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The Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival

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As many of you know, i have often toured NM on my Winter
Uke Tours.

Over the years i have performed for Chabad of Santa Fe, Yoga related
events, The JCC of Albuquerque, and numerous music stores and workshops
for regional ukulele clubs.

Thus, I have always had a fascination with the High Desert and NM.

So...

I am thrilled to let all my fans know in the High Desert Region of NM, AZ,
CO, TX that i will be teaching and performing at The African American Arts
Center, as part of a weekend festival also featuring Heidi Swedberg and Daniel
Ward. 

This is the first year out and i am eager to see how this great little festival will
blossom!  The event will showcase numerous workshops, vendors, raffle,
concerts and more!

Here is the link to their homepage: http://abqukefest.com/

The event is being sponsored by a number of fine ukulele company's including Ohana,
Kala and Mya-Moe(Which is what I will be playing while i am there) http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/


Whether you live in the area, …

The Art of Tuning The Ukulele Part #1

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This is an article about Tuning The Ukulele To D6, C6 and Bb Major 6th

As the ukulele revival moves forward, I have long felt that a basic review of some of the standard ukulele tunings would benefit many of my readers.

While history notes that the Portuguese often tuned their instruments in C tuning. by the mid-1920's D tuning had become the standard and my own sheet music collection, supports this claim with published pieces dating back as early as 1917.

Most scores of the day, in D tuning would include the tuning notes and chord diagrams, placed above their respective lyrics, for the general public's self-accompaniment.

Advertising for the sheet music industry, makes it clear that ukuleles were not only big business but also a primary vehicle for the masses to strum along with the hit parade.

My pal Dan Scanlan has a nice posting about the Ukulele's Evolution and its related tunings circa 2004, which might be a nice supplement to this blog post.

http://www.coolhanduke.c…