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Welcome to the December-January issue of Ukulele Sessions®!

This time Joe Mendel interviews Uke builder Jerry Hoffman. Beth gives us a great strum along and wishes us a merry Christmas. Marcy Marxer gives us a great version of Five Foot, Two. Be sure to watch her video. I share a tune from my upcoming Uke book. Have a great holiday and please leave [...]

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Five Ft. Two – The Magic of Vaudeville

by Marcy Marxer   Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety show in the from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. Dancers, singers, acrobats were all the rage. Among the finest talents were Roy Smeck and Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukulele Ike. Here’s a rendition of the classic Five Ft. Two that draws [...]

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Scarborough Fair

by Joe Carr Here is a solo arrangement of a old traditional English song. The words “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” may remind one of the melody. Arranged here in Gm, it is playable on all ukuleles and standard guitar. Special thanks to Gerald Jones for his playing on the audio file. Printable Version | Scarborough [...]

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Jerry Hoffman of Boat Paddle Ukuleles

 by Joe Mendel    When I think of ukulele builders, blacksmithing is generally not word that comes to mind, not at least before interviewing Jerry Hoffman, who has spent 20 years publishing the Blacksmith’s Journal, in addition to building furniture. His background is in art and design, which he has put to good use in [...]

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A few words about “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”…

by Beth Mead I love this song!! It has a very distinct pulse in the rhythm, and so the song is great practice for chord changes in time. As usual, there is a diagram of each chord appearing above the lyric the first time each chord is played. A new chord is played on each [...]