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eleukeusa
12-03-2010, 02:09 PM
Hello Everyone,
I don't know if anyone has mentioned it to you yet, but its December! That means several things:
My excuse for avoiding hanging our Christmas lights has passed
The snow has forced me to start wearing socks again
and most importantly, we at EleUkeUSA (http://www.eleukeusa.com) are in the Christmas Spirit and want to give stuff away

We have this horrible elevator music piped into our office that is beyond our control and right now its blasting really terrible renditions of Christmas songs. One of us said, "We should hold a UU contest so that we can listen to something good instead of this ..." So thus this contest was born. We like you guys and love hearing/seeing the things you come up with... and we like giving stuff away.

So, we're holding a contest for a brand-spanking-new
Acoustic-Electric EleUke! (http://www.eleukeusa.com/item/eleuke-acoustic-electric-spruce.html)
Oh the offset sound hole goodness just brings a tear to my eyes... not really, just got a little misty which totally doesn't count as actually crying... anywhooooo....

The Contest
One lucky winner will win a Concert size EAS (http://www.eleukeusa.com/item/eleuke-acoustic-electric-spruce.html). Its cool, its got a solid spruce top and a bunch of outputs and techie stuff... check out the link. They're new. They're neat. You'll like 'em.

Contest Rules (they're more like guidelines than rules... and more like suggestions than guidelines... but you should do them anyway, 'cause if you don't you probably won't win, but we will still enjoy watching your video)

This is for fun. Be nice to people. In fact, any comment about any of the video entries that is less than super positive will be an automatic disqualification.
Christmas Themed Video hosted on YouTube with the words, "EleUke Christmas Contest" in the title
must include "http://www.eleukeusa.com" in your description
Videos made for this contest only... meaning, don't recycle and reuse other awesome videos that you've made and use them for this contest
Try not to be boring
All videos must be uploaded by Dec 15, 2010 8:00am MST (or in other words, when we come into work and check on that Wednesday)


A note about the judging. There are 4-6 of us here that will be judges. We are of varying tastes and skills. We are going to have a long discussion/argument on who should win. Out of that a winner will emerge. We do our best to be fair and there are always a lot of varying opinions and large white boards. I cannot stress enough how much we would like this to be a pleasant experience for everyone.

Some of you are going to want to ask us questions like, "Originals or Covers?" "Carols or Contemporary?" "White Bread or Wheat Bread?" ... My answer is yes. Do something Christmas-y. We are not sure what we are looking for and can't really give you a direction to go for or any real judging criteria at all... though white bread kinda freaks me out a little. Anywho, there isn't any judging criteria. If you're the type of person that really enjoys structure and a total lack of direction in a contest bugs you, I would ask that you just move on and don't ruin the contest for everyone else.

For everyone who is cool with a loose contest, grab your uke and camera, do something Christmas related and follow all the rules/guidelines/suggestions.

Everyone in the world can enter, though we can only guarantee shipping in time for Christmas if the winner is in the U.S. Not trying to be biased or anything, just the way our shipping department works.

Go forth and have a great time!

bobj
12-03-2010, 02:53 PM
Good luck everyone.
Have fun.
I can't wait to see 'em. :-)

chris3794
12-03-2010, 06:06 PM
perfect timing. my friend and i just finished writing a holiday song :]

Ukulele Jim
12-03-2010, 06:18 PM
How does one pronounce "Eleuke" properly?

fitncrafty
12-03-2010, 06:26 PM
Good luck everyone.
Have fun.
I can't wait to see 'em. :-)

Hope you are sneaking the uke and toy piano into work again!! :)

Miss Michele
12-03-2010, 06:36 PM
Would love to try, but don't think I'll have the time. Seriously, that's not an excuse either. Good Luck to all that enter!

ryry777
12-03-2010, 07:33 PM
Sounds like fun! Good luck everyone!!
Now it's brain storming time!

