Jim D’Ville’s ‘Play Ukulele By Ear: Best of 3 Questions’ with Jim Beloff

Jim D’Ville asked Jim Beloff three questions two of which were of particular interest to me:

-…Do you have any suggestions on learning tunes from songbooks and then committing them to memory?

-Do you have any suggestions on how to move from chord to chord more easily?

There were excellent answers to both. Check out the interview…

Play Ukulele By Ear: Best of 3 Questions: Jim Beloff

‘The Mighty Uke’: A Musical Underdog Makes A Comeback : NPR

'The Mighty Uke': A Musical Underdog Makes A Comeback : NPR
Here is an excerpt from the article:

“I was blown away by the little instrument’s power to bring people together.”

Now there are uke clubs everywhere, Coleman says, and you often see many generations playing together, young and old.

Tony Coleman says he hopes his documentary will help ensure the lasting quality of this big-hearted little instrument, with its ability to create communities of happy music-makers.”

Julia Nunes: anything sounds peppier with a ukulele | Rock | NUVO Newsweekly | Indianapolis, IN

I agree, Julia! Here is a nice article from Nuvo.net on how Ms. Nunes got started with the ukulele…

Julia Nunes “added the instrument (ukulele) to her arsenal by accident. While waiting on a friend to pick out a guitar at a music store, she spotted a small plastic ukulele, which, in retrospect, Nunes now believes wasn’t even for sale. But she picked it up, and songs were flowing out of her before she even left.”

“The timing was perfect. Nunes discovered the ukulele just before she was to leave for summer camp, where she hesitated to bring her guitar for fear it might get damaged by rowdy campers.”

“Since that summer, it’s just been a really great thing to play when I don’t feel like lugging around a big guitar,” Nunes said. “I can take a ukulele anywhere. Even if I write a song on guitar, I can transpose it. I play them both equally.”

“That’s not the only reason she likes the oft-underestimated instrument.

“It has a certain attitude, especially when I’m playing it,” she said. “I play it sometimes ironically. Then sometimes I embrace the plucky, upbeat, cheerful nature of it. It’s easy to apply it to lots of different moods because in some songs it highlights how so much passion and fervor can come out of a young girl like myself or a small instrument like the ukulele.”

Julia Nunes: anything sounds peppier with a ukulele | Rock | NUVO Newsweekly | Indianapolis, IN

CBS News gets up close and personal with Warren Buffett, parent : BusinessJournalism.org Reynolds Center for Business Journalism

I don’t know why but I just love to see even the briefest film segments or even photos of Warren Buffett playing the Ukulele. I guess it is confirmation that if it is good enough for this billionaire it is good enough for me. : ) Seriously, I am impressed with the wholesome approach to money that he seems to have with his children. And his love of music through the ukulele has obviously made an impression on his son Peter. His ukulele playing IS brief on the clip at the beginning and they’re briefly shown playing a duet at 5:38. Enjoy this fascinating interview.

CBS News gets up close and personal with Warren Buffett, parent : BusinessJournalism.org Reynolds Center for Business Journalism

Play Ukulele By Ear: 3 Questions With Tim Mann

Play Ukulele By Ear: 3 Questions With Tim Mann
Jim D’Ville asks Tim Mann three great questions:

1. Do you see the ukulele as primarily an accompaniment instrument to your singing or are you also exploring instrumental possibilities?

2. Are there advantages to learning ukulele first before tackling the guitar?

3. Some ukulele players seem to suffer from LGS (Little Guitar Syndrome), which is a morbid aversion to guitar players. How do you rationalize playing both instruments?

Great interview!