McUkeFest 2018

Something for everyone, every level of player and all ages!

Join the SukeyJump Band in the morning for a kid’s show and ukulele petting zoo, stay for a free beginner class with me, and a free play-along, go upstairs to take advantage of one of the INCREDIBLE workshops taught by some of ukulele’s brightest stars and best teachers.  Go grab a bite in one of Santa Monica’s fab eateries, then come back for a ALL-STAR UKULELE CONCERT!  Special guests, the HUG ukulele group, recently featured in Ukulele Magazine,  will be joining us from the Sepulveda Veteran’s Campus.

There will be raffles of fantastic instruments from Koaloha and Ohana, prize packages from McCabes and MORE!!!!

What a day!

December 9th   10:30-10:30 at McCabes Guitar Shop 3101 W. Pico Blvd Santa Monica CA

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Spring 2018 and Beyond

Paddling soon to a port near you!

Daniel Ward and I love traveling, near or far- and our schedule for 2018 is packed.  Here are some of the events we have scheduled.  Hope to see you there!

March 23 FAIRWAY LIBRARY, Sun City, AZ 4pm   FREE and open to the public.  We are thrilled to be dedicating their new ukulele lending library, teaching and performing.

March 24  7-8:30 pm  $10.00   Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N 103rd Ave, Sun City  Special guests Craig McClelland (Santa Fe Ukulele), Doug Nottingham.     BONUS!!  Author CC Harrison will read from her ukulele murder mystery Death by G-String 

March 28th HUG  Los Angeles Sepulveda VA Campus, 16111 Plummer Street, Bldg. 22, Rec Room, North Hills, CA 91343   Daniel and I will be joining the Heroes Ukulele Group at their regular meeting at 10:30 am.  This group is free, and open to all friends of veterans. Read all about them HERE

April 3-5 Artists in residence WESTBOROUGH MA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

April 5th  7-9pm   WCUW 910 Main St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610  $15 advance/20 door  Workshop and music!

April 27, 28, 29 VANCOUVER UKULELE FESTIVAL Vancouver, Canada

May 2 Bellingham, WA House Concert (contact me for more info)

May 4th SWEDISH CLUB,   1920 Dexter Ave. N.  Seattle, WA 98109 Your favorite two Swedish Meatvballs, Daniel and Heidi serve up musical fun with special guest Casey McGill and Matt Weiner.  We will even sing one song in SWEDISH!

May 5th PRIVATE house concert.  Jealous? You could book us too!  Just send me a message.

May 25-28 ASHOKAN UKULELE FESTIVAL Ashokan, NY

June 3 MCCABES KIDS SHOW, Santa Monica, CA

June 22-24 MIDWEST UKE CAMP Olivet, MI

June 24-July 27 Heidi is teaching MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL for fortunate kids in Los Angeles, CA

July 12-15 Daniel will be at the ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKULELE FESTIVAL with a crazy all-star ukulele band! Durango, CO

July 16-22 Daniel will be teaching at CALIFORNIA COAST MUSIC CAMP Palo Alto, CA

September 21-23 TUNES IN THE DUNES Otis, OR

November 7-11 NEW UKE CULINARY FIESTA Santa Fe, NM

Color-Along Ukulele

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The SECOND EDITION has arrived!

With a few small corrections, the 2018 edition of COLOR-ALONG UKULELE is in stock on my website and at Ukulele Magazine’s store! This is a fun method book designed to be used by ALL-AGES. If you are an adult, you will enjoy the step-by-step lessons and familiar songs. If you are working with kids, this is a handy guide to get them going and keep them strumming, complete with a page of helpful classroom hints. Great for kid’s groups, classrooms, families and individuals!

Tunes start simple, with one chord songs that even the most newbie players can successfully strum.  Every new song teaches a lesson and draws on a world of traditions, from Scottish, Mexican,  German and American folk traditions. There’s even a song in Hawaiian at the very end!

