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10 Things You Probably Don't Know About the Ukulele

You might know chords and strumming patterns, but do you know these 10 ukulele facts? Uke teacher James W. has some great trivia for you... The ukuele is a universally popular instrument and a fine way to enjoy music together anywhere anytime. So, here's a little food for thought for the next time you're strumming one... The ukulele descended from an instrument called a machete brought to the islands by sailors visiting Hawaii from Portugal. You may have heard that ukulele means “ju … Read More
10 Things You Probably Don't Know About the Ukulele
You might know chords and strumming patterns, but do you know these 10 ukulele facts? Uke teacher James W. has some great trivia for you... The ukuele is a universally popular instrument and a fine way to enjoy music together anywhere anytime. So, here's a little food for thought for the next time you're strumming one... The ukulele descended from an instrument called a machete brought to the islands by sailors visiting Hawaii from Portugal. You may have heard that ukulele means “ju
Audition Tips: 4 Things You Need Besides Talent
So you've been preparing for an audition for a few months, and the big day has finally come. But even if you have the talent to back up your performance, there are a few things you'll need to remember to get on your potential director's good side. Read on as St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. explains...   Auditions can be the most unpleasant part of being a performing artist. But with great preparation and forethought, they can also be the most valuable and exciting part. Aud
5 Exercises for Faster Fingers When Teaching Yourself Piano
So you've started your piano lessons and you're in it for the long haul... but playing the same exercises over and over again is starting to get frustrating. We understand. Listen, no one goes to the gym and does the same routine day in and day out. Why should you have to trudge your way through the same repetitive piano exercises over and over? Teaching yourself piano requires a bit of creativity in this respect. So crack your knuckles, climb down off the top of the piano before you scratch th
Strum Patterns You’ll Need to Play Hawaiian Ukulele Songs
Get your uke and start strumming! Music teacher Christopher S. shares how to play five common strum patterns... In order to play any stringed instrument, such as the guitar, mandolin, or ukulele, you have to learn how to strum it. Strumming is an essential part to playing the ukulele, which gives it that true Hawaiian-Island sound. In this article, I will discuss the different types of strum patterns used when learning to play Hawaiian ukulele songs and also the positioning of the hand
Guitarist Wanted: Life as a Musician for Hire
Your days of bedroom jam sessions are over -- it's time to start your music career and hit the road! In this article, traveling musician and guitar teacher Nick K. discusses his experience with guitar gigs and gives you tips on how to make them successful...   I'm what they call a "hired gun." That's a cool title for what's otherwise referred to as a traveling performer or musician for hire. I've done a lot of touring with a great group called The Three Degrees. They had worldw

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