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    Aug 2017

    Default Ukulele Instrumentals on CD?

    Looking for ukulele instrumentals on ukulele recored on CD's. No vocals and very little struming. Just nice chord melodies and or fingersltyle playing of nice popular music or old favorites. Is there such a thing? Where to find?

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    Apr 2016
    Portland OR


    One of my favorite's is Jake Shimabukuro's "Grand Ukulele", and it was produced by Alan Parsons! Includes originals and some covers of popular tunes. If you're looking for something more traditional someone else will chime in.
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    Sep 2011
    The Big Scioto, on the Banks of the Ohio


    John King recorded a CD of Johann Sebastian Bach pieces. Marvelous stuff (if you're a fan of Bach!).

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    May 2010


    Ukulelezaza*! Roy Smeck**! Lyle Ritz***!

    *¨has an etsy shop, you can find his CD there
    ** has a CD with just uke, 'The Magic Ukulele of Roy Smeck', and lots of uke tracks on the mixed CDs Plays Hawaiian Guitar, On With the Dance, Wizard of the Strings
    *** his two 1950s albums How About Uke and 50the state jazz are now compiled on one CD, and then there are his recordings in the 2000s, especially No Frills, Time and A Night of Ukulele Jazz with Ohta-San.

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    Jul 2014


    Some of my favorite CDs:
    Daniel Ho
    Matt Dahlberg

    I've bought tracks by Brittni Paiva, James Hill, Kris Fuchigami, Aldrine Guerrero.

    And, of course, Jake Shimabukuro. Probably my favorite CD of his, since I'm a big Beatles fan, is Across the Universe. One track does have vocals, but the others don't.
    But, I'm a big fan of his in general, so it doesn't have to be Beatles music, and he does cover a wide range of music on his various CDs.

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    Mar 2013
    Oakland, CA

    Steven Strauss.. a local treasure and ukulele enthusiast for 50 years. His arrangements are understated and beautiful. And if you are ever in the the San Francisco Bay Area you can catch him every Saturday morning playing at a local cafe in Oakland. Old YouTubes of Steven abound, especially of his Saturday morning stints,

    Not every great musician is famous. Some rather practice their craft. But all should be recognized for their contributions. Check out Steven Strauss ukulele player extraordinaire! It is sure to put a smile in your heart.

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    Oct 2013
    Santa Monica, CA


    Daniel Ho's Polani remains my absolute favorite instrumental ukulele CD.

    Recently I've been listening to Abe Lagrimas, Jr.'s latest CD which I really enjoy, but it's not just uke (he's actually a jazz drummer who took up the ukulele) but it's a terrific album.
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    Jan 2015
    Franklin, TN


    I enjoy my Gerald Ross CDs. He's very expressive. You can hear samples of his playing on YouTube, and buy his CDs (and listen to some sound samples) here:
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    Jan 2010


    Check out Benny Chong. His partner here, Byron Yasui has done some recording as well.

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    Nov 2009


    Great recommendations so far! I'd start with any and all of those, and anything by Ohta-San. Greg Hawkes if you like Beatles instrumentals. I also find the tracks that come with the James Hill, John King and Tony Mizen Jumpin' Jim books quite listenable.

    If you're willing to spend a bit and order from Rakuten or CD Japan, there's a whole world of instrumental ukulele music out there. I love anything by Kenji Kondo and Tomotaka Matsui - their Ukulele Mozart album might be hard to find, but it's what got me into them.

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