Achievements

Inspiration struck tonight while I was putting the boy to bed: Uke Achievements. If you’ve played a video game in the last ten years, then you’re familiar with the concept. It’s basically a goal within a goal… I know, it’s very meta (think Inception). Continue reading “Achievements”

Chrome Music Lab

I had every intention of finally getting started on another great new post this evening, but I got distracted. When I opened my browser, I couldn’t help but notice the text at the bottom of the page telling me, demanding me, to explore how music works. So I did.

Chrome Music Lab Screen ShotHave you seen this? If you haven’t Continue reading “Chrome Music Lab”

30 Days… Give or Take

An addict or an alcoholic would be feeling pretty proud having achieved 30 days sobriety, and I must admit that I’m proud to have achieved 30 days as well. To commemorate the occasion, I’m giving myself the UkeMarket 30-day chip.

30DayFeltChip
Totally earned it!

You may recognize the chip as a felt bolopick, a ukulele accessory that I’ve been acquainting myself with as of late. I will pass judgement on this fuzzy plectrum in a future post, but at the moment we’re still in that awkward early stage where we’re just getting to know each other. I’m still Continue reading “30 Days… Give or Take”

Ukulele Music Hacks or: How to Connect with People Across the World and Create Art

I had an epiphany today when I was browsing the ukulele players facepage (AKA facebook). Right there, smack-dab on the first pinned post is a mention of the “files” section of the page that contains links, and songs… and links to songs. These are files uploaded by individuals of the group that are meant to be shared with other members. It occurred to me after reading this that there are probably lots of uke groups around the world that have similar pages where members can contribute music and share information.

So, the epiphany was simply this: I bet there’s a lot of interesting music out there hidden (or not so hidden) in the files sections of these group pages. Let’s test this hypothesis and go have a look-see. Continue reading “Ukulele Music Hacks or: How to Connect with People Across the World and Create Art”

Facebook

It’s a proven fact that in order to reach the masses, you have to work the social media game. Tonight we got a facepage. It’s basically nothing at this point, but I’m hoping that before too long it’ll have as many likes as we have Twitter followers (that’s 17 as of this post). Okay, so we’re not exactly blowing up the charts, but it’s a slow burn. We’re the tortoise. UkeMarket wasn’t built in a day.

Keeping the Passion Alive

One of the hardest things to do when it comes to playing the ukulele, is actually playing the ukulele. One common theme in the forums and on Reddit is how to be better faster, how to get the most out of practice sessions, or what to learn next now that you’ve “mastered” C, G, Am and F. I’ve had these same thoughts, and I absolutely believe that you can devise a routine that provides maximum benefits to make you the best player in the shortest amount of time. But, c’mon…

We play the ukulele because it’s fun. Because we love singing along with our favorite songs, or because we took a vacation to Hawaii and found this little piece of magic that we wanted to keep a little piece of for ourselves. Continue reading “Keeping the Passion Alive”

Ukulele Russ Live Performance Review

I hate to call this a review, because I hardly have the credentials to do such a thing. What I can do is relate my experience as a regular Joe/ukulele enthusiast; the everyman, enjoying a few drinks at the local dive bar. I can’t say I’m unbiased though, because I already like the guy simply because he’s rocking the ukulele and playing the kind of songs you can’t help but sing along to. But, review I will. My opinion is as useless as the rest, so let’s get on with it. Continue reading “Ukulele Russ Live Performance Review”

Reddit

Since I’ve started the website (blog), it’s become abundantly clear to me that I need to up my social media game. So today, I jumped into I’ve heard about Reddit; seen links and sharing buttons on websites (in fact, I just added the Reddit sharing button to my posts); and stumbled across the occasional provocative Reddit-related headline. Continue reading “Reddit”

Local Groups

I think one of the best ways to motivate yourself to keep playing is to become a part of the music-playing community. But where are they? When I first started playing, I had a hard time finding groups to play with. And when I finally did stumble upon a group, it was dismally small.

Since that time, I’ve learned that Anchorage has a vibrant musical community, including lots of interest in the ukulele. But, when I search for information on uke groups, the pickings are slim. Continue reading “Local Groups”

Ukulele Russ

I wanted to keep it local tonight and talk about the Anchorage Folk Festival, which is a totally cool… (yea, let’s make that pun intended) folk music festival that happens in Anchorage for about ten days each year.

But no, that will just have to wait, because tonight I want to talk about Ukulele Russ. I will keep it local, though. Continue reading “Ukulele Russ”