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 vowed to learn. We vowed to take...

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BEBE Tuning... Revealed!

 

There's been a lot of interest in alternate ukulele tunings lately so I wanted to share my favourite alternate tuning with you.

This is a baritone tuning but if you stick around to the end of the video I'll show you how to apply it to...

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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. What I'd like to address in this video is the issue 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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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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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' founder reflects on why the way you feel when you play ukulele is the way you want to feel all the...

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