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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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Engaging students with composition

pedagogy corner May 18, 2020
 

We are always looking for new ideas to engage our students and what better way than to bring their own creativity into the mix?

by Cynthia Kinnunen, a Music Educator from Guelph, Ontario who's part of Team Uketropolis, offering...

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How To Improvise On The Ukulele: Teachers Tips

pedagogy corner Apr 14, 2020
 

This post explains how to teach students how to learn to improvise on the ukulele! These are formidable times for music educators. Many of the teaching strategies, motivational techniques and rules of engagement for face-to-face music...

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Avoiding Teacher Burnout in the Online Era

james' two cents Apr 06, 2020
 
 

For those of us in music education, this is a time of rapid transition from face-to-face teaching to online teaching. This brings exciting new possibilities but also new challenges for teaching online ukulele classes and any other kind of...

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Working cooperatively to develop tone

pedagogy corner Mar 09, 2020
 

These days, many adult players are looking for more than just ukulele lessons. Sometimes they don’t know what ‘more’ is, but they know they want it. I believe that a place to start is helping students to identify what to...

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Two ideas. A million possibilities.

james' two cents Mar 04, 2020

 

In 2002 I released my first album. It was called "Playing it like it isn't" and I recorded the whole thing in my dorm room. That was the start of my career as a musician.

At that time there was no YouTube and the third wave of ukulele...

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How To Properly Hold A Ukulele: Ergonomic Tips

pedagogy corner Feb 11, 2020
 

Just as athletes have a stretching and warm-up routine, ukulele players should consider posture, ergonomics and warming-up for ourselves as we engage in music-making!  Here's a quick guide to warming up as a ukulele player and tips on...

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Ukulele is a Cheap Vacation

james' two cents Feb 05, 2020

 

They say that firewood warms you three times: once when you're chopping it, once when you're stacking it and once again when you're burning it. Your ukulele is a lot like that.

By James Hill

Your ukulele warms you three times: once when...

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JHUI: Big Changes Ahead!

james' two cents Jan 15, 2020
 
 

There are big changes ahead for JHUI.  What are they and when will they happen?

By James Hill

It's been almost a decade since my dad and I developed the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (which most of us now call JHUI).  The idea was...

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How To Start A Song Right!

pedagogy corner Jan 10, 2020

 

One thing is for sure: the hardest part of doing anything is getting started.  Music is no different. 

By James Hill, founder of Uketropolis, online ukelele lessons.

How many times have you had trouble getting a song...

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