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KAMUKE Ukulele Magazine Issue 11

KAMUKE is your passport to the ukulele world. Each beautifully presented issue includes fascinating features, pro playing tips and in-depth interviews with global uke stars. There are also compelling historical articles, gear reviews and much more!

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editor’s grass shack

ALOHA and welcome to the 11th edition of KAMUKE! We’re excited to bring you an exclusive interview with our friend James Hill in this issue. A modern uke pioneer, his skill on four strings is only matched by his kindness and passion for teaching.Speaking of teaching, check out the handy Pro Tip from Jason Arimoto and our review of Ralph Shaw’s fantastic new book The Art Of Ukulele.We also go behind the scenes at Ohana Ukuleles, chat with Folk Uke and Peter Moss and pay tribute to the late, great Eddie Kamae.And if you haven’t already heard, KAMUKE is now available as a digital magazine! You can buy it through our app, which can be downloaded free from the App Store and Google Play.Happy reading!…

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northern star

(T-B) James’ 2002 debut album Playing It Like It Isn’t..., 2005’s A Flying Leap and 2011’s Man With A Love SongWHEN I first met James Hill in Hawaii, he wasn’t long out of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, a dynamic student music group based in his hometown of Langley in British Columbia, Canada. I was astonished by his playing – it was like nothing I’d ever seen or heard before. Over the intervening years, James has become a uke legend, an accomplished singer-songwriter, a husband and a father. And in our exclusive interview, he makes a very good point: that the ukulele movement needs to move beyond the novelty of its own existence and expand its horizons. Just like he has.How did your time with the fantastic Langley Ukulele Ensemble shape…

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ohana ukuleles

ANYONE who’s ever met Louis Wu will tell you what a great guy he is. As the owner of Ohana Ukuleles, he takes a tremendous amount of personal pride in the brand. Based in Long Beach, California, the company has a massive range of ukes and is always pushing the boundaries of instrument design.Why did you start the company?It was 2004 when I started a new career that soon led to the creation of Ohana Ukuleles. At the time, both my wife and I were fully involved with our own careers, hers in accounting and mine in biomedical engineering. The demand on our time meant less of it in being with our children, who were still in grade schools. One day, I half-jokingly asked my wife if it was OK…

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thumbing it

GROWING up in Hawaii, my ukulele journey began in the fourth grade when we learnt our basic chords – C, F, and G7. My passion for the instrument developed a few years later during a resurgence of ukulele playing in the islands. Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole had recently released his Facing Future album, the Ka’au Crater Boys came out with Valley Style and Pure Heart featuring Jake Shimabukuro and solo albums by Daniel Ho were looming on the horizon. The mid-’90s brought ukulele back to the forefront of the local airwaves in a stripped-down acoustic format where you could hear each artist hitting the strings and even breathing in the studio microphones in quieter sections. I would listen to these albums on repeat, inspired by their playing techniques, which I still use…

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folk uke

YES, they’re the daughters of music legends Willie Nelson and Arlo Guthrie, but Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, aka Folk Uke, are stars in their own right. Armed with a guitar and a ukulele, the talented duo travel the world singing hilarious original songs, such as Knock Me Up and S**t Makes The Flowers Grow. KAMUKE chats to the ladies about their famous dads, uke heroes and cheesy pick-up lines.Why did you choose to play the ukulele, Cathy?CATHY: It was almost 20 years ago when I was hanging out at Amy’s house and picked up her ukulele. I hadn’t really played a uke before, but she showed me a few chords and I decided I wanted one for myself. So Amy and I went to the local music store and…

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peter moss

ENGLISHMAN Peter Moss is a great entertainer.Whether he’s playing a tricky classical piece on a traditional uke or bashing out a George Formby favourite on a banjo-uke, he always puts on a spectacular show.Peter recently quit his job to become a full-time musician and we caught up with him while he was on tour in Australia.When did you start playing the uke?Actually, I didn’t intend to play the ukulele at all. My late father played an acoustic guitar as a hobby. I expressed an interest towards it at the age of seven. However, the guitar was taller than me and I didn’t have enough grip to press six steel strings. Also, I couldn’t stretch my left hand around the width of the neck. But my dad could see I was…