The ukulele has always been one of Eddie Veder's favorite instruments. He already played when he was still a member and guitarist of the American grunge band Pearl Jam. Along with the cencerro, the harmonica, the accordion and the sitar, the small guitar of Hawaiian origin even became a main element of his compositions when he joined the band Temple of The Dog. The ukulele is indeed heard in many titles of the latter. Eddie Veder has also dedicated an entire album to this musical instrument which has always fascinated him.
The album "Ukulele Songs", a tribute to the ukulele
Released in 2011, the album "Ukulele Songs" was immediately a great success from the start of its launch. For Eddie Vedder, the rock star singer of Pearl Jam, it was a real challenge to produce compositions that are accompanied only by a ukulele. And yet, driven by his admiration for the traditional Hawaiian instrument and his success as a soloist, he did not hesitate to take the plunge.
It must be said that Eddie Veder has always been an avid ukulele player. He knows the instrument and its specificities well. He played it for years before using it in his shows. The release of the album "Ukulele Songs" is therefore a completely normal step, although the songs are quite original compared to the artist's other compositions.
The creation, as its name suggests, is a tribute to the ukulele. The choice of this instrument is in no way a coincidence. Eddie Vedder wanted an instrument that he could easily handle and that allowed him to create a melancholic style. The rendering of the association between the ukulele and the artist's raw voice is simply phenomenal, as can be seen through certain cult songs such as "Can't Keep" and "Dream a little Dream". Satisfied with this result, Eddie Vedder did not hesitate, in his interviews, to advise everyone to own a ukulele and learn to play it.
Learning to Play the Ukulele: The Secrets of Eddie Veder
Those who are familiar with the ukulele will certainly have noticed that the instrument of Hawaiian origin is not played in a traditional way in the album "Ukulele Songs" by Eddie Veder. The rhythmic of the compositions is quite complex even if the chords are quite classic (although well fleshed out). The choice of this style is quite logical when we know the musical preference of the artist and his great career as a soloist.
For those who wish to learn the ukulele and who want to be inspired by the Eddie Veder style, the best approach consists in first of all working in a simple way 4 chords and a rhythm (like on the piece “Society”). By gaining in speed and flexibility, the player can then play two rhythms by adding a few effects or even by performing a solo picking part.