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Podcast #3 - Pinkie on C?

podcast Sep 16, 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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Keep students engaged at home and make practice fun!

pedagogy corner Sep 15, 2020
 

How can we keep students engaged when they leave our classes and help make their music practice fun? 

By Cynthia Kinnunen

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

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Podcast #2 - You're going too fast!

podcast Sep 09, 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 02, 2020
 

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 it...
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Welcome to the Uketropolis Podcast

podcast Sep 01, 2020
 

Welcome to Uketropolis, a podcast with real ukulele answers to real ukulele questions. I'm your host, James Hill.

I'm a lifelong ukulele player, teacher and believer in the power of ukulele to make positive change in the world. I've...

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We'll get through this with music.

james' two cents Aug 26, 2020

 

It's a tough time to be a teacher. Nobody knows what the school year will bring. It could be in-person classes. It could be online lessons. It could be both. Only one thing is for certain: you don't have time to prepare for everything.

You...

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Create a welcoming and engaging space in your virtual classroom

pedagogy corner Aug 11, 2020
 

As with in-person classes, helping our students feel welcome and confident in the virtual space is just as important.  

By Cynthia Kinnunen

By now, most of us are figuring out how to make teaching online work for us in some way....

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Life After "Oh! Susanna"

james' two cents Jun 26, 2020
 

Black lives matter.

On June 7th, 2020 I marched alongside friends and strangers through Truro, Nova Scotia, my 4-year-old son on my shoulders. We listened, we cheered, we cried and we vowed to do better. We promised to learn....

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BEBE Tuning... Revealed!

james' two cents Jun 22, 2020

 

There's been a lot of interest in alternate ukulele tunings lately so I wanted to share my favourite alternate tuning with you.

This is a baritone tuning but if you stick around to the end of the video I'll show you how to apply it to...

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Teaching complex chords on the ukulele

pedagogy corner Jun 16, 2020
 

Once students get a taste of new chord flavours, they will be wanting more! 

By Vinícius Vivas

Have you wondered about how to play and teach complex jazz chords on the ukulele? Or how to make simple chords sound even better?

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