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Twelve Days Of Ukemas – Day Twelve

05 Jan

Stuart Fuchs is another great performer I found early on with a clear & relaxed teaching style, predictably through some of his Beatle posts. He plays a wide variety of styles which reflect the versatility of the uke – here are links to a few YouTubes with him playing on a couple of road trips (a spot of Bob Marley up a mountain top and Billy Joel in the desert); concerts showcasing jazz medleys and stunt ukulele; followed by some more sedate Bach and Brazilian pieces.

I was lucky enough to attend two of his workshops at the 2018 Ukulele Festival of Scotland (UFoS) – Ukulele Zen (giving practice tips, such as how to play more easily without too much tension) and Fingerpicking Skills – & they were really interesting and useful.

He has lots of free stuff in his store (look in the FREE TABS section – most have videos to accompany them in his YouTube Channel); several different YouTube themes (eg Beginners’ Ukulele; Ask Stu Feature; Ukulele Lessons (weekly)Ukulele Circus Skills; Rockabilly for Uke (containing Rock & Roll numbers – to support the book of the same name); Chord Solo Tutorials (supporting another book); Blues; Jazz; Gypsy Swing etc); some good books (such as Rockabilly for Uke – aka Uke-a-billy) and he also offers Skype lessons.

(Stuart has recently set up a Patreon page and is busy adding extra content there from as little as $2 per month, for those looking to obtain more detailed lessons and techniques.)

Here’s one of his Beatle medleys:

 

I hope you’ve found this short Twelve Days Of Ukemas series informative. People learn differently: whilst some prefer dipping in randomly, others fare better with a more structured approach, or find paying for a formal course or membership motivates them to progress better. With any luck, we’ve introduced you to some new sites and tutorial sources to help you vary and structure your practice so you can improve your uke skills for the New Year!

Jeanette

 

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7 responses to “Twelve Days Of Ukemas – Day Twelve

  1. Catherine Alvino

    January 5, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you so much Janette. I think your site is amazing.
    I met you last year at the Ukulele Festival of Scotland. You stayed in the same guest house as us and you gave me your card. I wish I lived near so I could join your group but I live too far away in Cumbria. May be we will see each other again, who knows.
    Keep up the good work. Well Done!
    With Regards
    Catherine X

     
    • webmasterpluc

      January 5, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Ah, that’s great – I remember chatting to you over breakfast. I’m so pleased you’ve found it useful and thanks again for your kind comments! If you’re at UFoS this year, I’m going again (but that guesthouse was already full when I booked up!). if you’re ever in London, do come and strum with us – we get plenty of visits from folk passing through and the public transport from Central London doesn’t take long. Take care. Jeanette

       
  2. Jane Guernier

    January 6, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Jeanette

    Just to say thanks so much for all the links. Have had a good at quite a few and they’re great. All very different too which is perfect.

    Hope to see you Tuesday.

    Happy New Year

    Jane

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    • webmasterpluc

      January 6, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Jane – Glad they were of interest. I tried to suggest a wide variety to cater for different tastes and playing levels! Cheers and Happy New Year to you, too. Jeanette

       
  3. richard fanning

    January 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for all your tips Jeanette and happy new year!

    These look really useful – I’ll save them and take and rummage through when I’m looking for inspiration..

    I’m working away in Manchester this Tuesday so see you next time.

    Richard

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    • webmasterpluc

      January 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm

      Glad you found them useful, Richard. Have fun trying them out!

      And Happy New Year, too. Enjoy Manchester.

      Jeanette

       

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