Category «How-to»

Easy Peasy (part 2) … but theoretically complex

It’s surprisingly easy to play complex harmonies on a ukulele, in many cases because the first and fourth strings (A and G) are only one tone apart. One of my earliest posts here on the GRÜBS blog, about the process of writing “Sweet Rebecca”, alluded to this. The chords in that song are all jazzy ones with complex …

Easy Peasy (part 1)

Believe it or not, the best way to do something is sometimes the easiest way. If you play your instrument the “easy” way (by which I mean without unnecessary effort), you’ll play better, sound better, and end up having more fun. And then you’ll be motivated to practice more, and your playing will get even …

Advanced Metronomics

Let’s start with a quick review of Metronomics 101: Plain and simple, practicing with a metronome (or drum machine or “click track” or what-have-you) will make you play better. If you really give it a chance, I think you will be amazed at the results. When the GRÜBS did our first few recording sessions, playing …

Metronomics 101

Sheri has a love-hate relationship with metronomes. “It’s more of a hate-love relationship, really”, she corrects me; “the hate comes first.” She elaborates below … I don’t want to use a metronome because They’re boring. TAP tap tap tap TAP tap tap tap TAP tap tap tap ARE we done yet HOW much lon-ger HOW …

Midwest Uke (and Harmonica) Camp, June 2018

FYI: We were just informed about the June 2018 Midwest Uke and Harmonica Camp, sponsored by Elderly Instruments. (The GRÜBS are not affiliated with this camp; just passing along the info.) The all-inclusive weekend offers a packed slate of workshops, performances, and musical camaraderie. We have assembled a world class staff teaching artists, offering our attendees over …