So, I got a press release from Kala saying that their U-Bass is currently on tour with Paul Simon. Well, I guess I could say that more clearly. The U-Bass is actually being played by Bakithi Kumalo (thankfully, no one has invented the sentient, walking ukulele... yet. When they do, I'm out of a job.). Bakithi Kumalo is an incredibly musician and you've probably heard his playing before on Paul Simon records (he played on Gracelenad).
Anyway, reading the press release makes me realize that I need to know more about the Kala U-bass.
So, I did a little searching and this is what I've come up with so far. It's a 20" scale bass guitar and the strings are some sort of fancy polyurethane that is some sort of Kala secret ingredient deal. What is blowing my mind is that, for it's size, it has incredibly rich and deep tones. I think if you were listening to it and not looking at it, you'd assume you were listening to an upright bass. So, I guess it's like the musical instrument equivalent of a Bag of Holding from D&D. Somehow, it's like a magical vortex that channels extra deep tone?
Here, take a listen to these guys covering "Stand by Me" and tell me that this bass sound isn't exceptional deep.
Anyway, if someone has one of these, tell us more about it! Heck, make a video even, why doncha?
I finally got a few free minutes during lunch to make a video showing off the Kala pocket ukulele. I think that the powers that be must have known I only had a few minutes, though because they kept effing with me. I'd play the song perfectly and the cat would run by and mess it up. Or, the shot was great and my brain turned off. It seemed like it was something every time, so finally, I just decided that I was going to do one more and that was it. Of course my freaking knee was covering the pocket uke the whole time though. Doh!
Next time I'll be more careful to let you see the uke while I'm playing it. Anyway, this song is one of my favorites to play (even if I can't always remember all the words) and my son Simon really loves it as well. He usually sings the chorus with me if he's anywhere near while I play it. So, that's pretty fun. He and I have a Ramones cover band also, (we're called "Second Verse, Same as the First") so maybe I can convince him to make some videos with me of that action.
Anyway, if you have ever watched George Formby play this on Youtube then you'll notice that he uses different chords. I learned it this way and I guess it just stuck so there's no undoing it now.
So, while I'm still going to make a longer video showing off the adorable Kala Pocket Ukulele, I wanted to answer your biggest question first. So, while I could have just told you that it's 16 inches long, it still might be hard to visualize that, right? Well, hopefully that won't be an issue after this video. If it is, I don't want to hear about it ;).
In case you were wondering, I rolled a natural 20 with that die.
The Rubik's Cube I show you actually has 6 sides (it's a cube, after all) but each face is 4x4. Sorry for any confusion about 4-sided cubes and whatnot.
So, I got my Kala Pocket Ukulele this morning and I haven't been able to put it down for very long. It's so freaking fun! I'm going to make a few videos to show you more about it but I wanted to give you a quick picture to give a sense of scale. People keep asking me, "Just how small is it?". Turns out, they were talking about the ukulele. Hi-yooo!
Anyway, here is a picture of my guitar, baritone ukulele, tenor ukulele, soprano ukulele and the kala pocket ukulele.
So, I was just doing random Google searches for ukulele (as I always do) and I came across a post on EasyMusicCenter.com talking about Kala giving someone a Pocket Ukulele. Huh? Pocket Ukulele? Do you mean a Soprano Uke? Well, apparently not. Check out this picture of the Kala Pocket Ukulele.
"Dear Kala, How the hell can Ukulele Guy get one of these beauties?" Seriously, I didn't even see them on the Kala website. I would consider punching a nun to get a shot at it, that's how desperate I am. Well.. maybe not a nun, but certainly an old lady dressed in black and white.