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Nashville Uke Society
April 15 7-8:30pm CT

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Red Sky Ukuleles UK
April 24 4-5:30pm GMT

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Houston Ukulele Group
April 27 7-8:30pm CT

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LA Jumpin’ Fleas
April 29 7-8:30pm PT

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Ithaca Ukulele Group
April 30 3-4:30pm ET

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Edmonton Ukulele Circle
May 12 7-8:30pm MT

Three-Chord Heartbreak:
The Structure of Country Music
Gaithersburg Ukulele Fest
May 20 8-9pm ET

 

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Uke Spotlight: Get In The Loop!

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by dville

My friend Chuck “Chainsaw” Holloway was visiting from Oregon last week.  I was helping him with a beginning bluegrass banjo instructional DVD.  What’s that have to do with the ukulele?  Loops.  Chuck employs a system of memorizing snippets of melody he calls Looping.  His looping technique is not simply playing the lick over and over  and over, but adding the loop into your mind and muscle memory.  It’s almost akin to a cross between Professor Harold Hill’s “think system” and a finger aerobics class.   You are not only playing the loop repeatedly, you are internalizing the sound and how it feels in your hands to play it.

Here’s an example of looping a portion of a melody using James Hill’s ukulele big band arrangement of This Little Light Of Mine.

I also incorporate the solfege syllables (do-re-mi etc.) in my looping practice which helps me to transpose and play the same melody in any key.

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