Review: The Ukulele Way

By: Russ Aloha! Let’s talk about musical goals! It’s important to have musical goals. After all, if you don’t you end up wandering aimlessly and, while Tolkien said that not all who wander are lost, the vast majority are and when you’re lost, every step in any direction feels like a mistake and a step wasted. How do you know if you’re making progress anywhere if you … [Read more...]

Standards & Gems


By: Russ Aloha! While walking through a school, I saw a group of teens sitting close together in a circle playing ukulele and singing to each other. It wasn't here in Hawaii, but rather San Antonio, Texas, and the students were all there temporarily from different areas of the country. But they played the same songs and smiled as they sang. Whenever I would jam on guitar, … [Read more...]

AC/DC Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar recently did a Rig Rundown with AC/DC, and it's a very interesting look into the gear than Angus and his nephew Stevie are using on their current tour. Not surprisingly, there isn't much in the way of effects, but the backline is still pretty interesting. Spoiler alert - they have a tech dedicated to fixing their amps every night. Oh, and that wall of speakers … [Read more...]

The Wayfarer by Nashguitars


Bill Nash of Nashguitars has made a name for himself by creating relic'd versions of Fender's best selling models. Recently, Nashguitars introduced a new guitar called the Wayfarer: The Wayfarer is the newest addition to the Nashguitars family. It was inspired by the symmetrical lines and distinct colors of the automotive industry in the late 50's and early 60's, as well as … [Read more...]

Review: Billy Joel for Ukulele


By: Russ Aloha! One of my favorite things about the ukulele is its ability to play almost any genre of music (hard rock and metal notwithstanding - at least not to me) and turn it into something new, but still pleasurable. Take Billy Joel, for instance: the piano man has largely been behind the… well… the piano for his career, but his songs are so well-written and … [Read more...]