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Thread: Your invitation to the Seasons of the Ukulele!

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    Talking Your invitation to the Seasons of the Ukulele!

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    This is an invitation to UU members (and lurkers!)
    who have never posted a uking video,
    but think you maybe...possibly...might like to try it.



    All UU members are invited to post a video in a Seasons challenge. After one video post, you become a Seasonista, and the sky will be bluer and your cereal will taste better from that day forward!
    If you post videos in subsequent weeks, you gradually develop performance confidence and a bunch of uking buddies who care how you're developing.
    The Seasons' founding father is chrimess, who came up with the idea and who posts videos regularly.

    Here's generally how it works:
    + Seasons of the Ukulele is a subforum under UU Contests.
    + The Seasons weeks are friendly challenges, not competitions! It's a community of ukers who play and encourage each other. Each Season is hosted by a volunteer Seasonista.
    + Each Season runs from early Sunday to midnight the following Sunday—you have 8 days to prepare and record a video for that week's theme.
    + Each theme is chosen by the volunteer host (you have to be a Seasonista to host) and announced when the Season launches so everyone has the same time to prepare.
    + The host offers some kind of judging, but it's not always based on skills—it may be the feeling you project. Sometimes it's a drawing. Once it was knife-throwing.
    + There are prizes, but they're generally just for fun.

    The best things about participating:
    1) It builds your confidence. Kindly people—who have all been beginners!—comment encouragingly.
    2) It gives you a goal to get good at a song each week.
    3) You get to know some UU members better by watching them and interacting on the thread.
    4) You can hear a wide variety of songs and styles, many of which may be new to you.

    Questions? Ask in this thread, ask any Seasonista, or ask Ralf (Theonlyukethatmatters), who is the Seasons' marvelous Volunteer Coordinator. He keeps the hosting sign-up list and has posted all the playlists in one thread.


    Please join us in the Seasons—just one entry makes you a Seasonista!
    You don't have to be perfect—you're good enough right now!


    —Ginny


    Here's the omni-playlist link: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/fo...of-the-Ukulele

    Here are the themes we've done so far: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/fo...future-Seasons

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    Last edited by GinnyT11; 04-22-2014 at 02:18 AM.
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    Plus, if you're an established, even professional ukulele player, participating in the Seasons of the Uke contest will gain you tens, if not dozens of new listeners!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joko View Post
    Plus, if you're an established, even professional ukulele player, participating in the Seasons of the Uke contest will gain you tens, if not dozens of new listeners!
    It's not the numbers of new listeners but the quality of those new listeners that the professionals should be glad to have on board.

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    Ginny is the person who got me to finally post a videos in the seasons. If it wasn't for people like Ginny, kind, encouraging, friendly, helpful(just to name a few) this site wouldn't be what it is. So don't be shy, jump on in.
    There is no better time.
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    Hey moderators.....

    We should take Ginny's first post in this thread and make it the basis for a locked sticky/announcement in the Seasons subforum with a title like "What exactly are the Seasons of the Ukulele?" Maybe a little editing to make it a general announcement with a little history of how Christian started the Seasons?

    Just saw another thread where someone was asking what it's all about..... I can see the 'Seasosns' nomenclature being a little confusing to some folks, especially if English isn't their first language.....

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    Great idea!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/wetigersukesongs
    http://www.facebook.com/wetigersukesongs


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    Bump to spread the invitation.

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    sticky alert!!!!!!!!!

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    And here's a little history from another thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by OldePhart View Post
    What everybody above said, plus, a little history...

    "Contests" have a long history here at UU, far predating my arrival. (Such a long history that they already had their own forum.)

    A little over a year ago Christian (chrimess) and a couple of others came up with an idea for a six week contest divided into "seasons" - each being a week long. Each season had it's own theme and people were only eligible to win if they participated in at least five (I think it was, maybe it was four) of the seasons. Some of the rules of those first seasons was that videos had to be new for the contest and they had to be done in a contiguous take (no overdubbing, multi-tracking, and so on). For some reason, the idea really appealed to a lot of people and when the six weeks were over there was a lot of momentum to keep doing. So we did.

    It's been 58 contiguous weeks now without a single week being omitted. I believe people have "signed up" to host future seasons at least through the middle of this year Drew (ukuloonie) stepped up some months back and started coordinating some of the schedules so we know who is coming up on hosting and so on. Sometimes prizes have had some "real" value - other times they've had little economical value but great sentimental value. Judging has varied from "chicken bingo" (if you have to ask you probably don't want to know), to host-chosen, to participant vote (sometimes public, sometimes private). I personally took first place oen season when Dave (TCK) threw a knife at a board with hidden names (this after his chickens failed to perform their duty as expected - BTW, Dave, I thought of something, if you'd put the names on a freshly washed car I bet the chickens would have crapped all over it). The "golden egg" (an egg shaker with a handle - probably actually a baby rattle) that I won is right on the desk in front of me and it will always bring fond memories.

    It's really not about prizes, though they do provide a little incentive to participate. It's very fun, supportive, and just generally a blast. I think we're averaging over 50 videos a week now, counting non-scored "bonus tracks" anyway. (I keep saying "we," even though for the last several weeks my job has kept me from having time to participate - this is a Sunday evening and honestly I should be working instead of contributing to this thread...)

    Anyway, as others have said, come on over and check it out. We've had a lot of people produce their first-ever public video for the Seasons and, as far as I'm aware, not one single person has been eaten for lunch.

    I've also been acquainted with artists I've never heard of, have heard some excellent originals by UU members (including one song by someone I'm guessing is a pro entertainer albeit unknown on these shores that just knocked my socks completely off).

    In short, this little project conceived by Christian has become perhaps one of the most significant internet (largely) amateur music projects to date. Am I exaggerating? Not really, I can't think of anything else that rivals it, in any case.


    John

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    sorry but i'm a little confused.. do we post a link to our video on the thread for that week?
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