Machetes and RajĂŁos 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.

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

from the vault Jul 19, 2021
Though this From the Vault post is from December 2011—nearly ten years ago—the basics of how to lead a ukulele jam still apply! As we slowly begin to see opportunities to get back together in person, or even if we continue with virtual jams, it's a good time to refresh our skills for leading and participating. Let's go!

As the popularity of the ukulele grows, so does the...

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How To Take Care 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 the Vault blog post, where Gord and Char Mayer—founders of Mya Moe Ukuleles—shared their advice for making sure your instrument is in...

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What Makes a "Teachable" Song On The Ukulele

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 repertoire, you can have your cake and eat it too! 

From Ukulele Yes! March 2011 (online) 

In the Spring 2009 issue of Ukulele...

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7 Reasons Why You Should Learn To 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 1976 on why everyone should learn the ukulele!

Ukulele Yes! Vol. 1, No. 1. (1976). p. 13.

u.ku.le.le - It's a Hawaiian name meaning flea - (uku; insect...

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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 your students: The Cruel War. 

A hit single in 1966 for Peter, Paul and Mary, The Cruel War is an achingly beautiful traditional melody...

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How To Master The Clawhammer Technique

Ready to learn clawhammer with James? His online course Americana Ukulele includes lessons on clawhammer along with a 30-minute "Bum Ditty Bootcamp" play-along practice video! Learn more

Clawhammer is an old and beautiful playing technique that could change your life. Learn how to master the clawhammer below!

This technique probably comes from West Africa and is used extensively in...

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