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What’s That Sound? Fret Buzz and Intonation

You buy a new or used ukulele, your first one ever. Your excitement is through the roof as you can’t wait to begin your ukulele journey. You start perusing the inter-webs for ukulele tutorials and lessons and after watching an avalanche of videos you start hearing ‘buzz‘ words such as intonation and fret buzz. Its like hearing a sommelier wax poetic on the nuances in a glass of wine as they swirl it in the light… only to then rate it one grape out of five. You're frightened as a deep sense of dread envelops you. ”What the heck is fret buzz? Do I have it?” It’s like catching a life threatening disease the way these ’pro’ level players talk about it. And don’t get me started on the countless sour faces they make when they realize an ukulele has bad intonation. Its pretty much stage 4 and terminal. Lights out! The worse part is you don’t even know what they are talking about. You try to listen hard for the bad intonation in the video but can’t pick it out. Have no fear! As your resident ukulele doctor, I’m going to help you diagnose your ukulele! Fret Buzz Fret buzz is the annoying sound caused by a ukulele string rattling/buzzing against a fret wire when the ukulele is being plucked or strummed. To diagnose this problem you just have to play up the ukulele fingerboard note by note, string by string. As you do this, listen for any buzzing sounds. Its important to press firmly on the strings between the frets as doing this lightly can give you false buzzing. If your ukulele plays all the way up the fingerboard without a rattle, congratulations! Your ukulele is free of fret buzz. But if you hear buzzing anywhere on the fingerboard…. well, I’m sad to say you got a bad case of the buzz. There are three things that cause fret buzz. String Action is too low Frets are not level with each other (some are taller, some are shorter) Neck does not have enough "relief" (neck is too straight, or bowing backwards) String Action Let's start with string action. String action is the height of the ukulele string measured at a specific fret. It’s common to take string action measurements at the first fret, twelfth fret, and fifteenth fret. Different players will have different preferences for their string action. Some players prefer it being relatively high (people who strum extra hard), while others prefer very low action (those with a soft touch, you jazz players). There is a threshold to know how low the string action can be set before it starts to create problems. Using a String Action Gauge ruler you can figure this out. If the strings are set too low, the vibration alone will unintentionally rub on frets creating buzz. Unleveled Frets The frets on your ukulele are supposed to be level with each other. That means they should all be the same height down the fingerboard. When the frets are not level with each other this means some of the frets are shorter and some of the frets are taller. Though it’s only with the tall frets that we have a problem. When strings rub up against taller frets down the fingerboard it creates buzz. Thankfully though, strings won’t buzz against low frets (a point for us shorter guys, yay). To fix this type of buzz, you have to get the frets leveled. Short or tall, they have to all be the same height! Take it in to a music shop and they should be able to level and re-crown the frets in a couple days. Neck Relief A ukulele neck is supposed to be perfectly straight, and yet not quite. Assuming the ukulele is strung and tuned to pitch, it should have a slight dip in the middle (around the 8th fret). It’s called the "neck relief". If a neck has a dip in the middle, we can refer to that neck as having "forward bow". If a neck has no dip at all, but rather a hump, then we can refer to that neck as having "back bow". Back bow is always bad and a deal breaker. It means there is not enough relief in the neck which causes the open strings to buzz on the first fret. Avoid back bowed ukulele at all cost… no matter how beautiful it looks. If your ukulele has a bolt on neck, this can be fixed by changing out the neck. If not, it will make a beautiful and expensive wall decoration! Though I must confess! As the resident ukulele doctor in the ER, there are a few more reasons for buzzing. Though they are not caused by the frets. One is an easy fix while the other is a death sentence… haha! The buzzing can come from the tuners on the headstock. The washers may be loose, so they rattle when played. To check this, just tap on the tuners where the strings are wound. If you see the washers on one of more of them move, just use a wrench to gently tighten them up. This will stop the buzzing immediately. The other reason your ukulele may be buzzing is that it has an internal problem. These include loose braces and bad installations. Whether they are for pickups, side mounted EQ’s, or strap pins. Those can be fixed with proper reinstallation. But loose braces, there's nothing we can really do. RIP! Bad Intonation Intonation is the way that the instrument is in tune with itself, along the entire neck. Intonation is something that affects almost any fretted instrument that has a bridge and strings, and can make a massive difference in the way your ukulele sounds. Making or breaking whether you sound good while playing. If the intonation on your ukulele is out of whack, you’ll find that the ukulele sounds awful. Even if you tune it 1000 times! This is because fretted notes will sound sharp or flat as the strings aren’t compensating correctly for any tension. This will effect the pitch of the note. Thankfully with ukulele, you don’t find intonation issues until to move quite a way up the fingerboard… where most players dare to venture. So if you don’t plan on holding ‘phat’ chords or shredding up there, no worries. But if you are heading that way on your ukulele journey, good intonation is key. Checking Intonation You can test to check whether your intonation is good or bad easily. All you really have to do is play an open string, and then play that same string at the twelfth fret. This is because both of those notes should be the same, but an octave apart. For instance, an open G string rings out an G note, and fretting that same string at the twelfth fret will also play an G note. Just higher up. If you notice that these two notes sound out of tune or dissonant, you're ukulele has an intonation problem. If you have a digital tuner or tuning app on your phone, you can literally see the bad intonation if you have trouble with hearing it. Pros can hear while most of use mortals can’t. So having a tuner handy will help you discover this issue. If the intonation is truly a code blue, taking it to a professional luthier for surgery is needed. They can do some things to help with the string tension like changing the saddles and refilling the nut grooves. Its so nuanced that you need a pro to handle it as the process is finicky! But most times, and for most of us, it won’t be noticed. Also a word to the wise. If you're buying an affordable mass market ukulele, odds are your gonna have intonation issues. And if you drop big bucks on a custom high end ukulele you too will have intonation issues due to environmental changes on the ukulele such as humidity. Bad intonation truly is the silent killer! ________________________________ There you have it! You have the prognosis as well the diagnoses for those strange ukulele sounds. I hope your ukulele is in good health. But if not, a speedy recovery! Keep jamming and aloha!

