Welcome to Ukulelear

Back in 2005 I brought a Roy Smeck ukulele to school. Kids were intrigued and wanted to try to play it themselves. The sound was pretty cool with just a few simple chords. Within a few weeks kids had bought their own Mahalo ukes and started to really enjoy playing.

Since that first ukulele group the Cal-Mum Uke club has had about forty students join-up every year. It has been a joy to teach in a school that is filled with the plinkety-plunk of the uke music.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Mail Call

I just got my "Play Ukulele By Ear" DVD from Jim D'Ville in the mail
this afternoon. I've really been looking foreward to watching what Jim
has to offer so I can start passing this information along to my 5th
grade uke club kids.
I kept thinking about ordering Jim's lessons, but kept putting it off.
After following all his success in Australia I knew it was time to
order. However, after being contacted by Jim in regards to his fall
tour of the North-East, Jim sent me a complimentary DVD to get the
ball rolling - what a great guy.
I'll be posting more about my attempts to use Jim's method with my 5th

Saturday, March 13, 2010

You in Shadows (ukulele song)

Just another song I wrote and recorded at the end of the school day.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Conquest of 50 (a uke Odyssey)

About five days ago Terry Hardy signed up on Twitter as 50StateUke, and I thought that is seemed like an interesting moniker. So, I followed his tweets and told him I thought the idea of playing ukulele in all 50 states was an ambitious one; because I was having trouble just playing my ukulele at home. He contacted me to clarify and share the broader scope of, what already seemed to be a monumental task.

Terry Hardy:

My plan is actually a little more complicated than I can state in 140 characters.  I am planning on learning every state song (or at least one - some states have more than one) and play them on ukulele at each state capitol. I researched the songs, and have transcribed them for uke.  I have played so far in Phoenix and Honolulu...only 48 more to go :)  I am going to do it in pieces, with multiple road trips.  Some trips will be this year here in the west (I live in Denver). I have pictures to document it, and have some video from Hawaii (I plan to video each one).  A web site will be forthcoming with me playing these songs once I learn them, and documentation as it comes along. I hope to play on my Pono concert uke (for work I take my Risa travel uke).
Anyway, that is the crazy plan.

Whoa! The word ambitious just doesn't seem to apply well to Terry's monumental plan. If you're on Twitter, I would suggest signing up to follow 50StatesUke, and become part of the Corps of Discovery in state songs on the uke.

Good luck and Godspeed Terry!

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