This week we are visited by ‘ukulele legend, ambassador, and teacher Kimo Hussey. Uncle Kimo started to blossom as an ‘ukulele player at the age of 5 under instruction from Uncle Richard. Since then he has developed a slow and melodic style for the ‘ukulele that is often sought out for as a teacher and instructor. However for Kimo, he “grew up with this ukulele sound all around me. It was somewhat characteristic to all those local ukulele players to whom I ascribed a ton of respect.”
Today we listen to his famous version of the Roberta Flack tune, Killing me Softly. Appearing effortlessly, it almost sounds as if there are two instruments being playing at the same time. Keeping the rhythm steady with percussive strums, Uncle Kimo keeps the original melody intact. Part of his signature sound comes from right hand technique; utilizing his thumb and index to play both parts.
‘Ukulele Sighting! Uncle Kimo is playing on his 6 string baritone DeVine ‘ukulele from DeVine Guitars and Ukuleles. These are great ‘ukuleles with superb sustain, feel, and not to mention they are beautiful instruments. These are handmade one at a time and a lot of times are made to order.
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.