Jim Beloff teaches you how to tune and hold your uke, develop rhythmic strums, and play the basic chord positions. He starts with the simplest of tunes, but quickly progresses to songs with more complex chords and progressions. In short order, you'll be playing and singing "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands," "When The Saints Go Marching In," "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain," "A Bicycle Built For Two," "Give My Regards To Broadway" and "Aloha Oe." Once you've mastered these classic songs, it won't be hard to pick up a songbook and go on to strumming any tune you like.
To add to the enjoyment of this lesson, Jim introduces you to three very special guests: Travis Harrelson, a well known Southern California-based uke player and collector, demonstrates his masterful strumming techniques; Poncie Ponce, best known for his role as Kim the taxi driver in the TV show "Hawaiian Eye," performs his famous uke solo of Stars And Stripes Forever; and Ian Whitcomb, a popular recording artist and radio personality, uses the uke as the perfect accompaniment to his English music-hall style of singing.
Finally, Jim takes you into his home for a tour of his vast ukulele collection. While showing off some of his favorite vintage ukes, Jim relates the colorful history of this most "joyful" of musical instruments.
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