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    Default Best Ukulele players ever?

    Just curious what the group thinks.

    I will start with Troy Fernandez (Ka'au Crater Boys)...and he can sing too!
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    5 older players who were absolutely phenomenal in their prime:

    Roy Smeck
    George Formby
    Eddie Kamae
    Cliff Edwards
    Arthur Godfrey
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    In No Particular Order
    Kimo Hussey
    Jake Shimabukuro
    Kalei Gamiao
    Corey Fujimoto
    Iz Kamakawiwo’ole
    Given Yagi
    Neil Chin
    And I’m sure I can add to the list

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    Herb Ohta Sr
    Peter Moon
    Kelly DeLima
    Taimane Gardner
    Lyle Ritz
    Jesse Kalima
    John Lukela
    Don Baduria Sr
    Kahauanu Lake

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    James Hill
    Tenor Koa Fluke (rosewood fretboard, Pegheds)
    Concert Tie-Dye Flea (rosewood fretboard, Lucy's tuners)
    Soprano Firefly (walnut fretboard, Pegheds)
    Late 40's Martin Style 1 soprano
    Concert Oscar Schmidt Mousekulele
    Tenor Mainland Mahogany Slothead
    Concert Eddy Finn Moon and Stars

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    How's about scouring the archives for all the favorite uke players and making a poll? One choice gets to a much more definite answer faster, IMO. To be a little more inclusive it could be broken down "best uke player of the 1970s" or "best uke player of the 2010s."

    Though, if we're talking pure boundary-pushing technical and musical ability up to this point, I feel like the answer is pretty obvious:

    James Hill

    Please prove me wrong, but I don't know of anybody who even holds a tiny candle to that crazy cat.
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    Best is pretty subjective. When I payed guitar years ago best to me meant best guitarist; as in most proficient at playing something really difficult. From a rock perspective I pretty much despised Creedence as I felt it was possible to use household appliances on instruments to create the monotonous style of their songs.

    I’ve always felt John King should be on a list of the best.
    I like Corey Fujimoto.

    Some of the musicianship is related to key that is selected. There are just some keys that lend themselves to impressive but somewhat easy to master. At the risk of sacrilege, some of Jake’s earlier arrangements are not as difficult as they sound. I lack his ability and technique, but only having to play 3 of the 4 strings, leaving the high g open, for significant portions makes things a lot easier.

    John

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    Sooo subjective, as best and favorite often overlap... anyway, for my money it’s Cliff Edwards, aka Ukulele Ike.

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    The article about Ike in Ukulele Magazine is really cool.
    Aldrine Guerrera turns my world inside out!
    Another cat I think is pretty cool on the uke is Stu Fuchs.
    And Del Ray is no slouch, either.
    The old guys? George Formby!
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    I'll add Andy Eastwood to this fine list.
    Glenn

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