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How to play the Jew’s harp

How to play the Jew’s harp

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The many names of the Jew's harp--jaw harp, mouth harp, maultrommel, mungharpe, munngiga, and trump--attest to the instrument's popularity. Ron Berry is an Australian instrument maker as well as a Jew’s harp player and importer. “I like to play them at the market and watch people’s eyes go wide,” he says. “It’s just one of those sounds I guess. People love them because they’re nice and easy to play. You can pick them up and get a sound out of them straight away without much technique.” Jew’s harps have carved a niche in nearly every part of the world and can be found in quite a few shapes and styles. This tutorial focuses on those jaw harps held against a musician’s parted teeth. Parts of a Jew’s Harp A Jew’s harp consists of two parts--the frame and the tongue or reed. The vi
Vintage ukulele collectible as Investments

Vintage ukulele collectible as Investments

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Vintage ukulele collecting can be a fun way of investing money. Like car enthusiast who collect Corvettes or people who deal in antique toys, furniture or sports memorabilia, there is a worldwide market and appeal for vintage ukulele. Just like any antique, ukulele have a history and tell stories. They also have a proven track record for generating money .Here is some advice for someone starting out. What Makes a Vintage Ukulele Collectable Condition- Whether its baseball cards or Barbie Dolls or any kind of collectable antique, condition is very important. Vintage ukulele in excellent condition is always worth more than ukulele in average shape. Other criteria for the ukulele to be worth money are Originality- Any modifications, replaced parts or repairs, no matter how sma...
Ukulele renaissance and gift ideas for music lovers

Ukulele renaissance and gift ideas for music lovers

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Are ukuleles enjoying a resurgence in popularity? George Harrison (of the Beatles, hello!) was a huge ukulele player and proponent. Tiny Tim was also a uke strummer but most people would rather forget that. Now it seems that this 4-string mini-guitar-like instrument is making a small but eloquent comeback. Origins of the Ukulele Invented by Portugese immigrants in Hawaii, the ukulele has the advantage of being small and portable. It's better than a back-packer type guitar because it has a richer, fuller tone than the portable guitar. The ukulele may be second fiddle to the guitar since it's smaller and has four strings to the guitar's six, but it's still an instrument that has a wide range of tone. There are also several sizes of ukulele such as: soprano 13” concert 15” t
Has technology ruined vintage ukulele player

Has technology ruined vintage ukulele player

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The vintage ukulele is one of the most iconic instruments in the world of music. In its short popularity over the past few decades, it is one of the world's most played instruments. The main appeal has been sparked by the introduction of famous rock stars causing many people to take up the instrument so they can emulate their favorite musicians. The advent of technology further enhanced the vintage ukulele world. It is now easy to record vintage ukulele via your computer and many musicians are taking a DIY approach. Vintage ukulele players can easily learn new things with just a quick little search and there's the introduction of the vintage ukulele series bringing a more party and front room approach to the ukulele concept. However, recent developments also raise one question. Do they rea...
How to learn 6 string ukulele online

How to learn 6 string ukulele online

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Professional beatbox flute player, Greg Pattillo, is blown away by the volume of internet resources available to musicians today. With his first flute lessons in the 80’s, he falls among the last generation of musicians who had to learn music the old fashioned way. “I had to search long and hard for boot legged tapes of live recordings,” he remembers. “I couldn’t just open up my iTunes and download them, you know.” Nowadays, Pattillo makes his living playing flute, but he’s used the web to learn a variety of musical instruments including 6 string ukulele purely for enjoyment. “I got my mitts on an alto sax not so long ago,” he says, “and now I have something like YouTube where I can get exercises, hear different people play the same things, teach myself how to have an opinion about
Parents and kids ukulele – Their first song

Parents and kids ukulele – Their first song

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Kids ukulele - Once parents and kids have found their instruments, the kids ukulele, and learned the basics of tuning and holding them properly in parts one and two of this article, they’re ready to start playing. What’s a Chord or Home Ukulele Chords Playing the kids ukulele usually involves strumming chords to accompany a singer. Basically, home ukulele chords are notes that sound good together. Each string on the kids ukulele produces one note, but when strummed at once, the four notes create a chord. The trick is pressing the strings down in the right spots so the notes harmonize with each other. Play a C Chord on the Kids Ukulele The song Frere Jacques is rare in that it only has one chord; a C chord. To play a C on the ukulele, only two fingers are needed. Before talking a