Dane
12-03-2010, 08:35 PM
So if I do an instrumental while wearing a santa hat does that count?

mythidiot
12-04-2010, 08:22 AM
So if I do an instrumental while wearing a santa hat does that count?

My guess is the "do something Christmas related," and lack of judging criteria would make that entry work!

mythidiot
12-04-2010, 08:25 AM
How does one pronounce "Eleuke" properly?

I think you say the letter "L" and then say the letter "E" and then "uke"

Dane
12-04-2010, 09:52 AM
I think you say the letter "L" and then say the letter "E" and then "uke"

That's how I've been saying it too, and I say Yook, not Ook, when ukulele is in its short form.

nickman2
12-07-2010, 06:40 PM
I am so exited for this contest. I hope you guys like a classic Christmas song. everybody loves a classic

masterofallukes
12-08-2010, 01:37 PM
will you be able to obtain 2 eleukes, it there are 2 people in the video( don't have editing software :( ) or just one.

Dougf
12-10-2010, 11:30 AM
I know it's been done many times, many ways, but it's one of my favorites, so here's my version. "Christmas Time is Here", by Vince Guaraldi from "A Charlie Brown Christmas".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAec_skDfUc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAec_skDfUc

eleukeusa
12-10-2010, 11:44 AM
will you be able to obtain 2 eleukes, it there are 2 people in the video( don't have editing software ) or just one.
Sorry, this contest is only for one Eleuke. You'll have to share it :)

lancemanion
12-10-2010, 12:02 PM
Wow DougF, that brings back memories, nice job.

wee_ginga_yin
12-10-2010, 01:50 PM
Only two things I want this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efc4DXFhqsg

masterofallukes
12-11-2010, 10:53 AM
Okay here's mine i don't uderstand why i can't find it in the search though, mabye it hasn't processed completey yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifAOngAPHt8

ryry777
12-11-2010, 11:11 AM
will you be able to obtain 2 eleukes, it there are 2 people in the video( don't have editing software :( ) or just one.

Just saw you're video, it sounds good.

As for some editing software Audacity is free and allows you to record and dub multiple tracks. The website to download it is http://audacity.sourceforge.net/. The sound quality is only as good as the microphone on your computer but it works nicely. I'm using it for this contest because I have difficulty singing and playing at the same time, so I just play the uke the first time around and then sing over the chords. I would've let you known earlier if I would've seen your comment. Hope I was able to help!

Ryan

BlueInGreenUkulele
12-11-2010, 11:32 AM
Here are my two songs (if I have some free time tomorrow there may be a third ...)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ697KyYkaQ:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6N1eNwidJ8

masterofallukes
12-11-2010, 01:05 PM
thanks very much, but i really don't have any more songs to do. mabye next time.

lancemanion
12-12-2010, 09:31 AM
Here is my original Christmas song, "Santa Used to Love Us". My kids have been practicing "Jingle Bell Rock" to enter in this contest and it put me in the Christmas spirit so I decided to write a song and enter also. I used a chord progression from an old Roger Miller song. I performed it last night at a friends Hanamus (Hanukkah + Christmas) party. Enjoy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=604_p9ndw3o

kissing
12-12-2010, 11:15 PM
Darn it! I just ordered an Eleuke, and it's on my way from USA. But it won't make it in time to enter the contest :(

Oh well, I'll enjoy the videos :D

edit: Oh wait, there's no rule saying "You have to use an Eleuke in the video" I can still enter :D

the_ominator
12-13-2010, 05:33 AM
damn it. i just saw this thread today. lets see, if i still can come up with s.th.

islander
12-13-2010, 08:19 AM
I got my brother and sister and a friend to help me with this one, and my Dad. I love the solo at the end. If you like it please leave a comment or give it a thumbs up, I like to read the comments. Thanks and Merry Christmas.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSZbMVOrhFE

