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Holiday Shopping Ideas – 2018 (Ukulele Video Play Along Podcast Episode #11)

Well, the holiday season is before us, and you might have a ukulele player in your life, or have non-ukulele players who are looking for gift ideas for you.  As I think through my own ukulele gear, I have a number of items that might be an ideal gift for a ukulele player, at a …

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New Patreon Reward! Holiday Songs

Knowing that a number of teachers would like a holiday-only selection of songs to use for a day, week, or month, I have put all of the holiday ukulele play along videos into a single Google Sheets presentation.  As we create more videos this month, they will be added to this presentation. You can gain …

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Frequency of Chord Use

At the moment, my master list of Ukulele Video Play Alongs is a catalog of 718 songs, not counting the baritone ukulele videos I have been making since this summer. My personal approach is to teach ukulele as an accompaniment, as most players use the instrument in this way, and I have ukulele embedded into …

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Jowoom Smart Tuner Update

This summer I managed to get a hold of a SmartTuner, and the company was willing to sell me two for the price of one.  I posted about that device, and also created a video.  I was contacted by the company shortly thereafter, and was sent yet a third device which had been updated to …

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Update!

Hello!  I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still here.  I have been waiting to post until we are back to playing ukuleles at my school.  We just opened a new school, and we have 71 Outdoor Ukuleles on hand.  The problem is that my room is still not finished, and we might …

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The 2018 Los Angeles Ukulele Festival

As I did last year, I am heading out on Saturday to attend the Los Angeles Ukulele Festival. I fly out early morning and come back late at night, making for a long day, but not missing any school. The flight, via Spirit Airlines, is very affordable-and it will be a joy to attend various …

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My “Renewed” 2004 KoAloha Concert Ukulele

Last Spring, I went to a local used music store to check out a Kamaka Tenor Ukulele that was selling for $800. I went to play it, because you generally don’t see Kamaka Ukuleles in our area (there is one vendor), and certainly not at an $800 price point. It was interesting to play the …

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The Lunatic Cigar Box Ukulele

This summer, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Ukester Brown, a local ukulele teacher/performer/enthusiast.  He loves the the songs of the 1920s, and has an extensive collection of Maccaferri ukuleles (the styrene ukuleles that were everywhere in the 1950s).  I had a chance to see his collection this summer (probably one of …

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Ukulele Video Play Along Podcast

The next episode is out today! https://archive.org/download/UVPP001Intro/Uvpp009.m4a

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