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Jake's Pedal Set Up

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If any of you have ever wondered how Jake gets that amazing wall of sound out of
a single ukulele, the following video posted on REVERB.COM will be quite insightful.

The typical player will almost always have a reverb pedal and a delay, those two are a must.

However.....
Jake elaborates on his addition of a Tube Dreamer, Octave Pedal, Volume Pedal and
Looping effects.

His set-up no doubt is the result of 100's if not 1000's of hours of experimentation with
electronic pedals, in his quest for the perfect tone / sound. The most inventive players
all seem to have this obsessive drive in common when it comes to trying out
the greatest and latest gear.

Like his guitar playing contemporaries, the use of pedals helps him create a sonic
palette that is quite diverse in its range of dynamics from great big rich chords on the
octave pedal to volume manipulation on his Hilton Volume Pedal....there's a wide
variety of effects being used in his on stage shows to great success, especial…

Dan Scanlan's New "Cool Hand" Soprano Uke

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I've known Dan Scanlan for almost 20 years now....

I have had the pleasure of working alongside him in Nova Scotia at the Ceilidh, as well as at countless festivals across the U.S. 
In a sea of posers, I have long championed Dan as the "real deal," and he's why... his heart is so undeniably rooted in all things ukulele and he's paid his toll after decades  of championing the ukulele (and long before it was cool).
He is unassuming, down to earth, salt of the earth, a consummate ukulele historian,  and a strong player with a unique style all his own. 
Its these things and more, that keep me interested in what my pal Dan is up to ukulele-wise.
Recently, he has begun promoting a new line of ukulele's with his signature "Cool Hand Uke" model. 
What follows is a short interview with him. 
1-Tell us about your ukulele responsibilities these days? What are you involved with in terms of clubs, festivals, teaching, etc.
I continue to direct and teach Cool Hand …

Teaching @ Elderly Instruments in March

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After a long hiatus, I'll be heading back to Michigan to teach a few classes
at Elderly Instruments (https://www.elderly.com ) in Lansing.

It was way back in the mid-90's that Elderly took a big chance on a little known
record called Uke Town,which was my first real attempt to feature a mess'o
ukulele on wax.

Thanks in part to long time employees at Elderly like Chris Rietz,
Brian Hefferan, Stan Werbin, Libby and a few others, the store began to play my
CD in store alot, which led to new fans, gigs and a very appreciate musician...Lil Rev!

In 1996, that same year, they also featured my Uke Townhttps://www.lilrev.com/cd-uke-town
as a "HOT PLATTER, in their mail order catalogue, which also boosted sales and encourage
me to make a full length, "all" ukulele record (the fountain of uke series).

I've always felt a huge debt of gratitude to Elderly and their dedicated staff
for recognizing that the ukulele was coming back (way ahead of the national curve)
and …