Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sore Finger tips? Try Worth Strings. Worth Tenor Brown Ukulele Strings - A great feel and tone BUT easy on your finger tips.

Who Likes Shredding their Fingertips?

NO - ONE including me! And that is why when people ask me about 'Sore Fingertips' I suggest they try out Worth Fluorocarbon strings.

Softer feeling, Lower tension and easier on your fingers. Happy Days

Worth BROWN Tenor Low G Ukulele Strings.
Fluorocarbon. 
$26.95 incl Postage in OZ + Free Ukulele Lesson



These BT-LG Strings are 'All the tone and volume you want without the Pain.'

SPECS:
63 inch Tenor
Brown
Low G
CODE: BT-LG

Enough string length for 2 re-strings per packet.

Postage included in OZ. 

BONUS FREE Ukulele Lesson via Skype with Hawaii based teacher Jeffrey Thomas

Beautiful Tone Starts With Beautiful Strings.


Worth Premium Fluorocarbon Ukulele Strings are one of the most popular brands of strings among both professional and amateur ukulele musicians.  

Manufactured in Japan, Worth Creations make premium quality strings in Soprano/Concert, Tenor, Baritone, 6 and 8 string sets. Worth Strings is standard fitment to the prestige Hawaiian KoAloha ukuleles.


9 Benefits of Worth Premium Flurocarbon Ukulele Strings.

1. Easy On Your fingers - Softer Material and Lower Tension.
Worth is a softer, easier feeling string under your fingertips, this is due to their lower tension and being made of Flurocarbon.
Other brands/materials can 'shred' your fingertips, even after you have developed callouses on your fingertips, not Worth Strings.  

2. Bending Notes and Vibrato Easier – Smooth lead playing.
If you like to bend notes then try Worth strings. Flurocarbon strings will not 'roll under’ your fingertips like other materials do.
You can really 'dig in' and bend a note smoothly with great control of pitch and vibrato.

3. Brown or Clear Strings – Choose your tone Jazzy or Bright.
Worth ukulele strings come in Brown and Clear versions. The Brown produces a warmer rounder jazzy sound while the Clear strings are the brighter.

4. High or Low G sets – without finger squeak. 
The Worth low G ukulele strings are not wound, so they are less likely to give finger noise and do not have that annoying “Finger Squeak' of wound low G strings. 

5. Value for money with 2 sets per pack.
Worth ukulele strings come in double-length sets. Each package contains enough string length to restring your ukulele twice.

6. Rapid ‘Settling In’ with Stable Tuning.
When new strings are fitted they will (regardless of brand) take some time to stretch and settle in.
Unlike other strings Worth Ukulele Strings will stretch out and settle in just a few days, and will remain stable, with no further stretching due to unwanted elasticity of string material.

7. Volume Balance.
Comparing Worth strings with nylon strings of the same tension, Worth strings have a more consistent and even volume and tone balance between the strings, especially the Low G sets.

8. Long Lasting.
Worth Strings are less prone to breakage than strings manufactured from less durable and stable materials.

Worth Low g strings are solid Flurocarbon and unlike wound low g strings there is NO outer wrap to separate or wear away from an inner core, its this separation leads to string failure.

9. Stable Tuning.
You will find Worth Ukulele Strings have very stable tuning regardless of Temperature and Humidity changes.

A MESSAGE FROM Worth Strings Endorser HERB OHTA JR.


REVIEW OF WORTH STRINGS by liveukulele.com
"Worth – My favourite, hands down. These fluro-carbon strings pack more punch than most. They are bright sounding and pull very tight across the fretboard. These strings are used by Herb Ohta Jr., David Kamakahi, and Brittni Paiva.

