Ukulele & Languages

Different countries,
Different cultures
one common language... the ukulele.

Archive for March, 2010

If you’ve been following this blog, you might remember that I wrote a ukulele instrumental to celebrate the New Year 2010.

For the language anecdote, I had named it Year Shift because I had the Norwegian word årskiftet in mind. It was just the result of me experimenting on my Fluke, and playing along a melody I ‘discovered’ and liked.

If anybody had told me that my tune would be covered one day, I would have thought they were out …

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I have made up my mind to try and attend the Paris Ukulele Bazar, organised by the Ukulele Club de France, which will take place on the 17th of April 2010.

I don’t know anyone from the team even though I am French, so it is about time I met some more French ukulele players.  The Paris Ukulele Bazar seems like a perfect opportunity to do so.

The venue is Les 3 Baudets in the 18th district of Paris, not far from Montmartre.

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I’m taking advantage of a two-day work trip to Aix-les-Bains to share a few lovely views from Lake Bourget, Savoie, France, as I know some of my regular readers to be keen on my Fluke pictures.

The great thing is that I have been travelling alone which means I have been free to do whatever I liked after work hours. I’ve been lucky to be finished early enough to take a long stroll around the lake, in time to watch the sun set over the Cat’s Tooth peak (La Dent du Chat). I even found a great spot to play my uke without being disturbed.

Contemplation is a very relaxing activity in which I like to indulge, especially after the eventful and testing past weeks.

Sunset over Lake Bourget. Notice the Cat’s Tooth peak to the left.

A view over snowy mountain peaks in the distance…

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I’ve been receiving clear signs lately, telling me that I was on the brink of burnout. I’ve already tried to ignore those signs in the past and I’m certainly not prepared to do that again, as it had disastrous effects.

This means that I will need to take some time off the blog to try and review my stress management techniques, get some rest when I can as I still have 3 weeks to go before I have some days off work. Rest assured that I’m not taking time off my uke, that’s for sure !

Anyhow, here is a bunch of videos to keep you busy until my return. Hope you enjoy !

Ukulele World Tour videos :

I am very thankful to Deach for sending me the link to a video in Latvian ( Lettish), which adds a new language to the ukulele collection of world languages.

George is a singer songwriter from Canada who wrote a really nice song in Lettish. I think it is the first time I listen to the sound of the Latvian language :

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Herman Vandecauter has done a beautiful ukulele arrangement based on the La Folia variations written for Viola da Gamba composed by French Marin Marais, who was appointed musician to the royal court of Versailles under king Louis the Fourteenth.

The arrangement looks very tricky to play so I have asked Herman for some technical details about it. Here is the information he gave me :

Although most of the arrangement was based on the variation written by Marin

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