This Is Roz Focusing: The Ukulele Question—Part III

October 29, 2011

See the post for full details.

Saturday means it's time for a ukulele break. Today I found a helpful tutorial by a lovely young woman with the screen name pnaigrlrizz. According to her Youtube channel pnaigrlrizz is a 20-year-old woman named Rissa. You can see her other tutorials listed there. I wish the writers and producers of "Glee" would write a part for her!

And here's a lovely bit from my childhood, played on a ukulele. On his blog Uke of Carl uses the tagline, "TV Themes + Ukulele = Happiness." He couldn't be more right. Check out his rendition of Quantum Leap for Solo Uke.

(I also enjoyed this series and while I thought Scott Bakula was great in it and continues to be fun to watch ["Men of a Certain Age"] I have long been a Dean Stockwell fan. My favorite episode happens to provide details of Admiral Al's character—"The Leap Home [Parts 1 and 2]" from season 3—I can't say more or I'll spoil it.)

Let's go out with Uke of Carl playing the theme of one of my favorite TV comedies "Parks and Recreation." (He's right the tune is excellent and delivers everything needed in one brief shot—and it also perfectly fits the mood of the show.)

Now it's back to work. (Don't spend too much time with Carlton [that seems to be his name] but just in case you don't go back far enough with his blog check out this piece of John Phillip Sousa's that you're sure to recognize.)

Oh, what the hell, don't leave Uke of Carl until you hear him play "Bonanza." (I never liked the show, and I LOVE westerns, but it is a catchy tune and he plays it well.)

I seem to remember someone around here has a deadline to meet…

UPDATE: A short time later…

OK I couldn't stop. Check out Uke of Carl's Black Adder

  1. Reply

    EVERY day should have a ukulele break! Did you buy yet? Have you crossed over to the other side and are actually hugging that baby and crooning over its little fretboard? And will there be visual journal pages to share?

    • Leslie Schramm
    • October 29, 2011

    these are more fun than Carl, though TV theme’s are great on ukes.

    As someone who’s had to play Sousa, for retired members of the CIA no less, I just love the fact, despite being the bandleader of the White House band, he never wanted to write music. He wanted to be a “proper” writer. I’ve read some of his books, terrible pot boilers , set on riverboats with crazy gamblers and terrible cliches. Fun though. Every day should have music in it, enjoy every moment

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    Leslie, I love the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. I wrote about them several weeks ago in an earlier ukulele post.

    But while what they do is wonderful as a group, I’m wowed by what Carlton/Carl is doing on his own. And I like that he’s writing up his arrangements.

    Everyday should have some music in it—and Ukulele music just makes me happy!

    Sousa is an interesting person. I had arrangements of his marches I’d play on the piano when I was young and learning. I still remember scenes from the Clifton Web movie that played over and over when we were in Australia (probably because it was cheap for them to run it). Often what I hum is one of his “waltzes.”

    Especially when I am riding my bike and need to keep the cadence going.

    • Dana
    • November 10, 2011

    Oh Roz! Thought of you immediately… here are links which will allow you to make your own ukelele from a cigar box thanks to Shelley Rickey and BUST Magazine. It would be a great weekend project for a pantheist holiday.

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    Hey, Dana, thanks for the link to make a ukulele from a cigar box. I’ll go check it out. I think I’ll probably just buy one eventually but it’s fun to find such things.

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    This is Carlton from UkeofCarl. Thank you very much for mentioning me in your blog. You’ve put a smile on my face and I appreciate it.

    Keep checking my site. I’ve slowed down a little recently but I’m still at it.

    I’ve also been briefing through your work. Wow! What talent. You don’t design websites do you?



  5. Reply

    Carl, Hello right back. Thank YOU for creating such a wonderful website with all these essential songs translated to Ukulele! I love it and will keep checking back.

    I confine myself to print design (a rarity these days, but it’s a long story) so I don’t do websites, but I know several people who do and if you write to me directly at
    and remind me I’ll pass along names to you.

    Thank you for sharing your musical talent with all of us who just wish we had a Ukulele!

    • Ukes
    • December 29, 2011

    Ukes have now surpassed the tuba in popularity, just kidding, except there are many more ukes being sold now and new models are appearing every month.

    See a good selection of ukes here:


    • Carl
    • October 8, 2012

    Hello Roz!

    Don’t know if you’re still interested, but I’ve made a real website now at

    I’ve done about fifty more videos since we last spoke and have even made a few books



  6. Reply

    Carl, I’m am interested. Thank you for sending me the link. I will enjoy watching your new videos and catching up!

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