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It is too good to be true…but it isn’t false…

I just took delivery on two new ukuleles. One is a "custom" Bruce Wei concert ukulele that was $99 plus $65 shipping from Vietnam. The strings are still settling, and I will be removing those strings anyway…so I'm leaving that for now. The other is an Enya Soprano Camp Ukulele. It is currently under $29, …

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Video Play-Alongs

With eight chords in our arsenal, my students are ready to tackle some real music.  (Incidentally, in order: C, F, G, G7, C7, D7 [Hawaiian], Am, Dm). I had forgotten about some of the wonderful resources on YouTube, such as the play-along videos of Dr. Jill Reese and Dr. A.  So I used some of …

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Yet another arrangement…

The next addition to the public domain vocal/ukulele library is Nina which is attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, yet scholars are pretty sure he did not write the song. Nina tells the story about a loved one who has not been out of bed for three days.  It is wonderful that it switches between the relative …

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New arrangement

I received positive feedback about the arrangements of public domain art songs for voice and ukulele at the 2017 Florida Music Education Association Convention.  Tonight I had some time, so I arranged Per la gloria d’adorarvi.  This is another one of the “popular” Italian art songs. This arrangement is a little different, as I wrote out …

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58 Mahalo Ukuleles: Set-Up Complete

As you can read elsewhere on this blog, we bought 58 inexpensive Mahalo MK-1 ukuleles last January as a way to get into ukuleles with my students.  All said and done, we spent less than $2200 purchasing all of the ukuleles and the equipment needed to hang them.  That is less than the price of …

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The obligatory first blog post

Greetings! This is my blog about ukulele stuff (thus the name).  I am a veteran music educator with a background in vocal and instrumental music (tenor and tuba as primary instruments).  I taught choir at the high school level for sixteen years, and for a number of reasons, I moved to a middle school choir …

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