Standards & Gems

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By: Russ Aloha! While walking through a school, I saw a group of teens sitting close together in a circle playing ukulele and singing to each other. It wasn't here in Hawaii, but rather San Antonio, Texas, and the students were all there temporarily from different areas of the country. But they played the same songs and smiled as they sang. Whenever I would jam on guitar, … [Read more...]

Review: Billy Joel for Ukulele

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By: Russ Aloha! One of my favorite things about the ukulele is its ability to play almost any genre of music (hard rock and metal notwithstanding - at least not to me) and turn it into something new, but still pleasurable. Take Billy Joel, for instance: the piano man has largely been behind the… well… the piano for his career, but his songs are so well-written and … [Read more...]

Review: AmpliTube 4

By: Russ Aloha! To continue the trend of not talking about the ukulele, but still talking about awesome stuff, I wanted to talk about the other instrument I play: My computer. You thought I was going to say guitar, didn’t you? It’s true that I play guitar, but ever since I had to cram everything I owned into a tiny sedan to drive across the country when I was twenty, … [Read more...]

Review: Mesa Boogie AmpliTube Expansion

Ed. note: This article was written by Guitar Lifestyle contributor Russ. You can read more of his contributions here, and you can follow him on Twitter here. Aloha! Usually I talk about the ukulele, but today I wanted to talk about the 1990s. It was a great decade that featured a roller coaster of popular music ranging from glam rock up and down through the rise of … [Read more...]

iRig Mic Studio and iRig Acoustic

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Ed. note: This review was written by Guitar Lifestyle contributor and ukulele enthusiast Russ. You can read more of his contributions here, and you can follow him on Twitter here. Aloha! I thought I would take a break from instructional reviews to give you some gear reviews instead. So it should come as no shock to anyone that I have an ukulele. I actually have two: a … [Read more...]