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Colour-coded musical notes: uke fretboard, tab & musical stave

Rainbow Music Ukulele Map

People learn ukulele & music theory differently, so I was interested to find the Rainbow Music site, which offers free on-line music lessons, basing learning round colour-coded musical notes.

Although you need to register to access the members’ area, once you’ve done so there is plenty to see & practice without needing to buy their paid-for resources: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Southbank Chorus Festival 31 Mar – 6 Apr 2014

Now in it’s sixth year, the Southbank Chorus Festival is the place to be this week for anyone who enjoys singing or would like the chance to improve their voice.

There are lots of opportunities to take part, with free Voicelab warm-up, drop-in and song-sharing sessions held alongside a diverse programme of performances by different choirs. See the website for more details & my review from last year’s festival to find out more.

Jeanette

 

 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

Yet another free courses website is ALISON. There are over 300 courses available, including an Introduction To Music Theory. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Playing Help – Sites & Resources

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

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. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – The Results

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! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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New Uke For Xmas?

English: A Kohala Seminary student poses with ...

English: A Kohala Seminary student poses with her ukulele in this 1912 photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Jeanette

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Darren

I like George Elmes (he’s Irish) because he learns most of the stuff from watching videos. I struggle with it on a piece of paper in front of me.

Check out his video of Roy Smeck’s arrangement of Anton Rubinstein’s Melody In F on YouTube below. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Jos

I think my favourite site has to be Doctor Uke. Not for any special reason or that I think it’s great or anything. Just because it was one of the first I ever came across, it has hundreds of songs on it and it is VERY easy to use and understand.

A favourite tune is a tricky one because I like so many different tunes of different styles for so many different reasons, so I think I’ll abstain from that one if that’s allowed!

All the best.

Jos

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Tina

I have a few and one of them is my son’s favourite. I wonder if you will be able to guess which one that is?

I cannot pretend that I am fluent in playing any one of them but they are where my aspirations lie.  Maybe when I can play them well, my singing will improve too (SMILE).

Thanks.

Tina

V has done a stunning cover version of this one:

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Katrin

Bentley and my uke.

Bentley and uke. (Photo credit: ohthecuteness)

I don’t really have a ‘favourite’ yet, but I’ve recently discovered Ukulele Underground and its forums. I’m a sucker for message boards and can easily waste my whole day on them, so I’m resisting jumping right into the community, and just lightly lurking for a while so I remember I still have a life. Looks like some fun and valuable stuff on there, though!

And if anyone in the group is also into knitting or crochet, Ravelry has a few uke-related forums.

Katrin

 

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