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              Upcoming Jazzy Ukulele Workshops - See you there!
Feb 1  
Penang, Malaysia, Manuel Uke Shop
Feb 8  Singapore, Ukulele Movement
March 6-7 Seoul, Korea for GGUM Ukulele Co. (contact:
March 23-27 Ukulele Band Camp-Columbia Gorge, Oregon (
April 4 Seattle,Dusty Strings Music (part A)
April 5 Seattle,Dusty Strings Music (Part B)

 Jazzy Ukulele
Workbooks 1 & 2
(Also available for Baritones)

This is the book that started it all. The basics for playing standards on the ukulele are clearly explained in an easy-to-read format.
Go to The Store!

 Bossa Nova Book!
Plus Bossa Nova Videos
(Also available for Baritones)

Now in "The Store"!

The all new Bossa Nova book with new jazz arrangements. A Bossa Nova Strums video
shows you how to make your ukulele do the bossa nova. You'll be halfway to Rio with the bossa nova special package.   

About the ukulele and tuning I use on my YouTube lessons.

I play baritone ukulele tuned in two different ways. One in normal DGBE, bari tuning and another for many of my YouTube videos that's strung with baritone length,  concert tuned strings. (GCEA) This allows me to play along with smaller ukes. If you want to string your bari this way it’s important to get baritone length strings to accommodate the size of the longer instrument. If you don't find these special baritone length, GCEA strings in your local music store, Order them on Amazon by clicking here
I like my baritone because there’s more room for my fingers to play smoothly as I move up the neck. Also the large body resonates with a bigger sound. That’s nice for playing jazz chords. Riptide Ukulele is my sponsor. I chose them because I like the precision craftsmanship and smooth play-ability of their instruments. (

Playing with a low G string on your ukulele

I like to use a low G string* on my ukulele when I’m playing jazz standards or blues. Playing with the typical high G is cool but I prefer a low G string myself because it brings out a more true sound for the jazz chords. There are various ways to put a low G on your ukulele. You might want to try it out yourself sometime. If you’re interested and get an info sheet you can print out explaining how I go about it. Click here: low_G_string_method.pdf10.2 KB

 I prefer Aquila strings, Click Here for Aqulia Ukulele Strings!


Why learn jazz patterns?

When you study jazz patterns you aren't just memorizing songs. You learn how jazz chords are played together in combinations. Then, when you are learning standards, you can put these combinations to use over and over, making things much easier. There’s also a lot of creative satisfaction in just playing the patterns by themselves, even when they aren't part of a song. You can also write your own jazzy songs with them.

  Full length sample video lessons
Please enjoy the videos below. There are more in the Store
 Major Patterns

Autumn Leaves Lesson

Ronnie & Alma - Cole Porter My favorite student videos & others



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Top 50 Ukulele Sites
   Here's a link for digital jazz       fake books. Recommended! 


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