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Dominator & Friends - Owl Club Debut

Roseville Brewing Company

The week will soon be over and it will be time for a cold one. Dominator & Steve Skidgel will be back at RBC this Friday night with some new tunes. See you there.

Musician's Friend - The Hub - Featured Article

Check out the great article put together by Musician's friend. The interview took place before the holidays. Thanks to Bridget and the other staff at The Hub.

http://thehub.musiciansfriend.com/artist-interviews/beginning-and-bonding-with-the-ukulele

Dominator & Friends at Dono dal Cielo Vineyards

Dominator, Northern California Guitarist Steve Skidgel and re-known Musician and Luthier Bill Griffin will be at Dono dal Cielo this coming Saturday, November 16th, for an afternoon of Great Music and Fun. Music starts at 2pm and runs through 5pm.

Dominator & Friends - Upcoming Gigs

Dominator will be performing with Steve Skidgel this weekend at the following locations:

Friday August 9th - Fountains at Roseville - 7:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday August 10th - Dono dal Cielo Vineyards - 2:00 - 5:00pm

The weather is going to be great folks. Hope to see you soon.

Friday Night Street Stars - The Fountains at Roseville

Dominator has just completed the first of 4 summer performances at The Fountains at Roseville as part of the Friday Night Street Stars program.

Dominator & Friends (Steve Skidgel and Mark Chrisler) will be providing some fantastic ukulele and guitar music in the beautiful setting known as The Fountains at Roseville.

So bring the kids and come out and enjoy some great music. There are 2 other locations within the Fountains where other performers will be showing there stuff including a juggling act, as sax player and a crooner singing songs from the Rat Pack. I believe there is even a magic act that will be performing on select nights. Performances are from 7-9pm.

Hope to see you soon.

Tenors #009 and #011 Complete

The closeout of 2012 included completion of two long awaited tenor ukuleles. I have a couple more in the works and I need to build one for myself, hopefully in time for the Reno Ukulele Festival in April. If not, for sure in time for UWC in June. I’m not sure if I want to build an all Koa uke or maybe a figured maple body with a spruce or maybe a sinker redwood top. Decisions, decisions.

Here’s a Koa tenor #009 for, Ukulele Underground member, JTY.


Some specs on the Ukulele:

Grade AAAA koa top, back and sides
Spanish Cedar Bolt on neck w/standard headstock
17” tenor scale
Fret board – Rosewood - 14 frets clear – 19 frets total
Bridge – Rosewood – Through Body
Rosette – Paua Abalone w/bwb inner and outer rings
Rosewood top binding with bwb perfling
Rosewood back binding
Rosewood end graft
Rosewood fingerboard with paua abalone combo side and fingerboard markers - 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th and 15th frets
Curly Koa peghead overlay with paua abalone logo
Width at nut – 1 ½”
Finish – Hand rubbed lacquer
Tuners – Peghed 4:1 geared
Nut material – Bone
Saddle material – Bone
Strings – Worth Clear – High G

Here is Mahogany tenor #011 for, Ukulele Underground member, Chris Coleman.


Here are some specs on the Ukulele:

Mahogany top, back and sides
Spanish Cedar Bolt on neck w/slotted headstock
17” tenor scale
Fret board – Ebony - 14 frets clear – 19 frets total
Bridge – Ebony – Through Body
Rosette – Paua Abalone w/bwb inner and outer rings
Rosewood top binding with bwb perfling
Rosewood back binding
Rosewood end graft
Ebony fingerboard with paua abalone combo side and fingerboard markers - 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th and 15th frets
Ebony peghead overlay with paua abalone logo
Width at nut – 1 ½”
Finish – Hand rubbed lacquer
Tuners – Nickel Grover Sta-Tite
Nut material – Bone
Saddle material – Bone
Strings – Aquila Nylgut – High G

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I hope 2013 brings an abundance of ukulele joy into your lives.

I closed out the end of 2012 with a carpal tunnel release procedure on my left hand. I’m 9 weeks post-op as of today and am looking forward to being able to play again on a regular basis. I’m making good progress and have been easing into play over the last 3 weeks or so. Hopefully, I will be good to go in another month or so.

I hope to be able to work on some new tabs and tutorial videos as time permits. I know it’s been a while since my last offering.

I did manage to complete a couple of new tenors for some very patient customers. I plan to shoot some photos this afternoon and will post an update later this evening.

All the best,
Dominator

lolouke Wins Dominator Tenor Ukulele

Congratulations to lolouke for winning the Dominator Tenor Ukulele. There were 459 entries. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the drawing.

Official Dominator #010 Tenor Ukulele Giveaway

My wife and I, celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary, have just returned from Kauai`i where we returned the #010 Koa Tenor back "Home" to Kalaheo (where the wood was purchased back in 2007).

During the trip the instrument touched the hands of a host of local musicians including Mike Young, Dane Pabo and Kirby Keough just to name a few.

I have opened a new thread at Ukulele Underground in the "UU Contests" section of the Forums where you can enter the drawing. To have a chance to win the ukulele you will need to become a memeber of the Ukulele Underground Forums. Once you are registered, look for the thread titled "Official Dominator Tenor Ukulele Giveaway" and simply respond requesting to have your username added to the cookie jar.

I will videotape the winning name being drawn from the jar and will make contact with the winner to arrange for shipping.

Good luck to you everybody.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/forum.php

Here's a video of the travels the uke made on our trip.