Apropos of nothing and since it’s the end of the week, I present to you a random collection of trivia about the uBass and bass ukuleles.
- In 1945, rocker Bob Seger was born in Dearborn, Michigan. Seger got started in music by his father, who brought home Elvis Presley’s recording of “Hound Dog-Don’t Be Cruel” and taught Bob how to play the songs on the bass ukulele. Seger’s dad had been a big-band.
- Four sizes of ukuleles are common: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone. There are also less common Sopranino and Bass ukuleles at the extreme ends of the size spectrum. The Soprano, often called “standard” in Hawaii, is the smallest, and the original size ukulele. The Concert size was developed in the 1920s as an enhanced Soprano, slightly larger and louder with a deeper tone. Shortly thereafter, the Tenor was created, having more volume and deeper bass tone. The largest size is the Baritone, created in the 1940s.
- Kala Brand Music Co.’s most unconventional offering is the new U-Bass, which CEO Mike Upton describes as “essentially a bass guitar with a baritone uke body.” Developed by Owen Holt at Road Toad Music, the U-Bass produces the same pitches as a standard bass guitar and a big, rich tone. It immediately intrigued bass player Upton as well as a growing list of top stage and studio players
And there you have it.