Entries by Bryan Holley

Iko! Iko! Ukulele Tutorial

We are learning this song in honor of Mardi Gras in our beginning ukulele class. I have recorded this song at educational tempo in 4/4 time, accenting Beat 3 to add some swing to the rhythm. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Music Alone Shall Live

Our good friends up in Hood River, Oregon, Nicole and Aaron Keim, also known as The Quiet American, have just published ‘A Ukulele Handbook for Beginners’ and I urge ukulele players in Tunes Nation and everywhere to visit their site quietamericanmusic.com and buy a copy. I read a pre-publication version and loved how Aaron and Nicole touched upon […]

My Paternal Grandparents

This is one of the few photos I have of my father’s mother and father, Ira Jewel Lanier Holley and Ocie Lee Holley. The story behind this picture is that in the original photo, there are 3 couples side by side. That’s because people were poor and for economy, wedding photos were grouped, maybe not […]

My Maternal Grandparents

Not many pictures exist in my collection of my mother’s side of the family, the Spanish side. The picture of my grandmother, Maria Concepción Vilor de Galban, was taken in her early 20s, in Spain or South America. You see my grandfather, Emilio Domingo Lopez de Lopez later in life, somewhere in Elko County, Nevada, […]

Two Ukulele Songs from Música del Sol

In early 1999, two local bilingual educators, Pam Lucas and Carol Holm, asked me to record a series of children’s songs in Spanish. Together we created a tape cassette (really!) of 24 songs from Mexico, Central and Latin America, mostly small snippets, not the entire song. These tapes were purchased by bilingual educators and administrators […]

Tunes in the Dunes 5!

I’m thrilled to announce that I am honored to have once again been asked to join the amazing teaching faculty at Tunes in the Dunes 5 from September 18 – 20, 2015. Located on the northern coast of Oregon near Otis and Lincoln City, this unique ukulele camp is held at Westwind, a former YWCA camp […]

Library of Images

Here I’ll be posting a diverse selection of images from my collection. At left (click to zoom), a charming picture of three Hawaiian keiki (children) taken some time in the 1920s.