There are two main kinds of strings that Worth makes: brown and clear. The brown strings are warmer sounding and the clears are brighter sounding. The clears are what I like. I’m usually a bass/middle frequency guy, I don’t like songs with treble boosted anything. But these strings work for me because my ukulele has such a warm sound, it all balances out. Both kinds of string comes with an optional unwound low G string (yay, no squeaks!) in normal, medium, or heavy tension"  liveukulele.com

ABOUT WORTH STRINGS FROM THE OWNER 
"I’m Masaya Takahashi producer of Worth Strings.“Worth Strings” has been selling well since we started to sale, first of September 2002. 

When I started playing the ukulele, I searched for strings I liked, but couldn't find them in existing products.

At last I found Fluoro Carbon, but to get the strings, I had to purchase a large amount,that I could never use in my lifetime. 

Thankfully many players liked it. First, there were just 3 types. But little by little our customer’s desire for more variations, and now we have many different strings, as you know. “Worth Strings” is made of an special material called Fuluoro carbon.  The specific gravity is about 1.78 (nylon:about 1.14).  The features are a clear sound and a good balance, so it can be adaptive not only for solo play but also for stroke(strumming) play.  

Therefore, despite “Worth Strings” is higher price many people choose them, because the length is longer than other company’s string, and you can get two from one of our strings sets as long as normal size ukulele. Many Japanese customer are particular about sounds and intonation, and they are very satisfied with Worth Strings."

Fat Strings Equal Big Fat Tone Worth Brown Tenor Code: BF-LG

Want a big tone? Then use a Big String.

Worth BROWN Tenor FAT Low G Ukulele Strings. Fluorocarbon. $26 incl Postage in OZ + Free Ukulele Lesson



These BF-LG Strings are 'Meaty Beaty Big N Bouncy' ...  Big Tone and Big Volume

SPECS:
63 inch Tenor
Brown
Low G
FAT
CODE: BF-LG

Enough string length for 2 re-strings per packet.

Postage included in OZ. 

BONUS FREE Ukulele Lesson via Skype with Hawaii based teacher Jeffrey Thomas

Beautiful Tone Starts With Beautiful Strings.

"Fat Gauge is my personal favourite Worth String set, and I use both the high g set and a set of low g sets on my two stage ukes.

Fat sets feel great under your fingers, big n meaty but still soft to touch and "they don't shred my finger tips like other brands have."  Cheers CC


Worth Premium Fluorocarbon Ukulele Strings are one of the most popular brands of strings among both professional and amateur ukulele musicians.  

Manufactured in Japan, Worth Creations make premium quality strings in Soprano/Concert, Tenor, Baritone, 6 and 8 string sets. Worth Strings is standard fitment to the prestige Hawaiian KoAloha ukuleles.


9 Benefits of Worth Premium Flurocarbon Ukulele Strings.

1. Easy On Your fingers - Softer Material and Lower Tension.
Worth is a softer, easier feeling string under your fingertips, this is due to their lower tension and being made of Flurocarbon.
Other brands/materials can 'shred' your fingertips, even after you have developed callouses on your fingertips, not Worth Strings.  

2. Bending Notes and Vibrato Easier – Smooth lead playing.
If you like to bend notes then try Worth strings. Flurocarbon strings will not 'roll under’ your fingertips like other materials do.
You can really 'dig in' and bend a note smoothly with great control of pitch and vibrato.

3. Brown or Clear Strings – Choose your tone Jazzy or Bright.
Worth ukulele strings come in Brown and Clear versions. The Brown produces a warmer rounder jazzy sound while the Clear strings are the brighter.

4. High or Low G sets – without finger squeak. 
The Worth low G ukulele strings are not wound, so they are less likely to give finger noise and do not have that annoying “Finger Squeak' of wound low G strings. 

5. Value for money with 2 sets per pack.
Worth ukulele strings come in double-length sets. Each package contains enough string length to restring your ukulele twice.

6. Rapid ‘Settling In’ with Stable Tuning.
When new strings are fitted they will (regardless of brand) take some time to stretch and settle in.
Unlike other strings Worth Ukulele Strings will stretch out and settle in just a few days, and will remain stable, with no further stretching due to unwanted elasticity of string material.

