Ten years ago, this video of Jake Shimabukuro captured his masterful rendition of the George Harrison’s song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Shimabukur0’s performance, posted on YouTube, ushered a modern rediscovery of the ukulele by demonstrating its musical potential that transcended previous ukulele performances. The New York Times called it the “dawn of a third great ukulele era.” PBS featured him in a documentary and he has become a popular touring musical artist.
- [Mother Jones] Jake Shimabukuro Rocked the Ukulele Before It Was Cool: “In Shimabukuro’s hands, as he breaks out experimental jazz, lays down a steady blues train, or shreds on rock anthems, this little jumping flea becomes a melodic monster.” Read more
- [New York Times] A Carefully Honed Image as a Master of the Ukulele: “The innovation in his style stems from an embrace of restrictions: the ukulele has only four strings and a limited range. He compensates with an adaptable combination of rhythmic strumming, classical-style finger-picking and fretboard tapping.” Read more
- [New York Times] Those Four Irresistible Strings: “The dawn of this third great ukulele era can be traced to 2006, aficionados say, with the appearance of a video on YouTube by Jake Shimabukuro, a Hawaiian-born ukulele player.” Read more
- [PBS] Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.
- [Netflix] View documentary on Netflix
- [NPR] Listen to interviews of Jake Shimabukuro