Wayne Sorbelli here at my Island Guitar & Ukulele store in Key West where today when I opened the mail, I got a lovely gift from an online friend on a slide guitar forum i’m a member of!! It’s an old silver spoon made into a guitar slide. (or in my case, a guitar and ukulele slide!)
It can be bent to fit any finger which I think is soooo cool and very practical. Also the maker took their time to glue a piece of leather inside as to add comfort as well as grip while sliding!!
I’m using my instrument for healing – I consider the SLIDE & mainly the glass slide my main instrument. I don’t care what it’s on, guitar, bass, acoustic, electric, ukulele etc. I PLAY SLIDE! When you put the slide on the strings to me, gives me a voice and I can feel the vibrations literally of what I’m trying to say – and I think the frequencies tell a story far deeper than I could ever say merely with words – when you hear and listen you either get it, or you don’t at any one moment.
I know some can feel what I’m saying as I pour some serious blues crying and screaming out of this little ukulele lol
I recorded this at my music store in Key West jamming some blues in Am using my glass slide finger and Luna Cedar Top Ukulele.
I’m in standard soprano ukulele tuning GCEA.
I didn’t change anything about the uke, it’s a regular setup on an off the shelf Luna Cedar Top ukulele with nylon strings.
I’m sliding with my pinky 4th finger wearing a glass slide Dunlop 212. (although it’s worth mentioning that any slide will do the job, but all sound different, not better or worse, but different and they all certainly FEEL and handle much differently once laid upon the strings. Brass is heavy and offers more resistance therefore it’s easier to accurately stop and not blow by a target note, where glass is lighter and slippery feeling and offers more control over the fine overtones, but it takes more effort to control it – I can write volumes on differences in slide material – but i guess we will save that for another post)
“You can try to play the blues, or just give in and let the blues play you! That’s IT! It’s THAT little struggle, THAT split second tension right there between me and my guitar and those unconscious note choices that are happening when the notes start to play me, to me, THAT IS THE BLUES” – Wayne Sorbelli
Take your show on the road in style with Luna’s vintage suitcase – look ukulele amp! Vintage tolex and a leather handle are authentic touches, crowned by vintage Island travel stickers that you can place yourself.
Guitar strap holders allow you to strap on the amp, plug in your uke and play untethered and unleashed! The amp opens for easy battery changes,storage of the included AC adapter, and even has a compartment with velcro lid to house your keys, cell phone, wallet or a small snack!
But wait!…there’s more! after your performance, a simple 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter on your phone or ipod cord will allow you to plug in for mood music or an instant “party in a box”! (Jack adapter not included.)
Staying late after a nice day of teaching guitar and ukulele lessons at my Key West Music store to set up this awesome Les Paul, made custom new by Gibson USA .
One LUCKY customer is going to be getting this 1971 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst back in a day or two with a few tone tricks added in!! I can’t wait to string it up and test drive it and stretch the strings out on this one.
This LP had some electrical issues that were more of an old age time/worn issue – this beauty is as good as they get – sound and pliability are top shelf!! – well it is getting up there in age 43 yrs old makes it vintage to me!
Cigar Box Guitars (CBG’s), handmade right here in Key West, Florida, USA, are now on display, for sale, and demo at Island Guitar’s Key West location, right here in the Key Plaza Kmart / Publix Sopping Center in between The UPS Store and ATT&T Cell Phone Store.
Everybody seems to LOVE these unique musical creations, one, two, three, four, and YES even 6 string models available!! These “guitars” are set up LOW for regular play, HIGH for slide playing, or “down-the-middle” – being set good for BOTH slide and regular play NICE RIGHT !!
We are now offering Professional Violin, Cello and Fiddle lessons @ our Key West studio, FL & Wayne’s World Dallas!
From beginner to advanced, children to adult
Beginner to professional level and almost all age for violin, fiddle, cello, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, upright BASS, electric bass, drum, hand percussion, djembe, bongo, conga, ukulele, piano and keyboard lessons and music instruction in ALL STYLES by experienced teachers with impressive backgrounds and great people skills.
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