7. Volume Balance.
Comparing Worth strings with nylon strings of the same tension, Worth strings have a more consistent and even volume and tone balance between the strings, especially the Low G sets.

8. Long Lasting.
Worth Strings are less prone to breakage than strings manufactured from less durable and stable materials.

Worth Low g strings are solid Flurocarbon and unlike wound low g strings there is NO outer wrap to separate or wear away from an inner core, its this separation leads to string failure.

9. Stable Tuning.
You will find Worth Ukulele Strings have very stable tuning regardless of Temperature and Humidity changes.

A MESSAGE FROM Worth Strings Endorser HERB OHTA JR.


REVIEW OF WORTH STRINGS by liveukulele.com
"Worth – My favourite, hands down. These fluro-carbon strings pack more punch than most. They are bright sounding and pull very tight across the fretboard. These strings are used by Herb Ohta Jr., David Kamakahi, and Brittni Paiva.

There are two main kinds of strings that Worth makes: brown and clear. The brown strings are warmer sounding and the clears are brighter sounding. The clears are what I like. I’m usually a bass/middle frequency guy, I don’t like songs with treble boosted anything. But these strings work for me because my ukulele has such a warm sound, it all balances out. Both kinds of string comes with an optional unwound low G string (yay, no squeaks!) in normal, medium, or heavy tension"  liveukulele.com

ABOUT WORTH STRINGS FROM THE OWNER 
"I’m Masaya Takahashi producer of Worth Strings.“Worth Strings” has been selling well since we started to sale, first of September 2002. 

When I started playing the ukulele, I searched for strings I liked, but couldn't find them in existing products.

At last I found Fluoro Carbon, but to get the strings, I had to purchase a large amount,that I could never use in my lifetime. 

Thankfully many players liked it. First, there were just 3 types. But little by little our customer’s desire for more variations, and now we have many different strings, as you know. “Worth Strings” is made of an special material called Fuluoro carbon.  The specific gravity is about 1.78 (nylon:about 1.14).  The features are a clear sound and a good balance, so it can be adaptive not only for solo play but also for stroke(strumming) play.  

Therefore, despite “Worth Strings” is higher price many people choose them, because the length is longer than other company’s string, and you can get two from one of our strings sets as long as normal size ukulele. Many Japanese customer are particular about sounds and intonation, and they are very satisfied with Worth Strings."

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

SK-30L Ohana Longneck Soprano $225 including Tuner, Setup and Shipping

Long-Neck Sopranos have been restricted to the "Pricey End of Town", but Ohana make this great idea available to the masses at a very affordable price.  

A 17 Fret Tenor Longneck and Solid Mahogany crafted soprano body at a price us mortals can afford ... Happy Days!

SK-30L Ohana Longneck Soprano $225.

A Tenor Neck on a Soprano body and Vintage style friction tuners (that work)

As usual we bundle our Ukes with;
- Clipon Headstock Tuner,
- Set Up (includes Fret Levelling with Fret Recrown and Polish to perfection) and YES you really can feel and hear the difference in a properly setup Ukulele.
- FREE Shipping in Australia.

The Longnecks are here, The Longnecks are here. And they are another great addition to the Aussie Ohana range.

SOLID MAHOGANY SOPRANO BODY = CLASSIC TONE
The Soprano Body gives you that traditional Solid Mahogany Midrangy Honk that is typical of the Classic Mahogany Soprano sound that we all love.

17 FRET TENOR NECK = MAXIMUM PLAYING COMFORT AND ROOM TO MOVE
An extended, longer neck gives you more room for your fretwork, yet retains an authentic soprano sound.  You have real room to move with the increased finger space in that is available on a 17 frets to the body Tenor Neck.

