Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Here Comes Santa Claus - Part 2

OK - now that you are familiar with the chords, let's try putting the whole thing together. Notice that the chords in the last two lines of the verses move quickly - they will need some extra practice but the transition will come.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Here Comes Santa Claus - Chords

Hey there intrepid Ukers!

Here's a video of HCSC that we will preform at the Christmas Assembly. If this goes well, we'll add a few more, methinks. This version just has me playing and naming the chords as I play them.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Here are the first two chords for "Yellow Bird" - D and G. Most useful!

Remember to play on your finger tips and to play just to the left of the frets.
(Notice that my hand position doesn't change much, just the fingers.)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Lesson One - Smoke on the Water

Also known as "Slow Motion Walter, Fire Engine Guy"...

Be sure to play on the tips of your fingers (cut those nails!) - one way to make sure you can do this is to position your thumb directly underneath your second finger.

before we begin...: Tuning your Uke!

Uke Heroes #4 - Jake Shimabukuro

Jake ranks up there with James Hill as one of the best young players. The Ukulele is incredibly popular in Japan and Jake is a major star there. Here he plays a uke version of the George Harrison song "While my Guitar Gently Weeps"

Uke Heroes #3 - Bob Brozman

This guy is like a modern-day Roy Smeck (see post below). A monster on any plucked instrument. Here he is playing a National Steel Ukulele from the 1930s - with an entirely metal body.

Uke Heroes #2 - James Hill

James Hill is one of the best Uke players in the world and he's Canadian to boot! James is from Langley, BC, where the school has had a great uke program for years. Now he lives in Ottawa where this clip was shot.

Uke Heroes #1 - Roy Smeck

Let's start with this fellow - Roy Smeck (the "wizard of the strings") filmed in 1927. He excelled in pretty much all plucked, stringed instruments.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Welcome Millbrook/South Cavan!

Hi Ukulele Clubbers!

Welcome to our own blog space. We only meet once every 5 days - not enough time to celebrate a glorious instrument like the Ukulele, methinks!

So, I've decided to set up this blog. It will basically work like a website where I can:

  • Post Video links for songs and lessons that we do
  • Post music files of songs (TAB - more on that later...)
  • Post links to my ukulele heroes!

We are going to have lots of fun and master some great songs that we can share with the whole school!

Oh Boy!