Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Peter also gave me a bunch of swell swag from the event, including an uke-shaped fan given away by KoAloha.
We talked story for over an hour, and I'll be writing more about the musical mystery that he's trying to solve about his family's ukulele past. Stay tuned! And thanks again, Peter!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Were Young, Maggie," since the lyrics are there, but the student is left to play the chords "by number." (35-Year Method is more like it! Subtitle: "Sweet, But Depressing Songs Loved by People Who Are Now Dead". It also has the quaint distiction of containing heartwarmingly un-PC ditties such as "Massa's in De Cold, Cold Ground" and "Old Black Joe.")
Still, I've kept my copy, and now you can have yours, too. Link
Friday, September 22, 2006
As a little addition to the post below, here's a link to an arrangement of the Marines' Hymn with chords. (They're guitar chords, so ignore the first two strings and you're all set. The key will be off, but if you play by ear, you should be able to hear the melody. Otherwise, transpose to your heart's content!) Link
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Shirley Orlando of Ukes for Troops wrote us with this terrific news flash:
Could you put this story on your web site. I received it in my Email today and starting cracking up. Now we've got the Marines turning in their band instruments for ukuleles. I don't think John Philip Sousa will be turning in his grave, however...he's probably doing the hula!
Love Ukulelia and give the web site to all my new students, and anyone interested in Ukulele.
Ukes for Troops
Here's a snip:
Don't miss all the great photos that accompany this article. They'll give you a real sense of the positive impact that the Ukes for Troops program is having on our brothers and sisters in arms.
The best part is the ukuleles now belong to the Marines. They were passed out to other bandsmen assisting in security duties throughout the area of operations. In little corners all across Fallujah and Habbaniyah, Marines are plucking the sing-song strains of the South Pacific.
“It’s great to be able to play, but better for the rest of the Marines,” Dalberg said. “Someone’s getting the chance to play music because of this donation. Too many times you hear, ‘I wish I could play.’ Here, we’ve got someone giving us instruments to learn how to play.”
“It’s a really nice gesture that someone would do something like that,” Hufford added.
“I enjoyed being able to feel like playing music had a purpose again,” Dalberg explained. “We played and it made people smile and that’s what it’s about.”
So listen up, all you loyal Ukulelia readers: for about the price of a yellow "Support Our Troops" ribbon decal you can send a uke and songbook to a soldier. That's 25 Bucks, recruits. TEN SHUN! Present checkbooks! And that's an order!
PS: I think Sousa would love this (courtesy of
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Our peripatetic pal, Lil' Rev, dropped us a note to let us know that he'll be heading out to the Left Coast for a series of concerts and workshops this fall. Of particular note, sez Rev, is his gig at the Craft & Folk Art Museum on October 14, 2006. Details at folkworks.com. Compete deets about Rev's route will be found on his site. If you haven't yet explored the folk and blues sides of the uke, check out his concerts and recordings. But don't take my word for it. Take it from Pete Seeger (with Rev, at left): "Listen to this! Lil Rev is Great!"
Oh, and I hope to see folks at Rev's workshop at Gryphon Stringed Instruments on October 7th!