CHUNKY NECK = COMFORT AND SUPERIOR TONE
I really dig the chunky neck too, I'm of the old school of thought that the fatter the neck the more comfortable your Left hand/arm feels (especially with long gigs)

And a Fatter Neck has more wood mass, is stiffer and stronger and that means every ounce of energy and tone can be wrung out of the Strings.  Strings are the quality Italian made Aquila Nylgut

The intonation is fantastic too, I find that you usually get superior intonation on a Tenor neck vis a vis a Soprano Neck.

Solid mahogany top and body, and as usual that indefinable Quality Ohana Craftsmanship feel.

SPECS
Tenor-scale neck
Solid mahogany top, back & sides
Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
Vintage headstock shape
Gotoh geared tuners
Aquila strings
Bone nut & saddle





















Savoir Plunk Ukulele Band

Ukulele band of 2 girls, 3 guys, 5 different ukes, 5 voices + standup drummer.

Leading a journey of musical genres, laced with sweet harmonies & percussion surprise.





http://www.savoirplunk.com/

Blues and Lead Ukulele Workshop Sat 10th December 2016

Hi Family, are you Free this Saturday 10th Dec between 1 and 3pm?
Then why not make the trip North (norf) to another of my up-skill ukulele workshops.
I run these for the NUkes family, but you are more than welcome to
Attend.
BLUES AND LEAD UKULELE WORKSHOP is on Sat 10th December, from 1 - 3pm at the Old Spot hotel, 1955 Main North Road, Salisbury SA. Notes and refreshments provided, lots of ukulele playing and lots of laughs.

CC and Jason Kennedy team up to get you playing lead licks and boogie blues rhythms. Learn how to play in ANY key.
Learn, in a very Hands On approach, all about Rhythms, Keys, Scales, Licks and so much more as we learn how to play "The Blues"

We Have a few places left, so Be Quick

This is the last of my workshops for 2016!
$10 includes notes and refreshments, lots of ukulele playing and lots of laughs.

Bookings via CC or text / phone 0432 306 920

Friday, 18 November 2016

Buy the Kala KA-SRT-CTG-CE Tenor Electric and get a Bonus Kala Waterman See Through Soprano.

KA-SRT-CTG-CE $895 
WITH BONUS KALA WATERMAN UKULELE

PLUS
Gig-Bag,
Setup,
Postage in Australia

KA-SRT-CTG-CE $895
Kala has increased the fun of playing ukulele by making them more comfortable with this special edition all solid wood ukulele. The Comfort Edge Tenor is a real joy to play.

The beveled edge on the lower bout allows the player's forearm ​t​o rest comfortably on the edge of the uke while playing.

A Padauk (a red African wood) binding accents the entire instrument in a striking contrast to the solid cedar top and all solid rosewood back and sides, including the beveled edge.

This Special Edition Tenor is sporting Kalas new tenor “Florentine Cutaway”, which is a first for Kala.

The Florentine Cutaway is a beautifully constructed sharp cutaway. ​Constructed with a solid Cedar top and solid Rosewood back and sides, th​is ukulele​ project​s​ a very full, strengthened tone ​that ​balance​s ​the lows and high​s.​

The KA-SRT-CTG-CE is equipped with a Kala UK-300TR EQ system so you can plug into an amplifier or PA system.

Other features include Gold Grover tuners, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Graphtech Nubone nut and saddle, pearl/padauk inlay on headstock, and a high gloss finish.

The Waterman Story
KALA Ukulele, known for several brands of high quality yet affordable instruments, has been inspired by the 1950's Maccaferri ukulele and created a new uke with a focus on the outdoor enthusiast.

 "The Waterman" is a ukulele for everyone but pays special tribute to people that live the waterman, outdoor lifestyle.

The Waterman Ukulele pays homage in part to the legendary ukulele designer, Mario Maccaferri. Inspired at the 1939 World's Fair he saw plastic as the material of the future. Mario eventually combined his skills as a luthier and his business of injection molding and invented the Maccaferi Ukulele. After being endorsed by entertainer, Arthur Godfrey, on his TV show, 9 million of the Maccaferri ukes were sold between 1949 and 1969.

