04 January 2012

Bluegrass (?) ukulele

With reference to what the BIB said a few days ago, that the ukulele is 'not yet' a bluegrass instrument - thanks to Eamonn Quigley, who sends this link to a YouTube video of ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro at a live show. The video has been given the title 'Bluegrass ukulele'; the channel owner notes that Shimabukuro 'introduced this as being inspired by his time with Bela Fleck'; and it's easy to imagine it being played in a Mountain Heart show.

This is outstanding playing, but it doesn't convince us that the uke has a future in bluegrass except as an occasional novelty. However, in consideration of the feelings of those who love the instrument, we're attaching this photo of a Martin 2T tenor ukulele.

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