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Hawai'i Aloha Arrangement and Lesson

Continuing on with our recognition of the 'ukulele's birthday this week, celebrating the arrival of the Ravenscrag in Hawai'i in 1879, here is an arrangement of the beautiful song, Hawai'i Aloha. Learn it for yourself and teach it to...

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Machetes and Rajãos and Taropatches, Oh My!

from the vault Aug 24, 2021

In this month's From the Vault, we look back at John King's 2008 Ukulele Yes! article, shedding light on some of the early history of the 'ukulele and its predecessors in late-nineteenth century Hawaii.

In a 1922 article published...
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How to Lead a Great Ukulele Jam

from the vault Jul 20, 2021
Though this From the Vault post is from December 2011—nearly ten years ago—the basics of how to effectively lead a jam still apply! As we slowly begin to see opportunities to get back together in person, or even if we continue with...
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Care and Feeding of Your Ukulele

from the vault Jun 22, 2021

From Ukulele Yes! March 2011 (online)

You bought your ukulele to play it. It is made to be used. In fact, a strong argument can be made that playing it will keep it in better condition. Some wisdom for caring for your ukulele in this month's From...

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What Makes a "Teachable" Song?

from the vault May 26, 2021

There's a difference between "a good song" and "a good song for teaching music." This month's From the Vault features our very own James Hill exploring what it means for a song to be "teachable," concluding that when it comes to choosing...

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Seven Point Guide to Why You Should Play the Ukulele

from the vault Apr 27, 2021

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same, except perhaps the price of ukuleles! This month's From the Vault is a true throwback to the original Ukulele Yes! print magazine, with an article from the very first issue in...

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The Cruel War

from the vault Mar 23, 2021

Each month, we'll bring back a post From the Vault that we think is worth checking out again. This month, we share a powerful traditional tune that you can really dig into, whether in your own personal learning or for teaching to...

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What the Heck is Clawhammer?

 

Clawhammer is an old and beautiful playing technique that could change your life.

By James Hill

It probably comes from West Africa and is used extensively in "old-time" banjo playing, a style that developed in 18th and 19th century America...

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