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The Grammaphone link seems to be gone - if anyone finds out about them, please let me know!.

The granddaddy of independent New Orleans Jazz labels.  This link takes you to the Cliff Edwards page, but jazz aficionados can blissfully spend at least a day exploring this catalogue.

A small but very sweet selection of Louisiana recordings - including Danny Barkers’ solo guitar album.

The main outlet for small local labels in New Orleans..

This link takes you to the Wendell Hall page, and once again, there are a large selection of early music recordings to peruse.

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Great software for tuning in any key.  You can save your own custom tuning as well.  You can  look up chords you happen upon - can also create tab pages for any stringed instrument to 12 strings

An excellent chord book - the only one that covers all standard tunings, and assigns them to the right instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you own a fine, solid wood instrument, you really want to take a look at the link on the left.  Even here in Louisiana, homes with central heat & air can fall below the danger threshold of 40%.  Don’t want to have to constantly wet or soak your little humidifiers?  What happens if you forget?  And do you really want to have to keep your beautiful instrument boxed or cased all the time?  The Desert Spring disc home humidifier is as clean and maintenance free as anything I have ever seen, and a lot more affordable than you might think.  Your furniture, floors, skin and lungs will appreciate one too!

Using a capo, especially on our long neck instruments, can be a great advantage (see the “Tunings” page).  The Quick Draw is our favorite.  Very low profile, so much so that you leave it on permanently - just slide over the nut when you play open.  The “Banjo” model is just right  for our wide, long scale necks.

Tune online with sound! This great page not only lets you set up to any of the high re-entrant tunings listed in our guide, but 1/2 steps in between and more!

Jimmy is a wonderful player who also makes exquisite archtop guitars.  He pioneered the development of the 7 sting guitar.  That doesn’t mean you Tenor players can’t ask him about a four string model as well.

Fabulous Jazz Vocalists with Pfister Debbie Davis on Ukuleles.  See the “Gumbo” page for video downloads.

Debbie plays Southcoast Ukes!

One of our finest traditional Jazz groups featuring Don Vappie on Banjo.   See the “Gumbo” page for audio and video downloads.

“Mento Music”, (or “country music”, as it was called in my old part of the Caribbean)  is the best first step from New Orleans into Caribbean rhythm.  The link above is simply amazing. Thanks Mento Mike!

Be a fifer!  Or maybe not.  At any rate, we have the fifing community to thank for a wonderful product. Bore Oil is a treatment for woodwind instruments such as fife or clarinet.  Turns out it is also the best treatment ever for fretboards, so now it’s also sold above as “Fret Doctor”.   

And Thank You!

 

Finally, on a personal note, while my city may not be the ukulele center of the universe, it has probably had more influence on music in general than any place on earth.  Since the levees collapsed, the musical community here in New Orleans has been blessed with an outpouring of help from folks all over the world.  I would like to thank those kind people here and now.

 

If you have ever wondered about good organizations that are helping out with our ongoing fight to re-build, below are three good choices.  Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis help lead Habitat’s Musician’s Village Project to provide housing, primarily for displaced musicians.  The Tipitina’s Foundation has been involved in all sorts of projects, including acquiring new instruments to replace those swept away.  Recent and welcome New Orleans resident Brad Pitt has also done incredible work through his “Make It Right” Foundation, in letting people know what happened here, and with innovative “green” housing help for some of our worst hit neighborhoods.

If you haven’t heard of Mario Macaferri, he was one of the most innovative luthiers of the 20th century.  He is probably best known for his Selmer Gypsy Jazz guitars, but he was always looking for new ways to make his instruments.  He became fascinated with the possibilities of plastics, and while the guitar world was a bit to conservative for that approach, ukulele players had no such qualms. The Macaferri Islander Ukulele became one of the most popular instruments of the 1940s.

 

Today he has a couple of spiritual descendants in Jim Beloff & Dale Webb.  Their Fluke and Flea ukuleles use plastics for the backs, sides and the standard fretboards.  As technology has advanced since Macaferri’s day, these instruments are a good bit more sophisticated than the Islanders.  They combine great playability and volume with what have also been two important attributes for the eminently portable ukulele: they are very affordable & they can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.

 

The Flea Market Music site, however, is much more than the Flukes & Fleas.  It has become one of the most important sites on the internet for ukulele players.  The Uke Yak is a great forum for discussions on vintage instruments.  The Market Place has offerings from vintage instrument dealers and modern day luthiers.  The Bulletin Board features threads on all sorts of topics for uke players.  We join in on occasion!  Check it out.  

    

The famous independent site for all things ukulele!  With a heavy concentration on playing technique and instruction, they also feature instrument reviews and a forum that covers the widest possible range of topics.