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Let’s Sing It Loud! (Or Soft!)

pedagogy corner Nov 11, 2020
 

Whether we’re trying to get a room full of 11-year-olds to belt out Rocky Mountain, or coax a group of adults to join in with Up Above My Head, some of the same activities and approaches can help! 

Our students have no...

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Podcast #10 - Suspense

podcast Nov 06, 2020

The feeling of... suspense.

It's early in the morning on November 4th, the day after the U.S. election. And there's a feeling of suspense in the air all over the world. Here in Nova Scotia, Canada, we feel it too. What is that feeling of...
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Podcast #9 - Eve Goldberg Interview

podcast Oct 28, 2020

The first Uketropolis interview! Meet Eve Goldberg, musician, activist, teacher and songwriter. Find out more at www.evegoldberg.com.

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Calming Ukulele Songs To Soothe And Heal

pedagogy corner Oct 19, 2020
 

A selection of calming ukulele songs designed to soothe and relax! We all know that music has a lot of power. It can influence our mood, our mental health, our physical well-being, improve brain function, strengthen motor skills… the...

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Podcast #5 - Searching for the key

podcast Sep 30, 2020
 

1) Why rolling a chord can save your bacon. 2) Why The Ukulele Way is colour-coded and what the colours mean. 3) How to "sleuth out" the key of a melody when you only have the notes to work with.

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James P. on "Lesson 5: Streets of...
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Podcast #4 - Practise with your eyes closed. Seriously.

podcast Sep 22, 2020
 

1) If you're busy learning the ukulele online then this is why you should practise with your eyes closed. 2) Simple music theory that can really help. 3) The two ways – yes, there are only two – to create chord-melody...

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Podcast #3 - Pinkie on C?

podcast Sep 15, 2020
 

1) How to tune ukuleles in the time of COVID? 2) Why use your pinkie to play the C chord? 3) What chords are you using to accompany the C scale?

Susan on "My Open Strings: Highlights"
I am starting with my grade 9s tomorrow. I tuned them...
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How To Motivate Music Students To Practise

pedagogy corner Sep 15, 2020
As ukulele teachers, how can we keep students engaged when they leave our classes and help motivate them to practice? 

You’re working harder than ever to bring learning to your students, whether in physical classrooms or online....

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Podcast #2 - You're going too fast!

podcast Sep 08, 2020
 

1) How can I follow along when you're playing too fast? 2) How are you strumming in Booster Uke? 3) What part of the finger is hitting the strings on the down strum?

John on "Lesson 3: The Jazzy Twins"
When you're playing Lil Liza jane fast...
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Podcast #1 - How do I know when I know it?

podcast Sep 01, 2020
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In this episode: 1. How to know when it's time to move on to the next lesson. 2. Can a C chord be a C chord even when it doesn't look like a C chord? 3. How to navigate easily between all six levels of The Ukulele Way online.

JP asks:
Is...
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