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November 11, 2022 at 5:41 pm #30843
So – the “Russian Piano Player” — I spoke with my lifetime friend that was with me at this concert in the distant past (and in fact bought the tickets). He wasn’t Russian — just “weird” — His name is Keith Jarrett, and he is from Allentown Pennsylvania — but his parentage is Slovenian/ German. He has perfect pitch… He was part of the Miles Davis group 1968-71 (alternating with Chick Corea) and although he played electric organ (Hammond), and Rhodes is a vehement opponent of any electronic or “electrified” musical instruments. Wikipedia notes several of his idiosyncrasies — like the grunting but doesn’t specifically mention his ability to concisely play extraordinary long phrases of Hexi demisemiquavers in his improvisations. Of his composing — and we heard only 2 pieces which were obviously “organic compositions” (see the note below) … ….. Jarrett has commented that his best performances have been when he has had only the slightest notion of what he was going to play at the next moment. He also said that most people don’t know “what he does.” which relates to what Miles Davis said to him expressing bewilderment as to how Jarrett could “play from nothing.” Indeed, at his concert the audience was bewildered!
One album, The Köln Concert, released in 1975, became the best-selling piano recording in history. The Köln Concert is a live recording of solo piano improvisations performed by Keith Jarrett at the Opera House in Cologne (German: Köln) on 24 January 1975. (Also recorded in Wikipedia) Some musicians are for inspiration, not necessarily for emulation… 🙂March 27, 2022 at 1:13 pm #30106
Mahalo!March 5, 2022 at 1:12 pm #30048
I have multiple Kanile’a with Kanile’a pickups – passive … All great… I have also played Kanile’a active – which are also great and discreet….. I also have a couple of MISI under-saddle ( I also opted for the passive) which do nice reproduction. he Kanile’a passive do not require batteries and do have a very strong output signal strength. The MISI get charged in about 2-3 minutes from the jack, can also do this with a 9V battery and they last some months. — I didn’t want any extra weight and wanted to preserve the natural sound and have a Fishman Loudbox mini – so that provides all the pre-amp I need.March 3, 2022 at 5:58 pm #30033
A sincere thank you for the awesome compliments which are greatly appreciated…. They have evolved indeed …. Now to practice some others to performance standard 🙂 Mahalo Nui LoaFebruary 19, 2022 at 12:01 pm #29990
I was greatly privileged to have met Willie K and heard him play live, even super close and personal!!. With no idea who he was we went to Kimo’s (Lahaina) on a Friday night. When the larger than life personality smoothly rolled from traditional, to rock, to blues, to jazz, to “Jawaiian” to opera I realised how much potential existed in the small instrument. I immediately went on a search and was delighted to discover that I could buy a ukulele exactly like his, from the designer (Avi Ronan of Lahaina Custom Guitars) and more excited when it was hanging on his wall and I asked if it would be possible to get Willie to sign it… ( fanboy 🙂 ) He sent me off to Mulligans on Blue a few days later, and I met with Willie and asked for the signature. He asked if he could play the uke “Hell Yeah!!!” I didn’t know that he had forgotten his own instrument that night!!!! So here he is doing some of his set with “my” Willie K Custom. ( Note that this was pre-Kanile’a and the beautiful Willie -K 5 string Custom Super tenor. https://youtu.be/VsU5OEQB75c
August 6, 2021 at 8:00 pm #28947
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Great feedback – and definite some cool material for the Podcasts!!! MahaloAugust 5, 2021 at 5:10 pm #28931
Great work Kahai! Mahalo..March 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm #28101
🙂 Excellent — and Mahalo!!March 27, 2019 at 6:52 pm #24217
Willie K is an amazing musician entertainer and individual. He has so much talent!!!!
I am fortunate to have heard him (first) in 2017 and been able to buy the same ukulele he is playing in the clip – an Oscar Schmidt Willie K custom designed by Arvi Ronan of Lahaina Custom Guitars. I bought it from Arvi and took it to Mulligans to get an autograph.
So much story – but Willie asked if he could play it -I agreed of course –
He meant on stage ….. apparently his Ukulele had been left behind that day!!! Serendipity!!!!!
