Many of us remember a time when basketball shorts barely covered the gonads, computers were for the birds, and playing ukulele earned you a seat at the cafeteria's misfit table and a backstage pass at the Tiny Tim concert. Today those shorts would get you arrested, computer expertise earns the big bucks, and videos of solid uke playing generates millions of views and accolades on YouTube. Oh yeah, the times they are a-changin'!
Uke is hot. And why not? You can make a whole lot of music with those four strings; Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's platinum-selling recording of Over the Rainbow is nothing short of musical genius (rest in peace Iz); Ten-million folks tuned in Jake Shimabukuro's viral While My Guitar Gently Weeps video but check out his Bohemian Rhapsody performance at TED; Jazzers will appreciate the range and tone you can eke out of a uke by watching Abe Lagrimas Jr. perform Autumn Leaves; The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain treats us to higher brow uke performance of the The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; and budding pop-stars might be inspired by YouTube sensation Julia Nunes and her very popular Build Me Up, Buttercup cover.
Yes indeed, uke is hot and whatever your vibe, you can bring it to life on the uke with a little help from Grammy-winning Marcy Marxer and her new Uke for Guitar Players interactive video course. As you would expect during this renaissance of ukulele, there's tons of educational material available online, in book form, on CDs and DVDs -- and its all good stuff! If you have the time and money, we highly recommend filling the shed with everything you can get your hands on and digging in.
On the other hand, if your time and/or budget is somewhat limited, there's two really good reasons to pick up Uke and work with Marcy. First and foremost, Marcy is a gifted educator capable of taking you from A to Z with spellbinding speed and ease. If you already play guitar, this Uke curriculum will get you up and running in no time.
The interactive video format of the course is the second reason your uke journey should start here -- you will play your way through the course, interacting with Marcy as if she were right in front of you. Marcy will demonstrate a key learning and then you put that key learning immediately work by joining her on a video playalong. No boring exercises. No tedious theory. No reading. No complicated charts.