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In Studio: Jake Shimabukuro

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hailing from Hawaii, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro entered the public eye with an improbable 2006 viral video hit: a masterful rendition of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," for solo ukulele (below). With just four strings and a two-octave range, Shimabukuro picks out melodies and accompaniments all at once, redefining the possibilities of the instrument. Jake joins us in studio today to talk to us about the resurgence of the ukulele and play us some tunes from his new release, Peace Love Ukulele.




Today's Playlist:

1. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

2. Live Performance: "Bring Your Adz"

3. "Bohemian Rhapsody"

4. Live Performance: "Go For Broke"

5. Live performance: 143 (Kelly's Song)


Jake Shimabukuro

Comments [3]

Frank Grimaldi from East Village

There's something in that second song's melody that reminds me of Oh Danny Boy

Oct. 25 2010 02:49 PM
Hillary Foxsong from Oyster Bay

There were NO synthesizers on the original of 'Bohemian Rhapsody!'

Oct. 25 2010 02:46 PM
Frank Grimaldi from East Village

I never heard of Jake Shimabukuro, so I checked out the video of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Amazing!! I honestly never thought a ukulele could sound like that - never. I'm used to hearing a artists accompany themselves on ukulele with thin sounding chords - I never imagined anyone could make it sound so full and play it like a classical 12 string guitar. I am in awe.

Oct. 25 2010 01:47 PM

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