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Santa Rosa students to share stage with renowned ukulele band

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Excited for their lesson to begin, a group of Santa Rosa kids couldn’t resist plucking the strings on their ukuleles while their music teacher made his way around the room and tuned their pint-sized instruments. For most of the two dozen children participating in the after-school program at Bellevue Elementary in southwest Santa Rosa, it was the first instrument they …

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Ukulele Madness

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Well since we did not get any snow, and I do mean zilch, nada, none, and all around us here in New York, everybody else did, I am putting all my ukuleles to work with some island strumming, in hopes that it will come.  I know, be careful what you wish for, but I like the snow, so this is …

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6 reasons why ukulele is the best travel instrument

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Ukulele has been recognized as the “somewhere over the rainbow” instrument for years. After being created by delighted Portuguese immigrants in the late 19th century, it quickly became known as the happy tropical instrument all over the world. You’ve probably already imagined or dreamed of hearing this gleeful sound being played on paradise Hawaiian beaches, or while you’re chilling with …

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Sadly a ukulele is for life and not just for Christmas

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Christmas was only a month ago, and already it seems like a dim, distant memory. But its legacy lives on at Shoogly Towers, where one extremely inspired Chrimbo prezi makes an almost daily appearance. Sonically. Yes, it is something which makes a sound, rather than just an appearance. It is a ukulele. Cue the George Formby jokes. Which would not …

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Coastal Character: Ukulele Player Taimane Gardner

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Photo by Linny Morris “When you say you play ukulele, most people think you just strum a couple of chords,” says Taimane Gardner, Hawaii’s 26-year-old ukulele virtuoso. “They don’t understand that you can take it and rip on it.” Moving her fingers at lightning speed, Gardner plays the chords of Bach, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin on her five-string Kamaka …

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The Revolution on Uke: Is the Ukulele the Next Instrument of the Punk Rock Revolution?

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The ukulele may cause you to conjure up images of a luau, full of fake tans and ugly shirts, where people sing along badly to covers of “Tiny Bubbles” or “Somwhere Over The Rainbow,” and in fact, that’s pretty decent vision of the instrument’s origins. Developed in the 1880’s inHawaii as an interpretation of the small guitars carried by Portuguese …

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Technology Resources for Ukulele

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As my ukulele launch in my middle school choir program draws near (either February 5th or 8th), I have been preparing for that launch. I am choosing to create my own method of teaching ukulele rather than to follow existing methods (e.g. Hal Leonard and Alfred). That said, I do have an eye on those methods as I plan. While …

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Hawaiian Ukulele History

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The ukulele sometimes abbreviated to uke, is a chordophone classified as a plucked lute; it is a subset of the guitar family of instruments, generally with four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The ukuleleoriginated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajão, small guitar-like instruments taken to Hawaii?i …

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Ukulele Chord Changer Review

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Recently I got my hands on a Ukulele Chord Changer from Troubadour Music. For those of you that don’t know, a chord changer is a device that straps on to the neck of your ukulele and allows you to play chords at the press of a button. My initial interest in the Chord Changer was sparked when my dad asked whether …