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The Ukulele Project

Patrick-Costello 20 Feb 09 - 09:02 PM
GUEST,Auldtimer 21 Feb 09 - 04:36 AM
VirginiaTam 21 Feb 09 - 06:20 AM
Chris in Portland 21 Feb 09 - 11:41 AM
Stringsinger 21 Feb 09 - 01:44 PM
Patrick-Costello 10 Mar 09 - 09:02 AM
GUEST,Cup of Tea. no cookies 10 Mar 09 - 06:04 PM
katlaughing 10 Mar 09 - 11:45 PM
Patrick-Costello 17 Mar 09 - 08:56 AM
Patrick-Costello 04 Apr 09 - 07:54 AM
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Subject: The Ukulele Project
From: Patrick-Costello
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 09:02 PM

I recently launched a collaborative teaching project to teach ukulele to kids on a remote First Nations Reserve in northern Canada.

I wrote out the initial lesson plan and musicians from all over the place filmed video lessons for the kids.

The first batch of lessons are finished, and the kids are loving it.

http://tangiersound.wordpress.com/the-ukulele-project/


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: GUEST,Auldtimer
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 04:36 AM

As a total beginer,(I am only at the ukulele collecting bit, four and counting) I found this great fun, very informative and just at my level. If I can just get the @##%*@# thing to stay in tune .....


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 06:20 AM

when I was shopping for a guitar last month, I saw a Sponge Bob Sqaure Pants ukelele I was very attracted too. Just for the novelty of it.

I managed to resist the temptation. Good luck with your project. Looks to be great fun.


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: Chris in Portland
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 11:41 AM

Pat - I saw this on your blog and did not stop to see that it was for kids. I had been trying - without success - to teach my granddaughter to play the uke. Perhaps this will be her ticket!
Thanks for your work on this. Perhaps the second lesson could be re-done - I can't get it to play well. Great idea!
Will there be some videos of the kids?
Thanks again, Chris


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: Stringsinger
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 01:44 PM

The uke is capable of such sophisticated chord structures. Ukulele Ike Cliff Edwards) was one of my faves.
"Singing In The Rain", "When You Wish Upon A Star" , "Fascinatin' Rhythm", "If I Had You"
and many more.


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: Patrick-Costello
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 09:02 AM

Videos for the second lesson plan are coming in fast - including a workshop featuring one of the kids!

http://tangiersound.wordpress.com/the-ukulele-project/

-Patrick


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: GUEST,Cup of Tea. no cookies
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 06:04 PM

and no message - I blame it on the mouse

There seems to be a vast underground of ukelele players, who come out in odd places. Years ago we had Andy M. Stewart & Gerry O'Beirne in concert, and Gerry explained the lure of the uke to us, guilty pleasure that people known as players of other, more um.. reputable? stringed instruments like guitar or mandolin, tend to have. Players of scorned instruments sometimes band together and flaunt it (Like the band Those Darn Accordians. Gerry swore there was (at that time) a punk band in New York called Uke Till You Puke. After all the self deprecating intro, he launched into uke accompanyment on a song "The Echo Mocks the Corncrake" where it had a lovely, almost percussive effect that showed that a wonderful player can make the most of anything, no matter how simple.

Best of luck with your project.

Joanne In Cleveland


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 11:45 PM

I don't know how I missed this in February! We bought my grandson a ukulele a few months ago and he's had fun with it, but gets frustrated because he wants to play like Jake Shimbakuru and doesn't yet understand the efficacy of daily practice. (He's five years old.) He will really enjoy the video instructions. I found a few on youtube, but nothing geared towards kids. Thanks a bunch! I'll practice my baritone uke along with him with your videos.

Thanks, again,

kat


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: Patrick-Costello
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 08:56 AM

Just an uipdate on where the project is right now:

Tom sent us some pictures from Ogoki!

Initial Lesson Plan:

Second Lesson Plan:

T o take part in the project, contact me at ask.patrick@gmail.com, choose a lesson and film a short video workshop.

For example, let’s say you choose to cover the C Chord. All you would have to do is introduce yourself (”Hi. I’m Patrick from Crisfield, Maryland and I am here to show you how to make a C chord“) and walk the viewer through the steps of making a C chord on the ukulele.

Once you have filmed your workshop, upload the video file in the highest quality format you can to the Internet Archive.

To join the Internet Archive :

  • Go to http://www.archive.org/
  • In the upper right hand corner you will find the following: “Anonymous User (login or join us)”.
  • Click on “join us”.
  • Fill out the form. Click “Get library Card” when finished.

Files stored on the Internet Archive are publicly available under a Creative Commons license. You can read about how Creative Commons works by visiting http://creativecommons.org.

To upload a file to the Internet Archive:

  • Log in to your account.
  • In the menu across the top of your browser click on “contributions”.
  • Click on “Create and upload a new movie, audio recording, live concert recording, or book”.
  • Enter a title for your upload and click on the button marked, “Next”.
  • On the next page, fill in the form (name your project after the chapter you are covering - for example, “C Chord”) and click on the button marked, “Upload Files”.

After uploading, archive.org will automatically generate a page where people can download and view your file. Send an email to ask.patrick@gmail.com with your Internet Archive link.

Once we have the initial lessons I will burn a DVD and send it out to Tom and we will also make a directory so folks can burn their own copy.

Once we have the basic material covered we can expand the project to cover more intermediate and advanced techniques.


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Subject: RE: The Ukulele Project
From: Patrick-Costello
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 07:54 AM

Spark on CBC did a nice bit on the Ukue Project: http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2009/03/episode-71-march-25-28-2009/

-Patrick


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