The Kala Makala Waterman Soprano Uke takes the Maccaferri concept to all new heights. An affordable, innovative uke with the quality you've come to expect from Kala, the Makala Waterman plays great, sounds great, and stays in tune. From the beach to the mountains and everything in between, the Makala Waterman boasts a durable high-grade polycarbonate construction and a travel-friendly, water-resistant design that makes this uke the perfect choice no matter where you go. Comes equipped with a set of nickel-plated open-gear tuners and a set of Aqulia Super Nylgut strings. Can easily converted for left-handed players. Includes a logo backpack bag.

The Makala Waterman Series by Kala features the latest water resistant composite technology packaged in vintage design and sound. The Waterman Series is designed for playability, portability and durability, making it the ultimate outdoor/travel ukulele.

In addition to being the perfect go anywhere ukulele for the outdoor enthusiast, the materials used in the Waterman’s construction make it an excellent choice for school and community music programs where cleanliness is a consideration. The ukuleles are easy to keep clean which is advantageous in settings where instruments are being shared.

Makala Waterman ukuleles come in soprano size and include a logo backpack/carrying bag. The instruments are made of high grade polycarbonate ABS construction which is durable and weather resistant, and are complemented with nickel plated open gear tuners. Each model is strung with Aquila Super Nyglut Strings.

Features:
Water resistant
Affordable
Portable
Durable
Easy to keep clean
High grade polycarbonate construction
Nickel plated open gear tuners
Aquila Super Nylgut Strings
Logo backpack bag included








Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Why wont my headstock tuner Tune my Ukulele? OR Headstock Tuners 440 Hz and Calibration Explained

Headstock tuners are really popular thesedays, but some have a Calibration mode and people accidentally alter the calibration away from 440Hz and end up with ukes out of Tune.

So todays post is all about International Standards, Hertz (Hz), Tuners and Calibration, Lets dive in.


HISTORY TIME
Our Modern Tuners are often fitted with a Calibration Mode (at least the better quality tuners are anyways).

Since WW2 the worldwide standard for an A note is 440Hz, or Concert Pitch.  

Before WW2 different countries had different standards for Concert Pitch, some countries were 338 Hz some were 442 Hz etc etc.  

The Germans took over Europe and said this will not do, So all the European orchestras adopted the German standard of A = 440Hz.

Post WW2 it stayed that way, the International Standards Organisation was based in Germany post WW2.


WHY THE ABILITY TO CALIBRATE OUR TUNER REMAINS
Standard Modern concert pitch is an A note vibrates at 440 Hz.  

We have Ukuleles, Guitars, Bass Piano etc, these stringed instruments are instruments that can be tuned.

But when we play with Brass players they cant tune like we can, 

Brass have a fixed Pitch instruments, sometimes they can move their mouth pieces in and out a little to get it a little sharper of flatter, but not by much.

So if you play with a Brass player who has an instrument where the A note is Sharp or Flat of the standard A 440 Hz we can alter our tuners calibration to match the pitch of the Brass players A note.  

We then tune our instrument to match their A and all our strings are then either a little flat (or Sharp) but at least we match the Brass player.

OK that is why we have the ability to calibrate our tuners.

HOW TO GET IT BACK TO 440Hz.
The On / Off button is on the rear, 

A long press turns it on and a long press turns it off.

But quick presses alters the calibration of the Tuner in 1Hz increments.

So lets re-calibrate

STEPS TO RECALIBRATE YOUR TUNER
Turn the tuner On
Look at the Front face, 
Watch the number on the front, 
Start quickly pressing the button repeatedly and the numbers will change,
Keep pressing till it cycles back to the number 440.  
And bobs yer uncle you are back at standard Concert Pitch of 440 Hz