Today will be the last post of the year 2009. I’ve therefore decided to review all the great many things that have happened on Ukulele & Languages this year. If you are new to this website, here is a chance to find out about its contents.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank Al from Uke Hunt as my ukulele learning would have stopped in its tracks had it not been for the huge amount of quality information available on his website and for his e-books which are perfect for people learning on their own. Al‘s support all through the year has really been invaluable and I am extremely grateful for all the great help without which Ukulele & Languages would never have come to exist.
For those of you who are new to this blog, I’d like to inform you that my posts were written in French until the 27th of April 2009, around the time I started thinking about what my blog should focus on. Up until this date, my website was only keeping track of the different discoveries I made about the ukulele world.
Ukulele & Languages was really born on the 4th of May 2009, with a post on Ukulele and European Languages.
January 2009 to April 2009 :
Discovering the many different styles of music that can be played on a uke :
April 2009 :
THE post that made me switch the language of this website from French to English.
May 2009 :
Ukulele & Languages is born !
Asked myself what my main centers of interest were to which I answered Ukulele and Languages.
How could I combine the two on my website ? Answer :
June 2009 :
More languages explored :
July 2009 :
The month of the Paris Uke Fest. A very important month as I got to meet other ukulele players, write a guest post on my favourite blog, and of course continued my search for ukulele songs in many different languages.
More Ukulele Languages :
– Ukulele songs in Swahili (Africa)
August 2009 :
The month of my birthday which explains the Ukulele birthday songs from around the world post.
As a birthday present and a really great one, my husband and I designed and developed the current site.
New ukulele languages were added to the Ukulele & Languages collection :
August was also the month of my first interview of a ukulele player :
… and the month of the creation of the Language Fun category :
September 2009 :
September marked the start of a series of interviews of Fingerstyle ukulelists :
Towards the end of the month, I took my first fingerstyle ukulele lesson over Skype with Herman Vandecauter, another major event in my ukulele learning process.
More Language Fun posts :
Ukulele World Tour continued :
October 2009 :
October’s fingerstyle uke interviews included :
– Tim from Austin, Texas (ukuleletim)
A major event in October was a ukulele video in Malay created by Shasha and Elmi from Brunei and dedicated to Ukulele & Languages :
November 2009 :
On the fingerstyle uke side of things, an interview of Rob MacKillop.
Aside from the blog, a very important event in my ukulele learning process was the visit of Flamby1er Alex from the COULE, the firt ukulele player I got to play with. There is so much to learn from another uke player !
In December it was time to find out about the latest fingerstyle uke world news and to travel to the cold and snowy Scandinavian countries to get a bit of Christmas spirit :
December also marked my first fingerstyle uke attempt, a way to thank Herman for the great ukulele lessons over Skype.
December’s Album Review was Galapaghost’s great first EP : Our Lost Generation.
December 2009 will also be remembered for the longest post I’ve ever written on Ukulele & Languages, this very one.
With this post I have tried to highlight this year’s worth of U&L posts and I would really appreciate if you could take a couple of minutes and leave a comment giving me some feedback on the things you’ve liked and disliked on the blog this year, so that I start 2010 knowing what I should keep, improve, get rid of and so on.
I wish you all the very best for 2010, thank you for reading !