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RevWill
11-09-2009, 11:44 AM
I am pumped up. Tomorrow the big brown truck arrives at my doorstep with 16 Makala Dolphin ukes. 14 were ordered by church people, and two were donated by Kala.

There are so many people in my congregations who are excited about this ministry opportunity - some of whom haven't played a note of music before. Some are skeptical that we'll be able to have a Christmas song ready for our Christmas program, but I am very hopeful.

Now, if anyone has any tips or (especially) downloads for teaching a group of absolute beginners I'll take any help I can get. I hope to post a picture of this massive dolphin invasion tomorrow. This is gonna be awesome!

seeso
11-09-2009, 11:47 AM
Congrats, Will! That is amazing!

Take a look at doctoruke.com's Beginner section (http://doctoruke.com/beginners.html). It's excellent.

buddhuu
11-09-2009, 11:48 AM
Rock on, Will! :D :music:

sukie
11-09-2009, 11:48 AM
I'm the worst one for sending you to a different site because I can't remember them, BUT -- James Hill has a site (I want to say it's UkueleYes!) that gives ukulele teachers info. I read it just for fun. Google will find it, I'm sure.

You can teach them -- easy. My first lessons were on a cruise ship with 39 other people. By the end of the cruise we were playing songs and performed at the talent show on the last night. Start with some easy chords. Then after half an hour of practice, put the chords together to play a song. Easy-peasy first lesson. That should hook 'em. It did on the cruise. Lessons were full every day of the cruise.

bbycrts
11-09-2009, 12:09 PM
That's too cool, Will. It makes my head start to get all happy thinking about the possibilities...hmmm....

KC8AFW
11-09-2009, 02:47 PM
That is completely awesome, Will! Hats off to you for taking the effort to bring ukulele love to your congregation!

RevWill
11-09-2009, 03:46 PM
I'm really hyped up. I can't wait to check out those dolphins. Got 'em from MGM, so they'll be set up great with Aquilas.

Our churches participate in community worship services with other congregations on 5th Sundays and during Lent. Those will be great opportunities to really spread the uke love. Plus if it takes off it will give our churches a distinct identity.

I have strong interest from people between 10 and 70. It's amazing!

haolejohn
11-09-2009, 03:51 PM
That is some great stuff will. You even got kala to donate two ukes. Wow. maybe i need to contact them.

Advice for you: Print off a good chord sheet and then either use chordie or some similar site for some songs that are fairly easy to play. I'm using a video this year but it might be too easy for the adults. Good Luck!!!!

hoosierhiver
11-09-2009, 04:27 PM
Very cool Will!

schubs
11-09-2009, 04:34 PM
That sounds really fun. I wish i had 14 makala dolphins and 2 kalas coming to me in the mail .

there are some good christmas songs on ukehunt.com that you could use.

http://ukulelehunt.com/2007/12/13/christmas-ukulele-rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-tab/

http://ukulelehunt.com/2007/12/06/christmas-ukulele-jingle-bells/

http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/winterwond.pdf

Gcow55
11-09-2009, 04:56 PM
Congratulations. This is a really inspiring and unique ministry! What a fantastic way to get people involved in praise and worship music. God bless.

ricdoug
11-09-2009, 09:20 PM
Will, here's the GOLDMINE Beginners Lesson Book. I've handed out easily over a thousand copies of Tonya's book, with her permission:

http://ukuleletonya.com/files/beginner_lesson_pkg.pdf

http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/files

Tonya's a ukulele sweetheart that loves to share her passion with others. She has no idea how many smiles she's put on faces around the globe. If you want to see a group that performs more than most rock bands:

http://yesterukes.blogspot.com

Unmatched stamina is to be found nowhere else on the globe! Ric

3nails4holes
11-10-2009, 12:32 AM
what a great idea!

i have four suggestions that i think would really help:

1. here's the best chord chart i have ever found (granted i've only been playing for months, but still!): http://www.kiwiukulele.co.nz/freestuff.html

also, their song template helps me to write my own chord/tab stuff.

2. chordie.com. not that they have every song, esp Christian praise stuff, but they're the only one i've been able to find that have easily transposable chords (just move it up or down as your voices need) and chord charts for the uke

3. so when they get their ukes, what can they do at home to help reinforce what you're going to teach them: http://www.ukeschool.com/
it's a great resource for beginners. i have found it as indispensable as the uke lesson vids on here: http://ukuleleunderground.com/category/ukeminute/ and http://ukuleleunderground.com/category/ukulele-lessons/

4. and here is the most important suggestion--nay requirement--for this endeavor: prayer.
don't attempt such an ambitious project without seeking His blessing and strength to succeed for His honor and glory.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2069:12-13&version=NIV
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2012:11-12&version=NIV
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:6-7&version=NIV

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keep us posted on how it comes along!

take care!
:shaka:

RevWill
11-10-2009, 04:30 AM
what a great idea!

i have four suggestions that i think would really help:

1. here's the best chord chart i have ever found (granted i've only been playing for months, but still!): http://www.kiwiukulele.co.nz/freestuff.html

also, their song template helps me to write my own chord/tab stuff.

