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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 7,051 views]
A few words about “Carolina in the Morning”…

by Beth Mead Here is one of my favorites! It contains a device found over and over in songs of this era…the descending chord tone. In the very first line of the song it moves through a series of chords, C, Cmaj7, C6, C#°. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy names. It’s just a descending [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 14,122 views]
Getting the Most Out of Your Uke

by Joe Mendel  Several factors are at work in any musical instrument that affects the sounds we are able to hear when they are played. Materials used, method of construction, builder’s style,  strings and most importantly the player all influence the sound of an instrument.  The knowledge of the builder and their building style is [...]

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[Feb 2011 | One Comment | 8,540 views]
A few words about Let Me Call You Sweetheart …

by Beth Mead This is a Ukulele Standard from the turn of the century. It was written in 1912  by a woman, Beth Slater Wilson. This was very unusual for that time period in America. The song is in 3/4 time. It’s counted 1,2,3   1,2,3 At the top of the page is a suggested strum [...]

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Welcome to the February-March 2011 issue of Ukulele Sessions®!

Welcome to the February/March issue of Ukulele Sessions! This time Beth Mead shares another great strum along. Marcy Marxer included a great video of her playing her lesson at both slow and regular tempo. I have contributed an article about Brazilian Choro music and the predecessor of the uke. Joe Mendel tells us everything about [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 5,746 views]
The Bandolim, the Cavaquino and Brazilian Choro Music

by Joe Carr [This article also appears in ukulelesessions.com as it will appeal to both mandolin and ukulele players.] Many mandolin players find their way to the delightful string based music from Brazil called choro. Choro groups typically feature the bandolim (a flat topped, roundhole mandolin,) a cavaquinho (a steel string, ukulele sized guitar,) several [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 17,998 views]

by Marcy Marxer A chorded melody version of an old classic folk song. A Brief History The beautiful old song “Shenandoah” dates back before it’s first publication William L. Alden’s article “Sailor Songs”, in the July 1882 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, according to wikipedia.  The song had become popular as a sea-chanty with [...]