KUMU Buyers Guide

We are in the home stretch! The final five days of our Spring sale. Right now you can get a cool 25% off our entire KUMU collection. What incredible savings! That a $90 savings on our tenor KUMU with our TUX finish! At check out be sure to use the promo code Spring25 to lock in your savings. The Spring sale ends next week Wednesday, March 31 at midnight HST. So before you close this post and head over to our KUMU page, I thought I would spend a minute going over our KUMU ukulele. Like a KUMU buyers guide. This way you‘re better prepared when choosing your perfect ukulele. You know, like those doomsday preppers. So here are our current KUMU currently available for purchase as of this posting are: Soprano Longneck Hawaiian Koa with TUX Finish (SQ34A) Concert Hawaiian Koa with TUX Finish (CM54A) Concert Feather Hawaiian Koa with TUX Finish (CF52A) Tenor Feather Hawaiian Koa with TUX Finish (TF72A) Tenor Hawaiian Koa with TUX Finish (TM74A) Tenor Hawaiian Koa with Gloss Finish (TG75A) Wow where to begin! First off if you‘ve noticed, all of these ukulele are made using Hawaiian Koa wood. If you don’t know anything about this special wood, check out my post dedicated to the “Holy Grail”of ukulele tone woods. Our entire KUMU line is built using this gorgeous and rare wood. So if your looking for an ukulele that embodies Hawaii’s rich history and culture, look no further. Now on to size. Believe it or not size is a huge thing to consider when choosing a ukulele. Like buying shoes, finding the right fit it super important (unless you just want to flex and enjoy having blisters)! Soprano Longneck KUMU If your younger, or looking to purchase a ukulele for someone between the ages of 3-11, I recommend getting the soprano longneck (SQ34A). It will perfectly fit someone with a small stature. These being kids or someone with small hands. Typically the soprano ukulele is preferred for younger children. We knew we didn’t want to put those limitations on our soprano we added a twist. Our soprano ukulele is built using a concert size neck and fingerboard hence the name ‘longneck’. This allows players to grow with this model since the concert neck is longer, allowing for more room and versatility. The soprano size offers the brightest sound out of all our sizes. Concert KUMU If your just starting out, I would recommend either the concert or concert feather model. The concert size offers the best of both worlds. Just like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears they‘re not too small, and not too big, but just right! The concert size is easier to play since it offers a shorter scale length (the distance between the nut and and saddle) then it’s larger brother, the tenor size. This shorter scale makes the strings easier to press and hold when chording. This is due to the strings having less tension. So if your just starting out, or picking up the ukulele again, this is the ideal size for you. Another bonus with having less string tension is that the ukulele produces a warm and mellow tone. "Now should I get the feather concert model?" Great question! The ’Feather’ designation is for our thin bodied line. These ukulele models are the majestically thin and the perfect size for adventurers on the go. They not only sport a thinner profile, but are lighter in weight as well! This makes playing a feather model more comfortable as they conform closer to the body. We‘ve also designed the feather with a curved back to achieve maximum projection and tone. If price is the determining factor between our standard and feather version, no worries, they are the same price! Tenor KUMU Now if you’re confident in your playing ability and don’t mind a higher string tension, I recommend going for the tenor size! Its the most popular size amongst professional musicians and for good reason. The larger body produces a wide range of tonal voices. In laymen‘s terms, you can play more styles of music more effectively. The tenor body also allows for greater sustain as the soundboard has a greater surface area. Our KUMU tenor also comes in a feather size that is extremely popular. Currently we offer a gloss finish on only our tenor model as the gloss versions of the concert and soprano longneck are on back order. If you want more sound out of your tenor ukulele I would go with our TUX (satin) finish. If you’re more interested in a mirror finish and more protection I’d go with the gloss. So there you have it! I hope this KUMU buyers guide made finding your perfect ukulele easier. Remember to use the promo code Spring25 to receive 25% off our KUMU collection. Plus we are currently offering free domestic shipping, and only $35 for international. At a time like this with shipping costs through the roof, we find its now the best time to take advantage of all the savings! And if your reading this post after the KUMU spring sale has ended, here's a special promo code just for you. Use promo code KUMU38 to receive 15% off your KUMU purchases! Don't tell anyone else...hehe! This is just for you! Click here to head over to our KUMU page! Keep jamming and aloha!

Ukulele Hack! Transposing

Have you ever ridden in the car, music blaring, hands in the air, with friends and family singing your heart out? Maybe it was to Queens “Bohemian Rhapsody“, or Leonard Cohen’s immortal classic “Hallelujah”. Or how about some Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, or Post Malone? For me it was… get ready for it… “The Backstreet Boys”! Hey I was in high school at the turn of the millennium and they were the biggest thing in the world. Sorry *NSYNC fans. Next! So my friends and I honed our singing abilities listening to Backstreet Boys, Boyz 2 Men, and Brian McKnight. Remember this was 20 years ago. I'm getting old...haha! But we’ve all been there. ‘Bang Bang’ comes up next on the playlist. A hype song if I ever heard one with hot vocals from Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj (everyone fails her part, but you get props just for trying)! Everyone‘s dancing in the car to that catchy intro and then Jessie J. belts out… ”She’s got body like an hourglass but I can give it to you all the time!” And that’s all it takes. Everyone singing in the car goes flat or sharp. Either way… OFF! The key is so high she's cracking phone screens! These ladies have incredible pipes! But maybe yours are a little rusty…haha! So what do you do if you have a favorite song that you want to play and sing on your ukulele and the key is too high? Your struggling to hit the notes and feel defeated. Have no fear, there is a remedy for this. The remedy known as chord transposing! Chord transposing involves the moving of a musical pitch up or down, but remaining in the same interval. There are a few reasons as to why we would need to transpose notes or chords in our music, the main reason being to change the key of a song. For example, if you struggle singing a song in the key of Bb, you can transpose the song to the key of C. Doing this will making it easier to sing since you’ll be lowering the key. Another reason you may want to transpose music is to make it easier to play. Using the same example, playing the Bb is way harder than playing the open C. Chords associated with Bb are Eb, F, and Gm. On the other hand, the same chords transposed in the key of C are C, F, G, and Am. Chords everyone learns when starting out on the ukulele! So let’s learn how to transpose chords. Finding The Key Before you can start transposing you have to know what key you are in. Here's a hint, its usually the first chord of the song. But when its not, you’ll have to look at the other chords in the song to get an idea of the key. After you find the key, you have to figure out which key you want to transpose to. If you are only concerned with playing simpler chords, find a key that incorporates chords you already know. If you’re more concerned with singing in a comfortable key, then try moving up or down 2 keys. Some songs are actually too low for singers so in these cases they have to transpose to a higher key. Most of us mortals on the other hand need to lower the key. Thanks Celine! How To Change Key Maybe you find a song you want to play and it‘s in the key of Bb. So the chords of the first line of the song are Eb, Bb, F, and Gm. You try to play it and two things become evident. One, you can’t hold the chords right, and two, its pitched too high to sing. So you have to change the key to solve these issues. To bring down the key, you may want to try transposing to the key of C. This is where the above diagram becomes helpful. Above is layout of a piano. Believe it or not, there are only 12 keys. Counting from the first C (white key), then C# (black key), on to D (white key) and so on, there’s 12. If you already know this from taking piano lessons, then the rest will is easy! To transpose from Bb to C, you have to first find how many steps are between the two. Using the above diagram first find the Bb key. Then count each step until you get to C. In this case it will be two. Once you know this, you then apply this to the chords that need transposing. So moving up two keys from Eb brings us to F. And Bb to C, F to G, and Gm to Am (G to A). Try it out for yourself using the diagram and see if you get it. If you‘re successful, you‘ve transposed the song from the key of Bb to C! Congratulations! Now the song will be easier to play and sing. Key Wheel Cheat Sheet Above is a cheat sheet in figuring out key changes. The above diagram is highlighting the key of C (hey, that the same one we just went over). Notice anything interesting? The chords we transposed from Bb are all within the redlined part of the Key Wheel. Those being C, G, F, and Am. Now utilizing this wheel, you can figure out the chords in any key. If you want to find the different chords in the key of G for instance, just rotate the redlined section one letter to the right. All the chords within the new redlined area can be used in a song in the key of G. But if you don’t have this wheel handy, try to memorize the 12 black and white keys on the piano and its layout. This will help you transpose on the go. Maybe your playing in a band and they change the key on the fly, now you can follow in an instant! Whew! There you have it. Wasn’t that a lesson! Now let me let you in on a little secret. Living in the modern age, its awesome seeing technology change things up. Some song sites now offer a transposing feature. WOW!!! All you have to do click on the key of choice and it will change the chords that display over the lyrics. What a hack! Well at least you know how to do it if you don’t have your phone handy. Keep jamming and sing your heart out! Yeehaw!!!