DAPuke
12-13-2010, 02:42 PM
I got my brother and sister and a friend to help me with this one, and my Dad. I love the solo at the end. If you like it please leave a comment or give it a thumbs up, I like to read the comments. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
That was great. Cool solo man! You all deserve to win!
DAP

nickman2
12-13-2010, 03:19 PM
I got my brother and sister and a friend to help me with this one, and my Dad. I love the solo at the end. If you like it please leave a comment or give it a thumbs up, I like to read the comments. Thanks and Merry Christmas.



this is super cute and I absolutely love it. great job guys.

chuy
12-13-2010, 04:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLakWQ14ZPo

My friend Christina couldn't post it on her account, xinamarie. It says she doesn't have privileges or something. So she asked me to post it for her.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
12-13-2010, 05:22 PM
Wow, these are great!

I'm an MP3 kind of guy, so I'm going to need assistance to do a video.

Hope I can do it in time.

Keep uke'in' everyone!

lernon
12-13-2010, 09:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAcdD6o0cGo

I'm entering on behalf of my ukulele ensemble, Island Ukuleles.
Here we are playing Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Hope you enjoy!

DAPuke
12-14-2010, 07:06 AM
My friend Christina couldn't post it on her account, xinamarie. It says she doesn't have privileges or something. So she asked me to post it for her. Wow, they are very cute and talented. I think the judging will be very difficult:)
DAP

DAPuke
12-14-2010, 07:22 AM
I'm entering on behalf of my ukulele ensemble, Island Ukuleles.
Here we are playing Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Hope you enjoy!Cool! Another great entry, I lilke the young ukers! Good luck!!!
DAP

andreavmusic
12-14-2010, 10:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ADfbyMiRt4

Here's my entry. Merry christmas and best of luck to all!!

CoLmes
12-14-2010, 02:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8r02eWda30

Finally got mine recorded. I arranged Jingle Bells for this contest. I really hope you guys like it, good luck to everyone. There's been some realllly reallllly good ones entered so far. I'm waiting for the rush of entries tomorrow. :)

musicmonsterw
12-14-2010, 04:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8r02eWda30

Finally got mine recorded. I arranged Jingle Bells for this contest. I really hope you guys like it, good luck to everyone. There's been some realllly reallllly good ones entered so far. I'm waiting for the rush of entries tomorrow. :)

Great job, Colin!

SuzukHammer
12-14-2010, 04:53 PM
Merry Mahalo Christmas everybody

nickman2
12-14-2010, 05:48 PM
this took a while but I finally got it. I hope you all like it and everyone did a great job. Sorry we made judging so difficult.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPZbCksrjpE

djmattifer
12-14-2010, 06:51 PM
Here's my video. Enjoy everyone, and good luck!!

I hope to do more EleUke contests in the future, this was fun!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUsd-lIz6wo

ukuloonie
12-14-2010, 07:03 PM
Here is my movie, hope you have a merry Christmas and good luck to all who participated.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUrsfISnUWk

UkeFreshie
12-14-2010, 07:52 PM
aw i like this one! it's so happy

Tsunami
12-14-2010, 10:46 PM
This song is a Japanese Christmas classic, and it reminds me of holiday season at home.

I had to make the video in the last minute, so, no pretty video editing.
I'm not entirely happy with the music, but I had lots of fun arranging the song.
And that's the whole point of this contest, right?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlmj-3_6FIA

I hope you enjoy!

I'm loving all the videos that have been posted here.
Great jobs everyone!

Tsunami
12-14-2010, 10:48 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8r02eWda30

Finally got mine recorded. I arranged Jingle Bells for this contest. I really hope you guys like it, good luck to everyone. There's been some realllly reallllly good ones entered so far. I'm waiting for the rush of entries tomorrow. :)

I really enjoyed!

ryry777
12-14-2010, 11:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzvqrX7L-q4

Sorry about my voice, singing is not my strong suit :/

musicmonsterw
12-15-2010, 12:53 AM
After producing a 43-person collab, I wanted to do something much simpler. I was feeling nostalgic and decided to do a doo wop version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It turned out not quite as simple as I'd hoped. LOL.

