Ukulele instructor and recording artist, Bruce Shimabukuro, is back with his second lesson on strumming. In his first strumming lesson, he went over some of the basics including tips on technique. This time he goes over chords and hand placement.
We recently received an order for a KoAloha Ukulele through our parter, The Ukebox. Here, Issac shows us what the ukulele looks and sounds like prior to putting it in the case for shipping. Actually, it doesn’t ship from the store. It goes from the store to our fulfillment center where it is carefully packed for shipping. Part of that process includes loosening the strings as a precaution. Our shipping experts told us that the strings should be loosened for shipping in case the package gets bounced around during transit. If the strings are tight during an impact, the strings could put extra pressure and friction on the instrument. So for shipping, loose strings are better. Anyway, as this video says, this ukulele is on its way to a customer in Jersey City, which is about as far from Hawaii as it gets in the US. We hope the customer loves his shiny new ukulele!
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If you’re trying to teach yourself the ukulele, Bruce’s intro lessons is a good place to start. In his first lesson he goes over the basics of strumming, including some technique pointers. Give us some feedback on this video so we can take that into consideration when doing future ukulele video lessons.
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If you’re interested in learning how to play the ukulele but aren’t sure if you’re ready to invest the time and money in classes yet, check out our free video lessons featuring Bruce Shimabukuro. In this first intro video, Bruce explains what he plans to go over in his first few lessons.
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Besides Hawaiian clothing, few other things are associated with Hawaii as much as the ukulele. By the way, the Hawaiian ukulele is actually based on a small guitar-like instrument that was brought to Hawaii by immigrants from Portugal. But that’s another story. The ukulele has always been a popular instrument because it’s small and relatively simple to play…although I can’t play it because I am what you would call “untalented”. Interest in the instrument has also risen in recent years because of the music of the late artist Israel Kamakawio’ole, especially his renditions of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and other songs.
Bruce Shimabukuro, a Hawaii ukulele musician and instructor, was kind enough to give us a free lesson on picking and strumming at Ukulele Pua Pua, and ukulele shop at the Sheraton Waikiki. His picking and strumming lesson is not meant to teach you how to play but rather simply to give you a starting point before you dive in and sign up for lessons and buy your own ukulele. I actually saw him perform live a couple times before and can tell you that he is both talented and quite the entertainer. And he also explains things very clearly. In fact if you ever visit Hawaii, I suggest you to Ukulele Pua Pua at the Sheraton Waikiki and see if you can get one of his free lessons just to see if the ukulele is something you’re interested in.
We hope you enjoy watching and listening to this video. Please give us your feedback as we hope this is just the first in a series of ukulele video lessons we will produce over the next few months.