LEARN BY EAR

A companion soundtrack  accompanies this book, and it’s FREE! These recordings were created so that you can listen, learn and play along, and  are extended with fun additional verses so that  players can get their groove on. If you are a teacher, the long playing tunes allow you lead a class in a musical game, or let students listen while they tune up. Or, to the point,  COLOR-ALONG to the songs as you learn them!

Kids too young to play can learn the songs by ear, and basic music concepts by listening. Families can learn together. It’s fun for all ages.

DOWNLOAD NOW- click this link!

Books are available at Sukeyjumpmusic.com

 

 

2018: ULTRA VIOLET

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The Pantone color of the year is Ultra-Violet. Our word for the year is optimism.

I can’t help but feel that great things are in store this year, and I am willing to wear the purple to prove it.

We have a festival almost every month of 2018, with more fun stuff filling in the calendar every day.

For me, the best thing about ukulele is CONNECTION. I hope that I get the chance to connect with you in 2018: come to an event, send a message, write a letter, read an article. I am OPTIMISTIC that we can make the world a better place by CONNECTING!

UKULELE EVENTS for 2018

January 20th HALE UKULELE San Diego CA 4:30-6:30 pm      Daniel will be teaching his Ukulele Meditations and we will do a “Demonstration” (pink hats optional on this day, in solidarity with other demonstrations!)

February 22-24 PALM STRINGS UKULELE FESTIVAL, Palm Springs, CA

March 24 PHOENIX LIBRARY (More info soon- this is a dedication/concert at a public library in Phoenix AZ)

April 3-5 Artists in residence WESTBOROUGH MA PUBLIC SCHOOLS    Not a public gig, but the kind we LOVE to do! We will be teaching and performing for the kids of Westborough. We are going to try to line something “public” up in the area while we are there.  Ideas? Drop us a message!

April 27, 28, 29 VANCOUVER UKULELE FESTIVAL Vancouver, Canada

May 25-28 ASHOKAN UKULELE FESTIVAL Ashokan, NY

June 3 MCCABES KIDS SHOW, Santa Monica, CA

June 22-24 MIDWEST UKE CAMP Olivet, MI

June 24-July 27 Heidi is teaching MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL for fortunate kids in Los Angeles, CA

July 12-15 Daniel will be at the ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKULELE FESTIVAL with a crazy all-star ukulele band! Durango, CO

July 16-22 Daniel will be teaching at CALIFORNIA COAST MUSIC CAMP Palo Alto, CA

September 21-23 TUNES IN THE DUNES Otis, OR

November 7-11 NEW UKE CULINARY FIESTA Santa Fe, NM

Here is to an ULTRA VIOLET year!

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Ukulele Holiday 2017

 

 

holiday blog shotLights and feasts and family and song- It’s that time of year! We all want to share something meaningful with those we love. This year, why not make it musical? Here are four ways to give gifts to self, gifts to the universe and gifts for all ages on your list this holiday season.

First- why not bring a song to your celebration? How about learning the uke just in time for the season of song? Here are our class listings for December at McCabes:

1-DAY INTRO TO UKULELE (HOLIDAY EDITION) JUST ADDED

Learn the basics of playing ukulele to your favorite holiday tunes! Pick up strumming, plucking, and chording a ukulele while singing along to Christmas, Hanukkah, and secular seasonal songs from many cultures.
Heidi Swedberg 10:30 – 11:30 AM Saturday, Dec 9 (1 session) $40
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HOLIDAY UKULELE JUST ADDED

Follow up Heidi’s one-day ukulele class with this more challenging course. Learn fun tunes that consist of few chords and simple arrangements. You’ll leave with plenty of songs to share with your family and friends this holiday season.
Heidi Swedberg 10:30 – 11:30 AM Saturday, Dec 16 (1 session) $40
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ARPEGGIO MEDITATIONS FOR UKULELE JUST ADDED

Learn a collection of warm-ups and short songs that help develop your tone and dexterity (and sense of rhythm), all while producing beautiful, meditative music. These arpeggio “loop” exercises can help beginning and advanced players develop more expressive playing. Practicing doesn’t have to be a chore. With these tools, you can relax with your ukulele and get better everyday!
Daniel Ward 12:00 – 1:00 PM Saturdays, Dec 9 – Dec 16 (2 sessions) $70

Second, BOOKS!

