Monday, April 10, 2006

Meet The Jimi Hendrix Of The Ukulele

HONOLULU (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Many associate the ukulele with Don Ho or guys in raccoon coats, but a 28-year-old musician wants folks to take note: this ain’t your grandad’s uke.

Jake Shimabakuro is a Hawaiian native called “the Jimi Hendrix of ukulele” based on his fast fretting style and unique solos.

Shimabakuro began playing the uke at age 4, but only started experimenting with effects pedals and amplification recently.

He says the relatively simple instrument “still has a lot of potential” which he hopes to further explore on his newest release, Dragon.

Guitar god Steve Vai has singled him out, and more kids in Hawaii have reportedly traded in their guitars for the ukes.

Some purists can’t believe the sounds Shimabakuro gets out of the instrument, but he says: “Luckily, no one’s said to my face that I’m doing evil.”

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