Uke-ing it up in London

June 3, 2012
London is bustling with activity getting ready for the Olympics in a couple of months and the Diamond Jubilee this weekend to celebrate the reign of the Queen! London looks fabulous with all the Union Jack banners festooning the streets! I kept busy getting to my lesson Thursday with the Duke of Uke, Matthew was a fun teacher who opened my eyes to chord-melody playing. I have much to practice. Whilst there, I got to try about 11 ukuleles in all price ranges and there is a difference when you spend some money. I bought a Mele and am thrilled with it. I had no trouble getting back to the States with two ukes. I had brought one over to play earlier in the week. The Duke of Uke store has a great collection of books, cases, accessories, and banjos, too., I got a cute little amp and pickup that you wear on your belt for busking and classroom work. Can't wait to use it downtown on Saturdays. Maybe next week!

Earlier in the week, I played at the Queen of Hoxton jam. There were about 13 or so people there...hard to see. That was one of the darkest bars I have ever been in. We arrived very late (around 9 PM) but they were going strong. Several young ladies from France were there visiting with a friend. I was made most welcome and did just fine. I did not know a lot of the more modern British band tunes but once through a chorus and verse they were fairly manageable. We had not had dinner and there was no food at the bar (!) so we hopped back to the Tube station and ate from kiosks. I had a great time!!!!!! Ukulele players are the same happy lot the world over!

Practicing and technique

September 16, 2011
Some players have been asking me for technique pointers and practice techniques. I have added a link for the latter. My training with James Hill has included the art of teaching and the how of teaching ukulele but little in terms of technique. We are to find teacher on our own, I believe, to hone our own skills. I grab a lesson when I am near Portland with Marianne Broghan. 

I will incude a Technique Topic at all the coming CUCU rehearsals. It will be fun and informative!

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Ukin' it up!

Achieving Level I and working on Level II pedagogy certification through the James Hill Ukulele Initiative, Sharon is passionate about bringing the fun of bringing music in the lives of all who take up the ukulele. We are all on the continuum of excellence! Pluck on!