There’s been plenty going on in the Ukulele World lately and it’s about time I break my silence to share some important ukulele news.
1. Ukulele for Dummies soon to be released
First and foremost, best friend of the blog Al Wood from Uke Hunt has worked hard on writing a Beginner Ukulele book for the ‘For Dummies’ series.
Knowing Al, Ukulele for Dummies is bound to be packed with details and thorough explanations. Find out all details about the book in Al’s post.
Ukulele for Dummies can be preordered on all the Amazon sites.
Ukulele for Dummies on Amazon.fr (Release date: 24th of June 2011).
To give you an idea of the quality work you can expect from Al, make sure you read his last post ‘Barre chord Tips‘.
2. Lou Armer’s new website
Music maker, ukulele player and good friend of the blog Lou Armer aka Bossarocker has set up a cool-looking new website where she shares ukulele news, ukulele radio shows and details about the Uke Hunt Podcast she is presenting on a monthly basis.
If you have missed the Chorlton Ukulele Radio Shows she has presented, you can listen online on her website here.
Lou will be releasing her first EP in July so don’t forget to sign up to her mailing list to be informed of the release date.
3. FIUL : International Uke Fest. of Lerrain
This weekend, the FIUL, the International Ukulele Fest. of Lerrain will take place in Lerrain, a tiny village in the Vosges region, in the North-East of France.
The idea behind the FIUL is to gather ukulele players of all levels from around the world, in the fashion of the UWC (Ukulele World Congress) but with an added French touch.
Meylie-Mellow and Rel-Bar, the organisers of the festival, have worked hard on keeping their website regularly updated with news concerning the festival, interviews presenting the ukulele players who will attend, pictures of the ukers and their favourite ukes, chords to the ukers favourite songs and tourist information about the Vosges region.
Lerrain, a tiny village of about 500 souls has been getting ready to welcome ukulele players, with ukulele silhouettes cropping up just about everywhere.
I will be attending the FIUL with my friend Guillaume so if you are too, do leave a comment to let me know.
I am looking forward to the event where I’ll be able to meet Herman again and plenty of ukulele players I have seen on YouTube but whom I have never met.
4. Tim’s ukulele secrets
5. What happened to the World Tour Posts ?
This is a question nobody has asked yet but I’ll answer it anyway. The reason I have not published any World Tour Posts for a very long time is that I have started working on a personal project which does take up a lot of my rather limited spare time.
It might not look that way but writing a World Tour Post does take ages. It involves a daily scan of the latest ukulele videos, a careful selection of those I will feature and quite a bit of thinking on how I should order them so that they unfold well in the post. Add to this some research about the origin of the songs when available and you have a pretty good picture of the work needed.
Despite this being a very highly enjoyable process, it does require more time than I have available these days. I’d rather not post than throw a few videos in a post just for the sake of posting. I will be publishing more World Tour Posts in the future, but not on a weekly basis any longer.