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About jamiebobamie

Musician - teacher - writer - gets bored easily. I write an almost-weekly blog that includes true stories gathered from 20-plus years of touring, how-to articles for musicians and profiles of performers. Also, I love dark chocolate, I can play "Brown Eyed Girl" behind my head, and I twirl the baton badly.

Getting started with the ukulele

You’ve purchased this cool little instrument, now what? In this post I’ll show you how to hold it plus a simple strum and a few chords. Advertisements

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Guitar fingerpicking made easy

You’ve got a few strums under your guitar strap and now you’re ready to move on. If you want to play songs like “House of the Rising Sun,” “Blackbird” or “Hallelujah” you need to know how to fingerpick. Like anything … Continue reading

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He played real good for free: live music in New York City

This is a travelogue of my recent trip to the Big Apple. I promise it’ll be more interesting than your Aunt Edna’s slide show of her trip to Boca. I discovered lots of great music, much of it for free … Continue reading

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Ukuleles in Hawaii: There were beaches?

There I was in Waikiki while my wife was running the Honolulu Marathon. I’m the one sipping coffee at the finish line, waiting for her. The whole day before she had to prepare. The day after she was recuperating. That … Continue reading

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Recording my album, part two. No fancy shoes.

I thought recording was all about the shoes (see last post) but alas. Here’s part two about my journey to making a new album. No fancy shoes but lots of fancy playing.

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Recording my new album: it’s all about the shoes

Well, they do help, especially when they’re coordinated with the instrument I happen to be recording. It was ukulele day right off the bat.

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Buying your first ukulele

You’ve always had that burning desire to learn “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” just like Israel Kamakawiwoʻole or maybe you just want to strum “You Are My Sunshine” around a campfire  – what’s your first step? Unless you plan to win … Continue reading

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