Koa Wood, the Holy Grail

“You guys get koa?” That is probably the number one questioned I get asked when selling ukulele directly to customers. If I say no, they usually follow up with... “I get one Koa ukulele at home you know!” And with a smirk, and the crossing of the arms, they would continue on walking. I would politely smile, nod... and laugh in my head! It always cracks me up since they are flexing. In reality, Hawaiian Koa was pretty much the only option available to early local builders. Rosewood, ebony, and walnut were hard to get in those days with shipping taking months. The truth is tone-wood choice is subjective. It depends on the type of sound the player prefers. Let me tell you a little secret... koa is sonically not the best sounding tone-wood in the market for ukulele. Don’t get me wrong, koa is amazing! But it ain’t the best. So this is why I chuckle inside when locals flaunt koa all the time. But maybe there is more to the story. A deeper reason why koa is so prized and sought after. Why all the locals go crazy for it and swear that a true ukulele is one made of koa. Are you curious yet? Good! Now let’s dig in! Hawaiian Koa wood, or Acacia Koa, is the Holy Grail of ukulele wood. This endemic Hawaiian species of acacia is prized for it’s stunning beauty and it’s limited supply. Owning a koa ukulele is a badge of honor here in Hawaii. Locals have a hard time accepting that ukulele are now being made with many different species of wood such as mango, spruce, mahogany, and rosewood. Where did this pride over koa wood come from? To truly understand why this wood is special you have to go way back. Back before the ukulele came to our shores from Portugal. Back to ancient Hawaii. History Of Koa Wood In ancient times koa was highly revered and sacred. The wood could only be used by the ‘ali’i’ (kings), ruling chiefs, and for their purposes alone. It was considered ‘Kapu’, or forbidden to be used by normal people. The hawaiian people believed that the kings and chiefs were summoned by the gods and were given special powers to rule. The kings and chiefs created the Kapu system and forbade the use of koa. The divine punishment for breaking the Kapu was death! Now since the ruling class of Hawaii had full control of the koa supply, what were they using it for? When you see world leaders today they all have one thing in common. They need protection. And if you were a hawaiian monarch you needed warriors! So it may surprise you but the word koa means warrior. This is important because it was the primary material used in making weapons and canoes. These weapons were made with shark’s teeth, marlin bills, and even human teeth and hair! These sharp materials were embedded and tied onto koa spears and war clubs. This is why koa became synonymous with the warriors themselves, and that’s why the wood became known as koa. These warrior were conscripted to make these weapons by the kings and chiefs keeping them safe from breaking the Kapu. In the late 1700’s, King Kamehameha the Great used koa to aid him in conquering the Hawaiian islands. They were used in building his armada and for arming his warriors. It’s been said that if Kamehameha didn’t posses a large quantity of koa wood, he wouldn’t have been able to conquer and unite all the islands! After his passing, Queen Kaahumanu and son Liholiho abolished the Kapu system allowing all Hawaiians access to this prized wood. So all that to say... yeah, koa is valuable, and you can see why it’s the Holy Grail for ukulele. Koa+Ukulele=❤️ Today, koa continues to grow on all the Hawaiian islands. Though the bulk of the wood harvested comes from the Big Island. The rich volcanic soil of the Big Island yields koa that is dark and red. This color-way is the most prized among builders. Koa is strange in that it can be found in many colors. It can be brown, red, orange, white, green, and even purple! Though the most beautiful koa wood has a wavy, ripple-like grain pattern known as “curly”. In the mainland this type of grain pattern is better known as ‘fiddle back’. Only 10% of koa harvested is curly, making the stuff up to 1000% more expensive! Big Island landowners today can’t cut down living koa trees. They have to be dying or dead! These old growth trees are hard to find since many have already been harvested. Some are even half rotten! The yield of usable wood in these trees is only around 20-30%. This also adds value since a whole tree can yield so little usable wood. This is also why Agar wood is so expensive. In the case of Agar wood, only the diseased areas produce the intoxicating Oud oil. Like koa, it is in high demand! As a tone-wood, koa has a similar sound profile to mahogany. This is because they both share similar densities when dried, as well as board stiffness. This puts koa smack in the in middle on the sound spectrum of tone-woods. Heavy and dense woods such as rosewood and ebony don’t vibrate enough, making them better used for constructing the back and sides of the ukulele. At the other end we have softer woods such as spruce and cedar. These tone-woods are light and flexible, giving them a bright and responsive sound. But due to their fragility are used only as the soundboard of the ukulele. Koa’s density makes this tone-wood the best of both worlds. It is strong enough to be used as a sound board, but soft enough to vibrate and produce a rich, warm tone. Koa’s Availability With a wide color spectrum and kaleidoscopic grain patterns, koa is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s a joy for luthiers to work with, and in the right hands, it’s pure tonal bliss (looking at you Eric Devine, Alvin Okami, and Chuck Moore)! So this begs the question: “Why aren’t there more ukulele made of koa on the market?” It all comes down to availability. Remember reading during the history lesson above. After the Kapu was dissolved, the people started building everything with koa. When the merchants arrived in the islands, they saw koa as a prized export to the world. Soon, everything from bowls to furniture were being constructed with koa. Unfortunately this quickly depleted the koa forests. For luthiers, they need specific sizes and cuts of wood to build ukulele. This makes usable quarter sawn pieces limited, forcing brands to hoard supplies. Due to this lack of resources, many luthiers aren’t able to build meaningful quantities. Hawaiian Koa vs Formosa Koa? Due to koa’s growing worldwide demand, many companies have resorted to shady sell’s tactics. They started calling their acacia ukulele, koa wood ukulele! Their reasoning was that since koa is a type of acacia, then acacia is koa. All acacia. So acacia farmed in Taiwan, aka Formosa, were being labeled as Formosa Koa. This name change would confuse customers since it carried the koa designation. You can find Indian Koa, Philippines Koa, and even African Koa. But they are not true koa. For koa to be koa it MUST be grown in Hawaii. When searching for a koa wood ukulele, be sure the manufacturer uses koa grown in Hawaii! Once again, koa can only be koa in it’s grown in Hawaii. Whew, congratulations! You made it through that long winded explanation of what makes koa wood the Holy Grail for ukulele. If you have a chance, and can afford it, get one for your collection. At Leolani, all of our KUMU ukulele are made with Hawaiian grown koa wood! Rest assure that we aren’t using Formosa Koa...haha! And yes Rock, we get koa ukulele! Keep jamming and aloha!

