Sunday, August 17, 2014
There is one and only one reason to miss a minute of the fabulous Wine Country Ukulele Festival this year. And that's because you're coming to my ukulele class at Lamorinda Music on September 6.
Yes, I blew it, and scheduled our first class on that Saturday.
But good news! The festival events run from Thursday the 4th through Sunday the 7th. Plus you'll have plenty of time after the class to drive up for the new super-special open mike event Saturday night.
More info at this link.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
A friend of mine mentioned that her niece sang and played the ukulele at her sister's wedding and pointed me to her Soundcloud page. I thought since she was nice enough to point me to the page I'd take a listen. I expected to hear a girl and a ukulele. I did not expect to be completely blown away.
Ever fall deeply in love with a voice at first hearing? I just did.
Sarah Marie Young won the 2011 Shure Montreaux Vocal Competition armed with a baritone uke and the most impressive set of pipes I've heard in a long time. I'm postively intoxicated. Ukulele fans will enjoy her work on Too Late to Say Goodbye, or on Simple Love (video above), but hang around and hear her full range of styles.
I'm cutting this short to go listen to more. Link
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Something's fishy. Invitation extended, check. Personal hygiene attended to, check. Bow tie tied (no clip-on!), check. Uke tuned, check. Pillows swiped from mom's sofa, check. Gentlemanly greeting at the familial front door, check. All the right bait used. Confounding. Link
(Via Uke Hunt, cont.)
Dean Torrence, together with former Beach Boys member Chris Farmer, is leading uke lessons at the Huntington Beach Hyatt now through September 9th, 2014. The class got a nice write-up in the LA Times and you can find more information about workshops and souvenir packages on the Gallery HB website.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Here is part 4 of a 4-part Portuguese documentary on the Cavaquinho, a relative of our favorite 4-stringed instrument. This segment explores the Hawaiian branch of the family. Narration is in Portuguese, but the interviews in Hawaii are in English. Because he's talking to a musicologist and not a reporter, Jake actually has some insightful things to say about the way he thinks about orchestrating strings in his arrangements. Link
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Rhan Wilson calls The Ukelist "THE source of ukulele information for everyone in California and beyond." It's true. Events lists, teachers, classes, classifieds.
If you're on the Left Coast, we highly recommend signing up for Rhan's email feed! Link
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Marc Revenson, aka Lil Rev, is crowdfunding his upcoming Harmonica CD. Rev assures me there'll be plenty of ukulele on the album.
I use Rev's method books with all my ukulele students and recommend them highly! Join me in supporting this big contributor to the wonderfully small world of the of wonderfully small ukulele.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Back in those early days, there wasn't a ton of ukulele information on the web, and Ukulele Boogaloo had one of the first big song libraries. It still does.
Jerrold's gotten busy on some other projects, so it's been a while since he's been able to update Boogaloo. If you've never visited, pop on over. It still ranks high on Google, a testament to Jerrold's vision and effort in building it in the first place.