Ukuleles and mandolins are small instruments, and they behave similar to the clubs used for juggling. So it is no surprise, that ukuleles and mandolins are used for juggling tricks.
Warning: Do not try those tricks with your expensive vintage koa ukulele – if you want to learn this you should try to get some very cheap ukuleles 😉
The German duo extra art has a very special trick with a total of 6 ukuleles. The two jugglers juggle with the ukes and at the same time play the tune Asturias on the instruments. It is almost unbelievable, but you can see it in the following video:
David Cain has made a video with some ukulele juggling trick for the Bushman Ukulele Contest:
David Cain: Ukulele Juggling Tricks
A video with a juggler using a mandolin can be found in the online archive of British Pathé:
GASTON PALMER (issue title SEE HOW THEY RUN)
Chart Hits Of 2014-2015 For Ukulele (Amazon partnerlink)
I have dicovered this video already some time ago, and I heard it again today. La Sexta Basica is a group composed of typical Venezuelan plucked instruments and a singer. They play a very interesting mix of traditional Venezuelan music with a modern sound.
These are very good examples of how to use plucked instruments in a group with a singer. Enjoy the videos!
Pueblos Tristes – La Sexta Basica-Musica Venezolana
“Pueblos tristes” original de Otilio Galindez interpretado por La Sexta Basica en Lunacreciente Studios.Caracas, Venezuela.
La Sexta Básica son:
Guitarra, voz y dirección: Pablo Escalona
Guitarra: José Manuel Cardona
Mandolina y Bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Mandolina y voz: Roselyn Rondón
Cuatro y voz: Lilian Córdova
NOCHES DE PALMERAL – SEXTA BASICA
VALS PASAJE, DEDICADO AL FUNDO PALMERAL, joropo
Aqui esta el indio – La Sexta basica-bandola llanera -pajarillo
La Sexta basica, grupo de musica venezolana contemporanea.
Director, guitarra y voz: Pablo Escalona
Mandolina: Roselyn Rondon.
guitarra: Jose Manuel cardona
bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Contrabajo: Jesus Milano
El Diablo Suelto – Guitar Music of Venezuela CD (Amazon partnerlink)