Today's session video is an original piece called "Sentiment" from the album Moment. Thanks to the boys at Ukulele Underground for the schwag. http://ukuleleunderground.com/ Also thanks to Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel for their set of custom strings you can find them here: http://www.cheemaisel.com/store/ghs-signature-string-sets Get your copy of Moment at: Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/moment/id901209059 Bandcamp: http://ukuleleinspired.bandcamp.com/ CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnnash1 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ukulele-inspired
Shot on location at Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai.
Big mahalo to all those that took the time to share a little bit of their knowledge and passion for ukulele during my time in Hawaii. Thanks to Kimo Hussey. Thanks to Joe Souza at Kanile'a 'Ukulele. Andrew Kitakis and Corey Fujimoto, at Hawaii Music Supply. And Aldrine Guerrero, Aaron Nakamura, Ryan Esaki and Kahai at Ukulele Underground.
An instrumental version of John Lennon's "Imagine" shot at the home studio in Oakland, CA. Big thanks to Aldrine Guerrero of the Ukulele Underground whose composition of this song, and playing in general is a big inspiration for me.
I've been waiting awhile for the Ukulele Underground to make it to the bay. I headed over to San Francisco last Tuesday for a workshop/concert by the world famous Aldrine Guerrero and Aaron Nakamura. Unfortunately I had students until late that day and of course hit rush hour traffic on the bridge so I unfortunately missed the workshop section of the event. The event was organized by Edgar Dang of Aloha Warehouse. If you haven't got a chance to check out his shop yet, do yourself a favor and stop by to talk ukes and drool over his incredible inventory. Although I missed the workshop, the concert was well worth the trip over. Aldrine and Aaron put on such a memorable performance and I haven't seen a crowd have a better time at any other ukulele event I've ever been to. Aldrine was really funny and genuine and I loved how much he interacted with everyone in the audience. They played a good mix of stellar covers and some of my favorite originals all while keeping a very funny and informal vibe to their set. Check out all of us chanting for Aaron "The Voice" Nakamura to sing us another song.
7. WHERE CAN I FIND ONLINE RESOURCES?Some of the best online resources out there and what they offer:
Ukulele Underground http://ukuleleunderground.com/ 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/ Uke 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/ 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.
Ukulele 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.
8. 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?
There 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 you 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:
10. HOW DO I STAY INSPIRED? Last 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!
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