Issue 6

Rod Harrington

Tampa Bay Ukulele Society

By Julie Garisto On a balmy Saturday afternoon in Largo, Florida, a southern suburb of Tampa, 40 people have gathered with their ukuleles at a palm tree dotted apartment complex inhabited mostly by retirees. Excitedly chattering like high-school kids in…

A 5-string rajao, made by Augusto Dias around 1896, with spruce top and koa back and sides

The Birth of the Ukulele

The belief that Hawaii lays sole claim to the ukulele is a widely held misconception. The earliest ukes only date back to the mid-1880s, and they weren’t invented by the Hawaiians.


Jake Shimabukuro Reaches Children Through New Foundation

Shimabukuro spreads the ukulele gospel through his new Four Strings Foundation By David Knowles In today’s ukulele universe there’s no star as bright as Jake Shimabukuro. The Hawaiian-born virtuoso is not only considered the Jimi Hendrix of the uke, he’s…