Imagine and Song Writing
Next Tuesday 10 Dec is the last person for class three. Cousin Ray has suggested that old and new members come together to practice and strum together before the class starts. I think it’s a good idea.
We’ll start from 6.30pm. Please come if you can make it. We’ll play until 7.30pm when the class starts. We’ll then move to the foyer outside to continue.
This is a good instructional video on how to play the famous song Imagine. The boy was just having fun and super excited with his instructions.
How to Play Imagine by John Lennon on Ukulele
Please also listen to how Jake comes out with ideas to write songs.
Jake Simabukuro - Songwriting
Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel
This is a fun music video by Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel dan Milo Fultz. The music reflects my singing heart now. Watching this video reminds me of my family. I’m the serious guy and Xintian is the naughty and playful one. I’m the analyzer and she is the promoter type.
It’s fun and I’m laughing all the way while watching the music video.
Hope this cheers your afternoon.
Hard Fall 2013
Turkish March - Korea Ukulele Ensemble
This is the latest performance of Korea Ukulele Ensemble. It’s fun playing in an ensemble. What is amazing, if you pay cost attention, is that they all play as is there is only ONE Ukulele playing. This is the highest level of team work.
Turkish March - Korea Ukulele Ensemble (2013)
A Thousand Springs By Herb Ohta, Jr.
How have you all been? Have you been practising with your Ukulele? It has to become a habit even if you don’t come for group practice.
Here is a very nice song that can hopefully inspire you to play your Ukulele more.
A Thousand Springs By Herb Ohta, Jr.
Since we don’t have any group practice until 17 Dec, let’s practice ourselves at home. Here are two videos on how to strum and sing the two Xmas songs that we want to use for performance.
JINGLE BELLS - UKULELE TUTORIAL / LESSON by “UKULELE MIKE”
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER- UKULELE LESSON / TUTORIAL By UKULELE MIKE”
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Holding E Chord
In Ukulele, E Chord is quite challenging to hold. Whereas in guitar E Chord is very easy. Therefore you will see E Chord being used in many guitar song sheets.
This video will show you how to learn to hold E Chord the easiest. You can even use this method for D chord. In fact this method can be used to hold all the chords along the Ukulele neck. The root note is on the C string.
Uke Minutes 155 - How to Hold the E Chord
Hawaii Ukulele Festival 2013
Today is Thursday and it’s our group practice day. Our usual rooms are not available today.
Here is the planned practice for today.
At 7pm Cousin Jamie assisted by Alston will start a Beginner Intro Session for Edwin, Elvy and Izaac. Please let Cousin Jamie know if you also want to attend.
All other members can come at 7.30pm for group practice that will be led by Cousin Jamie and Cousin Kim Hoong. We shall learn two new Xinyao songs. I’ve sent across the song sheets to your email. Please let me know if you don’t receive them.
Continuing in the Hawaiian origin of Ukulele, here is a 1-hour video of the renowned Hawaiian Ukulele festival in July this year.
43rd Annual Ukelele Festival Waikiki Ohau Hawaii 2013
Hula and Ukulele
Today is Wednesday. Last night while class three was going on, the rests of us had a great time practising the new Xinyao songs.
Although I’ve sent earlier the song sheet for 童謠1987 in C key, we realized it’s easier to strum and sing in F key just like the original song.
The other song is 小人物的心声-原版. This song was featured as NDP song quite a while ago. It also featured as theme song for one of the TV serials. Hopefully you all are quite familiar with this song already.
Here are the video of the songs again. Please listen and familiarize yourself. I’ll send the correct song sheets out when they are completed.
梁文寧 李麗娜 李麗婷 - 童謠1987
Let’s switch gear. We all know that Ukulele was born in Hawaii as part of transformation from Portuguese Cavaquinho. That’s why we are adopting some of Hawaiian culture in the club by addressing everyone as family members, cousin, uncle, auntie etc.
As part of Hawaiian culture, Ukulele is also very closely related to Hula dance. The next video is not about the dance but the music that accompanies the hula dance.
Sophisticated Hula / Ukulele
Today is Tuesday. It’s lesson time for class three. Please remember to come timely to Li Po Room.
For others, we will start our practice from 9pm at Springleaf Lounge. We can practice at level 2 foyer if you come earlier. Please remember to bring the Learner’s Book and to print the 1987 song. We are going to practice the Xmas songs.
While practicing at home, here is a video to introduce you to Ukulele making.
How to Build a Ukulele - Uncle Knuckle’s Workshop
If you enjoy the song “Tonight You Belong to Me,” you will like this video.
Francesca and Catalina
See you all tonight.
Improvisation - Jazz & Rock n Roll / Boogie
Today let’s focus on improvisation. This is an area that you have to use your feeling. There is a bit of theory related to the scales and harmony, but at the end of the day it’s all individual. The key is to play the melodies in the chords.
The first, let’s listen carefully to the jazz improvisation. It’s not easy but it’ll turn it to be quite fun after a while.
UKULELE: James Hill, Dan Scanlan: I’m Beginning to See the Light
Next is the improvisation for rock n roll/boogie by my friend, Jeremy ‘Jez’ Quayle from Yorkshire.
'Jumpin' Flea Boogie' - performed by Jez Quayle