When the Southern California Ukulele Festival asked Jim Beloff to write a theme song, he came up with "Can't Help But Smile." Here, he teaches you how to play it.
The action in this short excerpt from the new book "UKEtopia! Adventures in the Ukulele World" takes place in 1998, as the 3rd wave was still gaining momentum.
Born from the idea that people think of ukulele as a happy instrument incapable of channeling a sad song, Jim Beloff and Herb Ohta wrote "Blues on a Ukulele" in 2003.
3 New Uke CDs Reviewed Jake Shimabukuro The Greatest Day [JS Records] Given how Jake’s groundbreaking, off-the-cuff recording of him playing George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in New York’s Central Park brought him wide acclaim; it’s surprising that…
“I tell people to be careful what they buy at a flea market. It can change your life."
vintage postcard image shows a young Madeiran girl with a machete
By Whitney Phaneuf Jim Beloff and his lovely wife Liz have been evangelizing the uke since 1992, after they purchased one at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market. The rest, as they say, is history. The Beloff’s company Flea Market…
There is no doubt that “Jumpin’ Jim” Beloff is big reason why many of us are playing ukulele today. Through his books, DVDs, and workshops, he has directly and indirectly reached many people who may otherwise never have picked up…
We interviewed the leaders of some of the most popular and well-run ukulele clubs in the world to get their advice on building a better ukulele club.
Readers describe battling stage fright, the satisfaction of building your own ukulele, and, of course, the joy of playing with friends and for others.