It has been fun to hang out with Ukenthused over the past few weeks writing a new song together!
It was so great to just sing through a bunch of these great jazz standards in my lesson tonight. I haven’t sung these in such a long time mainly because I’ve been focused on really deep learning a few specific songs lately. We spent so much time working on all of these last year. Some of them were still good... others I forgot some of the words! I know what playlist I’ll be listening to tomorrow 🤣
When you’re trying to add some MIDI tracks on to your computer and suddenly you hear Aura Lee with a drum beat coming through the headphones...?
This weekend the Ukulele World Congress event in Indiana, USA, ran using an online format... which made it possible to attend from here. Not only did I perform in their open mic, but I also took the opportunity to attend several of their Zoom calls - I basically attended whenever I could across the event. It was so great chatting with so many ukulele people, jamming and singing songs together!
On Monday night I dropped in to the weekly Zoom call for @goldfieldsukestra as their special guest. I performed a couple of songs and ran a jam, but in particular, I also ran a workshop. Teaching is something that I’m really passionate about in life - so much so that I’m actually a professional trainer in my day job. I love explaining things that seem super complex in such a simple way that everyone feels like they can take it on. For this workshop I taught some patterns to help memorise the fretboard and applied these to help learn some pentatonic scales, but not just the same three frets that everyone usually covers in workshops. I split them into different complexities so there would also be a challenge for those that were up to it. I even made a left handed diagram after one lady asked for one. Although I play right handed, I’m actually a lefty, so I understand! The session was really well received and people seem to have gotten a lot from it - I really enjoyed doing this. Thanks for asking me @kimagery.live
I am a ukulele player, percussionist, vocalist, photographer and community volunteer in the south east suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.