Schedule | 2015

Steel City Uketoberfest
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania October 17
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Allegheny Ukulele Kollective
Altoona, Pennsylvania October 18
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Ukulele Ceilidh
Liverpool, Nova Scotia October 22-25
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Rainspout Music Festival
Yachats, Oregon November 14
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2016 Schedule

Ukulele Cruise
The Caribbean February 15-25
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Ukulele University
Bend, Oregon July 15-17
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Selected Previous Events

Ashokan Uke Fest NY

Britt Uke Fest OR

California Uke Academy CA

James Hill Workshops Canada

Kerrville Folk Festival TX

Lake Tahoe Uke Retreat CA

Melbourne, Australia Uke Fest

NAMM Show Kala Artist CA

Portland Uke Fest OR

Port Townsend Uke Fest WA

Reno Ukulele Festival NV

Seattle Uke Fest WA

Sunshine Uke Fest Australia

West Coast Ukulele Retreat CA

Wine Country Uke Festival CA

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Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Jim D'Ville
  Picking Ukulele By Ear DVD
  55 minute lesson  $22 + shipping

Digital Download $20  Add to Cart

 Picking Ukulele By Ear is the newest video lesson in the Play Ukulele By Ear lesson library.  NO TAB, NO HANDOUTS, just an organic approach to learning to finger-pick and play what you hear in your head.  This lesson is designed for the person who wants to learn basic three-finger style finger-picking and improve their ear training on the instrument.  Chapters include the Forward Roll, Backward Roll, The Pinch, Single-String Picking, and several songs Jim has chosen to highlight each picking technique.

  Strumming Ukulele By Ear DVD
42 minute lesson  $22 + shipping


Digital Download $20  Add to Cart

 Strumming Ukulele By Ear is our other new video lesson in the Play Ukulele By Ear lesson library.  NO TAB, NO HANDOUTS, just an organic approach to training the strumming hand to play what you hear in your head.  This lesson is designed for the person who is just getting started on the uke, those who are afflicted with ISS (Incessant Strum Syndrome), and anyone who wants to spice up their strumming and improve their musicality on the instrument.  Chapters include the Basic Index Finger Strum, Triplets, Flourish, Tremolo, Chunky Chop, Rhythm & Timing Exercises and and more!

Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1: Learning To Listen 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-WEB Play 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: Chord Progressions & The Circle of 5ths 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


PlayByEar3-Front-Web 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




Caravan Gogh Recordings

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 $15+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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