U is for… Ukulele Flashmob!

U… ugh. Tough letter. But I’ve been thinking the ukulele has been making a comeback lately. Well, not sure it was ever popular enough to warrant a comeback, but I think of it as a fun “gateway” instrument to other stringed things. My daughter recently received one as a gift, and it’s been fun learning more about this underrated, user-friendly unit of merry-music-making.

uke rainbow

uke rainbow

The unassuming ukulele has Jake Shimabukuro as its poster boy these days – he’s like the Jimi Hendrix of ukulele. Check out his treatment of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to hear how layered and complex this 4 string beauty is.


And check out these other “Ukulele Rockstars”! Who knew?

Here are some brave uke players bringing the music to the people – a ukulele flashmob!

Hawke’s Bay Ukulele Underground – Flashmob in Napier from Indelible on Vimeo.

Do you uke?


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  • messymimi

    No, but i want to learn someday, just as i want to learn to speak Hawai’ian.

    • http://www.jesstopper.com/ Jessica Topper

      Noble aspirations! I visited Kauai once and fell in love with the language too.

  • Jenny Pearson

    That was amazing – what an awesome instrument. I hope your daughter is having loads of fun with hers.