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    One thing I have noticed is that James Hill doesn't get talked about too much on here. Maybe no one has heard him play, but he is kinda famous in the uke world and very good.

    I think he is one of (if not THE) cleanest uke players around right now. I like how he plays super fast and every note is still super clear (even in crap video recordings).

    Here you go if you haven't checked him out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsOhmN2mpHI

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    Me and Aldrine actually got a chance to meet up with James when he was in Hawaii a couple of years ago. He's a cool guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayan View Post
    Me and Aldrine actually got a chance to meet up with James when he was in Hawaii a couple of years ago. He's a cool guy.
    Yep, he is more than cool. He is a great person with off the charts talents and an Excellent teacher. In his workshops he has a knack for being able to make even the very beginning players NOT feel as if they are being overwhelmed with the exercises etc. A few years back I had the privelage to sit down with him at the UGH Exhibition for 45 minutes of uninterrupted fun and talk story.

    I have transcribed a number of his tunes that are available on my website for those who are up to more than a challenge. It is one thing to figure out "what should be played" and an entirely different story when it actually comes to being able to perform the stuff real time. He is definately special.
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    among the Germany players he is very popular and honorary member of the german ukulele club. I guess he is more popular than jake among us German Ukulele players. We don't get to see many of the more popular Ukulele Artists over here, even at Ukulele Festivals.
    However, James Hill performed at the first ukulele festival. Furthermore James also plays on Risa Ukuleles (of course he doesn't only play on risas), a German brand (market leader for electric ukuleles), and therefore has some contacts to the German community, as the producer of Risa Ukuleles is a strong supporter of the German Ukulele community and also a Ukulele virtuoso.

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    Default I'm a big fan

    He's definitely one of my favorites. It was him and Aldrine that inspired me to pick up a tenor. Not sure if they did the world a favor or not, but...

    Anyway, anyone that hasn't watched James do Ode to a Frozen Boot on YouTube is missing out. He has serious skills and he's a great performer too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studentaccount1 View Post
    One thing I have noticed is that James Hill doesn't get talked about too much on here. Maybe no one has heard him play, but he is kinda famous in the uke world and very good.
    Maybe because he often doesn't use standard tuning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiyoDad View Post
    Maybe because he often doesn't use standard tuning?
    I don't think tuning has much if anything to do with it. I think most people see a YT video or something and will want to learn the song and post asking for tabs etc. I just don't think all that many of the people here are running across his videos or maybe they just realize his stuff is too complex. I doubt the average person would realize his tuning to be different just from hearing/watching one of his videos.
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    Default Yep..

    Yep...James Hill is awesome. I love his signature ukes too...a "decent" price tag compared to the mysterious $5000 Jake sig. model.

    Go to his website to see the G-String signature model if you have not already. It is my wallpaper on my desktop comp. in office at home..
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    Thumbs up Ode to a Frozen Boot

    Ukulele Dude, Just checked out "Ode to a Frozen Boot". thanks for the heads up on that one. Serious uke pickin' no doubt. A bit untouchable to attempt for me at this stage of playing. However, James also was the first uke player that woke me up to the potential and beauty of the uke once again. Then Jake stopped by and threw some water in my face, and said "get up and get busy dude"! So naturally I did... e.lo......
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    Quote Originally Posted by studentaccount1 View Post
    One thing I have noticed is that James Hill doesn't get talked about too much on here. Maybe no one has heard him play, but he is kinda famous in the uke world and very good.
    I think it might be that his music doesn't have as broad an appeal as say Jake Shimabukuro's. I totally respect James Hill's skills on the ukulele and have dowloaded his album from iTunes. However, I find myself not being able to get into his music that much. Where I could listen to many of Jake's tunes a thousand times without getting tired of them, I found myself not going back to listening to James Hill's stuff very much.

    Again, James Hill is an amazing player, but I find myself admiring his playing skills more than his music. It's just a matter of different taste in music, I think.
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