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    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!

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    Congrats, Will! That is amazing!

    Take a look at doctoruke.com's Beginner section. It's excellent.

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    Rock on, Will!
    And whether the blood be highland, lowland or no,
    And whether the skin be black or white as the snow,
    Of kith and of kin we are one, be it right, be it wrong,
    As long as our hearts beat true to the lilt of a song.

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    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.

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    That's too cool, Will. It makes my head start to get all happy thinking about the possibilities...hmmm....
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    That is completely awesome, Will! Hats off to you for taking the effort to bring ukulele love to your congregation!
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    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!

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    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!!!!

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    Very cool Will!
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    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/ch...-reindeer-tab/

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

    http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/up...winterwond.pdf

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