Less than ten years ago there was an ukulele workshop at the Folk Fest and I was the only attendee. Today over 20 people turned out to play a few tunes, practice some chord changes and strum patterns and basically just get our “uke” on. What fun!
As promised, below are the links that were listed on the printouts. If I forgot anything, or you find other links you want to share, please let me know and we’ll get them posted. Safe trip home to everyone visiting from out of town and we look forward to seeing some more of you locals at a Rockwell Jam some Sunday soon!
~Rhonda, Amy & Reid
Basic Ukulele Chord Chart (along with some info and history) from Squidoo
Basic Strum Patterns
Ukulele Mike’s 12-Bar Blues lesson
Uke Boutique’s 12-Bar Blues in G (scroll down to May 21, 2012 post)
General Resource sites
Song Chord Index Links
(in addition so several listed above)
Aldrine Guerrero at Ukulele Underground
Brett McQueen at Ukulele Tricks
“Ukulele Mike” (Mike Lynch) has a YouTube Channel
Buying an Ukulele
Elderly Instruments has its own Ukulele Department
The Alaska Folk Fest is every night this week from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., and all day Saturday and Sunday, at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau. Performances, workshops, jams and dances will be happening both at the festival and around town. The scheduled events are available online and at Centennial Hall. Joining the lineup of festival workshops this weekend, the Jambusters crew will be leading a Beginning Ukulele workshop from 1:30-3:00 on Sunday in the Egan Room at Centennial.
One thing not on the schedule but not to be missed is the 3rd annual Liars’ & Fiddlers’ Consort happening at the Alaska State Museum on Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Open to all tellers of tall tales willing to spin a story for those in attendance. It was a hoot last year and definitely on my itinerary for this year’s folkfestivities.
Most of the usual Jambuster suspects will be attending workshops, getting ready to perform (GO SELMA!) or just sleeping in this Sunday, so there may be a small turnout for the regular Rockwell jam from 11-1. Of course, if anyone shows up the jam is on. Collette even suggested it be a true Jambuster jam, complete with all ukuleles, banjos, bagpipes, and players of saws and cowbells. Our mascot will be Bert as the One-Man-Band in Mary Poppins ( from a post by sameasiteverwas )
And if no one else shows, you can always enjoy a yummy brunch from Costa’s Diner at Rockwells and play with yourself. Happy festing, everyone!
Junior Jambusters posing with Jake backstage in the Green Room.
There were some nervous parents taking these photos as Jake handed the ONLY ukulele he carries with him on tour to each of the kids in turn for a photo ops.
Great concert. Send me any good photos of the performance if you have them. I was too busy watching his fingers fly to take any. My favorite was his encore song, a beautiful rendition of the Hawaiian classic “Akaka Falls”, also performed (and recorded) at a concert in Fresno, CA.
Not only a talented musician, but a very nice person. Truly a class act.
Some Jambusters turned out at the Gold Town Nickelodeon this evening to play a few tunes prior to the showing of Life on Four Strings, a documentary about Jake Shimabukuro. Thanks to Collette Costa for inviting us and Betsy Sims for the photo.
Jake will be here to perform in Juneau THIS MONDAY, Feb 11th! The show is almost sold out, but there are still a few seats left. Visit the Juneau Jazz & Classics website for info and to purchase tickets.
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It is official – Jake Shimabukuro is coming to perform in Juneau! We are so lucky that Linda Rosenthal, JJ&C Artistic Director, seized the opportunity to bring this first class and world famous musician to our city. Jake is a true champion of the ukulele, demonstrating the full range of what is possible on our beloved little uke. Tickets are already starting to move, so get yours soon and please help spread the word. For more info, go to the Juneau Jazz & Classics website.
I’ve been away, but hear that the jam numbers are growing. If you have attended over the winter break and want to send me the titles & artists of songs played, I’ll hunt down links to videos and chords to post so folks can practice. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones!
Field trip anyone? As a long-time anglophile, this would make it possible to check several items off my bucket list in one trip. A girl can dream, can’t she?
photo by Steve Jurvetson, taken during TED Rediscovering Wonder
Closer to home, ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro will be touring in Alaska in February and it is in the works to bring him here to Juneau!!! If it happens, I know what I will be giving my Valentine.
We’ll be at the Rockwell for brunch and music again tomorrow between 11-1. Come early to eat and tune. Here are some pictures from a couple Sunday’s back.