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Death by G-String C.C. Harrison, a uke pal from Arizona has published a grand ukulele murder mystery. I LOVED the galleys, you’ll LOVE the book

Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele  Daniel’s long-awaited book is out and hot. Already entering it’s second printing, the book is a unique take on the ukulele, offering musical studies which are meditative and beautiful while being educational. (Right now he is offering a special holiday offer- FREE shipping when you buy any 2 or more items, including all our CDs, his book, and Color-Along Ukulele)

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Color-Along Ukulele Want to learn ukulele? Like to color? Why not do both at the same time! Download the FREE companion recordings so you can listen and learn. Learn your first twelve chords, play great songs- even one in Hawaiian, and do that doodle that you do so well. FUN FOR ALL AGES.

Ukulele Magazine Daniel and I have been enjoying contributing articles and lessons to Uke Mag, and I think you might like to have it delivered to your mailbox! You could get a digital only subscription, but there is something mighty fine about the definite article and with their Holiday Subscription special it is really affordable! (We are giving more than a few of these to those on our list)

Third- INSTRUMENTS!

Mim’s Ukes Her motto is “Every uke deserves a great set-up!” And when you order a uke from Mim, that is just what you will get!

Ordinarily I tell people to go to their local store, but with big chains eating up local merchants there are few cities lucky enough to have an honest music store with high-end and student models and a luthier willing to stake their reputation on the set-up of every model walking out their door.  Many internet retailers know nothing about ukuleles besides their profit margins, and would never take the time to work on the action of an inexpensive instrument, or guide you to what level ax you should buy.

But then there is Mim. She ushers you into her living room, whether you walk in to her shop through the barn door in Meadows of Dan, VA or the World Wide Web. I have never met anyone so passionate and dedicated as Mim. Whether your needs lead you the most or least expensive instrument in her stock, she will be sure you are well-matched, and your instrument is the best it can be.

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TERRY HARRIS If you want a hand built instrument, Terry is your man. Now that he has fully retired from ranching, the instruments he is building are more beautiful than ever- and the sound is… wow.  We visited him at his Kernville, CA ranch over Thanksgiving weekend where he strung up his latest build for us to try out. It blew us away! He has a few more wood sets just like this, and if you are fast and smart, one of them could be yours.

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Cedar top. Indian rosewood sides and back. Koa binding. Pure gold.

 

 

Fourth and finally- SHARING

PICKLEBERRY PIE   This year, Pickleberry Pie, an organization that sponsors concerts for hospitalized children is raising operating funds. Daniel and I have loved going room-to-room at Cedars Sinai’s pediatric ward, visiting kids and their families, making them laugh or sing a baby to sleep.  The calm that music can give, the bond it creates is no small thing.  Help this organization continue it’s meaningful work.

 

 

Daniel Ward: Arpeggio Meditations

A lovely review of Arpeggio Meditations. Go, dog, go.

I Love Classical Ukulele

Unknown.jpegArriving home after a late flight from Spain I was greeted by a large pile of envelopes on the doormat. Amongst the pile of white letters – most of them with those officious looking windows that you’d rather not receive – I spied an A4 sized yellow envelope. Dumping the rest on the kitchen table – who wants to read their bills at 4am – I opened the more interesting yellow envelope. First Class International from LA didn’t disappoint. Inside I found a signed copy of Daniel Ward’s new book Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele.

The first thing that struck me was the title. Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele sounded like my kind of book. It was playing simple arpeggios on the ukulele that awakened me to the beauty of the instrument and got me hooked. I was tempted to break out the ukulele and start playing through the pieces but that…

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