This Is Roz Focusing: The Ukulele Question—Part I

September 10, 2011

See the full post for links that will entertain you.

While there might be 1,000,000 reasons not to learn to play the ukulele surely this video by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain provides one of the strongest reasons FOR learning to play. (That's also primo whistling!)

Just as fun "Life on Mars" played by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain  manages to work in "My Way," "Once in My Life," and a couple other tunes.

And if you are in the listening mode check out the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's rendition of "Misirlu" (known to many from the film "Pulp Fiction").

For information on the group, or to purchase recordings, go to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's web site.

    • Jen Schultz
    • September 10, 2011

    My husband just bought a ukulele at the Fair, and has been plucking nonstop: he’s in love. Thanks for the great links!

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    Jen, how fun for you! It’s an adventure just finding out about the resurgence of popularity.

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    Roz, you have the bug. You will be getting a Uke of your own in no time. They are so much fun, I love mine, and my local group!

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    PLEASE note that ukuleles are almost as fun to draw as they are to play. Sensuous little shape and a mere four strings to draw. I have sketchbooks full of them. It’s the way I get to tell my husband why I absolutely HAVE to have the latest “model”.

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    Carol, that’s outrageous. I love it!

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    Skulleigh, it’s looking more and more that way. I’ve already got pages and pages of song lyrics!

    • Leslie Schramm
    • September 11, 2011

    I’ve seen the Uke Ochrestra of Great Britain, pretty much sellouts everywhere and great fun. The BBC proms had them for a late night prom concert, and managed 972 ukes in the room, all playing together. Schools here often teach the uke instead of the violin, for which I am sure many parents are relieved, and personally the Great Glasgow Wind Band one Christmas suddenly Produced SMUT the Scottish Multi-cultural Ukelele Troup, as a surprise in the middle of the concert and they have a great time. Looking forward to the first Uke Sketch Go for Fire Engine RED!!!, and the tales of swearing at recalitrant fingers.

    • judith
    • September 11, 2011

    Glad you have the bug! I have seen them live too, including their version of Teenage Dirtbag which is screamingly funny.

    • Nancy Patterson
    • September 12, 2011

    I have found that playing a musical instrument has enhanced my creativity. I say GO FOR IT!!! (At this moment, a concertina is finding it’s way from the East Coast..into my little hands!) 🙂 Enjoy Roz!!

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    Nancy, I still go upstairs now and then and play the piano (though I should get the tuner in!) and I have several harmonicas I play upon occasion. But for a host of reasons, too involved to explain, both endeavors are a bit melancholy and too nostalgic for me. So the uke seems to hold out the promise of music as well as no baggage!

    • Margo
    • September 14, 2011

    Roz, I just spent a couple of hours going from one UOGB vid to another. What a blast, thanks for the links.

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