The Melbourne Ukulele Festival is made possible by the generous support of our wonderful sponsors.
The 2016 Melbourne Ukulele Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
The Melbourne Ukulele Festival is being held this year in conjunction with the Darebin Music Feast.
Since 2004 the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective has boldly gone where no ukuleles have gone before. The “MUK” is open to all who wish to join, regardless of age or experience, and they delight in crossing musical borders, smashing conceptual boundaries and raising the humble ukulele to new and outlandish heights!
They perform at music festivals, pubs, clubs, race courses, parks, theatres, schools, and the streets. Old School, New School, No School! The MUK is a joyous celebration of the people's right to make music without restriction. Back in 2004 they announced that the Ukulele Revolution had arrived. They now proclaim its glorious victory!
As a former resident of Gippsland, I have a good supply of beautiful fiddleback Gippsland blackwood, and this is my favourite building material. It is very much like koa in its properties. However, I've also used a number of other woods, including Hawaiian koa, USA maple, mahogany, Tasmanian myrtle and Macassar ebony.
Many of my orders come via my website at www.myspace.com/aumannstringedinstruments and you can view some of my work there. Other orders come from word of mouth and I'm lucky to have several of my instruments in the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective.
If it is at all possible, I like to invite prospective customers to my workshop, at Heathmont, east of Melbourne CBD. Here they can choose the exact piece of wood that will become their instrument and we can discuss the finer points of the instruments, such as the rosette design, the binding, cutaway or not, pickup or not, custom inlays. A couple of months later, the customer will have a truly unique instrument.
My instruments may be found in certain music shops in Victoria and NSW. Even the instruments that I make 'on spec' will each be different from the next in terms of wood selection, binding and inlay. So each is a one-of-a-kind ukulele.
Gut strings were already being produced in Padoa, Verona, Venice, Treviso and Vicenza since the beginning of the 17th century. Documents of the time show that such production lasted uninterruptedly well into the 20th century. Locally produced strings, thanks to their superior quality, were exported abroad in large quantity, as proven by numerous recently discovered archival sources.
Our products are wholly produced in house in Vicenza (60 Km from Venice), to individual requirements, beginning from fresh gut, respecting and reviving the old tradition.
On the basis of our experience and deep know-how in the field of ancient and modern gut processing techniques we believe that only if we take inspiration from the tradition of the great string-makers of the past it becomes possible to recover the magic of sound that only gut, of all materials, can offer us: the imitation of the human voice.
The discoveries of the past few years, among which the gut loading process and the Nylgut®, the Silkgut®, the Bionylon®, the Thundergut® that we at AQUILA's first developed, allowed us to build a bridge into the future by developing natural gut and synthetic strings with totally innovative acoustic and technological properties.
The future of music has always proceeded through the strings.
Kala Ukuleles are undoubtedly the best-selling ukuleles in the world today. They offer a hugely diverse range of ukuleles ranging from student models to professional and player’s instruments.
From Makala entry level ukes to models made from solid mahogany, flamed maple, Hawaiian Koa and Solid Acacia, there is a Kala ukulele to suit every type of ukulele player.
Travel ukes, Arch-tops, acoustic/electric models and the famous Kala U-Bass make the Kala range the widest in today’s ukulele industry.
Ukulele PuaPua has been offering ukuleles worldwide for over a decade, directly from Hawaii, with two stores located in Waikiki Beach on the Island of Oahu.
We’ve made it our mission to spread the culture, history and joy of the ukulele around the globe. Each of the staff members at PuaPua are passionate and committed musicians, all with extensive knowledge of the ukulele and Hawaiian music. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player we’re here to guide you to the proper instrument. With an overwhelming selection, we carry all the major Hawaiian brands as well as imported models from various other countries. We even produce some of our own original products locally, such as T-Shirts, Instructional Books, DVDs and audio CDs.
When shipping internationally to other countries like Australia, we use the fastest and most reliable services to ensure your order arrives safely. Before shipping all ukuleles also receive a routine adjustment and set-up. This way each instrument reaches it’s full potential.
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Here at the Melbourne School Of Ukulele we are a collective of qualified and experienced ukulele players and teachers dedicated to your learning. We aim to accommodate people from all walks of life and at all stages of musical ability.
We aim to develop first time ukulele players whom have never touched a ukulele before right through to experienced and seasoned players.
We believe that ukulele is a universal language and encourage everybody to try out one of our fun ukulele lessons whether it be in a group environment at the beach or one on one at one of our centrally based studios in Melbourne.