New Uke Alert! Its a Blue Valentines!

That’s right everyone! Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. Crazy to think that last week was Super Bowl Sunday (aka Valentine’s Day for guys). So two super Sundays back to back. So lets get something straight before I break some awesome news. WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! Guys, don't forget to get your girl something nice for Valentine's Day! It's this Sunday. Or else... Now that I’ve just saved some lives here is the breaking news. We have been cooking something special behind the scenes for several months now with ukulele influencer and newly minted vlogger Ricky Somborn! If you aren’t familiar with Ricky Somborn, check this out... So after all that teasing, here’s the beans! We partnered with Ricky to create and design his own ukulele model!!! Its so good to finally release it out there. Whew! Holding it in was brutal.... haha! This ukulele is the first in our artist series. And we are excited to announce that it will launch on Monday, February 15th! You heard me right... next week Monday, at midnight HST (Hawaii Standard Time). This first run is extremely limited so set a reminder to check back to the site when it launches. So are you ready for a tease? Specs: Concert Size Solid Curly Okoume Top Okoume Back and Sides Okoume Neck Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge Bone Nut and Saddle MOP ’LEOLANI’ Logo and Rosette MOP Diamond Fret Markers and RS Inlay on the 12th Fret Tuxedo Finish Slotted Headstock Oh, and how could I forget?! It’s also contrast stained in Kai Blue. We are so excited for you to get your hands on one of these! They are well made and sound amazing. We also offer free US shipping and $35 for international. In this pandemic, you can’t beat these shipping prices! And on top of that, every artist series ukulele will come with a padded gig bag, chord chart, and finger pick. So there you have it! All the scoops on our now “not so secret” project. Now remember, get your special cuddle buddy something nice on the 14th! And then on the 15th, get yourself a Blue Valentines! Keep jamming and aloha!

