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Workshop with Kimo Hussey and Kalei Gamiao

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Last Saturday I made the trek up north to visit The Strum Shop in Roseville for a workshop/concert with two of my favorite ukulele artists playing today, Kimo Hussey and Kalei Gamiao.  I have been hearing and seeing a lot about the Strum Shop over the past year as they have had some great artists and teachers come through their doors as of late.  It was great to finally meet local ukulele guru and Strum Shop owner, Stu Herreid.  He has created a really great community up in the Sacramento area through teaching, different events, and organizing the local ukulele club, Uke University. SShopWorkshopSShopWorkshop2

Kimo taught a fantastic workshop covering some basic chord movement and chord replacement.  He also discussed training your ear to learn when to hear when chord changes should happen.  He had such a great energy and was really good at connecting with all of the participants.  Kalei's workshop covered some of the basic ideas behind his right hand techniques, from strumming to lead picking.  It was interesting to hear about some of his creative process and how he discovers and executes some of his incredibly intricate rhythms.

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The concert portion of the event was one of my favorites by far.  Kimo's solo set was so intimate, he is such a great musician and story teller and his ability to evoke different feelings and emotions in his playing is unparalleled.  I have been waiting to hear Kalei play live for quite some time now, as he was one of my first inspirations when I started playing ukulele.  His technique is breathtaking to watch, and their were several wow's from the audience at the end of a few of his more intense pieces.  After both solo sets they played a short set together which was the highlight of the night for me.  It was really special and I feel lucky to have been there to enjoy it.

Both of these guys are real busy the next couple of months with teaching and performing at different events around the world so be sure to check them both out if you have a chance.  Also if you are in the northern California area keep an eye out on the Strum Shop's calendar where there are always some great ukulele events happening!

Kimo Hussey:  http://kimohussey.com/

Kalei Gamiao:  http://kaleigamiao.com/

Strum Shop:  http://thestrumshop.com/

 

Thank you to Derek Gamiao for use of his pictures and thanks to all you for all of your support, if you found this or any of our resources helpful be sure to [fblike url="https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleInspired" style="button_count" float="none" showfaces="false" width="200" verb="like" font="arial"] us on facebook and sign up for our email list under SUBSCRIBE in the sidebar to keep up with everything new at Ukulele Inspired. I want this to be interactive so don't be shy and send me some requests for the songbook and other content that you would like to see!

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7.  WHERE CAN I FIND ONLINE RESOURCES?Some of the best online resources out there and what they offer:

Ukulele Underground  http://ukuleleunderground.com/UUlogo The underground is a great place to improve your ukulele playing. They offer the highest quality instructional videos, and are consistently adding to there enormous amount of content.

Ukulele Hunt  http://ukulelehunt.com/ UkeHuntUke Hunt is one of the longest running blogs about the ukulele and offers such a wide variety of content. You can find almost everything uke related on this blog, from funny and informative articles to a wide variety of instructional and inspirational videos. They offer a large selection of ebooks, both free and for sale, that can be a good resource for introducing you to the ukulele.

Dominator Ukulele Tabs  http://dominator.ukeland.com/  got_tabs_1 Dom has created a great resource that is more geared towards the intermediate and advance ukulele player. His tabs are some of the only ones available that are specific for the ukulele and he has some great performance and instructional videos.

uke_inspired_small_logoUkulele Inspired  http://ukuleleinspired.com A little biased, but want to list it as a resource for getting inspiration and information. We want to offer high quality video and written content for all aspiring ukulele players out there.

 

15mins8. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BE PRACTICING? The best way I’ve found to practice is for short periods of time as often as possible. Since learning an instrument involves a lot of muscle memory, the more often you do it the better. Practicing for 15 minutes every day is going to produce results much faster than an hour of practice once a week. Finding a qualified teacher for private lessons can be great in providing personalized instruction as well as accountability for your practice every week.

9. HOW DO I LEARN NEW SONGS?

searchbarThere are a lot of resources out there for learning new songs. If you are starting to become familiar with your ukulele chord shapes, then searching the name of the song and “chords” should get youyoutube to some links with lyrics and chords. You can also type the name of the song and “ukulele tutorial”. There are many videos on YouTube and other places of varying quality and helpfulness, but in general you are looking for a more detailed description of the chords and strumming pattern. There are a few ukulele specific tab sites out there as well:

http://www.ukulele-tabs.com/

http://dominator.ukeland.com/

10. HOW DO I STAY INSPIRED? ukulelecommunityLast and definitely not least, inspiration is something that I feel is so important when learning anything new. Inspiration can help you get excited about playing the ukulele, it will encourage you to practice and get better, and when you are ready can help to cultivate your creativity should you begin to write your own music. Inspiration is something we take very seriously here at Ukulele Inspired, whether it is our own video content, links to other videos, articles or interviews, we try to provide as much as we can for all aspiring players out there.  I encourage you to find and interact with your local ukulele community as well. There are so many local and regional ukulele clubs around the country there is sure to be a group that meets nearby. If there isn’t, maybe you can start one up! Stay on the lookout for performances by ukulele artists in your area, and start to listen to as many players as you can. Inspiration is out there, you just have to find it!

Click here to see the full list of beginner questions answered.

Thanks again for all the support, if you found this or any of our resources helpful be sure to [fblike url="https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleInspired" style="button_count" float="none" showfaces="false" width="200" verb="like" font="arial"] us on facebook and sign up for our email list under SUBSCRIBE in the sidebar to keep up with everything new at Ukulele Inspired. I want this to be interactive so don't be shy and send me some requests for the songbook and other content that you would like to see!

Ukulele Love In

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DSCN0107 Wanted to say big thanks to Mana Maddy and everyone in attendance at the last Ukulele Love-In on May 11th.  I was the featured performer and had so much fun teaching a workshop and performing in front of 31 ukuleles and their owners (or temporary caretakers)!  For those of you that don't know the Ukulele Love-In is a monthly event started by the Bay Area's own Madeline Tasquin, that includes an all levels ukulele lesson followed by a featured performance then group sing-along.  Oakland North did a great piece about the event as well.  The event takes place place at Actual Cafe, a favorite Oakland hangout spot that has great food and drink, displays local artists' work, and has live music.  Please support local, and check them out if you haven't already.

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The BIG news is that Maddy is leaving very soon for her first European tour and the Love-In will be put on hiatus during her trip.  For all you East Bay ukers that want your monthly fix, there will be a new event starting at the brand new music school and venue Mynah Music at 543 Athol Street in Lake Merrit, every 1st Saturday of the month starting on June 1st.  The event will involve an all levels lesson of a song chosen by YOU!  Or one of you, or some of you...really I choose, but I choose from your suggestions so if you want to get your two cents in, shoot me an email at ukuleleinspired@gmail.com and tell me a song you have always wanted to learn on the uke.  Maybe you'll be the lucky one chosen! If you haven't already done so, you can sign up for the East Bay Ukulele Love group on facebook for more info and latest news.  Good luck Maddy, and we are eagerly waiting for the return of the Ukulele Love-In in a new second Sunday of the month time-slot starting September 8, 2013.  Set your calendars!  [fbshare type="button"]