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Raygf
05-19-2010, 04:48 PM
I just got home from seeing the documentary "Mighty Uke" and James Hill in Silver Springs, MD. DVD release this fall. Get out there and see it if you can and never miss an opportunity to see James Hill perform. I won''t.
Regards,
Ray

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-19-2010, 06:44 PM
Yep., very entertaining show. The upcoming DVD will also have a ton of material that couldn't fit on the feature documentary.

Muppet-G
05-19-2010, 07:12 PM
Saw the movie earlier this year. Loved it too! Bought their cool tshirt! Can't wait for the DVD.

happyslappysoong
05-19-2010, 07:49 PM
Living in Sydney, i have no chance of seeing a live screening of the doco. I cant wait for the dvd.

mds725
05-19-2010, 08:12 PM
Living in Sydney, i have no chance of seeing a live screening of the doco. I cant wait for the dvd.

The website -- http://mightyukemovie.com/files/pages/where/where%20and%20when.htm -- says "Dates in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania New Jersey, Australia and New Zealand Coming Soon."

happyslappysoong
05-19-2010, 10:16 PM
The website -- http://mightyukemovie.com/files/pages/where/where%20and%20when.htm -- says "Dates in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania New Jersey, Australia and New Zealand Coming Soon."

Yes, they're playing it at the Cairns Uke fest, though Cairns is thousands of kilometres (or as you folk might call them 'miles' =\ ) away from me!

Gaby
05-20-2010, 03:49 AM
Even more reasons to come to Cairns next month!

rasputinsghost
05-20-2010, 04:46 AM
Mighty Uke is a FANTASTIC documentary and the co-creators are so kind. They really care about the uke.
James is so nice. I saw him at the NY Ukefest and he gave an amazing performance on Saturday.
I got his autograph and even got to noodle on his custom G-String uke for a little bit! Total class act.

haole
05-20-2010, 06:53 AM
I missed seeing the Mighty Uke this time around, but anything involving James Hill and Li'l Rev is going to be fantastic. I took James Hill's "Uke For Kids" workshop at NY Uke Fest and that alone was worth the price of a full festival pass.

WreckerGirl
05-20-2010, 06:55 AM
This is being shown in Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, May 25 at One Longfellow Square (Portland). I'm looking forward to it --- and am glad to know about the dvd release!

rasputinsghost
05-20-2010, 07:43 AM
"Rest position is useful because it keeps them from noodling"

He's a great teacher!

Raygf
05-26-2010, 02:23 PM
James came to Tacoma Park, MD last year and taught a workshop and performed a concert. What and evening. His teaching is superb. I look forward to the next opportunity to learn from him.
Regards,
Ray

Raygf
05-26-2010, 02:23 PM
"Rest position is useful because it keeps them from noodling"

He's a great teacher!

What is his rest position?

rasputinsghost
05-26-2010, 06:31 PM
You hold the neck with both hands and balance the body on your thigh so the headstock is pinting up.

bnicholas26
05-27-2010, 04:36 PM
damn i'm 5 days too late for realizing the screening was 30 minutes from my house!!!!!! dvd is mine the day it comes out though...

luvdat
05-27-2010, 10:31 PM
James Hill is a "great teacher" and IMO the best living ukulele player. I agree with the notion that Jake is the "most influential" (an opinion that can be found on the Ukulele Hunt site). To cast James Hill (as it so often it happens, not necessarily in this thread) as "a great technical player" can too easily become one of the most left-handed compliments of all time. IMO, he's the total package, and his collaborations and solo performances demonstrate that and emphasize that...with heart. So does his teaching.

Yes, the official position is that "there's really no greatest player." Not trying to splice this thread to a previous one or start a doomed to be a closed thread. Just stating what I've come to conclude. BTW, too frequently Jake S. himself suffers at the hands of those who find "technical accomplishment" some sort of liability. James Hill proves that teaching is not simply for "those who cannot do."

Didn't Roy Smeck also give lessons?

BTW, not a "virtuosity only" kind of listener and find much instrumental stuff not on my daily diet. But artists like James Hill (and doesn't Hill also sing?) and Jake maintain a standard and reference. Let's admit it: much of our favorite stuff can be based on truly great chord bashing. But there's still room to recognize greatness, esp. in the sense of comprehesive.