Ukulele Trends For 2021

Happy New Year! I know it’s already after January and we are in February but hey, a huge thing happened in my life last month. I can even pin point it to the day. And I can do better than that and even tell you the minute. On January 11, at 4:04am, I became a father......... again! My wife and I already have three little boys ( I know crazy right!), but this time it was different. This time ‘she’ made her debut in this world. Yup, I have a daughter. Her name is Kamea. So thats where I’ve been this past month. Believe it or not I had this post planned and written out. I thought I could finish it while resting at the hospital. What an idiot! Needless to say this little girl got me wrapped around her little fingers. So 2021 has already started off with a bang for me and my “little“ family, and I believe it will be an incredible year for the ukulele! Just like at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas every January, they showcase the latest and greatest in tech gadgetry and innovation, I will try and forecast the new ukulele trends for 2021! As I poured over forum threads and studied influencer press releases, I found 5 new trends emerging. 5. Custom Artwork More than ever people want to express their individuality and style. No one wants to be a sheep and follow the rest of the crowd but stand out. We will see this mentality trickle down to the ukulele. Traditional tribal artwork was the craze a few years ago, with laser etched patterns covering the ukulele. Today, modern design elements are beginning to take over. These designs are being ported over from the new wave of tattoo design. From hyper realistic pieces, to geometric fibonacci formations, and everything in between. These designs can be added via laser, inlay, or with print overlay. The latter being new and innovative. You can take any artwork or image and wrap the ukulele with it. All the detail and color retained! ‘Imagine’ playing a ukulele with the famous Abbey Road album cover on the sound board. Now it’s possible! We are not far from people being able to add their own unique design to their ukulele. What sort of design would you put on yours? 4. Pickups, Pickups, and more Pickups! Pickups have always been popular on expensive instruments since many who play them do for a living. But step to the side professional players! A new trend is rising amongst new and novice players wanting to plug in and play. With music stores around the world offering ukulele pickup installations (now that companies are making ukulele specific pickups), we see more and more players opting for the upgrade. It’s not unusual to see a pickup installed on an ukulele that was cheaper than the cost of the pickup! Nuts right? Having a pickup installed gives the advantage to record music directly to your PC or tablet is a game changer. So as we continue to weather through this pandemic, ”home studios” is where it’s at. Not to mention adding playing effects is fun too! Who doesn’t want to play heavy metal on their ukulele...haha?! With wide variety of pickups to choose from, I see this trend rising in 2021. With new and innovative pickups being introduced last year such as Leolani’s X1PRO, the market is primed for explode. If you don’t have one, consider electrifying your ukulele. Check out the sound hole version X1PRO below. 3. Affordably Premium Import ukulele are starting to blow minds! Gone is shame of purchasing a cheap import ukulele off the side streets of Waikiki for $30! What we jokingly call “toy” ukulele. Import factories are now serious about their ukulele manufacturing. They have begun to master the intricacies of building a quality instrument and its only the beginning. Now you can find an all solid bodied ukulele made with quality tone-woods, sporting custom inlay, and fully glossed for under $400!!! Oh, and did I mention it also has a sound port and slotted headstock? Boutique ukulele with all these features can fetch up to $3k. In 2021 this trend will continue. With many looking for deals during this pandemic, imports are hitting that sweet spot being affordably premium. 2. Colored Contrast Stains When we talk about colored finishes on ukulele we typically mean a painted ukulele. Non opaque, full coverage paint. Grain and color of the wood doesn’t matter since it gets painted over completely. This is definitely not trending in 2021! Whats trending is colored stains. Staining adds color to the wood without covering up the grain. And in almost all cases the staining process makes the grain stand out and ‘pop’. The process is time consuming and tedious as you have to add layers to build it up. They sometimes start the process by pre-coating the wood with ink black base layers to create more contrast. The end result being an almost three dimensional illusion. Colored stains have been used in the guitar industry for ages and have now made its way to the mainstream ukulele market. You will start seeing more of these ukulele in 2021... like maybe in a few weeks on this site (hint, hint). 1. All Solid In 2021, it has finally happened. Imports for many years have been carrying around a badge labeled ‘veneer’. And for many in the ukulele industry, the “F word”. Today, import brands are moving away from using veneer woods and strictly manufacturing using solid sets. The gap between boutique handmade ukulele and imported factory produced ones has closed tremendously. Many import brands have completely moved on from using laminated woods with many more to follow in 2021. And they accomplished all of this without jacking up the price for consumers. If you purchase one of these solid bodied ukulele, just make sure you get a humidifier as well! Alas a positive for laminated ukulele: you don’t need to worry about heat and humidity. Maybe they may still be around for this killer feature. There it is! 5 ukulele trends to look out for in 2021. I hope you enjoyed this peek into the future. As I write this my daughter is resting peacefully by my desk...... FOR NOW!!! Keep jamming and aloha!

Ukulele Resolutions For The New Year

At last it’s December 31. Better known as New Years Eve. As the world turns a new page, we bid farewell to a year none of us expected. For some it was the worst year of their lives. They’ve lost their jobs, plans were dashed, and many even battled the virus itself. Worst yet, many have even lost dear loved ones. But for some it was the year they didn’t think they needed. They were pushed to take a deep look at themselves and make hard decisions that needed to be made. Many of those with families were locked together with them, finding that they missed out on so much pre-covid as we raced toward the carrots of success, money, and fame. Many were forced to rethink their careers and find out what brought them joy... and then pursue it. So 2020 gave us 20/20. As in 20/20 vision. No matter where you fall on the year, we should all agree that it was a major reset. And as the dawn of a new year approaches, I want to help reset your ukulele goals with 5 ukulele resolutions for 2021! 5. Chord Guru In 2021 become a chord guru! We all get stumped sometimes when we try to learn new songs. We forget how play certain chords and we get frustrated as we have to search for it online or dig them up on an old chord chart. Doing this risks taking us out of our flow state. As I’ve gotten to know many pro ukulele players throughout the years, one of the things they all have in common is a deep repertoire of chord knowledge. Watching them play through different chords is inspiring. So start by learning a new chord each week. That’s 52 chords in 2021! Learn the chord name, fingering, and play songs that require it. Playing them continuously for a week will help cement it to memory. Remember that their are many variants for chords so learn them all! This will make learning new songs a breeze! 4. Learn 12 New Songs With the plethora of awesome YouTube tutorials, this resolution should be a piece of cake! And 12 new songs is just the baseline. You can make your resolution 24 if you think you can handle it. And if your a classic overachiever, how about 52? Songs can run the gamut of learning a simple jingle to a complex instrumental piece such as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata! Just WOW!!! 3. The Songwriter Maybe this is the year you start creating your own music! I know the 2020 wave has churned up many emotions so now may be the best time to express them through your ukulele. I‘ve just watched Pixar’s new movie Soul and loved watching the musicians get “in the zone”. Make this a year long resolution. No need to rush. Spend time ’feeling’ your way around the ukulele and start setting your heart to chords! And if you must.....add lyrics. 2. Recording Artist Have you ever heard yourself play the ukulele? As strange as that question sounds, many haven’t. Think about it. Of course you‘ve heard yourself as you play, but have you ever just sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed listening to yourself playing? If you haven’t, this is the resolution for you! Throughout 2021, record yourself playing your ukulele. You can do this simply by shooting it on your phone. If you want to take it further, you could purchase mics and import the audio to your PC. And if you are inspired, you can play with the mix on music apps and software. And who knows? This could be the start of your musical career! 1. The Dream This is a huge one. We all have dreams, right? Hopefully you do! A dream car. A dream home. A dream travel destination. And the dreams go on and on. But what about a dream ukulele? The 2021 could be the year when you purchase your dream ukulele. Start by looking for your dream ukulele. Start researching into the sizes, wood combinations, builders, pickups, and extras. And those extras being side ports, cutaways, slotted head stocks, bevels, custom inlays and rosettes, Rodger’s tuners, 5 strings (or 6 or 8), etc...etc...etc...! Haha! You get the picture. And then start saving each month. This dream ukulele could be a $300 KUMU to a $5,000 Kamaka! Or more! So by this time next year you could be strumming on your new dream ukulele. As I wrap up this post I want to personally thank you for reading my last one of the year! As 2021 arrives I hope you and your loved ones a healthy, safe, and joyful New Years! Keep jamming and aloha!

Mele Kalikimaka Song Tutorial! Merry Christmas from Leolani

This ones for you! Thank you for all your support this 2020 year! As we head towards Christmas, we want to wish you and yours a Mele Kalikimaka and Happy New Year! As a gift, we wanted to bless you with this amazing tutorial of Mele Kalikimaka from our dear friend Jonah Davis. Now grab your uke, a cold glass of eggnog, and let’s learn this classic together! Time Stamps: Mele Kalikimaka Playalong: (00:53) Learn the chords: (03:05) Strumming Patterns: (06:36) Learning the Intro: (11:38) We hoped you enjoyed learning Mele Kalikimaka! We hope you jam it come the 25th! From our ohana to yours.... Mele Kalikimaka!!!

