Online Song Sources
This is an outstanding video!
Here is the melody line if you need it. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0082781&ref=google
(First seen on Kimo’s Website – http://kimohussey.com/kimo-hussey-ukulele-video-series-left-and-right-hand-technique-combined/ )
Check out the video lists for ‘The Ukulele Teacher‘ and I’m sure you’ll find a video or two (maybe many more!) that you find helpful. Here is an example of his video on ‘Chucking’.
His videos are easy to follow, witty and fun. He also organizes the order of the videos very effectively.
If you have been playing awhile and would like to ‘up your game a little’ check this out…
Aaron and Nicole Keim (The Quiet American *) have just released their new ‘Fingerstyle Ukulele Songbook’. Nicole beautifully handwrites the text! It is available in printed form (for $20 plus shipping) OR for $15 in digital download form.
The accompanying YouTube videos are available at his ‘Aaron Keim’ YouTube channel. You can look at the ‘Fingerstyle Ukulele Book!’ list two different ways – 1) as a LIST which I perfer list OR in a BOX or TABLE.
Note that he has included two versions – for ‘High G’ which is what most of us play AND for those that have physically changed the G string to one an octave lower (you will know who you are if you have done this). The ‘High G’ is the traditional string tuning and is called ‘reentrant’.
Here is the first in the series. Be sure to use the ‘list’ or ‘box’ above to find the others.
Aaron also offers a ‘Clawhammer Ukulele’ book and YouTube videos. Here is the first video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSlmEZUtROo&list=PLA54C42755DA602AC. Clawhammer is a little tricky. If you aren’t an experienced ukulule player you may want to try the ‘Fingerstyle’ book first.
* If you don’t know Aaron and his wife, Nicole, known together as ‘the quiet American’ I hope that you will take the time to get to know them. They are great! From their Website:
the quiet american is husband and wife duo, aaron and nicole keim. a home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments. gathered around a single microphone, aaron and nicole present a concert experience that pays tribute to old time folk music traditions yet strives to connect to a modern audience. dusty back porch or shining concert hall, the quiet american reminds you why home made, hand crafted, american folk music will never fade away.
When you go to their Website be sure to click on ‘Info’ and read about their latest album, ‘wild bill jones’.
Kent Knorr of N.C. Ukulele Academy in Wilmington presents a great showcase of ukulele music on Sunday mornings. You can listen live at
. Can’t listen ‘live’, you can record it and listen to it later at http://dar.fm/ To see the great variety of the songs on Kent’s shows you can take a look at past shows on his ‘Ukulele Holiday‘ Website. The show features a broad sampling of eras, styles and musicians and occasionally Kent will include one of his own recordings. Check it out! It’s a lot of fun!
Here is the first in the series –
Check out the rest – http://www.youtube.com/user/jimdville/videos While you are on Jim’s channel, be sure to check out his ‘3 Questions Interviews’. They are always enjoyable.
Kala is my favorite brand of ukulele. Makala is a less expensive line of Kala. http://pinterest.com/kalabrand/ I particularly like their ‘Interesting Uke Lessons’ board – http://pinterest.com/kalabrand/interesting-uke-lessons/ Check out their other Pinterest boards!
Congratulations! You made a great choice! You’re going to love playing the ukulele.
I’m sorry but I am not currently teaching classes. Don’t despair though, It is real easy. Start with these videos and resources.
Also, here is a good 5 minute lesson –