Today would have been the 71st birthday of George Harrison. This number is allegedly the current top iTunes Beatles’ download. Ukulenny plays a fingerpicking instrumental of Here Comes The Sun:
Yet another free courses website is ALISON. There are over 300 courses available, including an Introduction To Music Theory.
The course introduces the basic concepts and terms needed to discuss melody and harmony. Concepts covered include interval, major and minor keys and scales, triads, chords and beginning harmonic analysis. It’s suitable for adults with no background in music theory but some familiarity with reading common notation and playing an instrument (or singing).
Upon completion of this course you will understand where octaves come from; you will know how to name a particular octave and how to divide octaves into a scale. You will know enharmonic spelling of notes such as sharp, flat or natural. You will be able to identify the pitch of a note, chromatic scales, whole steps, whole tone scales and intervals. You will understand how to classify intervals including perfect, major, minor, augmented and diminished intervals. You will know about ear training and relative pitch, tuning, playing chords by ear, improvisation, recognising intervals, writing music and much more.
(Note – the courses on the ALISON site are free but they charge if you want to have a certificate from them – so don’t bother about getting the certificate!)
Other PLUC music theory postings.
Chris has spotted an interesting series of YouTubes from Phil Doleman, whom he describes as ‘half of the erstwhile Re-entrants, fantastic player and teacher and all round really top bloke’.
Phil is producing a number of Two Minute Tips aimed at beginners. So that gives you time to watch & also to practice his suggestions in your ten minutes.
Here’s number eight - Watch Your Tempo!
As usual, WordPress have sent us a report to show how the site has done over the last year. And if statistics aren’t your thing, do grab our free 2014 PLUC calendar, which contains a handy Circle Of Fifths (our full-sized transposing tool is available here).
- Our website relaunch in June 2012 saw us get 17,000 views that year & a busiest day of Boxing Day 2012 (178 views).
- By the end of 2013, our site had been viewed a further 40,000 times, with the top day being Dec 22 (377 hits), when people were busy checking on PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – The Vote.
- We receive visitors from 125 countries worldwide, mainly from the UK but with the USA & Australia not far behind.
- On the Top 100 Ukulele Sites, we’re rated as number 32 & on Boat Paddle’s Top Uke Sites we’re number 64, which isn’t bad considering we have stiff international competition.
View the complete 2013 report to see our most popular posts & from where our visitors find us.
All the best for 2014 everyone & happy ukeing!
Well, it’s been an exciting & entertaining couple of weeks, with a varied selection of sites & songs submitted by our club members. And some friendly, competitive voting right up until the last-minute!
Many of the nominees got in touch when they saw they’ve been mentioned; they were all very charming & thanked us, which is nice given we’re just a small site (& much farther down the top uke website rankings than most of them).
Our poll has been featured on a number of different sites, from blogs to newsletters, from Facebook to Twitter & we’ve had a good influx of new visitors from them. Plus the usual curious folk who happen by at this time of year because they’ve just received a ukulele for Xmas or are thinking of purchasing one to learn to play in the new year.
- The winner of our Member’s Choice website of 2013 is Ukulele Hunt, which narrowly pipped Got A Ukulele to the post by just two votes.
- And the Member’s Choice song is a 1994 number, covered in 2013 by the pUKEs, Because You’re Young, with a resounding victory over Joe Brown’s rendition of the PLUC favourite from 1982, Ain’t No Pleasing You. Selected tunes were composed between 1878 – 1994, showing our eclectic tastes in the group.
Click on the images below to see more detailed results:
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So, if you’ve just received a new ukulele for Christmas, check out last year’s tips for handy resources, beginners’ sites & local groups (or come & join our free weekly sessions if you’re in London, Kent or Surrey).
If you’re looking to buy a uke, see our guide to good starter instruments. And do check round this site for plenty of articles on playing tips and other useful free websites.
And if you just want to enjoy a bit of uke fun, try out the Ukulele Hunt’s annual Xmas Quiz.
We’re back strumming at the Lewis Club on Tue 7 Jan 2014.
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Seasons greetings to everyone!
Here’s Rocky & Balls’ The Christmas Song Song (& head to the full Ukulele Hunt Xmas playlist if you want more uke festive fun or, if you fancy a jolly sitar take on an old fave, grab this free Magnatune download from Anup):
PS Just a few more days to vote in our 2013 PLUC Member’s Choice Poll. Choose your favourite site & song, as nominated by our club members.