Raglele, Six Weeks Later
Uketropolis
by James Hill
1w ago
Ragalele is the newest resource at Uketropolis.com. It was released about six weeks ago and the response has been amazing! New questions and conversations are happening every day as students begin to explore the 6000-year-old tradition of Indian classical music. Today we tackle one of these questions: how best to use Ragalele in a group context? To learn more about Ragalele and to sample the music, go to: https://www.uketropolis.com/ragalele ..read more
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Ragalele
Uketropolis
by James Hill
1M ago
My guest today is Sayali Tank, my co-author on Ragalele, a new resource that brings the magic of Indian classical music to the ukulele. Go to www.ragalele.com for a free download and follow Sayali on YouTube and Instagram. In this episode we talk about: How Ragalele came to be The healing power of music Western classical music vs. Indian classical music How cultural values are embedded in musical traditions What to expect from Ragalele as a student and much more ..read more
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Arranging Made Easy
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
3M ago
Arranging. It's the all-too-often-overlooked skill that brings music to life... or not. Over the years, there is one simple strategy I've relied on time and time again. It's so simple that it's easy to miss. Plus: why not singing is one of the most important techniques for us singers. Uke Heads new single "Hearts On Fire": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hGrTIBBjnY My online ukulele courses (some free, some paid): https://www.uketropolis.com ..read more
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BONUS: The Dreaded Squeak
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
3M ago
Are you afraid of strings that go squeak in the night? I'm on tour in Ontario, Canada! Check out my new band Champagne Weather and catch an in-person ukulele workshop: https://www.champagneweather.com/tour Uke Heads new single "Hearts On Fire": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hGrTIBBjnY My online ukulele courses (some free, some paid): https://www.uketropolis.com ..read more
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Play First, Ask Questions Later
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
3M ago
Music theory is a form of understanding that comes after you play and experiment. A lot. At least that's my opinion. In this episode I make my case for playing first and asking questions later. Enjoy! I'm on tour in Ontario and Quebec! Join me for an in-person ukulele workshop: https://www.jameshillmusic.com/tour Uke Heads new single "Hearts On Fire": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hGrTIBBjnY My online ukulele courses (some free, some paid): https://www.uketropolis.com ..read more
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Travis Picking to the Rescue
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
5M ago
Travis picking is named after Merle Travis, the Country-Music Hall-of-Famer who popularized the technique. If you're a bit bored with the same old strumming and picking techniques you've been using, well, it's Travis picking to the rescue! The thumb goes back-and-forth, the fingers dance on the melody. Simple, right? Not exactly. Like any physical skill, Travis picking takes time to acquire but it's well worth the effort! -- Learn ukulele with James: www.uketropolis.com ..read more
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Angeline the Baker
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
6M ago
"Angeline the Baker" (also known as "Angelina Baker") is one of the most well-known songs in the Old-time repertoire. It's appeal is a bit of a mystery: it only has two chords and its melody is pentatonic, meaning it doesn't even use all the notes of the major scale. And yet it contains multitudes. I continually return to this melody for its simple beauty and flowing rhythms. In this episode we examine a very specific moment in "Angeline the Baker" and I hope it inspires you to learn the rest of the piece. You won't regret it ..read more
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Flatpickers Welcome!
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
6M ago
Is it legal to use a pick on the ukulele? Yes! Once and for all, YES! In fact, it's a gateway to some really interesting sounds. Specifically, it brings a level of agility to your melodies that is unlike anything else and it opens the door to tremolo flatpicking which can bring a new kind of lyricism to your playing. So, shine up your flatpicks and let's play ..read more
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Live Long and Posture
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
6M ago
Can't do the Vulcan salute? No problem! Stretching your fingers apart (think "live long and prosper") is only one way to reach those more challenging chords. In this episode, we explore the subtle but game-changing difference between stretching for the notes in a chord and reaching for the notes in a chord. The fretboard is a game of inches and, although posture is a huge topic that we can't possibly cover in one episode, I'm going to offer you one simple thing that you can do to wrap your fingers around challenging chord shapes. -- Learn ukulele with James: www.uketropolis.com ..read more
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The Magic Triple Strum
Uketropolis | Ukulele Q&A with James Hill
by James Hill
6M ago
The triple strum: it's one of my favourite ukulele topics... ever! I've been fascinated by this technique since I was a kid. Today, we get to dig into the magic of the triple strum and discover how left-hand muting takes this already-great strum to a new level. If you're looking for a bucket-list ukulele experience, check out the Ukulele Hideaway in Sicily, a retreat with Yours Truly (and friends) taking place August 5-9, 2024. For more information, click here. I hope to see you there! -- Learn ukulele with James: www.uketropolis.com ..read more
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