Last Minute Gift Ideas!

There’s 11 days left till Christmas! I know, crazy right! And maybe your like me and you’ve waited till the last minute to get gifts. Then there’s the added pressure of getting a gift for an ukulele enthusiast! “What do I get and how do I get it fast?” Well count your lucky sugar plums, because I’m here to help you out! As shipping windows close, here are 10 last minute ukulele gift ideas you can get in a jiffy! I will add purchase links to express your shopping time! Amazon is gonna offer before Christmas Day delivery up until Sunday!!! Mahalo Amazon elves! You guys are saving Christmas. Some of these gifts are affordable, while others are next level and are sure to bring a smile to your giftee's face! Or yourself! Haha! We are the generation of self-love right? So without further ado, here...we...go! 10. Online Ukulele Courses Most ukulele players want to improve their skills, and online ukulele courses make a fantastic gift that keeps on giving! Good online ukulele courses are almost as nice as in-person lessons, while being more affordable and a whole lot easier to fit into a busy schedule. This would make a perfect gift someone wanting to get into the ukulele. Maybe the perfect gift for your kid(s). I recommend AllForUke with Kevin Presbrey! He offers a 7-day free trial and only $10 a month afterwards! He even offers private uke lessons! Check out more on his website allforuke.com! 9. Ukulele Chord Chart/Cheat Sheet Every ukulele player needs one of these so this will make an amazing gift. Having a chord chart on hand will help when your in a pinch and need to figure out a specific chord. This version comes in two sizes and are small enough to fit in a ukulele bag or hardcase pocket! Plus they are gloriously laminated so no worries Cheeto fingers! Get the Ukulele Chord Cheatsheets on Amazon here! 8. USB Recording Mic Every budding ukulele artist needs a recording mic. But what if you don’t have all the chords and computer adapters? Don’t fret, the Fafine Condenser Recording Microphone requires only a USB port. Super simple to use, and records crystal clear audio! Gift the Fifine Condenser Recording Mic off Amazon here! 7. String Winder Drill Bit This gift is for the hip ukulele players who like unique gifts. Who wants to spend minutes hand winding their strings when you can do it in seconds! Finally some wizard created a nifty piece of practical magic... a drill bit string winder! And it’s super affordable at under $7 (drill not included... haha). So make sure the giftee has a drill! I use this bit and its a time saver. And its incredibly fun too! Get a String Winder Drill Bit off Amazon here! 6. Orange Amp The Orange Amp Micro Terror is small amp with a ton of power! People all over love the Orange brand of guitar amps, and this little guy sure lives up to the hype. This may be the best gift your giftee may get under the tree. Paired with the right speakers and you will be headlining Coachella! Well, at least in your bedroom. Gift the amazing Orange Amp Micro Terror on Amazon here! 5. Crossrock Hardcase Today, most ukulele come in padded gig bags. They are flexible, lightweight, and get the job done. But sometimes your ukulele needs to ride around in style. In these ‘cases’ you have to get a hardcase. I recommend gifting a Crosswalk Hardcase. They come in all sizes and in a multitude of colors. They even offer different material options. If looks could kill, better call the doctor! Gift a Crossrock Hardcase off Amazon here! 4. Wireless Transmitter Receiver Now this thing is really cool. You can plug in your ukulele into an amp, and do it wirelessly! What devilry is this? No worries, no devils here. Just science! You just plug one of the receivers into your ukulele and the other into the amp and now you can play untethered. No more tripping over your cords. Now your free to roam around as you play. And dare I say dance? Gift the Getaria Wireless Digital Transmitter off Amazon here! 3. The Beatles Ukulele Song Book George Harrison loved the ukulele! And the world loves George Harrison. So here is a fun gift to give to an ukulele player who wants to tap into their musical roots. You can’t go through music pop history without taking a major detour down Abby Road. Now you can take this detour with your ukulele! And did I mention this book comes loaded with 195 songs! Wowza! The Little Black Book of Beatle’s Songs for Ukulele found here! 2. Roadie Tuner 3 A tuner that actually tunes your ukulele. Yeah, you heard me right! The Roadie 3 can tune your ukulele for you and with great accuracy. It can also store over 100 alternate tunings! Just watch the videos of this thing in action and have your mind blown. The perfect gift for someone who has everything. They probably don’t have this! Gift the super engineered Roadie Tuner 3 off Amazon here! 1. KUMU Ukulele So your reading this post on our site. The same site that sells KUMU and Leolani ukulele! This isn’t a top 10 list, but a list of 10 gift ideas... haha! But hey, what best last minute ukulele gift is better than a ukulele? And now we have a secret sale going on until Christmas Day! I recommend getting a KUMU ukulele since its made using Hawaiian Koa. Many companies nowadays are claiming to inventory Hawaiian Koa ukulele, but what they really have are acacia wood ukulele. True, Koa is a type of acacia wood. But Koa can only be grown in the volcanic soil of Hawaii! Now rest assured knowing that our KUMU are produced using this prized wood! Check out our KUMU page and see if a KUMU ukulele will make the best gift for someone really special! Or for yourself... remember...self love! KUMU ukulele: https://www.leolaniukulele.com/kumu-series So here is my list of 10 super awesome ukulele gifts to gift at the last minute. You can find all these items on Amazon now (except for number 10 and 1)! And they are currently offering shipping before Christmas! So get on it fast! Like right after reading this. Keep jamming and Mele Kalikimaka!

