Islander Ukulele Contest!

CONTEST is NOW CLOSED – Results will be announced soon!

To commemorate the relaunching if Island Music Network, we’re running a contest through the month of October and giving away a brand new Islander Ukulele to the winner! Here are the rules for the contest and how to enter:

First Place Prize: Islander Tenor Ukulele

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How to Enter

  1. Make a video of you covering a song listed on Island Music Network. If the song is not listed on this site your entry will not be eligible to win
  2. Uploaded the video to youtube and link to the sheet music or tabs you used to play the song in the description of your video.
  3. Post the link to your youtube video in the comments below.
  4. Deadline to enter is October 31 2013

Rules

  1. You can use any instrument to cover the song, it does not have to be with an ukulele.
  2. The video must be made specifically for this contest. You cannot reuse an old video you have already created.
  3. You must mention Islandmusicnetwork.com in your video (You can just say, “This is for the Island Music Network Islander Contest” or something like that)
  4. The song you cover must be listed on this site. If the song you want to cover is not already listed, you can submit the song here but it must also be approved by the site mods as acceptable on the site
  5. Only entries submitted in the comments below will be judged.

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80 Comments

    1. ryan

      Hi Eduardo, Sorry this entry does not follow the rules of the contest. You must cover a song listed on this website.

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    1. ryan

      Looks like this video isn’t working. Please review the rules and how to enter before submitting entries as well.

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  1. Ben Baniaga

    I would like to win this uke. On close inspection, I find it to be of a very classy design. The wood is of a quality that is beautiful, it would produce a very clear tone. The fret board looks to be of high quality ebony wood, which from my understanding, is getting to be rare these days. The tuners are the type that would give you fine tuning performance. The Bridge base is very artistically designed, with Peg type string anchors which are find mostly in expensive Ukes like Martins and Custom made instruments.
    This instrument is made of a very high standard, clean cut, and without any frivolous appointments.

    I know, in my hands, this instrument will be used on the daily basis. Needless to say, it will bring me the ultimate satisfaction. When I play it in the Windward Mall, which I do several times a week, the audience and visitors to the Mall will hear, and thrill to the sounds of this ukulele.

    Mahalo, for your generous offer for such a beautifully crafted instrument.

    Aloha,

    Ben Baniaga

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    1. ryan

      Ben please read the directions on how to enter the contest.

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  2. k2dy2dl2de

    Hey Ryan, I am intrested in this contest and currently working on a cover. I reviewed the rules and contest video thoroughly but still had a major question. 1.) does the entry cover vid have to be live? I intend to record several different instruments and sing over them using an audio ipad app. Is this acceptable?

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  3. machyuboi

    Is it okay if we had more than one person in the cover video?

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    1. ryan

      thats fine, but you’ll have to share the uke if you win ;)

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  4. Coni

    I would love to enter but unfortunately, I cannot find even one song that is even remotely familiar to me. :-/

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    1. ryan

      You can always submit one to enter, but it has to be a Hawaiian or local music song.

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      1. Coni

        That’d be why I don’t know any of them. I’m from NY! lol

        There is one I know but my voice is better in a different key. Am I allowed to transpose it? And add some other chords to jazz it up?

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  5. Vic2354

    I got a question. Is this contest (or site for that matter) for Hawaiian islands music, pacific islands music, or all islands music? I.e. Jamaica (home of reggae) and other Caribbean islands

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    1. ryan

      For the most part we are trying to stick to songs from the pacific / polynesia area.

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  6. Jeff

    Can we take one of the songs on the site and transpose it up/down? Some of us don’t have the fingers that bend for D’s and E’s :-)

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    1. ryan

      yes. as long as the songs listed on the site, its fair game as an entry song.

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  7. jdy98p

    Are you picking the winner based on ability, or randomly from valid entries?

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  8. k2dy2dl2de

    Finally finished my cover!!! Had a great time making it. Decided to go with Common Kings – Wade in your water, here is the link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhJD2uXvkf4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    I’ve been playing on this cheap novelty soprano for 3yrs and am definitely overdue for an upgrade so here is my best shot at the contest, Would really like to win

    Chords/lyrics
    http://islandmusicnetwork.com/sheet/wade-in-your-water/

    Ma-lo

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  9. Kale'a

    I love your new channel. Mahalo for offering this fun contest. I heard this song this morning and knew I had to learn it. I read that it doesn’t need to be a “live” performance so hopefully all is good. Kale’a
    http://youtu.be/zEX74iVbA3c

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    1. Hokulani

      Beautiful voice Kale’a! Mahalo nui for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us. Love it — great job and good luck!