2. chordie.com. not that they have every song, esp Christian praise stuff, but they're the only one i've been able to find that have easily transposable chords (just move it up or down as your voices need) and chord charts for the uke

3. so when they get their ukes, what can they do at home to help reinforce what you're going to teach them: http://www.ukeschool.com/
it's a great resource for beginners. i have found it as indispensable as the uke lesson vids on here: http://ukuleleunderground.com/category/ukeminute/ and http://ukuleleunderground.com/category/ukulele-lessons/

4. and here is the most important suggestion--nay requirement--for this endeavor: prayer.
don't attempt such an ambitious project without seeking His blessing and strength to succeed for His honor and glory.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2069:12-13&version=NIV
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2012:11-12&version=NIV
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:6-7&version=NIV

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keep us posted on how it comes along!

take care!
:shaka:

Thank you! Those resources will help keep me from reinventing the wheel!

3nails4holes
11-10-2009, 12:30 PM
get 2-3 clip on tuners (such as the Intelli IMT500 sold on amazon--i got one like this and really like it) and have these readily available in one spot before practice begins. then when ppl come in and mill around and say hello and all, they can be tuning before practice begins.

also, with the ukes you're getting, they may need to be tuned more often. i'm not familiar with that particular one, but one can generally figure the more affordable ones will need more attention to stay in tune--and you don't want half of a 16 member uke troupe being out of tune.

those tuners can tune without being annoying and interfering with each other since they tune with the vibrations sent through the body of the instrument to which they are clipped. they automatically turn off after a while if you forget to turn them off. and they generally cost less than $20 each (best price i've seen lately is less than $16).

again--blessings on this endeavor! it sounds like a great idea! i have yet to break out my tenor uke for our praise band at church. soon & very soon. :)

Gaby
11-11-2009, 02:39 AM
That's great, congratulations!

This time of the year, Christmas songs will work well. Last night I brought christmas songs to the uke club and even the beginners were able to strum quite a few of them. Dr Uke has some good ones on his site (even in different keys) and so does Aligator Boogaloo.

Jumping Jim has a song book with hymns and spirituals you might like.

franulele
11-11-2009, 02:52 AM
Hi RevWIll! That's fantastic!

I just started a uke group with teachers at my school and we're having fun!

Here are a couple more sources to help your beginners out:

How to tune your uke & play C, F Am & G7 chords VIDEOS (http://vtukes.webs.com/beginningukulele.htm)

AND

The Halifax Uke Gang Campfire Songbook (http://www.box.net/shared/ffh56np261)

RevWill
11-11-2009, 04:06 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=655&pictureid=3960

Dolpins, dolphins everywhere and not a one of them mine!

seeso
11-11-2009, 04:14 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=655&pictureid=3960

Dolpins, dolphins everywhere and not a one of them mine!

Hooray!! What a great pic. You must be sitting on a cloud.

What Christmas song are you thinking of doing?

buddhuu
11-11-2009, 04:39 AM
Glad you got your colorful delivery, Will!

That's a fine picture. :)

RevWill
11-11-2009, 04:47 AM
I haven't decided on a Christmas song yet. Our first goals are to learn C and G7 for "He's Got the Whole World in his Hands" and then move up to F and perhaps the ultracomplicated C7 for "Amazing Grace."

If they can get those 4 chords down (C, C7, F and G7) "Away in a Manger" should be cake.

seeso
11-11-2009, 04:53 AM
I haven't decided on a Christmas song yet. Our first goals are to learn C and G7 for "He's Got the Whole World in his Hands" and then move up to F and perhaps the ultracomplicated C7 for "Amazing Grace."

If they can get those 4 chords down (C, C7, F and G7) "Away in a Manger" should be cake.

Good to know! Keep us updated, yeah?

Tsani
11-11-2009, 04:57 AM
First of all, what a fantastic idea! I hope the Lord truly blesses your efforts.

And since we are approaching Christmas, I think "Silent Night" is an easy song. I have done it both picking and strumming. If you do not have them I will see if I can find chords and tabs for you.

Tsani
11-11-2009, 05:08 AM
Here is a link to a tab with chords of "Silent Night". It's just C, G7, and F. What could be easier? The tab is by Franklin Villanueva. I found it on "UkerTabs".

http://ukulelehunt.com/ukertabs/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/silent-night-ukulele-franklin08.pdf

RevWill
11-12-2009, 03:10 PM
First practice just ended, and it went awesome! Everyone was eager and enthusiastic to learn. I gave them a printed packet with chord charts, online resources, and two simple songs along with an "anatomy of the uke" page I made and some information about our mission and ministry. I also gave them a couple of pages from Uncle Rod's disposable method.

