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Whiskat
04-10-2011, 07:54 AM
Hi everyone! I'm new here and to the uke. I've been playing for a few weeks, and I like it very much. Thing is I've never really listened much to anyone who plays uke. Feel free to name drop som artists so I can expand my listening experience :)

alndrkmp
04-10-2011, 08:21 AM
Well let's start with Jake Shimabukuro, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (also known more simply as Iz), George Formby, and Ian Whitcomb. Check out this thread I started:http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?35193-Which-performer-inspired-you-to-start-playing-ukulele There are many great suggestions there.

Kanaka916
04-10-2011, 08:35 AM
Ukulele Artists & Bands (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?44225-Ukulele-Artists-amp-Bands), although not a complete listing it should provide a starting point.

sukie
04-10-2011, 05:23 PM
Aldrine. Come on you guys...

Serioiusly. If you want to watch good ukulele playing check out Aldrine.

Viola Harpstrings
04-10-2011, 06:06 PM
I also love watching old films of Roy Smeck.

janeray1940
04-10-2011, 06:08 PM
If I had to pick my two favorite players I'd say the late John King (http://www.youtube.com/user/NaluMusic), and the still very alive and gigging Herb Ohta, Sr (http://www.mele.com/music/artist/ohta-san/). They couldn't be more different from each other - so I think these two are great proof of the ukulele's versatility as an instrument.

mketom
04-10-2011, 06:18 PM
Matt Dahlberg is one of best. www.thejumpingflea.com

amute
04-10-2011, 06:49 PM
Aldrine. Come on you guys...

Serioiusly. If you want to watch good ukulele playing check out Aldrine.

+1 Aldrine's got mad skills.

rowjimmytour
04-10-2011, 08:45 PM
Aldrine. Come on you guys...

Serioiusly. If you want to watch good ukulele playing check out Aldrine.

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

ShakaSign
04-10-2011, 10:03 PM
I second the recommendations on Jake, Iz, Aldrine and John King. If you're for ukulele soloist with records, I would add virtuoso James Hill (http://www.ukulelejames.com/), jazz wonder Abe Lagrimas Jr. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKpk9SO7iLM), Grammy-winner Daniel Ho, his sometimes collaborator Herb Ohta Jr., and former kid-prodigies Brittni Paiva (www.brittnipaiva.com) and Taimane Gardner (taimane.com).

Whiskat
04-11-2011, 06:01 AM
Wow! I've been looking at the uke as sort of a simple and fun instrument to use for chording and playing rhythm. I've sort of had it in my mind to switch to a guitar eventually, but after having seen Aldrine my mind has changed! The uke has some serious potential for expression!

I will be checking out the rest of the artists too. Thank you all so much for all this information!

KiLLaTsi
04-11-2011, 02:30 PM
Aldrine is no joke. Those videos are badass.