“Astro is an electric soprano ukulele. The body and the neck are composed by two separated parts, molded in composite wood, an innovative and ecologic material, obtained 100% from natural resources…
Thanks to our special patented mechanism, that connects the rotation of the neck to the floating bridge, it is possible to fold the ukulele without releasing or removing the strings.”
WickedLocal.com: Rockland posted “Sounds Around Town: Amy Kucharik makes a lot of music on four strings”
“…Kucharik’s first instrument was piano (“I never excelled at it.”). She then moved on to French horn (“Neither that nor the piano inspired me to be a songwriter.”), then guitar (“That was a slow learning curve for me.”), before meeting up with the ukulele, which has absolutely inspired her.
“What’s neat about the ukulele is that with just four strings you can have a lot of fun with alternate voicings up the neck, and jazzy chords,” she said. “I don’t play the ukulele just to play the ukulele. I play it as a way to deliver the songs that I write.”
The Toneway Project has been around many years but I’ve just learned about it. I’m quite interested because I am addicted to music books and don’t try hard enough to play by ear. I know very few of the songs but I’m learning to play a little better by ear.
Ex: recently I considered buying a ‘glow-in-the-dark’ Makala Waterman and then it occurred to me if it was dark then I couldn’t see my music and couldn’t play any songs. Sad!
You can learn to ‘jam’ by ear. I CAN learn to ‘jam’ by ear. NO songbooks or songsheets. Let’s do it!
“Many think you must get good to play with others. We say it’s better to play with others to get good.” Source: Toneway.com
Marie Claire says that “Actress Madeline Brewer …finds her happy on the ukulele, in the woods, and inside her kitchen.” Source: MarieClaire.com
“Zoie Jones won’t brag about it, but her teammates will implore her to play (her ukulele) more…
Jones started playing the ukulele…
as a way to relieve stress during a hip injury…
that cost Jones a full year of eligibility couldn’t keep her down. It allowed her to grow as a soccer player mentally … and it gave her an added talent in the ukulele.”
A quote from the NY Post article, “Watch the queen’s favorite ukulele band cover ‘Highway to Hell’:
“They’ve plucked their way into Windsor Castle, Carnegie Hall and China. Now, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is tinkling across America with a set list Tiny Tim never imagined: a mix of Tchaikovsky, Nirvana and “Highway to Hell.”
“And that, says one longtime orchestra member, is partly what makes the little uke so great…”
“Grace VanderWaal became an instant star at 12 years old. She won a season of “America’s Got Talent” in 2016 by showcasing her original songs and raw singing ability…she’s already got a signature instrument. Inspired by a family friend, she taught herself to play the ukulele by watching videos online.”
Ukulele Underground proposed the question – “Have you ever wondered, how the heck do people read tabs?” and then introduced Dominator (of Dominator’s Uke Tabs) to explain the basics of reading ukulele tabs.
On a metronome you set the ‘BPM’ or ‘Beats Per Minute’. Occasionally the BPM is marked on music.
If you don’t know the BPM you can determine it using one of many apps or by using TempoTap.com. Here is what you do…
Determine the BPM of a song’s tempo.
Use the space bar to tap each beat. The BPM (beats per minute) will be automatically computed to determine the tempo of a song. The more beats you provide, the more accurate the resulting BPM will be.
There are separate directions for using touchscreen.