Oregon Brass Society

Washburne Park Concert Series 2017

Last but not least, the Oregon Brass Society will be playing the final concert in the Washburne Park Concert Series for 2017! Come and some enjoy some premier British brass band music on the last Sunday of August. Eugfun will be there with games and face-painting for kids of all ages! Bring your tea bags, crumpets, and favorite outdoor chair to enjoy this late summer treat!

Springfield Community Band

Washburne Park Concert Series 2017

Are you with the band? We are! Come join us for a wonderful concert presented by the Springfield Community Band. Eugefun will be there with games and face-painting for all ages! Bring your favorite picnic blanket, your friends, and yourself.

Kef Balkan Band

Washburne Park Concert Series 2017

Prepare to travel overseas to the Balkan Region with the Kef Balkan Band playing folk music from Bulgaria and Macedonia. Bring your baklava, friends, and (of course!) your favorite outdoor chair for this late Sunday afternoon concert. Eugfun will be there with face painting and games like always!

 

Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band

Washburne Park Concert Series 2017

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

come to Washburne on Sunday

and bagpipes will be there too!

The Eugene Highlander Pipe will be playing at Washburne Park at 6:30 pm. Join us for music, fun, and face-painting with Pacific Winds and Eugfun!

Oregon Tuba Ensemble

Washburne Park Concert Series 2017

Who knew heavy metal could be so fun?! Join us for this TUBAular concert with the Oregon Tuba Ensemble. Remember your sunscreen, favorite outdoor chair, and the kids for this concert of big proportions. Eugfun will be there with a tent with games and face-painting too!

Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra

Washburne Park Concert Series 2017

Join us Sunday at 6:30 in Washburne Park for the Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra. Bring your blanket, outdoor chairs, friends and family for some amazing music. Eugfun will be there providing games and free face painting for the kids!

Guitars New and Used For Sale!

Guitars New and Used For Sale!

We are excited to announce that we will be buying and selling quality used acoustic guitars and accessories for entry level musicians and students. We will be offering name brand, 100% refurbished acoustic models presented with the same care and quality as our brass and woodwind instruments at an affordable price with optional instrument maintenance programs available.

Along with our brand new guitar section, comes a new line of accessories. For starters, we will be carrying acoustic strings, picks, and straps with more accessories to come in the future.

We wouldn’t be able to offer these great selections without getting into repair on both electric and acoustic guitars.

Drop by and check out our new additions! Our used acoustic selection will be limited which will allow us to focus on quality. If you have an acoustic guitar you are looking to sell, bring it on by!

 

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UkePrints – The Beatles – Something

UkePrints – The Beatles – Something

In celebration of Play Your Ukulele Day, today’s UkePrints will feature what is probably the one of the most prolific and renowned bands of all time: The Beatles. Peppered throughout the thousands of records on the rich history of The Beatles, are accounts of four musicians playing on ‘ukuleles. However, George Harrison is most known for his love and affiliation with the ‘ukulele. So much so, that this excerpt on his views of the uke is featured in Jumping Jim’s 60’s Uke-In:

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Harrison was known in his later years to always have ‘ukuleles around. It is said that he carried them around and openly gave them out to friends on a regular basis. The ‘ukulele resounded with Harrison as he brought it out more and more as the years went on.


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George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr playing Ain’t She Sweet in Friar Park.


Unfortunately, all things must pass and Harrison became the second Beatle to pass in 2001. Through the efforts of Olivia Harrison (wife), Dhani Harrison (son), Jeff Lynne (ELO), and Eric Clapton (long time friend) they threw a tribute concert turned album and documentary at the Royal Albert Hall in London under the name Concert For George. Amongst the 20 songs performed that evening was a very special performance of one of Harrison’s masterpieces: Something.

The performance features Paul McCartney starting the song with the first two verses and the bridge of the song with just himself and his ‘ukulele. McCartney has his tenor ‘ukulele tuned down a full step (F Bb D G) transposing the song from concert key of C to Bb. McCartney plays a simple strum keeping the rhythm moving and filled with simple chords. This allows McCartney’s voice lead the parade with one of the most recognizable melodies in modern music.


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While songs from The Beatles have been found in the playlist of many musicians over the years, Harrison’s Something has found a special place in the hearts of many ‘ukulele players. It is often rumored that Harrison wrote Something on the ‘ukulele as the chord progression and even the melody are easy to play within the range of the ‘ukulele in simple first position chords (though it is cited that he began writing the melody on the piano). For example, the first 3 chords (C major, C major 7th, and C dominant 7th) can be played with one finger chromatically descending on the first string third fret. This, amongst being a solidly written song, has led to multiple ‘ukulele renditions including a masterful arrangement by  Jake Shimabukuro.


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Jake Shimabukuro’s solo rendition of Something.


This is a testament to the rich legacy of the ‘ukulele and how some of the world’s greatest artists have found inspiration in this humble instrument. One of the beautiful things between the contrast of McCartney’s and Harrison’s singer-songwriter approach with the virtuosic approach of Shimabukuro, is a very audible growth in complexity and potential. Though I think the key takeaway is finding a voice through the instrument that defines you and your art.

UkePrints is a curated playlist of some essential ukulele tracks that all ukulele player should listen to. These songs have left a legacy for future players and in essence, sound impressions of the ‘ukulele or what I like to call them: UkePrints.

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Heart Strings: The Story of Kamaka ‘Ukulele

 

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Several years ago PBS Hawai’i did a segment on Kamaka ‘Ukulele titled Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka ‘Ukulele. It is a great opportunity to see the faces and hands behind the creation of this legendary instrument. As the last of the original ‘ukulele makers in Hawai’i, it is a historical documentation on not only the legacy of the Kamaka family but the ‘ukulele itself.

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It’s really important to know the person who made the instrument, their heart and soul is in the instrument.” – Jake Shimabukuro

Instrument building is an art form. With a piece of wood and some raw materials, a true maker has the ability to create an instrument that makes the greatest of us both weep and smile. The maker breathes life into an instrument just as much as the player who picks it up so understanding the person who makes your instrument can only add depth to your playing. It enables the player help channel the intent of your instrument, bringing a richer tapestry to the song at hand.

Whether you have a Kamaka ‘Ukulele or not, this documentary helps you understand a big part of ‘ukulele history. Their story is beautiful and integral to knowing the ‘ukulele and the tiny instrument’s people.

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-Neal Chin

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