At Kathi Yearian's request, I have prepared a sweet tune, I'll Follow You Into the Dark, for the Intermediate/Advanced classes. Whereas this might be unfamiliar to most of you (it was to me), it presents a great opportunity to play in a new key—the key of F—with some new chords that should be pretty easy to master (Bb and Bb minor). You'll find the sheet music and audio file on the Intermediate/Advanced page. Plus you'll find a tutorial video on the Videos page.
Oh what fun. Strummin' and funnin'. Snow gently falling against a picturesque setting outside Kay's warm and welcoming home. Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World, Obla Di, Kansas City. Uke chatting, chili eating, fireplace glowing, even a house tour featuring Kay's atelier, with stunning artwork at every turn. Thanks again, Kay, for a lovely day.
The company that I use to build my website crashed my site and I've had to rebuild certain sections. Subsequently I've had to give Videos their own page, and I've had to delete some of the older videos. Technology—it's great when it works.
Graham Wilson from the 3:30 class mentioned that he can purchase uke strings in bulk, resulting in lower cost per item, free shipping and a new puppy. He will then sell them to us at cost. Can we get a head count? (Specify what kind of puppy.) Thanks, Graham!
Kay Waltman has graciously offered to host next week's lessons at her beautiful home. Classes will convene at the regular times, but everyone is welcome to attend both sessions. I will attempt to make it more of a sing-along, with a modest review of chords and strumming, but mostly a lot of singing and playing. So bring your songbooks and be prepared to call out a tune or two. Graham, I know what you're going to call out, so I've already begun working on it. Oh yes--there will be chili. And a fire in the fireplace.
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Wonderful breakthrough classes! The right mix of fun and focus. Special thanks to those of you whose perspective and attitude were helpful in getting over some technique humps. Thanks to you we were able to break it down, internalize, visualize and own it. Good work—all of you!
I was thinking of giving a group lesson in changing strings. I'm aiming for February 23 at 4:30 PM. That way it won't impinge upon class time, and it will give everyone enough time to buy a new set of strings. Folks from the early class can stick around, and those 5 o'clockers can come a half hour early. What say ye? Please respond via the "Comments" above and to the right. Thanks.
A feverish strep created a uke roadblock this past week. But I'm back now. Not satisfied with how I was approaching the "stop" strum pattern the past few weeks, I think I've finally hit upon a pattern that is clearer to teach, learn and, yes, to actually apply to fun songs. Look for an Obla Di Obla Da video before class this week. I appreciate your patience…