Special thanks to Mim and the Minions for contributing some holiday footage!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ViVkhcld34


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ViVkhcld34

Uncle Rod Higuchi
12-15-2010, 06:53 AM
OK, here's my entry to the EleUke Christmas Contest.

Please visit: "http://www.eleukeusa.com"

The BURGLAR, a Christmas Moral:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLOtJLvnJH0

I hope it works.

Phatzo
12-15-2010, 06:59 AM
Hope I made it in on time, nothing but problems... had to do it on my cell phone. I think the Grinch messed with my PC... Anyways nothing fancy, no FX, no cute kiddies, just my take on a Xmas story. Merry Christmas to all and to all... I'm out bitches!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMqYgvpydKM

SailorPavio
12-15-2010, 10:33 AM
wiss i can do mine on time! need to run!

eleukeusa
12-16-2010, 06:05 AM
Ok, so once again, your entries are all so good that YOU'VE ALL MADE IT REALLY HARD TO CHOOSE A WINNER!
Anywho, we're trying to narrow it down and will announce a winner this afternoon. Sorry to make you all wait, we've got our whiteboard out and are trying to weigh the strengths of each video against each other.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
12-16-2010, 06:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up!

You'll be replaying those videos in your sleep.

Pleasant dreams... no nightmares, correct?

Keep uke'in',

DustinCasler
12-16-2010, 07:05 AM
Wow. So many great videos. I'm not sure I could easily choose either.

wee_ginga_yin
12-16-2010, 11:26 AM
That song had a lovely twist in the tail... neat.

eleukeusa
12-16-2010, 11:42 AM
Ok everyone... after much deliberation and watching the videos many times, we have decided. This was not an easy choice and their wasn't a clear standout because so many of the entries were quality. You could probably judge this contest a number of times and get different winners each time... having said that, I wish we had more prizes to give out this time, but unfortunately, we had to choose only one winner. Having said that, there are several entries that I'll be listening to on the ride home tonight just for the sake of hearing them again. One of those was on every judges short list:

Congratulations to CoLmes with his Jingle Bells rendition. You can see his video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8r02eWda30&feature=player_embedded

I would like to thank everyone that participated and everyone who watched for helping to spread the Christmas spirit. I hope all of you have a great holiday season that is filled with love and music... and make sure to check out our new acoustic-electrics (http://www.eleukeusa.com/list/acoustic-electrics.html), we've got some really cool models available now and some rad stuff in the pipe.

musicmonsterw
12-16-2010, 11:50 AM
Ok everyone... after much deliberation and watching the videos many times, we have decided. This was not an easy choice and their wasn't a clear standout because so many of the entries were quality. You could probably judge this contest a number of times and get different winners each time... having said that, I wish we had more prizes to give out this time, but unfortunately, we had to choose only one winner. Having said that, there are several entries that I'll be listening to on the ride home tonight just for the sake of hearing them again. One of those was on every judges short list:

Congratulations to CoLmes with his Jingle Bells rendition. You can see his video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8r02eWda30&feature=player_embedded

I would like to thank everyone that participated and everyone who watched for helping to spread the Christmas spirit. I hope all of you have a great holiday season that is filled with love and music... and make sure to check out our new acoustic-electrics (http://www.eleukeusa.com/list/acoustic-electrics.html), we've got some really cool models available now and some rad stuff in the pipe.

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I saw this piece when Colin was first working it up. It's rewarding to see how far he's taken it!

lancemanion
12-16-2010, 11:57 AM
Congrats CoLmes. I really like how you crack a little smile at the very end before you turn off the camera, the look on your face says, "Yes, I nailed that take!!" and in fact you did. Very nice job.