They slogged through rudimentary versions of "He's got the whole world in his hands" and "Amazing Grace" and there were huge smiles all around. It was incredible!

Next practice next week.

buddhuu
11-12-2009, 10:25 PM
Good work. :)

ricdoug
12-01-2009, 06:02 PM
Check out this songbook!:

http://www.bellewoodpc.com/media/files/Songbook.pdf

Tsani
12-02-2009, 08:16 AM
Excellent songbook! Thanks!

RevWill
12-02-2009, 08:45 AM
Check out this songbook!:

http://www.bellewoodpc.com/media/files/Songbook.pdf

Great! Thanx!

seeso
12-02-2009, 10:53 AM
Very cool, Will! Thanks for the update! How about a video of a future practice?

ukulelegal
12-02-2009, 01:34 PM
A rainbow of ukuleles...very pretty and a great idea. Continued success!

Ken Middleton
12-02-2009, 07:52 PM
I have only just found this thread. This is outstanding Will. Continued blessings and success on this venture.

RevWill
12-02-2009, 08:55 PM
Next practice is Thursday night. Here's hoping for a bit of video!

RevWill
12-04-2009, 08:42 AM
VIDEO! We didn't have all 16 players at practice last night, but listen to that sweet, sweet sound!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQvU4ce7Hyk

seeso
12-04-2009, 09:07 AM
That is a sweet, sweet sound!

RevWill
12-04-2009, 09:13 AM
My Kodak digital camera does a much better-than-expected job with audio recording. My Makala comparison was recorded with it rather than my laptop's webcam. The only problem is that I have to convert to avi from mov to work with Windows Movie Maker.

kiddfixit
12-05-2009, 05:00 AM
Will,

Great pictures, great sound, great job. I'm smiling from ear to ear with this.

RevWill
12-17-2009, 04:08 PM
I am so chuffed! Just came back from our second practice this week (!) and the momentum is growing for this ministry. People are excited! Ordered more ukes from MGM, another person joined right in and is learning very quickly. People ask me for music sheets, and I happily oblige. They look up songs on their own. Their attitudes are positive and the music sounds great.

At one Sunday School Christmas party the host actually broke out his uke and people passed it around and played with it. I told them I hope that becomes a tradition, and that next year people will be prepared to lead a Christmas song or two in a singalong.

Our public debut is this Sunday. Our uke choir will be performing "Away in a Manger" and "Amazing Grace."

This uke ministry is a wave that's fun to ride right now!

KC8AFW
12-17-2009, 04:18 PM
That is so awesome, Will! Make sure to get a video of the big debut. :shaka:

ricdoug
12-17-2009, 07:41 PM
That's awesome, Will! Dontca' just love how fast it grows? Ric

Ken Middleton
12-17-2009, 08:43 PM
My Kodak digital camera does a much better-than-expected job with audio recording. My Makala comparison was recorded with it rather than my laptop's webcam. The only problem is that I have to convert to avi from mov to work with Windows Movie Maker.

Will, I think you will find that .MOV files will work with Movie Maker. When importing the video, click on "All Files" rather than "All Media Files" in the little box. Then just import as normal. No need to convert.

seeso
12-17-2009, 08:55 PM
I am so chuffed! Just came back from our second practice this week (!) and the momentum is growing for this ministry. People are excited! Ordered more ukes from MGM, another person joined right in and is learning very quickly. People ask me for music sheets, and I happily oblige. They look up songs on their own. Their attitudes are positive and the music sounds great.

At one Sunday School Christmas party the host actually broke out his uke and people passed it around and played with it. I told them I hope that becomes a tradition, and that next year people will be prepared to lead a Christmas song or two in a singalong.

Our public debut is this Sunday. Our uke choir will be performing "Away in a Manger" and "Amazing Grace."

This uke ministry is a wave that's fun to ride right now!

Dude! That's so awesome! Kick some butt this Sunday!

RevWill
12-18-2009, 03:29 AM
Video is definitely planned!

This thing has momentum that I don't fully understand, but I'm glad to be on board with it. Plus - uke stuff as work! It doesn't get more fun that that.

In my line of work we tend to say, "it must be a God thing." Call it what you will, it's amazing.

RevWill
12-18-2009, 03:30 AM
Will, I think you will find that .MOV files will work with Movie Maker. When importing the video, click on "All Files" rather than "All Media Files" in the little box. Then just import as normal. No need to convert.

I'll try that. Thanks, Ken!

(and did you notice my proper use of the word "chuffed?" Not bad for an American, huh!