Ukulele Jack is going to christen new CD "Koník v pyžámku" on Apr 6 in club Cafe Tercie, Zborovská 37 Praha 5, 7pm.
Yousician is application from Finland for learning ukulele, guitar, bass guitar or piano playing.
There are versions available for Windows on PC or Android and iOs (smathphones, tables). There was also version for Linux, unfortunately recently they stopped supporting it. For using the app you have to register on their pages. Basic free variant works with daily lesson time limited to about 15mins. The app does not work without Internet connectivity. It can be used with tyhe same account on more devices.
For the learning the app prepares a daily lesson, which usually includes some songs from last time, a new exercise and then some songs, sometimes also instructional video. Then you can also find songs for practice in database, with difficulty marked. The ukulele lessons are about both chords and melody and are structured into several difficulty levels, which unlock as you handle the previous level.
The learning itself works as follows for ukulele: the app shows you a moving tablature with numbers of frets you have to play, also with colors indicating which fingers to use. At the same time it listens using microphone and detects tones or chords you play. For some exercises it stops until you play correctly, or for songs it doesn't stop but shows what you played correctly using green color, also shows if it was played early / ok / late. You can slow tempo down, or it can adjusted automatically according to number of mistakes. You can also select just part of the song and repeat it. The display can be switched to sheet notation instead of tablature. (To get idea how that looks in reality, just enter "yousician" on youtube).
If you pay for one of the premium options, the app will not limit your daily lesson time to about 15min. You can select one or all insttruments for the premium, monthly (more costly) or year subscription. But I suggest first trying the basic free option thoroughly, for ukulele the lessons and songs amount is not so huge (in comparison to guitar or piano). You can also try premium for free for one week, but beware - if you not cancel it, it automatically starts and charges from you card the yearly subscription after the week.
The tone recognition has sometimes problem with G string, if you are using low G. Supported is only standard GCEA tuning. If your uku has a pickup (electro-acoustic or electric uku), it seems better to connect it directly instead of using microphone, the app then recognizes tones better and does not hear itself.
There is a discussion forum on the app pages for solving problems, but it doesn't look like the app developers pay attention to it.
Generally the app is not bad, but I would recommend it more like supplement, not replacement of lessons with human teacher.
René Souček vystoupí 6.4. od 19hod v Knihovně Ostrava, v rámci akce Open mic Ostrava.
Marcela Brožová vystoupí v pátek 16.3. od 17hod v Cholupické Vinotéce (Praha Cholupice) s programem “Ukulele o páté”, a v neděli 18.3. od 15hod tamtéž bude mít workshop pro děti.
On Kisckstarter there is a campaign to start production of carbon fiber ukulele. The prototype has body from carbon fiber, neck and fretboard from wood. The carbon fiber should make it very durable.
For those that are already bored by still just playing Rammstein on ukulele, here is one soft, moving and sad song Bernardín from Horkýže Slíže band from Slovakia, and here are chords for it.
Famous song Honolulu from Czech Kamelot band, here are honolulu_ukululu chords.
Today it is 57 years since Goeorge Formby death. His unforgettable style is still alive and more and more popular. You can learn about this style on one of workshops on this year Ukulele festival in Únětice.
One more video from the Polish festival. It is mix from Ken Middleton and his friends from Lucky Leles and workshops.
Song With a little help from my friends from (in my opinon the best one) album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from Beatles. here are easy chords from C, with the original can be played with capo on 4th fret. Or here are chords from E for the original
Instrumental version ( (Klaus Schindler):
On pages John’s ukulele there is a handbook for campanella style for download.
One video from Polish Ukuele festival
The Polish festival is behind us. Workshops of Ken Middleton, interesting concerts and mostly lot of fun and ukuleles. Don't miss next year, it is quite near and worth going.
Písnička Dezertér od skupiny Původní Bureš, tady jsou akordy pro ukulele v pdf, je to ve stejné tónině jako originál. Děkuju za tip Karlovi a Ondrovi a tímto je zdravím, pokud sem někdy zabloudí 🙂
Redbubble from Australia offers also ukulele stickers of various sizes, postage to CZ is from some 2 EUR.
On Ukulele festival pages there is preliminary program of workshops We can look forward e.g. for Reggae on a ´ukulele, Blues basics, You don't have to learn all those chords
On pages Ukulele festival is already more detailed preliminary program. On Friday will be trip to Kutná Hora, on Saturday and Sunday traditionally in Unětice. There will be again amazing Bad Mouse Orchestra or Honoka and Azita !
David Chen is today at Hawaii staring work on new CD. We can shorten waiting time by this video.
Anne Janelle new album from November I Didn’t Want to Break It here is song In The Morning from it:
At our neighbors they are preparing for 2nd Polish festival, which takes place on Feb 24th in Slawkow near Krakow.
Podle facebooku už se tamní nemohou dočkat, tak už začali s losováním prvního ukulele…
Tomorrow, Friday Feb 2nd, it will be World Ukulele Day ! Na hromnice ukulele více.
You probably agree that the E chord is frequent topic for discussion of starting ukuelele players. Matt Dahlberg here in his video summarizes that. If you hurry up, you can win Islander, which he shows that on.
Xiaomi (Chinese mobile phones maker) produces smart ukulele "Populele" with 72 LEDs on fretboard and can communicate via bluetooth with application on phone.
English driver used hour of waiting for assistance service when his car broke on highway and created song. Shouldn't be ukulele part of the compulsory car equipment ? :-)
Successful people play on ukulele, they write in an article Víkendy v podání úspěšných a bohatých. But warning, you should not trust everything, they write also you should get up at 4:30 (and mean AM) ! :-)
In the documentary Tichá píseň Javorů starting at time 2:25 Petr Ulrych plays song Jááá on ukulele.
Every 8th home has ukulele already, they write in idnes.
At beginning of May there is going to be 5 days ukulele retreat at Želiv, more at pages of Ukulele Institute
On pages Ukulele festivalu (http://www.ukulelefestival.cz) there is already preliminary program, this year it is going to be a woman version :-)