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Ding Dong Ukuleles On High

Deck Your Uke For Xmas - see how at The Instructables website

Deck Your Uke For Xmas – see how at The Instructables website

At this time of year, some folk rejoice in the sound of Christmas tunes gaily ringing out from every store & the rest of us do our best to avoid even going to the shops from mid-October, when the Xmas season now appears to start!

In case you are looking for an excuse to get out your uke in the bleak midwinter, Jacqueline has noticed there is a Ukulele Carol Jam – Fri 19 Dec 2014  at The Hill Station (Telegraph Hill, Kitto Road SE14 5TW) as part of their Friendly Friday series of community events. Hosted by Sheridan James (aka the Uke Playing Rev, from St Catherine’s Church, New Cross), there are two sessions – the Kids’ Jam from 4pm – 6pm for 4 – 12 year olds & a second one for 12+ & adults, 7.30pm onwards. Contact The Hill Station Cafe for more details.

If you fancy rocking around the Christmas tree, our annual PLUC Xmas Strumalong for past & present members is happening on Tue 16 Dec 2014.

And if you’d like some further festive open strumming sessions instead of having a silent night, for a good round-up of London’s uke clubs & events see The Mighty Ukulele listings pages and monthly mailshot for where you can jingle your bells. Or go out for a pizza instead (deep pan, crisp & even).

Mele Kalikimake.

Jeanette

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

Tyler Austenfield, from Ten Thumbs Productions produces several free uke lessons every week, from how to play various songs from beginners to intermediate level and different techniques, such as fingerstyle, blues & chords (barres, progressions etc). A section on music theory is planned soon. Here is part one of his recent fingerstyle course:

 

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Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19th

International Talk Like A Pirate Day - Sep 19th

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – Sep 19th

Avast ye land-lubbers. It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day again!

Here be cabin boy Andrew Foy handsomely strummin’ a version of Ukulele Hunt’s tab for the Pirates Of The Caribbean Theme (He’s A Pirate).

Shiver me timbers (or should that be timbres)!

Long Jeanette Silver

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

Here’s a fun lesson from the excellent Stu Fuchs (aka Stukulele) talking through moveable chords & playing syncopated Afro-Latin rhythms. He gives some  nice tips on how to play lightly to avoid those hand cramps & also a few useful ways to keep the beat, including singing along with your metronome:

 

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Ukulele Playalongs

I found a new site of playalong tunes yesterday which allows you to search a huge number of YouTubes for artist or song title. It then automatically generates the chords for songs, which synchronise along the bottom of the screen so you can strum in the same key & accompany the original.

Called Riffstation, it’s only in a beta version at present & is based round their paid-for guitar software (which has a lot more features). You can switch it to ukulele (or guitar or piano). It puts the chords down the bottom of the screen & chord diagrams on the right hand side. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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May The Fourth Be With You

My only excuse is that my friends & I have been racing to say this phrase to each other first on this date since the mid-eighties (ie well before it became a well-known gag). It’s the repetition that makes it funny…

Here’s  the sebi next door with a ukulele arrangement of  the Star Wars Main Theme by John Williams:

 

 
 

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UkeTubes

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:

 

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