Author Archive: choirguy

Five Below $5 Ukulele: It could have been a player

My five year old son has a Christmas party coming up in the next weeks where he has to exchange a gift valued under $3. While we don’t want to be spend $20 on an exchange gift, you can buy very little for $3 these days that isn’t food (in some places, a bottle of …

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Some play along video advice…

I have been making ukulele play along videos for a few months now, and while I won’t claim to be perfect, I’m pleased with how the videos have changed and developed over time. I have some advice about those videos, so I’ll share them… If you are going to use them in a class, download …

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Kala Color Chord Ukulele

There are a number of teachers that use a color sticker method to teach the basic ukulele chords. In particular, a red sticker shows where to put “C,” green stickers show where to put “G,” yellow stickers show where to put “F,” and a blue sticker shows where to put “Am.” This isn’t a new …

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Patreon

I have decided to start a Patreon account for my work that I do at techinmusiced.com and ukestuff.info.  You can access my Patreon account at patreon.com/cjrphd.  I have set up some reward levels and incredibly lofty goals–but in general, I would like to hear what suggestions you might have for additional content or resources you would …

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Can I talk about straps for a minute?

Early on in my ukulele playing, it became clear that while I could play ukulele without a strap, a strap made it more convenient to play. The strap helped when playing barre chords, and it made it easier to play standing up–which I how I prefer to play most of the time. I initially didn’t …

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What Chords Should You Learn?

I just wrapped up a mini-project that will continue…tracking the repertoire available for ukulele in the Dr. Jill Reese style of ukulele play along videos. I just re-worked the list to reflect the actual videos that are available, as well as to show an abbreviated listing of the chords needed in each arrangement. At the …

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What Do You Do With a Popu!e!e? (Populele Review)

Some time ago, I read about a high-tech ukulele, the Populele, which was a Kickstarter.  I saw articles on The Verge (link) and even from John Atkins, “The Ukulele Teacher” (YouTube link).  It was originally sold via a very successful Indiegogo campaign, and is now for sale directly on the Popband website.  While the instrument had …

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Kmise Concert Ukulele

I purchased the Kmise 23 Inch Concert Ukulele for my wife, as she might be interested in learning some more ukulele with me.  It is an inexpensive ukulele and might be a good starter ukulele for some players. The Kmise is a standard double bout ukulele with a traditional string length of 15”, and the …

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Former Ukuleles: Pono RTSH (C) PC

I bought my Pono in 2016 from a ukulele company that was going out of business.  The owners were a married couple, and the husband was very sick, so they decided to sell their business.  They decided to sell of their remaining ukuleles at slightly higher than cost…and I did the foolish thing and asked …

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