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PLUCking Ukes – Free Fingerpicking Lessons

Brett McQueen, from the excellent Ukulele Tricks site is offering a free three-week Fingerpicking Tricks Mini Lesson Series to subscribers on his mailing list & PLUC website readers. For any of you that have followed his free videos or enrolled in his Strumming Tricks onine course, you’ll know he’s a very clear & articulate teacher.

He says:

One of the most beautiful and exciting ways to play the ukulele is by fingerpicking…

…Over the next 3 weeks, I (Brett McQueen) will be sending you weekly videos lessons and downloadable content directly to your inbox teaching you how to fingerpick the ukulele… for free.

I selected some of the best video lessons from the Fingerpicking Tricks online video lesson course and give them to you to help you get started with fingerpicking the ukulele.

In this step-by-step, easy-to-follow 3-week lesson series, learn:

  • How to fingerpick the ukulele in a relaxed, smooth manner with correct technique
  • Learn to play the ukulele as a solo instrument
  • Play expressively and find your “voice” without singing
  • Get in-depth video instruction, sheet music, and tab showing you how to play three unique songs in three different fingerpicking styles
  • And much more…

If you’re looking for step-by-step, easy-to-follow lessons and are willing to put in at least 15 minutes of practice per day, then, this is just for you.

The course starts Mon 29 June 2015. Should you wish to enrol, make sure you complete the registration form by Sun 28 Jun, 11:59pm EDT.

 

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As it’s Father’s Day, here’s Ken Middleton & Alex Holmes with their arrangement of Father & Son by Cat Stevens:

 

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Electioneering

Do get out & vote today, folks! Here’s the Martini Encounter with I Predict A (Political) Riot:

 

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Happy Pi Day!

Well, it is if you use the US date format, as today is 3.14.15 – which is the first few digits of the mathematical constant, Pi. As I haven’t snuck in any puns lately, here’s a lovely instrumental rendition of the Don McLean classic, American Pie, covered by Matthew Richards. Hop over to Ukulele Hunt to hear Woodshed play Pi on the ukulele & read how it even caused a legal battle.

Jeanette

 

PS I’m not quite sad enough to schedule this to post at 3.14…

 

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Happy 2015!

Top Referring Sites 2014

Top Referring Sites 2014

Our free downloadable PLUC 2015 Calendar shows the movable major chord shapes for year-round reference, in a handy diagram from UkeGeeks.com. Thanks to Buz for kindly tweaking the layout for us! (He also runs PizzaByTheSlice, which contains many uke-related designs & is well worth a look.)

Here are this year’s WordPress statistics & a recap of last year’s ones. We’ve had around 53,000 hits this year (compared to 40,000 in 2013), with visitors from 123 countries. Apart from our regular subscribers, people are looking for free songbook resources, music theory articles & uke playing tips. Aside from finding us through search engines, places like the Mighty Ukulele advertise us so that people looking for a local group know we exist.

If you’ve only just got a uke, do check out our newbies’ guide or just browse the site, as we cover many free resources useful to beginners & intermediate players.

 

Top Ten Top Articles of 2014 (with link to page) Views in 2014
1) Home Page – main home page, with the latest articles 24,650
2) Songs & Songbooks – from around the web 14,868
3) Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners – Chris’ introductory guide to music theory 1,851
4) Transposing Tool – PLUC’s Circle of Fifths 1,655
5) About Us – info about our free weekly strumming sessions 811
6) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (3) – ways to put chord charts on your songsheets 758
7) Joe Brown – The Ukulele Album – details & play tracks from his official YouTube channel 619
8) Find Us – where we play, directions & customised TfL Journey Planner 546
9) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (1) – chord charts & circle of fifths 494
10) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (4) – Uncle Rod’s chord self-assessment, ukulele boot camp & disposable song-learning method 435

For those of you in or near London, we hold free weekly jamming sessions in Lewisham & welcome folk of all levels. We’re back at The Lewis Club on Tue 6 Jan 2015. Hope to see our regulars, past members & some new folk there!

Jeanette

WordPress Stats Reports: 2014 – 53,00 hits; 2013  – 40,000 hits; 2012 – 17,000 hits (website redesign & relaunch by Jeanette – June 2012); 2011 – 2,100 hits.

 

 

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Radders’ Christmas Message

Ukulele Christmas - Ballard C Boyd's first Xmas album

Ballard C Boyd’s first Xmas album

A number of years ago I came across a link to a homemade Christmas album A Ukulele Christmas 2005 by a chap called Ballard C Boyd. He is a director / singer-songwriter.

The album was free to download. The inspiration behind this idea was to record himself singing festive songs – some penned by himself or pastiches of existing tunes – and make a Christmas present for his family and friends. He has subsequently kept this tradition, producing a further nine short albums. The 2014 one is called Pretty Paper.

Anyone at PLUC and beyond with a hint of Christmas cheer, go and listen to his Christmas albums. There’s a taster for you below.

If you don’t yet have a uke (and don’t get one for Xmas!), perhaps this will inspire you to buy one and join a local ukulele group.

Happy Christmas and New Year.

Radders  x

 

 

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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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