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Billie Eilish Ukulele from Fender

This isn’t a review of the new Billie Eilish ukulele from Fender: this is simply a reaction to the ukulele. I’m always open to review one, but I’m probably not going to spend $299 to review one. Here’s the new ukulele: I totally agree with Billie’s take on the ukulele, and I’m happy that her …

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Not a fan…

This notice from Kala came into my inbox the other day. It’s part of Kala’s new rewards structure from buying directly from them rather than through a store. It doesn’t sit quite right with me, as Kala “made it” in the ukulele world through its connections with local dealers. There was a point that I …

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Flight Uke Tip: Ukulele Sizes, Part 2

In this Flight Uke Tip, we will discuss tenor and baritone ukuleles.⁠⁠The tenor ukulele was a natural progression for the instrument—if you’re going to make a concert ukulele, why not make it a little larger? The first tenor ukuleles were introduced in the mid 1920s. While the tenor ukulele is larger than soprano and concert …

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Wear on the Enya Nova

Someone posted this image of an Enya Nova today. I love the Enya Nova–I think it is a great product. At the same time, I have seen a few pictures like the one above, where there is significant wear on the polycarbonate frets. The ukulele world often reacts to images like this with panic and …

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The Peripole Classic Ukulele by Enya

This evening, I received news that Peripole, Inc., a specialist with gear for elementary music education classrooms (or anyone else) has an exclusive model with Enya Music, a company that I like very much, and every one of its models sits at the high end of my ratings scale (use the search feature at YouTube.com/ukestuff). …

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Flight Uke Tip: Ukulele Sizes, Part 1

Ukulele sizes can be confusing for new players. We classify ukuleles by their scale length–the distance between the nut and the saddle of a ukulele. Ultimately, larger scale instruments offer more space between frets than smaller scale instruments. You can play any size of ukulele, but you may develop a preference for a particular size. …

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Flight Uke Tips: Straps

One of the most helpful ukulele accessories is the ukulele strap.⁠⁠Straps have three benefits. First, they assure that you won’t accidentally drop your ukulele while you’re playing. Second, a strap frees up your playing. You can move your left hand as necessary, which is great for people who are learning barre chords. A strap makes …

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Lava U Review

The Unboxing The Lava U came shipped directly from Hong Kong, and while individual ukulele dealers are selling them (such as The Uke Republic), you can also buy them direct from Amazon. The Lava U comes in the most protective shipping packaging I have ever seen.  The external box is heavy and large.  The ukulele …

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The Story of the Lava U

At the 2020 NAMM Winter Convention, a new ukulele captured the attention of the ukulele word—the Lava U.  The Lava U is a modern-looking ukulele, closest in shape to a pineapple ukulele or like a small dreadnought ukulele.  It is injection molded, made of a mixture of polycarbonate and carbon fiber, and formed with a …

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