For nearly two decades, the Magnetic Fields’ frontman Stephin Merritt has shown the world that the ukulele is as powerful a songwriting and performing tool as any fretted instrument. Often compared to the tunesmiths of Tin Pan Alley, Merritt is a unique force, a prolific composer and even the author of a book on each of the two-letter words suitable for Scrabble. In short, he’s one of our favorite people.
This informative and entertaining tutorial will teach you a myriad of fingerpicking and chording techniques. Del Rey takes a guitar player's approach to the instrument, using her three fingers to get syncopated melody and harmony lines against a steady thumb beat. She teaches you how to play cool riffs, turnarounds, blues songs and up-beat dance tunes.
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.
Dear Georgiana sings "It Was You."
Filmed at Miles of Music Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. Audio & Video by Jacob Blumberg for Mason Jar Music.
FEATURING: Lauren Balthrop - ukulele and vocals
Though all four members of Rabbit Wilde grew up running around wooded areas of the same small town in the farthest Northwest corner of Washington state, brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer didn't meet Miranda Zickler, the third founding member, until they had all ended up in New York City. This kind of backyard folk seasoned by the big-city is at the root of their high-energy sound and stage presence. The group revamps classic string band instrumentation with homespun percussion and the unique integration of six-string ukulele and Jillian Walker on cello.