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grubblybubbly
04-06-2010, 05:21 PM
i was at long and mcquade (vancouver) and i bought a uke, and the salesman told me that james hill was going to do a free ukulele clinic. i knew his name, but that was pretty much it, and when i did some research, i found out that he lives very close to me. i had no idea he was such a famous musician! so, i called L&M and got my name down on the list, and i am sooooooo excited! and proud too, being a vancouverite, and a canadian. after listening to some of his work, he has become an inspiration to me, and i can't wait to pick up my uke again!.

apparently, he has already done a clinic somewhere else in canada, and i was wondering if anybody knew about this.

thanks

Rzr
04-06-2010, 06:15 PM
I heard that he was doing one in Toronto and forgot all about it. It might have been tonight. It's supposed to be an awesome clinic from a super nice guy. Have fun!

Lori
04-06-2010, 06:15 PM
James Hill is a big supporter of teaching ukulele. See this link for his schedule http://www.ukulelejames.com/calendar/2010/04_2010.htm, and this link too http://www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com/

He sure travels a lot! He has been doing shows at screenings for "The Mighty Uke" documentary as well.

–Lori

Raygf
04-07-2010, 12:20 AM
IMHO James is the preeminent virtuoso on the instrument today. Remarkable technique, outstanding composer, excellent teacher and amazing performer. Do not miss a chance to take a workshop with him or see him perform. I won't.

Regards,
Ray

the52blues
04-07-2010, 01:47 AM
James did a clinic at the Bloor Street L&M last night and he is doing some school shows this week. I am going to see him today at 1:30pm at Hudson college here in the west end of Toronto. The guy is amazing and worth seeing in person for sure. I hope he does Bumblebee!

rasputinsghost
04-07-2010, 03:27 AM
I just bought two of his albums last night. he's fantastic!

Big Bob
04-07-2010, 03:48 AM
James is originaly from the Vancouver area but I believe he now lives in Nova Scotia Canada.

SailingUke
04-07-2010, 05:02 AM
James is my favorite. He tops the list of players & teachers. He is also one of the nicest people I have ever met.
I strummed guitar and ukulele for 40 years until I took a James Hill class, I now play chords and melodies.
My whole style and approach to playing is now different.

the52blues
04-07-2010, 11:45 AM
James did a clinic at the Bloor Street L&M last night and he is doing some school shows this week. I am going to see him today at 1:30pm at Hudson college here in the west end of Toronto. The guy is amazing and worth seeing in person for sure. I hope he does Bumblebee!

He had those kids jumping up and down and rocking along with him. He did all I expected opening with "Uke Talk" the the "One Nore Samba" and my favorite "Flight of the Bumblebee". He went on to play a uke with chop sticks, did some rhytmn slapping, some sing-a-longs and finished with a distort pedal rendition of "Smoke on the Water" and some peices of AC/DC solos. Man can he rock!!!!