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Ukes for sale

November 25, 2009 4 comments

I’ve decided to sell my brueko #6 soprano which many of you will have seen and maybe played at the ukearist.  The body is made from solid mahogany and it is strung with worth strings which I found suited it better than aquilas.  The action has been lowered at the nut, the body is unmarked and it has a lovely bright and loud sound to it.  £80  to you good folk of the ukearist.

I’m also going to be selling my Rose Brothers ‘Savannah’ banjo uke which you won’t have seen as it’s never made it to the ukearist.  I just don’t play it so it’s going to go.  I think it dates from 1920 or so and is made from maple.  It has V neck profile and sound pretty nice I think.  The action is pretty high at the moment.  It’s up on ebay here.

Of course I can’t just let two ukes go and not replace them with anything, the proceed from these ukes will be soundly reinvested back in to ukuleles, hopefully a vintage soprano if I can find something suitable at a reasonable price.

Pictures to follow at some point…

John

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This guy rocks

November 25, 2009 5 comments

I found this guy on youtube earlier this evening whilst searching for ukulele inspiration and thought he looked interesting – http://www.youtube.com/user/rawuke

He only does instrumental solos it seems but does them wonderfully and he makes it look effortless.

He has to be either – a) a musical genius, or b) someone who just takes a song, dissects it, and practices & experiments for hours on end….

I’m hoping he is the latter! I am wholly inspired! How about you??

Categories: inspiration

Ukulele Festival of Great Britain

November 25, 2009 12 comments

19th – 20th June next year in Cheltenham – http://www.ukulelefestival.co.uk/

I would really like to try and get to this, be great if we could get a crowd of us from the ukearist down there.

Categories: festival

Christmas Busking!

November 24, 2009 7 comments

Tim was suggesting getting a few of us together for a spot of Christmas busking this year, I’m definitely up for this and was wondering who else might be too?

I guess we’d have a couple of practices so that we know what we’re playing and how and then get out there and busk till we drop, bosh!

Categories: Gig

Christmas Ukearist!

November 23, 2009 2 comments

Getting into the festive spirit the Ukearist on the 21st December will have a Christmassy theme and we will play lots, many or exclusively Christmas songs depending on how we feel on the night.  “But where will all of these Christmas songs come?” from I hear you ask.  The Taunton Ukulele Strummers Christmas Song Book is where.  I won’t be printing all of these songs off for everyone so if you’re coming on that night please print off your own copy and bring it along on the night.

If you have any other Christmas songs that you would like to play then please just print off at least 12 copies yourself and bring them along on the night.  If it’s available on the internet and you send it my way I’ll post it up in this thread so that other can practice it before the time.

Might even have a visit from Father Ukemas if you’ve all been good boys and girls!

After the Ukearist will be heading to sofis for traditional Ukearist Christmas drinks, hope plenty of you can make it!

Here’s a few more Christmas songs that I’ve come across that we could have a crack at:

Categories: Chords

Uke Boogie 2nd December

November 23, 2009 Comments off

Edinburgh’s Ukulele open mic night, Uke Boogie is back on again on Wednesday 2nd December from 19.30 to 23.30, full details here:

The best Ukulele open mic night in town.

Happy night hosted by pockets *Kazookeylele Kid* and Alex *Melodica Muncher*.
bring your ukulele and rock out hard style, or play us some calm ukulele to melt our minds!

Play ukulele in one of the best bars in town The Bowery!
“POW POW POW”

********RULES*************
We have a NGA policy, that means “No Guitars Allowed!”
You can play other instruments like mandolin. Or flute.
Or spoons but no guitars!

Visit
http://www.ukeboogie.co.uk

or if its still down visit
http://ukeboogie.mmmfruity.com

I reckon I’ll head down later on the night (got a woodwork class earlier in the evening), anyone else fancy going?

Categories: open-mic

Chunking

November 12, 2009 2 comments

Hi everyone.

This week at Ukearist we looked briefly at the technique for chunking. Click on the following link to view a video tutorial focussing on just that:

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-play-the-chunking-technique-on-the-ukulele-251099/

I use chunking all the time and really enjoy the way that it adds rythym to my playing. As well as a tutorial for chunking there’s a whole load of other useful ‘how to’ videos on there so check them out and have some fun.

Personally, I learn more from watching tutorials than I do from books or just messing around. For youtube we are truly blessed!

Chris

Categories: inspiration, Learning