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Ukulele Bonanza Magazine

Many of you will already be familiar with the excellent UKE Magazine, produced in the UK by World of Ukes, and Ukulele Magazine, an informative US publication, with useful online articles on their site which contain plenty of playing tips.

Recently, the free Ukulele Bonanza e-zine has been launched by Shelley & Pete Mai, along with many supporting contributors. The first issue was January 2019.

The February 2019 issue is now out & contains an eclectic mix of articles in its 56 pages, such as what it’s like to attend a ukulele festival & how to set one up; a Travis picking lesson; performance tips from Ukester Brown; setting up the Original Ukulele Songs portal, along with a selection of artists on there; songwriting tips, including an analysis of the different sections in songs; playing classical music on the uke; music education and the uke; several stories of how people started playing or making ukes and more. They mix audio & video in with the text, which works nicely.

It’ll be interesting to see how it develops over the next few months.

You can subscribe here for future issues.

 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

Sometimes people get a bit daunted at looking at sheet music or playing along to it. The fun TED-Ed animation below from Tim Hansen is a good way to see the basics without having to delve into too much detail.

After watching through, you could initially practice using a few tunes you know well. Try concentrating on the rhythm first and think about the pitch (ie the notes on the fretboard) later.

If you pick a simple familiar piece and look at the music whilst listening to it, you can follow the notes before even trying to keep up playing.  YouTube handily lets you slow the speed right down in the settings feature.

We have links to other quizzes and different ways of learning more about reading music and the basics of music theory in other articles to help you widen your skills. Plus more PLUC Weekend Workouts.

 

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