, Nick Peay of Louisville, KY has just released a new EP titled Life & Love & Us. You can preview the album here. Nick’s music is mainly just his voice and the uke, which makes it clean and pure. Nick has only been playing the ukulele for about a year and these simple arrangements highlight his song writing skills.
From the same folks that brought us the hugely popular Fluke ukulele and Flea Ukulele, come the brand new Fire Fly Banjo uke. The Fire Fly is an opened backed 14″ soprano sized banjo. It comes with Grover 2B tuners, but you can upgrade to PegHeds for an extra $69. It has a Walnut neck, a Maple & Ebony bridge and a 16 fret wood fingerboard. This instrument is priced at $229, but if you don’t mind a molded plastic fretboard, the price goes down to $179. Aquila strings and a soft denim gig bag are also included.
Today I want to show you an iPad floor stand called the iProp. The iProp is an adjustable stand that will allow you to use your iPad hands-free for watching movies, reading, or even as a music stand for your ukulele sheet music. Read the rest of this entry »
I received my custom tenor uke from Jay Lichty of Lichty Guitars several weeks ago and I have to say it is my favorite sounding and playing uke of my collection. It’s a masterpiece in workmanship and sound. I love it! I just noticed this morning that Jay had posted a video on YouTube of him playing it before he shipped it to me. Go check it out! Thanks Jay!
I was surfing around a month or so ago and happened upon a luthier that was new to me: Lichty Guitars. Jay Lichty and his wife Corrie Woods are based out of North Carolina. After looking at all the gorgeous pictures, videos and sound files on their site, I was instantly hooked and wrote to Jay to tell him I wanted to place an order. At first I wanted to go with a concert size because that’s what I’m used to playing, but ended up going with something different this time… a Tenor. The woods I chose were Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with a Sinker Redwood top. It’s going to be so beautiful. And if it sounds anything like Jay and Corrie’s personalities, it’s going to be the sweetest uke I will ever own. You can check out the build progress on this uke at Jay’s site, I should have it in my hands in a few weeks and I can’t wait!