CoLmes
12-16-2010, 12:26 PM
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


Yeah I def. didn't think I was winning this, there were so many awesome entries esp near the end I would have hated to try and decide between the,. AWESOME surprises guys, thank you so much! This really helps me out, you have no idea. Wooooooow. I'm feeling realllllly REALLLLLY proud right now. Again, thank you so much for this gift! Merry freaking christmas!!!!!

AnnaUK
12-16-2010, 12:28 PM
Congratulations Colmes!

Great video and well deserved winner. Wonderful stuff :)

ukeshale
12-16-2010, 12:39 PM
Congrats Colin! Well earned, mate :)

eleukeusa
12-16-2010, 01:01 PM
I'd just like to thank everyone in this contest for being classy. Thanks for taking the judgments well and being positive with us and with each other. We were using this as a little test run to see if we'll hold contests in the future and we've decided to continue holding contests. Thanks again for a pleasant experience. Have a great weekend and a Merry Christmas!

Dougf
12-16-2010, 01:12 PM
Congrats Colin, well deserved, and thank you EleUke USA for a really fun contest. So many great entries!

bbycrts
12-16-2010, 01:14 PM
Way to go, Colin! Honestly, I didn't even connect that you'd submitted it to the Eleuke concert - and I loved it to death all the same!

Great job!

DAPuke
12-16-2010, 01:16 PM
Congrats Colin! Well earned, mate :)I couldn't agree more. An very talented young man!
DAP
Thanks to Eleuke peeps. ya'll rock too!

Uncle Rod Higuchi
12-16-2010, 01:24 PM
Well done, Everyone!

Congratulations Colins!

Great Contest all around.

Thanks to EleUke for your generous effort in making the Holidays even more enjoyable!

Mele Kalikimaka!

Keep uke'in',

sukie
12-16-2010, 01:30 PM
You won??? FABULOUS! Colin, it was outstanding. Your teacher will be quite proud. I'm proud. Congratulations.

djmattifer
12-16-2010, 03:42 PM
Ok, so once again, your entries are all so good that YOU'VE ALL MADE IT REALLY HARD TO CHOOSE A WINNER!
Anywho, we're trying to narrow it down and will announce a winner this afternoon. Sorry to make you all wait, we've got our whiteboard out and are trying to weigh the strengths of each video against each other.

Can we see a picture of the white board? :D

And congrats Colin!! Well deserved. You showed great talent and effort in your video.

Pueo
12-16-2010, 04:01 PM
Congratulations Colin!
Well deserved!

salukulady
12-16-2010, 04:17 PM
YES! That's my boy!

Mim
12-16-2010, 04:36 PM
I am so glad for Colin! What an awesome entry!

CoLmes
12-16-2010, 05:39 PM
Lol Wow guys! You are all the awesomenestestistises. Every single one of your comments means a lot to me, I'm glad you all liked what I put together and I'm proud to be apart of UU. After all, I was able to do that because of this place and everyone here.

Thanks a ton, for reals.

ukuloonie
12-16-2010, 07:11 PM
Congrats Colin.
Merry Christmas.

Rzr
12-16-2010, 07:32 PM
Congrats to everyone! Awesome Colin!

Dane
12-16-2010, 09:17 PM
Nice work buddy

Skitzic
12-17-2010, 02:58 AM
Congrats Colin!

eleukeusa
12-17-2010, 06:17 AM
Can we see a picture of the white board? :D
Oh, our white boards are highly classified:cool:... and recently wiped

mm stan
12-27-2010, 12:23 AM
Congrats Colin, Nice Job!!!

fitncrafty
12-27-2010, 01:39 AM
Congrats to you.. Awesome!

ADD
01-02-2011, 07:01 PM
Just got around to checking who won this one. Congratulations, Colin. Best rendition of Jingle Bells on ukulele I've ever heard. Should get that on a CD. Enjoy you new EleUke. Look forward to a post on your new uke soon.