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Jake Shimabukuro Coming to the Tupelo Music Hall

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00 pm
Tupelo Music Hall – Vermont
White River Junction, VT



“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” – Eddie Vedder

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter.



Guitar World Exclusive Premiere, Jake Shimabukuro’s new “Missing Three”

Exclusive Premiere: Ukulele Wizard Jake Shimabukuro — “Missing Three”
Posted 09/26/2012 at 11:46am
by Damian Fanelli

Here is the exclusive premiere of “Missing Three,” a new track by Jake Shimabukuro, who has been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the Ukulele.”

The song is from Shimabukuro’s upcoming album, Grand Ukulele, which will be released October 2 through Hitchhike Records. (continues)


Go here and listen!

Source: http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-premiere-ukulele-wizard-jake-shimabukuro-missing-three

“Jake Strings” for the Tenor

With my second Low G Red String going *pop* I decided to take the plunge and install the full set of D’Addario J71′s I had on hand. This takes my Tenor Islander back to standard, re-entrant tuning for the first time in a long while.

I ordered these because they are the strings that Jake Shimabukuro helped develop, the ones he uses on his own tenor (a Kamaka). I’ve been looking forward to trying them as I’ve been using the Concert sized J92 version on my Kala and quite like the brightness they bring along.


D’Addario ProArte ukulele sets were designed in cooperation with Ukulele master, Jake Shimabukuro. Each set features our exclusive laser sorted nylon trebles for unsurpassed intonation precision and warm, projecting acoustic tone. Source. [/quote]

Stringing was standard stuff and they’ve settled in quickly. They are “harder” under the fingers then the Aquila’s they replaced but they definitley brighten up the sound. Only issue right now is that the G string sits a bit low up near the head since I’d adjusted that nut slot to accommodate the much thicker Low G strings. No buzzing or anything so we’ll see how that pans out.

I look forward to trying a set of Worth Brown’s with their un-wound Low G at some point in the future but for now am digging my brightened up Islander.


“Jake Shimabukuro thanks his lucky stars for YouTube”

[quote]Jake Shimabukuro thanks his lucky stars for YouTube

While His Ukulele Gently Weeps
by Paul Bowers @ccpnews

Jake Shimabukuro might forever be known as the ukulele player who performed an innovative cover of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on a bench in Central Park. A single-shot video of the performance, posted online in 2005, has created an audience of millions for his music and given him the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Béla Fleck, Bette Midler, Ziggy Marley, and Jimmy Buffett.

“We wouldn’t be talking if it wasn’t for YouTube,” Shimabukuro says on the phone from his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. He spends nine months of the year on the road performing his solo show these days, so he relishes the chance to catch a few waves, do some fishing, and eat a little Spam wasubi on the island where he was raised.

He has recorded other rock and pop covers since “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” including an elaborate arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” on his most recent album, 2011′s Peace Love Ukulele, but none of them have seen the same sort of viral success. He’s still experimenting, though.

“You take a Wagner piece or something, you’ll rip out all your hair trying to do that and not even get past the first 10 bars,” he says. “There are always things out there that are going to be next to impossible to play, but that’s the beauty of the ukulele. It’s not about capturing every single note, but it’s about capturing the spirit of the song.” He bore that adage in mind while working on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a song whose stacked harmonies he knew he could never replicate exactly with the four-stringed instrument.

The first time through the verse and chorus of any cover song, Shimabukuro plays it straight out of respect for the composer. But then he lets loose, sometimes tweaking the time signature or strumming through blurringly fast percussive runs. In the YouTube video that made him famous, the low frame rate creates a stop-motion animation effect as his playing hand flies back and forth over the sound hole.

Continues… http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/jake-shimabukuro-thanks-his-lucky-stars-for-youtube/Content?oid=4084875[/quote]

Jake Shimabukuro on CNN’s “Next List”

Check out a sneak peak of Jake Shimabukuro’s appearance on CNN’s “Next List.”


Sneak Peek: Peace, love and ukulele with Jake Shimabukuro

By Joshua Belsky, CNN

(CNN) –  If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a more peaceful place, says Jake Shimabukuro, a ukulele virtuoso who is the subject of the upcoming episode of CNN’s “The Next List,” which airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Based on Shimabukuro’s performances, it’s hard not to think the world might be a happier place if everyone picked up the small, Hawaiian instrument that he’s made famous through YouTube videos and concerts.[/quote]

Pre-order Jake Shimabukuro”s “Peace Love Ukulele” Book

Amazon has opened pre-orders for Jake Shimabukuro”s “Peace Love Ukulele” Book. An absolute must-have for ukulele players everywhere!

[quote]Amazon editorial review

Our folio features note-for-note transcriptions of all of Jake’s amazing playing on this 2011 release that features 12 tracks: Bohemian Rhapsody * Boy Meets Girl * Bring Your Adz * Hallelujah * Pianoforte 2010 * Variation on a Dance 2010 * While My Guitar Gently Weeps * and more. “In the hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new musical force. On an album like his new Peace Love Ukulele, Jake and his uke effortlessly (it seems) mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that’s both technically masterful and emotionally powerful…and utterly unique in the music world.”[/quote]