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Rag That Uke!

from the vault Feb 23, 2022

 

What Is Ragtime, Really?

When most of us think of ragtime music we think of Scott Joplin’s piano rags and the music of his generation (ten years either side of 1900, say). But the basic style is older than that and there’s...

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Is It OK To Play Ukulele With A Pick? (And Other FAQs)

pedagogy corner Feb 16, 2022

As ukulele teachers and leaders, we get asked a lot of questions, many of which are common across our classes and groups. This month we’ll offer some ideas for a few frequently asked questions you might hear in your classroom or group. ...

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Snow Shovel Blues

from the vault Jan 28, 2022

This From the Vault throwback feels just right for this time of year—in the northern hemisphere, at least! Enjoy James' student-friendly blues tune, Snow Shovel Blues

 

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The Advantages Of Online Teaching - Ten Amazing Reasons!

pedagogy corner Jan 18, 2022

 

Despite the obvious challenges, there are some good things that have come from this push to online teaching during the pandemic, as well. Let’s kick off the new year acknowledging some of key advantages of online teaching as ukulele...

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Why Improving Your Playing is the Most Enjoyable Way to Improve Your Teaching

from the vault Dec 20, 2021

This year-end From the Vault post harkens back to a holiday season article James crafted for a 2009 Ukulele Yes! issue. "After the rush and bustle and before school is back in session, take some time to play ukulele for your own enjoyment. Here's...

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Holiday Helpers! Musical activities for in-class or at-home

pedagogy corner Dec 07, 2021

 

Looking for something to give your students during the final days of classes before the holiday break? Or perhaps a take-home project they can work on? The Uketropolis Team has a few ideas to help keep your students busy! Or if...

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The Chameleon Chord

from the vault Nov 23, 2021

Break through that beginner's plateau with this all-too-often-overlooked chord shape. Learn how one chord shape can function as three different chords!

A jump back to September 2010 in this month's From the Vault where James shares...

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Do You Have Holiday Jamxiety? - Jam Session Nerves

pedagogy corner Nov 17, 2021

The holidays are approaching and with that (ideally) comes opportunities to make music together, lifting spirits and connecting our festive hearts. But who’s going to start the music-making once the big holiday dinner is done?

Being the...

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Ukulele Lowdown: Adding a bass to your uke group

from the vault Oct 27, 2021

It ain't a party 'til the bass shows up! Uke/bass player Steve Boisen walks you through the essentials of adding bass to your group/jam including pointers on instrument selection and finding the right person for the job in this month's From the...

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When Things Go Off the Rails: Rolling With It

pedagogy corner Oct 19, 2021

We all have moments in our teaching when something just doesn't go as planned. In fact, sometimes an entire online lesson can feel like it goes off the rails. How can we plan for when things go wrong in our online teaching?

I recently had an...

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