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      1. Kale'a

        Thank you so much Hokulani. Your remark was very thoughtful and means the world to me. I appreciate you taking time to listen to my entry. Have a great day.

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  10. Berni Armstrong

    Could I write new words to a traditional Hawaiian melody?

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    1. ryan

      since I’m a big Gabe Bondoc fan too, I’ll let this one slide ;) Go for it! Just be sure to submit the song to the site.

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      1. ryan

        people down voting me, just because he can enter doesn’t mean he’s going to win. I’m not the only one deciding the winner. This contest is for fun no sense make all stink about it. :)

        PS I can see who you are.

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  11. Amanda Aflague

    Am I able to do a mash-up of two songs? Both are in the songbook.

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  12. seashell96734

    Hey check us out! We would love to win this new beautiful ukulele! I have been playing on my cheap one for a while! Hope you enjoy it and please comment or suggestions!
    http://youtu.be/4_pZL1EXZyc

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  13. B.riddle

    Great job! What I like is that we can see you play, and sing ! Not just video with your voice behind it. Good luck to you! I wish I was brave enough to enter!

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  14. Machyuboi

    Finally got the time to do it!! I would love to win the tenor uke, so i can have an everyday use ukulele to jam!! LOL! Just wanna say goodluck to everyone who entered and everyone who is going to! Special shoutout to my friend Brett Ortone (goalohaentertainment) for studio time and equipment! Here’s my entry! Hope u enjoy!!
    “Cover” Song Entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D4fPYtCa0M
    Song sheet (Chords/Lyrics): http://islandmusicnetwork.com/sheet/youre-all-i-need/

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  15. alan_f

    Here’s a song from my childhood that I had forgotten about until recently. For me it was catching crabs and paddling boats around Kaneo’he Bay rather than catching o’opu and riding on horseback, but otherwise it pretty much sums up how I feel when I return home and notice how much has changed, not just in Hawai’i, but in myself as well:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us_x27GljL4

    Link to the song on IMN:

    http://islandmusicnetwork.com/sheet/kuu-home-o-kahaluu/

    Mahalo,
    Alan

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  16. Poly_gurl13

    Could I do Sunset by AJ Rafael? If I played it on the uke? Thanks :)

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    1. ryan

      might be better to just find a song on the site unless you want to submit that song.

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  17. Robert Cipres

    hi ryan, i’m from the Philippines, can i join the contest? thanks

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    1. ryan

      sorry bruno mars can’t be allowed on this site because his publisher is Universal Music Group who are very difficult to work with.

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  18. Jdawg_ukulele5

    What up my uke friends out there.
    This is my entry for the contest, the song name is “Tsunami” by Chris salvador. I found this song when he was promoting his master class on UU+. I just submitted the tabs and hopefully will get approved before the dead line. Here is the video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNglcJadFgI
    ill post the link to the tab as soon as it gets accepted (If it does haha)
    Thanks for the listen!

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  19. Ryan Daar :)

    Happy Halloween everyone! I just wanted to say good luck to everyone, it was so cool to see so many talented players! Thanks again for the awesome contest

    Mahalo

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  20. Kupihea

    am i still able to enter? what time zone are u on? im in hawaii still da 31st over here

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      1. Wendi

        Hey Ryan,
        How Goes it?
        Ive been trying to submit my Bob Marley entry…
        Ive also sent a couple of mails…to the site…am i too late?
        Wendi :)

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    1. ryan

      Hi Wendi, Sorry for not responding. we’ve been really busy and that message slipped through. That song wouldn’t be allowed in the contest as it wouldn’t be approved on the site.

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  21. Thomas Hayes

    Hey I submitted my entry last night about 3hrs behind hawaii at 7:00(California) and it still says “Your comment is awaiting moderation” what does that mean? and says that my comment was entered at Nov 1 at 2:53? I was asleep at that time! lol Am I in the running?

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