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Podcast #4 - Practise with your eyes closed. Seriously.

podcast Sep 23, 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 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
 

As ukulele teachers, 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...

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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
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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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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, the founder of Uketropolis, the leading provider of online ukulele lessons. 

I'm a lifelong ukulele player,...

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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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Popcorn Introductions And Other Classroom Intros

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.  Popcorn introductions are a fun way to introduce each student in a welcoming way!

By Cynthia Kinnunen - Author And...

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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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Baritone Ukulele Tuning - An Alternate Tuning Method

 

There are a lot of alternate ukulele tunings methods out there, specifically baritone ukulele tuning. So, I wanted to teach my favourite alternate tuning to you!

If video is more your thing, then you can watch our video on...

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