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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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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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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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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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Benefits Of The Ukulele

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, there are unique and special benefits to playing the ukulele,...

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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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The Transformative Power of the Ukulele

james' two cents Dec 31, 2019

 

Ukulele is a transformative instrument with the power to change lives for the better.

Happy New Year wishes from James!  Uketropolis online ukulele lessons founder reflects on why the way you feel when you play ukulele is the way you...

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How To Master The Clawhammer Technique

 

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 "old-time" banjo playing, a style that...

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