So Willie not only signed it but also ran it in for me …
You can hear him playing a little on the KineKoolBand Youtube page ….. with one song dedicated to the Aussies in the room ( my wife and I 🙂 )
WIllie K at Mulligans
ps – I only realised after watching it closely that the one in the clip is a 4 string concert – the custom that he played on stage before his Kanile’a was a five string tenor ukulele high & low G 🙂March 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm #24216
It was fun…..
Well done everyone……
Hope the Hallelujah Chorus doesn’t pop up for royalties
(Would love to hear someone else interpreting some of my charts..)
🙂August 30, 2018 at 11:28 am #21012
“Sometimes”…. depends on strings and ukulele. If you must play left handed and want to tune differently, swap the strings. Check the slot in the nut tho for a proper seat, and you may get some buzzing if the string is loose in the nut — ideally you might consider changing the nut …. but only if you are very “particular”August 30, 2018 at 11:25 am #21010
No right or wrong … I have a Willie-K Oscar Schmidt and its strung low G on top. I think therefore that the Kanile’a Willie K Custom is also strung with low G on top. I believe Taimani uses two Low G strings. Don’t stress, just play it and enjoy.
Listen to some of Willie K’s ukulele songs and you will hear a 5 string hard at work. If you pull up some of the YouTube clips you might be able to see a little of his technique…..
If you are strumming, depending on which strings you pick “loudest” you may get more of the re-entrant sound, than the low G sound. Picking will challenge you…. if you are using the double string set in the picking pattern.
In short, its doesn’t matter. Its what you want.
( Oh,…..and if you have the urge to swap them. …..Before you do, ….. closely examine the slot width at the nut vs string diameter, as if they are not the correct width for the string you may end up with unwanted noises —- like buzzing 🙁 )
July 26, 2018 at 3:24 pm #20776
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ouch – that video connection was so bad …. Hope I’ll get it sorted before next open mic – and I’ll do Hawaiian Sunset again….
JimFebruary 1, 2018 at 10:23 am #18886
Congratulations Ukulele Underground for a journey milestone. Thank you for the music.
June 15, 2017 at 1:14 pm #15997
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I’m Jim from Aus … 🙂 Well Brisbane for the last 30 or so years, but lots of other Aussie towns beforehand. I started playing piano at age 6, learnt classical, had the essential band experience (country/rock/jazz/dance/popular) and learnt more from playing with other musicians than I ever did as a formal student! In 2011 we visited Hawaii (second time) and my wife was keen on me taking up ukulele, me “not so excited”.
On a rainy day in Hilo ( where it never rains …. a little, LOL) we walked into Hilo Guitars and met Ken Cameron. A gorgeous Kanile’a K1 tenor took up residence and I have now been afflicted with UAS adding a Keli’i tenor, Islander by Kanile’a Pako (bass), Oscar Schmidt 5 string Willie K custom ( after seeing him perform with it), Islander Concert, an antique Arthur Godfrey Tenor and from my last trip a Kanile’a Baritone and I am waiting for delivery of a Kanile’a Super Tenor that is being held to ransom by customs 🙂 ( I think they are playing it….)
I love all styles of music and have been privileged to play with some great local musicians which dragged me into improving my skills for stage performances on ukulele. During 2015 I played with four great female vocalists in Kine Kool Band, but like most large groups we have moved on. I also was extremely honoured to host Aldrine and Aaron for Brisbane Spruke 2015, and got to jam a little (and learn a lot), and Aldrine joined Kine Kool on stage for a couple of songs. I love UU+ which allows me to take “bite size” doses of improvement ideas and use them in my style of songs – always something new to learn.
I also sponsored a music therapy program at a homeless shelter and with a local professional musician lead/coach/teach/perform (a little) every fortnight. Its great to be able to take the pleasure of music to clients and see the happiness it brings.
We also visited Kauai in April 2017 and were privileged to hear Aldrine and Aaron perform locally at Oasis on the Beach, where they slayed the crowd!!! I highly recommend this. There are many great players, great singers and great teachers – but there are few that are able to deliver on all three. Aldrine is one of those.
Share UU+ with your ukulele playing friends – and if you have friends that are not uke players …. why not??
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