Wednesday, March 31, 2004
"A "how to guide" section where Jake takes the viewer on a tour of his many mind-boggling techniques with plenty of detailed instructions. In Part I, Jake gives away his secrets, from the basics of playing the ukulele to the incredible 10 finger strum Jake Special. In Part 2, Jake gives a thorough lesson on how to play the Beatles' classic, "Yesterday"."Not sure if the DVD is formatted for US players, nor whether it's in English or Japanese. If anyone knows, or has viewed the DVD, please email us! Link Discuss
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
"It's in its baby stages right now - only 8 members! It's for "all things ukulele" - so pretty much anything goes. We help each other out when we have a problem, talk about neat uke news (your blog has already been cited several times!!!) and I hope to see it grow."Free registration here. Link
Friday, March 26, 2004
Thursday, March 25, 2004
"This book is intended for ukulele players who had some experience with their instruments, but would like to increase their musical ability, as well as for guitarists who like to improve their accompaniment skills on the treble strings of the guitar. There exist many excellent introductory ukulele methods, as well as extensive chord dictionaries. Instead, this book is intended for those players who wish to be able to sight read from a fake book, figure out the chords to a song without a chart, create accompaniments to their own songs, create chord solos, extend their chord vocabulary, or further their understanding of harmony."The book's author, Robbert van Renesse, sounds like a swell guy and kindred spirit:
"Robbert van Renesse does not play ukulele for a living. He is a research faculty member of the Cornell University Computer Science Department in Ithaca, NY. Born and raised in Amsterdam, he moved to the United States in 1989 where, among many other activities, he began to play swing guitar. Soon thereafter, he joined the Ageless Jazz Band, a 20-piece big band.Link Discuss
Because Robbert frequently travels for his academic work, he wanted a smaller instrument to bring along and amuse himself on trips, and he discovered the joy of the ukulele. Now Robbert can be seen playing the ukulele almost everywhere, even while riding a unicycle at the Ithaca Festival. (Sorry, no tips on playing the uke on a unicycle are offered in this book.)"
"I wanted to inform everyone that the national Cigar Box Guitar Collection will be on display at the Cigar Box Guitar Festival this May in Kentucky. The Collection contains several antique cigar box ukes along with an original set of plans from 1931. I'm the curator and will be allowing some hands-on inspection for many of these pieces while I give my seminar.Discuss (via Fleamarket Music)
To download the 1931 set of Cigar Box Uke Plans for yourself (free) [follow this link]. The plans are in the FILES section."
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
The Ukulele Workshop Schedule for both Friday and Saturday is now posted on the UkeFest West website - check it out !
We now have Single Day Tickets for either
Friday night - which includes the dinner buffet - and the finest of Ukulele stage performances from 6 'til at least midnight!
Saturday which includes another day of incredible Ukulele stage performances from Noon til 6:30, free ukulele workshops from 10am til 4pm and the vendor show and Ukulele raffle (Many incredible ukes will be raffled away Saturday afternoon.) These single day passes are $45 each, or you can still buy the full event UkeFest West Pass. which also includes many Ukulele workshops Friday during the day.
More Saturday night rooms have been made available at the Coast Santa Cruz Hotel - so if you were unable to get a room for Saturday night contact the hotel again as they right now do have a few more Saturday night rooms - there are still about 12 rooms available for Thursday and Friday nights at the incredible $109 rate - call the Coast Santa Cruz Hotel directly at (831) 426-4330 and see photos of the hotel and rooms here. If you are too late to get a room or would like a lower priced hotel suggestion, please contact me for more info.
If you are a fanatical Ukulele music lover like me, you will be pleased to hear that the musical performance on Saturday April 24th has been extended by a couple of hours (until 6:30 PM or so).
The Coast Santa Cruz Hotel will have one of their meeting rooms open to UkeFest West attendees as a "early in the morning 'til late at night" jamming and get-together location for the entire event! It will be available for Ukulele jam sessions and Ukulele yak sessions from Thursday afternoon until late Saturday night! - and the hotel can provide food & drinks room service to this room for all the hours this service is available - Uke until you drop!!
Hoping to see you all here in Santa Cruz April 22-24.
I checked out the workshop schedule and it’s going to be really tough deciding which session to attend. So spread the word! And buy your tickets now so they can finalize planning for the event.
You can contact Andy via email or via phone: Home (831) 688-3540, Cell (408) 828-2131.
Monday, March 22, 2004
5. My baritone ukulele. My dad gave it to me, and it's what I write with. It's a little smaller than a Baby Taylor and sounds lovely. Hey, if it's good enough for George Harrison!Link Discuss (Thanks, Jim!)
Friday, March 19, 2004
"...Our CD "Royal HawaiianASC is a service by which you can find out what that great piece of music you heard on ATC the other day was, with links to buy associated CDs. Buying a CD through ATC supports NPR, and, of course, artists like John King. Link Discuss (Thanks, Maggie!)
Music," which you have blogged recently, is being
featured on NPR's All Songs Considered this week."
(My apologies to the person who suggested this site to me -- I can't find your email message to attribute this to!)