Links and resources
There are too many ukulele sites online to list even a fraction of them, so I will simply list my own site, which has reviews and several links to other sites, as well as listing my favourite ukulele forum where you can get advice, help and more music.
Any list of links is outdated almost as soon as it gets published, because the Internet is always in a state of flux. However, these are some sites where you can listen to or download old 78s, or download additional vintage sheet music.
You should also check YouTube for any song you're interested in. If you can't find the original, you might find any number of cover versions.
Please contact me with any comments, questions or suggestions.
- Ian Chadwick's ukulele reviews
- My blog ● My website ● Harmonica reviews
- Ukulele Underground forum
- Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum
- Internet archive of 78 rpm recordings
- Duke University sheet music collection
- Baylor University sheet music collection
- Collection of 78 rpm recordings
- Turtle's 78 rpm collection
- The Maine Music Box
- USC sheet music archives
- National Library of Australia
- Jazz-on-line 78 rpm recordings
- Lester B Levy collection of sheet music
- Indiana University sheet music collection
- Patsy Monteleone - 100 songs
- 1920s' radio concerts
- Film history: 1920s
- Rudy Vallee.com
- Ruth Etting.com
- Lance White's Ukulele songbook
A few notes on scanning sheet music:
Old sheet music is often very brittle and sustains damage from folding and bending easily. Most home or small-office scanners cannot fully scan a typical page of sheet music laid flat on the glass. I rent time at a local copy shop to do my scanning because their photocopiers double as scanners up to 11 x 17" size (roughly A3).
I scan everything at 300dpi, with front covers (and, rarely, back covers) in colour. Insides are scanned in greyscale. Because the paper has often yellowed through aging, it sometimes requires adjusting lightness and contrast levels to get the best image. I save the files in PDF format and collate the covers and insides, and crop to the edge in Adobe Acrobat.
In my experience, B&W Canon copiers have have better scanners than B&W Xerox copiers because they seem more able to ignore background aging and not fill the scan with grey background. Xerox scans seem to be grainier and murky because the scanners pick up the background more easily. Perhaps this can be improved by changing the settings, but I have not found out how and the local copy shop staff are unaware of how to do this.
I consider 300 dpi an optimum resolution: lower and you can compromise the ability to zoom and the printed clarity. Higher and the file sizes can become very large.
It is helpful to use Acrobat's 'reduce document size' feature after scanning to reduce the physical size of the file. However, if you scan the pages to JPG format instead of PDF, this can reduce the resolution of the pages to the point where they are not very legible.
Also, keep the paper as flat as possible. Shadows at the gutter or along the edges can create problems.