Schedule | 2015

Florida Tour

Marathon Theater
Marathon Key, Florida Jan. 11
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Bonita Springs Uke Group
Bonita Springs, Florida Feb. 28
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Sarasota Uke Group
Sarasota, Florida March 7
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East Pasco/HernandoUke Group
Zephyrhills, Florida March 15
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Gainesville Uke Group
Gainesville, Florida March 16
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Reno Uke Fest
Sparks, Nevada Apr. 30-May 3
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West Coast Uke Retreat
Pacific Grove, California May 13-17
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Kerrville Folk Fest Uke Camp
Kerrville, Texas June 1-3
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Pt. Townsend Uke Fest
Pt. Townsend, Wash. October 7-11
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Previous Events

Ashokan Uke Fest-NY

Austin Ukulele Weekend

Britt Ukulele Getaway

California Ukulele Academy

Corktown Uke Jam-Toronto

Lone Star Uke Fest-Dallas

Kerrville Folk Festival

Lake Tahoe Uke Retreat

Langley BC Workshops

Melbourne Ukulele Festival

2012 & 2014 NAMM Shows

Tampa Bay Getaway

Ukulele Club de Montreal

Vancouver BC Uke Fest

West Coast Ukulele Retreat

Wine County Uke Fest

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

Tools For Learning To Play Ukulele By Ear Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1 DVD

52 minute lesson $22 + shipping

  Digital Download $20 Add to Cart

Volume 1 is for anyone just getting started on the ukulele as well as anyone wanting to know the structure of music, and how to hear what’s going on in songs.  It’s designed to teach to you to hear what is going on in songs instead of always relying on printed music. Playing music is a whole lot more fun when you are not staring at a piece of sheet music, but instead listening to what is happening and playing along. In less than an hour, Jim will have you and your ukulele ready to drive into thousands of songs, and play them by ear! Topics include Tuning By Ear, The C Major Scale, Intervals, Chord Progressions and more. Chapters: The C Tone Tuning By Ear C: The Home Key F: The IV Chord Chord Progressions IntervalsDiatonic Chords “I am VERY impressed with this DVD. It covers how to play the way you really want to when playing for fun, without written music, just by listening. It also covers basics lacking in many how-to musical DVDs including strumming and tuning without always relying on electronic tuners. It’s fun, funny and I can play a couple of songs after two days of steady practice.” Customer

Play-By-Ear-1-5-WEBPlay Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1 .5: Playing By The Numbers
45 minute lesson $22+shipping

Digital Download $20 Add to Cart

Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1.5: Playing By The Numbers is designed for the beginning to intermediate ukulele student wanting to learn how basic song structure works using the Number System, as opposed to using letter names to identify the chords in a progression.  Vol. 1.5 bridges the gap between Vol. 1: Learning to Listen which is a live play-along beginning lesson and Vol. 2: Chord Progressions & The Circle of 5ths, an intermediate lesson which teaches using the Circle of 5ths to map popular chord progressions.CHAPTERS Welcome C Tuning Notes C Major Scale C Chromatic Scale Intervals Building Major Chords I-V-I Chord Progression I-V7-I Chord Progression I-IV-V7-I Chord Progression 12 Bar Blues I-vi-IV-V7-I Chord Progression I-vi-ii-V7-I Chord Progression I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression C Major Diatonic Chords Non-Diatonic Chords Circle of 5ths Close


Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 2 DVD

55 minute lesson $22 + shipping

Digital Download  $20 Add to Cart


Volume 2 is for the intermediate to advanced player wanting to learn how all songs work by studying the patterns of chord progressions. Learn songs in advance by training your ears to tune by ear, hear chords, chord progressions and musical intervals. Jim will also demystify the Circle of 5ths, the roadmap to the musical universe! Chapters: Tuning By Ear Tension & Resolution 5th Interval FinderThe Tri-tone Interval Circle of 5ths Perpetual 5ths Exercise Dominant 7th Chord Progressions 7th Chord Inversions Major Scale Intervals Diatonic Chords Diatonic Chord Progressions The 12 Bar Blues Jazz Chord Progression Indie Songwriter Chord Progression Learning a Song From Sheet Music Transposing “I learned more in hour from you than I have in a year trying to learn by myself. Just got done playing your DVD 2. The mystery of the circle of fifths is no more.” California Student

Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 3 Soloing DVD with Brian Oberlin

54 minute lesson $22 + shipping

Digital Download  $20   Add to Cart

Internationally recognized music educators Jim D’Ville and Brian Oberlin have created a systematic approach to learning the art of soloing on the ukulele.  This groundbreaking fifty-four minute DVD will  give you all the tools you’ll need to progress from playing simple scale and arpeggio exercises to begin creating your own solos.  The Play Ukulele By Ear series has helped thousands of ukulele players worldwide “get off the paper” and experience the fun of playing music by ear.  Now the same “by ear” approach will help you learn the art of soloing.

Soloing DVD Table of Contents: 
1-Welcome 2-C Tuning Notes 3 -The Musical Alphabet: Chromatic & Major Scales 4-Hearing Scales Over Chords: F-C-C7 5-   Playing The Changes 6-Telling A Story With Your Solo 7-Creating A Solo: Building A Path To The Target Notes 8-Tell Your Story From The V 9-Soloing On The Blues: C Blues Scale 10-Building Blues Licks 11-Hammers-Pull Offs-Rips-Slides 12 -I-V-I Backing Track In F 13-12 Bar Blues Backing Track In C 14 -Final Thoughts


Magical Circle of 5ths & Key Transposing Wheel $10 +shipping

    A-440 Tuning Fork $10 + shipping


caravangogh1 The 3 Faces of Steve EP/CD

Caravan Gogh’s long awaited follow up to their 2007 CD is here, with original members: Gideon Freudmann (cello), Jim D’Ville (ukulele) and Brian Oberlin (mandolin) joined by Brad Price (guitar). “The 3 Faces of Steve” covers a lot of musical ground in the course of 7 acoustic tunes (5 originals), including a lilting waltz, a rootsy blues, an uptempo swing tune, an old (re-imagined) spanish classical guitar tune and the decidedly schizophrenic title tune which alludes to a book about a woman with a most peculiar personality disorder. But be assured, this recording is very sane, coherent and above all good fun! Download the EP now at CD Baby by clicking HERE.  Coming soon to iTunes.
Hard Copy CD $10+Shipping

Caravan Gogh CD

Debut recording by Portland, Oregon acoustic quartet Caravan Gogh.  Jim D’Ville-ukulele, Gideon Freudmann-cello, Brian Oberlin-Mandolin, and Calin Uhlig-bass.  Sneakers, the single from the CD was featured in Sing Out magazine!  Purchase from iTunes or CD Baby.



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Play Ukulele By Ear 1
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Play Ukulele By Ear 1.5
Playing By The Numbers
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Play Ukulele By Ear 2
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Play Ukulele By Ear 3 NEW! Soloing DVD or Download more info


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