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A Soprano for Russ_Buss

I recently finished this wonderful little soprano (Dominator Soprano number 005) for a good friend of mine. This is the last of this highly figured tiger maple that I've had for a number of years. This is the little sister to the 2nd soprano I built for John Rockwell. Though it has a beautiful and distinct voice I don't believe it has as big a voice as number 002.

Here are a few specs:
13.5” scale length soprano
Spruce top
Tiger stripe maple back and sides
Curly maple binding on top
Width at nut – 1 1/2”
Figured maple neck w/carbon fiber reinforcement rod
Ebony finger board – 12 frets clear
Ebony peg head overlay with Paua abalone logo
Paua abalone combination side and FB markers at 5th, 7th, and 10th
Paua abalone Rosette
Ebony through Bridge
Bone nut and compensated saddle
Planetary geared peg tuners
Hand rubbed gloss lacquer finish
Aquilla Concert gauge strings

Here is a SOUND SAMPLE straight into the mics. No EQ or processing of any kind:
The first clip is an original jazz improvisation using the nails of my right hand. The next clip is a section of the same song played with the thumb of my right hand. Clip 3 is an excerpt from The Barnkicker Rag by Steve Boisen (which I transcribed recently and is available on the tabs page)and the last clip is an excerpt from Neal Paisley's Gossip which is also available on the tabs page.

The First Nowell (Noel) , Silent Night and Jingle Bell Rock - Tab

Well, Halloween is coming up, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and before you know it ole Saint Nick will be making his rounds. Tonight I’m posting 3 Christmas tabs to give you plenty of time to sort them out before the Holidays are upon us.

I’m posting my interpretations of Matt Dahlberg’s arrangements of Silent Night and Jingle Bell Rock from his A Few Merry Melodies CD he put together last Christmas. Matt’s been pretty busy and hasn’t had a chance to provide any input on the tabs so there may be a few things that I play a little differently than the way he played them on the recordings. Here is his Youtube Video.

Silent Night follows the video I posted last year on Youtube.

Tabs can be downloaded from the TABs page.

Barnkicker Rag - Tab

At the recent Milwaukee Ukulele Festival I had the distinct pleasure to meet father and daughter duo, Steve and Amanda Boisen, better known as “The Barnkickers”. Their music is infectious and they are absolutely wonderful to see live. Their latest CD, “Up Before Noon” consists of 12 fantastic tracks including a great original ragtime piece composed by Steve titled “Barnkicker Rag”.

At the pre-festival party Steve played the song for me and asked if I would be interested in transcribing it for an upcoming method and songbook he has in the works. It’s a great tune and after hearing it I agreed to give it a shot. Steve worked very closely with me and the resulting tab is about as accurate as we could have hoped for. Steve has graciously allowed me to post the tab here at Dominator Ukulele Tabs and I strongly encourage everyone to purchase the CD. You can download just the mp3 or the entire CD by clicking HERE. Again, I recommend purchasing the entire CD. You will NOT be disappointed.

Enjoy this great tune. Tabs can be downloaded from the TABS page. I have some Christmas tabs in the works that I plan to post in the coming weeks.