Damn! Jake Shimabukuro Ukelele Covers

28 10 2010

There are not too many videos of Jake Shimabukuro out there but the ones that do exist are pretty fantastic. Jake is an exceptional ukelele player, maybe even a virtuoso. He has some incredible originals but it is his long list of covers that make him so appealing. There are three below that are pretty impressive. The first is George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. He does a bunch of great Beatles covers but this is really cool.

This next video is Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Obviously a great song, this cover is amazing. The coolest thing is to see how he breaks down the arrangement and translates it to Ukelele.

This next one is pretty cool too. It’s Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Like the Queen version, it starts out pretty mellow and then gets really intense in the latter half of the song. Again, amazing arrangement and some down right crazy chops… for a Uke.

For a few more cool covers check out these links:

Led Zeppelin’s “Going To California”

The Beatles’ “In My Life”

Cindi Lauper’s “Time After Time”

Going To California

22 06 2010

As of today, The GG is officially based in Los Angeles, CA… Venice to be exact. As a native New Yorker, it goes without saying that I will miss NYC, especially Greenwich Village. It’s a truly unique place with SO much to offer, not just musically but culturally and beyond. At least one thing is for sure… I’ll be back there soon. Of course, I will try my best to stay in tune with everything going on there in the NY music scene, even from afar. But I’m especially excited to get an up close glimpse at all the cool stuff coming out of LA. Wish me luck on the left coast…

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