On the Cover: Uke Ecology and Sustainability. A Heidi Swedberg article on how ukulele makers are increasingly conscious of their environmental footprint. Mentions several makers, including Breedlove, Martin, Cordoba, Kanile’a, Blackbird, Mya-Moe, and others.
First Uke in Space! A lively interview with astronaut Chris Sembroski, who took a custom Martin on a recent SpaceX flight.
LP and the Ukulele: Popular singer-songwriter LP (Laura Pergolizzi) talks about how the ukulele has helped her writing and recording through the years.
Ohio Uke Scene: Jim D’Ville talks about the very active uke scene in this Midwestern state.
Sione Aleki. A “Gods of Uke” article discussing this Tongan player who dazzled audiences with showmanship worthy of Jimi Hendrix!
Uke Self-Teaching Methods. A fun, photo-heavy historical feature from Sandor Nagyszalanczy on the sometimes crazy methods that have been advertised for learning the ukulele.
Lesson: Right-Hand Syncopation. Three techniques for beginners, from Holly Rudin-Braschi. Includes the old folk tune “The Fox.”
Lesson: An Introduction to Chord-Melody. Intermediate lesson from Daniel Ward.
Song to Play: “Sitting in Limbo,” Jimmy Cliff’s classic from The Harder They Come.