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PLUC Weekend Workout

There are a growing number of podcasts out there, including some specific to ukuleles and others covering all types of music theory.  The twice-weekly Musicality Podcast (brought to you by the people who run the Musical-U community music training website) is having a Beatles Month for April.

Through a series of interviews they will be talking to different people and analysing how & why the songs worked;  the relationship between music & lyrics; production techniques; how a tribute act goes about reproducing those Beatles sounds and much more.

On the practical side, people are asked to remind themselves of the active listening techniques covered in a previous podcast – which is a great way of encouraging you to pay more attention to the music around you each day and put your musician skills to use in actually noting the instruments being played in a tune, song structures, rhythms, chord progressions etc – and pick three Beatles songs to consider in detail. There will be a live chat session later in the month.

Another exercise suggested on the forums are to make yourself a song interval chart (ie a way to help you recognise the gaps between two notes) consisting purely of Beatle numbers.

Linking nicely with this is Cynthia Lin’s annual Beatles Uke Jam. For 2019, it’s on Sun 14 April and streamed live so folk can join in worldwide. Get the 2019 songbook for free (or make a donation); play along with a recording of the 2018 Livestream & watch some of Cynthia’s lessons on the Fab Four and others.

 

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Twelve Days Of Ukemas – Day Eleven

For Day Eleven, why not try a bit of folk & country music? Richard Hefner’s ezFolk site is another one with masses of free information, from beginners to advanced.

Sections & YouTube playlists include tutorials for a basic uke course; clawhammer; fingerstyle; strumming and a selection of playalong songs & lessons.

Also included is a useful ukulele chords section, showing many variations of chords up the fretboard (plus baritone chord variations).

Here’s Richard with an introduction to the bum-ditty strum – part of his clawhammer course:

 

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All I Want For Christmas…

Festive greetings everybody! Here’s Richard Hefner with a playalong video for I Want A Ukulele For Christmas:

 

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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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Ukulele Playalongs

As it’s my brother’s birthday today, here’s a swift post giving the Number One when he was born – Frank & Nancy Sinatra singing Something Stupid. For your delectation, here’s a strumalong with Stu Kulele:

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Interesting Uke Sites

 

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Ukulele Playalongs

After dancing around to Chris’ rendition of Foot Tapper at this week’s club night, a visit to Ukulele Underground revealed a selection of numbers you can bop to in their video lessons section, such as Billie Jean and Gangnam Style (who says we’re not up-to -date?). Many of these can be found on their Ukulele Play-Along channel, so you can strum along with the UU group.

For starters, here’s the Hawaii Five-O Theme – book ’em, Danno:

 

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Ukulele Playalongs

Anyone who’s ever fancied strumming along with famous musical acts need look no further than the crazy Sheep Entertainment site (Ukulele.nl).

In addition to their Chord Finder utility, there are two different types of uke playalongs – the simple audio ones (found by either clicking on the picture of Elvis in the blue three-wheeler car or on the red Playalong Songs Go! plectrum wherever you see it) or choose Ukulele Playalong, which gives you access to a songlist & over 150 YouTubes, many of them fab old Top Of The Pops recordings.

Ensure you change to the appropriate tuning for your instrument, then you’ll see the chord layouts on a uke fretboard, alongside the chord names & lyrics as you go. Have a fun time!

 

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