A Beginner's Ukulele Resource Kit

Handy links to learning the ukulele online.

  • 26th
  • March
  • 2014

Introducing Fullscreen ChordPro Song Editing - UkeGeeks Song-a-Matic

A big challenge for folks just learning how to markup their ukulele songs is learning all those “magic” ChordPro statements: “how do I set the song’s title or artist?” or “how do I make a chorus block?”

This editor can help you do that.

With “syntax highlighting”, “keyboard shortcuts”, and “snippets” the editor (in fullscreen mode) makes authoring music quick and intuitive-ish. :D

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Tagged: uke ukulele chordpro chopro editor songs chords

(via "Off Duty" by JonMeru on deviantART)

(via "Off Duty" by JonMeru on deviantART)

Tagged: uke ukulele StarWars stormtrooper illustration

  • 25th
  • March
  • 2014
rogerwilkerson:

More to enjoy - detail from 1957 Motorola Hi-Fi ad

rogerwilkerson:

More to enjoy - detail from 1957 Motorola Hi-Fi ad

Tagged: uke ukulele hifi motorola 1950s advertising ad vintage

  • 17th
  • March
  • 2014

"Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley", performed by Andrew Robinson. Download lyrics ‘n chords at Uke Ireland & Ukuhooley’s music page.

Tagged: uke ukulele performance Ireland

  • 15th
  • March
  • 2014
Had requests for just the leprechaun with his ukulele, so here ya go! (original sketch here)
(via PizzaByTheSlice)

Had requests for just the leprechaun with his ukulele, so here ya go! (original sketch here)

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Tagged: St. Paddys Day st patricks day uke ukulele leprechaun shamrock

  • 12th
  • March
  • 2014
A George Formby comic? Yup! In this December, 1953 edition of Film Fun, George does some thrifty DIY home decorating.
(via Lew Stringer’s Blimey blog)

A George Formby comic? Yup! In this December, 1953 edition of Film Fun, George does some thrifty DIY home decorating.

(via Lew Stringer’s Blimey blog)

Tagged: george formby uke ukulele comics

Worth it just to hear a primary school kid mention George Formby :D — “Ukulele Fever Hits The UK”, CNN (UK) segment (by Ukulele Nipper)

Tagged: uke ukulele music education

  • 10th
  • March
  • 2014
Leprechaun Dancing & Playing His Ukulele - a quickie St.Paddy’s Day sketch.
(via Pizza By The Slice)

Leprechaun Dancing & Playing His Ukulele - a quickie St.Paddy’s Day sketch.

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Tagged: uke ukulele leprechaun St.Patrick St. Paddys Day Illustration character design shamrock

  • 14th
  • February
  • 2014
Whiled away the hours driving back to LA from Sonoma alternating between plunking the ukulele and doodling on the iPad. This odd fellar’s the result.

Here’s wishing all y’all — single, coupled, or “not sure”/”in transition” — a very happy Valentine’s Day, and remember, ”no one with a musical heart is ever alone” (and “no one traveling with a ukulele player ever does so in silence”)

 (via A Ukulele Playin’ Valentine’s Heart | Pizza By The Slice)

Whiled away the hours driving back to LA from Sonoma alternating between plunking the ukulele and doodling on the iPad. This odd fellar’s the result.

Here’s wishing all y’all — single, coupled, or “not sure”/”in transition” — a very happy Valentine’s Day, and remember, ”no one with a musical heart is ever alone” (and “no one traveling with a ukulele player ever does so in silence”)

(via A Ukulele Playin’ Valentine’s Heart | Pizza By The Slice)

Tagged: Valentine's Day Ukulele uke Illustration heart

  • 10th
  • February
  • 2014

Teaching Kids The Ukulele: UkeGeeks In The Classroom

This awesome trick from grade-school-uke-club-organizer-extraordinaire Charisse totally made my day:

"I host (volunteer) a ukulele club at my kids’ school. I’m teaching 3-5th graders how to play ukulele and I find myself making lots of song sheets for them. [I plan to] “trick” the chord maker into printing blank chord pics above the lyrics. It’s been a good learning tool for the kids to have to write in the fingering for the chords, but my handwritten diagrams are so messy."

OK, that’s awesome! And turns out it’s easily done. Here’s how (see first image, “What’s the Chord”).

{title: What's The Chord?}
{subtitle: Listen to the song and fill-in the chord diagrams}

{define__? frets 0 0 0 0}
{define___ frets 0 0 0 0}
{define1:___ frets 0 0 0 0}
{define2:___ frets 0 0 0 0}
{define3:___ frets 0 0 0 0}

Sweet roll [__?]powder carrot cake [___] pudding [___]tiramisu!
Tootsie roll biscuit chocolate bar [___]sugar plum danish
Apple pie [1:___]candy canes [2:___]lollipop jelly.[3:___]

We can name our chords whatever we wish: here we want some “fill in the blank” spaces so we may opt for just underscores (“____” or “____?”) or numbered blanks (“1:___”) as long as we include a chord definition for them somewhere (we can omit the “finger” information — fingers are always ignored on the zero-th fret/nutte).

To spruce it up I’ve chosen the “Jelly Beans” theme (you can change themes from under the “Appearance” menu — it’s the bottom-most item)

Another option (second image) is to provide chord names and have the students draw the diagrams. To do this we’ll just override the program’s built-in definitions.

Such the clever trick, methinks. And it took about 4 minutes.

(full post)

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Tagged: uke ukulele kids music education ukegeeks chordpro ukeclub