12 Days of Christmas Ukulele GIVEAWAY

Mele Kalikimaka! Well, at least that’s what Bing is singing over on my Amazon Echo. Thanksgiving is just a day old and my stomach is already longing for my mom’s homemade cranberry sauce! Secret tip guys... she uses apple and pear in her recipe so it’s basically a Ramsey-fied cranberry sauce. So now with Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, we are heading right into CHRISTMAS, the most wonderful time of year! And with that said, it gives me great pleasure to announce to you Leolani’s 12 Days of Christmas ukulele giveaway! Now say that 10 times fast. Thankfully that isn’t one of the daily challenges. “Wait what? What are these challenges you are speaking of?” Yes, you heard me right... challenges! Just like the ole’ Christmas carol goes we will be giving away ukulele on each of the twelve days! I really love that song BTW (especially the Hawaiian style version)! So in this post I’m gonna break down what this contest/giveaway is all about. And, yes, the challenges too! So lets just start with the best part. We here at Leolani are gonna giveaway twelve ukulele! Yes, you heard me right through those ear muffs! TWELVE ukulele! Your right Dwight! One for each of the twelve days with a few surprises sprinkled in a day or two. And as the big guy in the red suit delivers gifts to children all over the world, we decided to follow his lead and open this contest to everyone. US and International! If you win, we will find a way to get it to you. Even if we have to ship ELF-EXPRESS, USS (United Sleigh Service) or NPPS (North Poll Post). All are welcome to enter! So the next logical question is how does one win one of these awesome ukuleles. We have teamed up with a special team of elves, twelve amazing musical influencers and artists/groups to help spread the holiday cheer! Each of these artist is comman(deer)ing one of the twelve days, and they have personally picked the specific holiday challenges. They are really festive and fun! We hope you get excited looking over. We know that not everyone entering owns a ukulele, so we have both ukulele friendly and non ukulele friendly challenges to choose from. Hopefully a Leolani/KUMU will be your first ukulele, that would be jolly! So without further ado, here are the challenges! HO, HO, HO... those elves are so cheerful! The challenges start next week, in 72 hours, on Monday, November 30th so mark your calendars! Here’s how to enter my fellow sugar plums: 1. Use the hashtag for the specific day you are entering. For day one it will be #MerryUkeMasDay1. For day two... #MerryUkeMasDay2. And each consecutive day will follow the same pattern. So for day twelve its #MerryUkeMasDay12. You got it! 2. Follow @leolani_kumu_ukulele on Instagram or Facebook @Leolani Ukulele. 3. Post your entry to Instagram or Facebook by 11:59pm HST (Hawaii Standard Time) on the day you are entering. Day one is Monday November 30th, just a few days away. 4. Turn you account setting to public (at least on the day you are entering) so our judges will be able to see your wonderful creations. So be as creative and festive as possible. Let’s make this giveaway super fun! You can enter all twelve, or just one. You have a chance to win all twelve ukulele or one. It’s totally up to you. The more days you enter... the more chances to win! This contest will have up to twelve winners. So go tell it on the mountain! HARK! You can submit your entries whenever! Like right after reading this post. As long as it doesn’t come in after the daily deadline. So if you are baking cookies today you can enter for day ten, and make a Christmas cookie in the shape of a ukulele and submit it already. You don’t have to wait till day ten to submit. Just don’t submit it on day eleven because the Grinch will give you that devilish grin! We will announce the winners the following day on our socials. We can‘t wait to see your submissions! If a ukulele in on your Christmas list this year... be sure to enter. If you have any questions, ask away on our socials and we will get back to you with Comet speed! For all of our visual learners, here is our sixty second promo from Sabeth, head elf of social media: Keep jamming and aloha!

My Current Top 10 Ukulele Influencers

Wow! I can't believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Hopefully, my fellow Americans, you have already gone out to the grocery stores to pick up all your family secret recipe ingredients! But I made a promise a few months back when I made my ‘My Current Top 10 Ukulele Players’, and today I make good on my promise. Here is my current top 10 ukulele influencer list. This list was difficult to make. I spent a few weeks thinking things through, writing down names, moving them around, and cutting some when I remembered others. I went over countless feeds of content and feel that this is it. Some influencers were so close... but didn’t make it on the list this year (yeah, this gonna be yearly thing). Now as a caveat, there are a ton of new ukulele influencers. Wow, the potential with most of them is huge! So this list was composed with a few criteria. Those being that the influencer/artist plays the ukulele exclusively, and has been on their platform for over a year. So here we go! 10. All For Uke AllForUke was created by Kevin Presbrey. An influencer on the rise with an incredible head of hair. His videos are shot with impeccable quality of detail. He does an amazing job teaching classic songs in a casual way. Not to mention his thumbnails are polished and tempt a click! He also has a website where he has a ton more content. More videos, lessons, reviews, courses, and private lessons! Kevin’s socials: Youtube Facebook 9. Cynthia Lin Singer and songwriter Cynthia Lin. Did I also mention YouTube sensation? With 403k followers on YouTube and climbing! She is full of aloha and chill and relaxed. She makes learning the ukulele easy by taking out all the intimidation with her smile. Her jazzy playing style and superb vocals makes her an incredible influencer to follow. A perfect song for Thanksgiving! Cynthia has many friends in the ukulele community who frequent her channel! She‘s a gem! Cynthia’s socials: YouTube IG Facebook Twitter 8. Timmy Cruz Timmy Cruz—aka Timmy-cruz89, uke shredder, and boutique ukulele hunter. Timmy has been shredding the ukulele and influencing others to do for many years. This guys always making people jealous with all the ukuleles in his collection. Basically a lover of tenor ukes! He also rebooted his online presence with a new IG handle and fresh YouTube channel. Timmy’s socials: Youtube IG 7. Nix (Nix // uuuuuuuukewithme) Whew! All those u’s! All 8 of them. This girl has been blowing up IG and YouTube for years. She also loves playing KoAloha ukuleles! Her passion for life and the ukulele is infectious. Plus that smile... it screams of ukulele joy! She also does quite a lot of traveling and even found her way back to Hawaii earlier this year. Nix’s socials: YouTube IG Facebook 6. Aryy (Ariel Mancanares) From Brazil to California! Ariel has been taking over the YouTube scene amassing a huge following. When I say that huge, I mean over 1 million subscribers! Yowza! Parabens Ariel! She is bilingual and speaks both Portuguese and English! Its great watching her inspire her Brazilian followers on her socials since she often posts in both english and Portuguese. She's also very active on Youtube posting many stories there. Her free spirit and seriously good songwriting skills have catapulted her to the top. Don't sleep on Ariel, she's making moves. Oi! Ariel’s socials: Link Tree 5. Matt Taylor (U Can Uke) Hailing from Rockford Illinois comes Matt Taylor. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Matt a few times at the Winter NAMM in LA. This guy is infectious! Super friendly and always down for a jam session. His YouTube channel is going off and he’s definitely spreading ’da aloha spirit’ everywhere he goes. He got his start teaching songs on YouTube... and the rest is history! He has a bright future in this game and I would bet that his 430k followers on Youtube would agree! Matt’s socials: YouTube Facebook IG 4. Aldrine Guerrero OG right here! If you don’t know who Aldrine Guerrero is, you strayed off the ukulele path. Aldrine has been in the game before I got into it 12 years ago. Okay... how about Ukulele Underground? Ring any bells? This guy started the movement to putting the best ukulele resources online. This local ‘braddah‘ from Kauai is pumping out amazing content every week and his passion for the ukulele community continues to blow me away. Check out all of awesome content on Ukulele Underground and check out his play-alongs. He’s taught me a few....haha! Mahalo Aldrine! Aldrine’s socials: YouTube Facebook IG 3. Ricky Somborn Who would‘ve thought breaking your foot could be so live changing? If you don’t believe me, just ask Ricky Somborn! It was a foot injury that changed the course of this influencer‘s life forever. If you’ve seen his videos, his deep warm vocals and smooth playing gets you every time! What’s crazy is that Ricky really didn’t start singing until a few years ago to the surprise of his family. Since starting his career, his reach and following has been explosive. And his output of his content is ever increasing. Needless to say I’m a huge fan! Ricky’s socials: YouTube Facebook IG 2. Bernadette “Plazi” Bernadette teaches music! She sure does! I have never seen a more in-depth breakdown of music theory on the ukulele! Arigato Plazi sensei! Okay, thats 4 exclamations so I think you get the picture. Plazi has been racking up followers like people were hoarding toilet appear at the start of the pandemic. Her smile, her style, her passion puts her high on the list. I don’t think you can be into the ukulele without knowing who she. Seriously the best free lessons on the web. Friends, she’s got a music degree! And congratulations to Bernadette on the bundle of joy on her way! Bernadette’s socials: YouTube IG Facebook 1. Elise Ecklund Making her to 2 millions subscribers (maybe before 2021), Elise tops my list. If your having a tough day, pop on one her YouTube videos and you’ll be back in good spirits in no time. She doesn’t only showcase her ukulele prowess, but her super funny personality. Like the time she the got a super huge tattoo (her first) and didn’t tell her parents until afterwards... haha! She has bought many young people over to the ukulele, and I couldn’t be happier. Check out her sister Eden as well. There’s no reason she won’t be at 3 million subscribers by next year! Elise’s socials: YouTube IG Facebook So there’s my current top 10 influencer list! This humble instrument has been taking over the world these past two decades. As a native Hawaiian, I’m filled with joy seeing tons of people from all walks of life, falling in love with our little instrument. Who are your favorite ukulele influencers? Maybe you‘ll see them make my list next year! Lotus Cole, Aleksandra (_outofmycomfortzone), and Fernanda Gomes (chewfe)... so close... so close! Keep jamming and aloha!

