Roy Smeck, The Jimi Hendrix of the Ukulele

Lately I’ve been shopping for a ukulele. I love the way they sound. There’s just something about their pluckiness that appeals to my ear. Also they’re so portable. A friend of mine keeps one in his car. Anytime he gets stuck in a traffic jam he grabs his uke and strums his troubles away.

All that said, I’ve never seen anyone really tear it up on the ukulele until I came upon this Roy Smeck video. Damn! The man could play. And what showmanship. Seriously. Jimi Hendrix might have played a stratocaster with his teeth but check out what Smeck does with this ukulele on this 4 string version “Tiger Rag.”

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