Happy April, UUers! Lots of exciting things coming up on the horizon in the ukulele world - here are a few to check out and look out for:
1. Enter for a chance to WIN a custom Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele!
Right now the good folks at Reforest Hawai‘i and Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele are running an awesome promotion: Sponsor a tree today and you're automatically eligible to win a custom Kanile‘a ‘ukulele!
Reforest Hawai‘i has been working to restore the native Hawaiian forests on the island of Hawai‘i by clearing invasive species and replanting native Hawaiian trees in an ecologically beneficial way. The native koa tree lumber used in fine woodwork, including ‘ukuleles, are only harvested from dead or fallen trees, many of which are over a hundred years old. So every koa tree planted today is an investment in the future of Hawai‘i's forests. Reforest Hawai‘i is dedicated to restoring and preserving the forests so future generations might be able to experience and enjoy them.
Check out ReforestHawaii.org to see how you can help and for a chance to win a one-of-a kind ‘ukulele to celebrate the project.
2. (Virtual) Allegheny Ukulele Soirée!
Aldrine will be doing a workshop at the (Virtual) Allegheny Ukulele Soirée on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. Anyone can attend, so be sure to sign up at ukulelesoiree.com
Usually a live, in-person, annual ukulele festival held in Altoona, PA - this year's soirée will be held online, meaning the whole world can attend! This time, Aldrine will be teaching a Hawaiian ‘Ukulele workshop with rhythm, technique, and Hawaiian song examples to help you get the hang of Hawaiian music. Check out the website and schedule for more information and to reserve your spot.
3. Jake Shimabukuro will be on the UU Podcast!
It's finally happening! We've lined up the one and only Jake Shimabukuro as a guest on the UU Podcast. While we can't wait to ask him questions of our very own, we're opening the floor up to YOU - our UU friends, podcast listeners, and fans of great music. So please, send us your questions for Jake and we'll be sure to ask him on the podcast. Feel free to send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Page.
Also be sure to check out the TWO brand new Uke Lessons we released this month:
1. "Leave the Door Open" by Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)
Full Play-Along video for you to play along with, plus step by step instructions for the chords, strumming, and picking.
2. "Beautiful Kaua‘i" UU+ Solos Arrangement
A complete video tutorial on how to play this fingerstyle / chord melody / fingerpicking solo arrangement of the classic Hawaiian song, "Beautiful Kaua‘i"
Have fun with those, be sure to sign up and send in your questions for the events above, and keep strummin'!