Category Archives: Playing the ukulele

Ukulele lesson. Free. Yeah, free.

Often when you pay nothing for something you get what you pay for — advice from “experts” who couldn’t find their hind end with both hands, sites that fill your device with cookies, and well-dressed church ladies who show up … Continue reading

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How a writer-musician-teacher-parking lot attendant spends her time

I haven’t written a blog post in a few months. Lest you think I’ve been slumped in front of the TV with a box of bonbons by my side, here’s an update, numbered for convenience. I’m all about convenience, unless … Continue reading

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Skype music lessons are easier than you think

Has your favorite teacher moved away? Do you live in a remote area? Maybe you just want the convenience of taking music lessons in your home, and the only teacher you can find looks like he’s casing the joint to … Continue reading

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Do guitar players need to know how to read?

Yes and no. Don’t get hung up on thinking that in order to be a great guitar player, you need to read notation. Some of the greatest musicians on the planet don’t have that skill. However, in certain situations, it’s … Continue reading

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Care and feeding of your guitar and other stringed instruments

Ever seen an old piece of furniture at a garage sale? Or the wood of a hundred-year-old barn? Chances are the wood is cracked and warped. That could happen to your instrument if you don’t take care of it. Here’s … Continue reading

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How often do I need to change strings?

A mandolin player once told me that she didn’t change strings until she broke one. I know other musicians who change their strings before every gig. The real answer is somewhere between. Strings need to be changed because they get … Continue reading

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Learn to jam

And I don’t mean strawberry. Going to jams is fun and will make you a better player. Don’t worry about your playing ability. There’s a jam for everyone. I want to especially encourage women. Most of the jams I go … Continue reading

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Ukulele for beginners, dress code optional

The ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to play. No need to run out for a loud Hawaiian shirt, you can dress any way you please and play almost anything on this cool little instrument. Here’s a quick tutorial. … Continue reading

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