I wanted to create this blog as a place where I can store and retrieve information for future reference. I chose the name Humble Uker Ramblings because I have started out strumming my father's 1950's painted Harmony ukulele. I think that the greatest appeal of the ukulele as "the people's instrument" is it's humble simplicity. My contact email is HumbleUker@gmail.com. I have also been working on a blog for the Baritone Ukulele called Humble Baritonics.
Colin Tribe || Visits HU and Friends || Back to UK
Colin R. Tribe and his wife were taking a long vacation to see various places in the United States. They started off in New York, then through Washington D.C., Savannah, Ga, Nashville, TN and then to the San Francisco Bay Area where he had the penultimate experience of hanging out in my livingroom with diehard ukulele players: Byron P., Tim R. and Ryan G. Colin is another virtual music box and we would play, enjoy Colins marvels, play another song, enjoy Colin. Here's Tim R. in the official ukulele relaxation position...
I had so much fun earlier in the day putting a song package together of some of my favorite stuff: Brother Can You Spare A Dime, The Glory of Love, Hold Me - Thrill Me - Kiss Me, Istanbul (not Constantinople), My wife Thinks You're Dead, She Ain't Rose, Slow Boat to China, Stray Cat Strut (of course), Sway and Sweet and Slow. We didn't get to play thru them all but Colin got some good jamming in before the long flight back home. .
Ryan G. has been playing some mean uke. He's quite good and looking to make a Berkeley Ukulele Club debut soon. And then there's my buddy Byron who loves to create ukulele chord melodies and was just thrilled with the skills and ideas that Colin was sharing.Byron also treated us to some chocolate cream pie.
We are all eager to learn more about Colin's arrangements and his ukulele training in general. Colin is an experience musician and has some compositions, that come on a scale from challenging, to extremely advanced are fascinating in their chord movements. He calls his work UNIQUELELEand you'll recognize his ukulele by the colored fret markers. Be sure that when you contact Colin about his music to inquire about which music is best suited to your current skill level.
I have 4 of his arrangements and it is obvious that Colin is an educator and he's focused on clarity and developing your skills. He told us that he's writing a 90 page ukulele manual. I look forward to hearing more about this book especially after meeting Colin and seeing him perform.