Video Play Along Lists Updated!

While I will not post updated lists in a blog post, I will post when I have updated them.

I updated the lists today.

If you go to my Video Play Along page, you will find a list of videos I have created, a list of my 365 project, and three lists of the “universal” collection by title,

We’re up to 242 songs.  Please let me know if you ever find a broken link or a missing file.

My most recent videos include Grace VanderWaal’s Moonlight, Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, and Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are.

This is my last month of freedom before the school year starts, so if you have a request, please let me know.  It would be helpful to know if you have a source video to work from, and any special requests (KIDS colored strings diagrams?  Simplified chords?  A different key?).  I found a new listing of easy songs today that I will be working through–so I do have some things to keep working on.

And again, these videos are fun for me to work on. They combine a love of the ukulele, a love of technology, music analysis, and creativity–and it is wonderful to end with a video that looks good and that can be used instructionally or in public play along venues.  So, please, if you have requests…let me know.

I will also keep working on the 365 project…much more slowly, although the next 4 to 5 songs are pretty easy.  As I look ahead, I don’t know some of these songs at all!

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Ukulele T-Shirts

This is a post about something for sale…

Earlier this fall, we attempted to make a ukulele t-shirt as a fundraiser for our choir program and Ukulele Kids Club, and that didn’t work out.  The shirt apparently cost too much with the donations attached, and people didn’t like the artist’s name in the logo (see the Ukulele Typogram at http://aaronkuehn.com/art/ukulele-typogram)

I still wanted to offer a ukulele shirt, so I asked our local graphic artist to take a t-shirt that used to be on the former UU store (based off another club’s shirt)…and to lightly tweak it for our school.

The end result is the shirt that appears below. It is a black t-shirt that has half a ukulele in green on the top (this was the tweak), plus the Ukulele in white (school colors are green and white).

We ran a small batch of these, and in order to meet a minimum order, we have some extras. Currently (adult male sizes): 5 small, 3 medium, 5 large, and 3 XL.

The shirts are Next Level brand, and are 60% cotton, 40% polyester. $9 covers a shirt (set-up, printing, and shirt itself), and shipping in the United States in a USPS Priority Envelope is $6.85…and PayPal is $0.77.

So…would you be interested in a ukulele shirt for $16.50? Send me an e-mail (techinmusiced @ g m a i l.com, without the spaces), and I will send the e-mail address for PayPal payment to our choir booster account.

Also…if anyone wanted to buy more than one, it would lower the cost…I might be able to get two or three shirts in one package.  I will update this post if all the shirts are sold.

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I Have a Ukulele…I’m Famous! (Not really)

I listen to the Tony Kornheiser Show (now exclusively on podcast). Every day they feature songs and “jingles” from listeners. A couple of weeks ago, a listener in Cincinnati, Ohio (Tony Beeson) submitted a humorous jingle entitled, “I Have a Piano,” where he simply records himself singing and playing the piano. You can hear that at the TK Jingles site:

http://tkjingles.com/2469.a

That jingle has taken off like crazy on the podcast–it was hilarious–and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So I transcribed what I heard (multiple keys) and brought it all back home to a tonal center (F).

I submitted the result with a note to the Tony Kornheiser Show on Sunday night. The jingle was played TODAY (12/13/2016) around the 32:30 mark, where Tony read my complete note to him on the air. I don’t have a link to the audio from the show (you can bet that I’ll keep it)…but you can hear the jingle itself on the TK Jingles site, too.

http://tkjingles.com/2485.a

That makes it a fun day!