This is an excellent and short tutorial on how to read music. It is only 5 minutes long and offers a good foundation to get started reading music. It is short enough that you can (and should) watch it several times until you understand it.
‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ – The Scorpions
Many in my area have spent the last month dealing with Hurricane Florence. #OverIt
In honor of anyone who has dealt with one, here is a fun hurricane song tutorial by The Ukulele Teacher…
Simple trick to create & learn strum patterns
Free Backing Tracks for Bluegrass, Celtic, Gypsy-Jazz, etc.
If you play a string instrument and like any of these styles of music (Bluegrass, Old-Timey, Celtic, Gypsy-Jazz, etc.) you may like this Website – it offers free backing recordings for playing along with. You can slow down or speed them up.
There is also a section of common Chord Progressions to practice.
This is similar but a little less daunting. It includes the words, but you can’t slow down, etc. https://toneway.com/songs
I use Chrome browser on my laptop and my audio volumes were too soft and so I searched for a solution and found this.
It works great!
‘Beef’ up your strumming with tips from this video…
Library in British Columbia adds 21 new ukuleles for checkout!
“Fraser Valley Regional Library adds 21 new ukuleles to its playground”
“FVRL will celebrate the donation and collection expansion with a Ukulele Jamboree Celebration at the Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Rd, Port Coquitlam, on Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. The event, open to everyone, will include family friendly activities, prizes, and, of course some ukulele jammin.’
The ukulele is small, portable, easy to learn, and fun to play. FVRL cardholders can borrow the ukuleles, free of charge, for a two-week period. Each comes in a kit that includes a ukulele, a soft ukulele case, a digital tuner and a beginner’s ukulele book.”
Isn’t that cool!!!
““Playing the ukulele is so relaxing and beautiful. It’s lifesaving.”
NextAvenue.org posted an interesting article about Senior Citizens and the value of music in their lives. The article was entitled, “Music Matters for Older Adults: Just ask these six people who are in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s”
The title of this post came from Jan Fox’s words. Ms. Fox, 83, in retirement “took up line dancing, which she now teaches, and then a friend suggested learning to play the ukulele. Fox, who lives in Austin, Texas, did just that….”
She even started a performance group.
Read all about Ms. Fox and the other five musicians who just happen to be seniors.
“How to Chuck 3 Different Ways” – One School Music
“How to Get a ‘Chunkier’ Chunk” (Ukulele Webcam Sessions)
Create a ‘Lei’ decoration for the head of your ukulele
Ever seen ukuleles with beautiful flowers adorning the head? Where do people get those!?!
You are in luck! One Music School shares how to make them from inexpensive fake flowers.
Give it a try! https://youtu.be/US-g1dJq8_Q
Here are some other sources:
- Buy a couple hair ties from the dollar store, take them apart and re-string them.
- Buy one from Ukuhappy on Etsy.com
- Buy one from Ukulele Magazine