Ukulele Workshops

 

Schedule | 2017

Dusty Strings
Seattle, Washington September 9
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Rexville Grange
Mount Vernon, Washington September 10
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Lincoln City Cultural Center
Lincoln City, Oregon Sept. 14
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Tunes In The Dunes
Lincoln City, Oregon Sept. 15-17
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SOUP
Ashland, Oregon September 23
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Aria School of Music
Reno, Nevada September 27
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The Strum Shop
Roseville, California September 30
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Davis Ukulele Group
Davis, California October 3
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5 Cities Ukuleles
Arroyo Grande, California October 7
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Don’s String Shop
Los Osos, California October 7
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Antelope Valley Uke Fest
Lancaster, California October 14
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Kern River Ukulele Club
Kernville, California October 17
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Ukulele End of Summer Blowout
Ventura, California October 21
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Caravan Gogh + Oregon Mandolin Orchestra
Hillsboro, Oregon December 9
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Jim D’Ville Bio

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Jim D'Ville

I took up the 5-string banjo
exactly 33 years after this
photo was taken.

Little did I know that my dreams of being the next Earl Scruggs were to be
dashed by the humble ukulele.

At age 43 after ten years of trying to memorize banjo tab and then play it back, my wife’s grandmother gave me a 70 year old Columbia Hawaiian soprano ukulele that had been in her closet for more than 50 years. To please grandma, I took the
uke and bought an instruction book. But I was tired of memorizing music out of books!

That approach did not turn me into a musician on the banjo and I doubted that I would have a different outcome on the ukulele. So I just practiced chord progressions and inversions and listening to the sounds I was making. I found I was developing an emotional relationship with the chords I was playing and realized why songwriters choose specific chords to garner a certain emotional response from the listener. My mission then was to teach other adult beginners the fundamentals of music from an ear-based approach, Play Ukulele By Ear.

Ukulele Tutorials

Playing By Ear


Play Ukulele By Ear 1
Vol. 1 DVD or Download
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Play Ukulele By Ear 1.5
Playing By The Numbers
NEW! DVD or Download more info


Play Ukulele By Ear 2
Vol. 2 DVD or Download
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Play Ukulele By Ear 3 NEW! Soloing DVD or Download more info

 


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