5 Trending Songs Anyone Can Play

A new season is upon us! If you are an American we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. For many others, it’s CHRISTMAS! As we start cleaning up the cob webs, paper bats, and pumpkins, the sound of Christmas music fills the air. At my house we went from listening to HalloweenTown’s ”This is Christmas”, to Johnny Mathis‘ “Sleigh Ride”! But before we turn on Pentatonix, lets learn how to play these top trending songs. Don’t worry all you Christmas lovers, my list of Christmas song tutorials will be coming out in December! But below are 5 songs that are currently trending all over the place. And all of these are songs are easy to learn. But honestly... maybe not easy to sing... haha! Dreams by Fleetwood Mac We’ve all seen it by now. Nathan Apodaca longboarding to work, sipping on cranberry juice, singing along to Fleetwood Mac’s ’Dreams’. Something about this clip resonated with millions around the world. For me, it was relaxing watching this guy living his best life. The joy on his face made me feel all warm inside. As soon as this clip went viral, streaming of this classic song went through the roof! Learn this smooth song below. Be sure your not trying to learn this song as you cruise the streets on your longboard! Haha! And if you hadn’t seen the original viral video... here it is. Justin Bieber “Holy” Featuring Chance the Rapper The Biebs just keeps coming back and this time he’s bringing company. This song is so uplifting and catchy. Even the music video to this song will bring a smile to your face. Not to mention Chance is lighting up the track with his smooth rhymes and vocals! What a dynamic duo. I know, I know, some of you are tired of Bieber. But just give him another CHANCE! Haha! Get it? Okay, here is the tutorial from Matt from U Can Uke! And the music video is here! Golden by Harry Styles This song from Harry Styles just dropped last week! This song has an 80’s vibe to it that I can’t resist. Like Bieber’s hit above, this one is so catchy. The one issue I have is that it sounds like it should have been dropped in the summer since it has beach vibes. I mean “Golden”, like a beautiful sunset on a warm balmy day. But I guess it’s Harry’s last ditch effort to hold on to summer before the bitter cold sweeps over the Northern Hemisphere. But since I live in Hawaii, it‘s summer all year round baby! Here’s Ricky Somborn’s tutorial! He’s in Florida so he gets my drift. Listen to Harry's new song here! Dynamite by BTS In the past I didn’t get K-Pop. It was silly and I thought their fans were nuts. But now I can unashamedly declare that I’m a fan of K-Pop! It started with my sons dancing to their music video’s on YouTube. Granted BTS (the biggest group on the planet) has already been making waves since 2014, so we had many dance videos to catch up on. The song Dynamite hit America this summer and blew away the competition. It was also their first all English language song. It's so poppy with it’s lyrics and melodic hooks. You can't help but dance along to this jam. Listen to it and see if your at least not bobbing your head to the beat. Learn this summer sizzler below! Dance and smile with BTS here. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen There‘s really nothing more to write about with this next “trendy” song. Like Fleetwood Mac ‘Dream’, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ needs no introduction. Hallelujah was recorded by the late Leonard Cohen all the way back in 1984. And it’s probably the most covered song in history! Whats even as interesting is that it’s often sung on Christmas Albums. Most recently with Pentatonix and Tori Kelly. The meaning behind the song is still debated to this day. Even though Leonard himself has given us his interpretation. I’m not gonna debate it here, but learn this amazing “Christmas” song below with Plazi! A Christmas song huh...... yeah right! Listen to this immortal classic here. There it is! 5 songs currently trending and how to play them on the ukulele. I’m gonna challenge myself this week and learn them all. Maybe you too should take a crack at this challenge and see it you can play them all in a week. Keep jamming and aloha!

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