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Today, I bring to you a remarkable story from Laurie Kallevig of the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band project.

Survivor Girl Ukulele Band is using the healing power of music and love through the ukulele to bring restoration and hope to survivors of human trafficking in Kolkata, India.

Survivor girls–girls who have been rescued from forced prostitution–are able to come and be apart of Survivor Girl Ukulele Band and learn how to play the ukulele, finding confidence, joy, and freedom.

I had a chance to speak with Laurie and learn more about this inspiring little ukulele band.

Read more here: http://www.ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-bringing-hope-to-survivors-of-human-trafficking-in-india/
Today, I bring to you a remarkable story from Laurie Kallevig of the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band project. Survivor Girl Ukulele Band is using the healing power
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Now available today on the iBooks Store, a brand new, interactive Ukulele Tricks lesson book titled "Learn Ukulele Today". Packed into an iBook format for the iPad, "Learn Ukulele Today" is one of the most interactive and intuitive, all-in-one lesson resources I’ve ever created to learn to play the ukulele, featuring a beautiful interface, easy-to-follow audio demonstrations, high-resolution images, and detailed ukulele notation, tab and sheet music. Learn more about the book over at Ukulele Tricks: http://www.ukuleletricks.com/learn-ukulele-today/
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My daughter has finished your online course, do you plan on offering any other courses to move to from beginner?
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 Newly Revised Free Ukulele Lesson Book Now Available

It's my pleasure to announce that the Ukulele Tricks' free ukulele lesson book Your First Ukulele Lesson and Then Some has received an update, with the following new revisions:

• Updated, professional-looking notation for strumming patterns

• Songs in the book are now notated with more-detailed notation, including the song's melody line and chords above the strumming pattern

• "Printer-friendly" black-and-white chord diagrams

• Minor visual changes and editorial updates

Get the new updated 41-page version of Your First Ukulele Lesson and Then Some right here:

http://www.ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-lesson-book/

I wrote this book to be a starting point for the brand new or struggling ukulele player. To date, Your First Ukulele Lesson and Then Some has been received by over 50,000 people! It's my pleasure to offer this as a resource to you.

Enjoy!

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A Review of My New Custom M.J. Franks Concert Ukulele

Last year, I asked my friend and master luthier Mike Franks to custom-build me a one-of-a-kind M.J. Franks concert ukulele made from Brazilian rosewood and redwood. Since then, it's now finished, and I truly can't believe how spectacular it sounds.

I just posted a review of the new uke over at Ukulele Tricks where I give the nitty-gritty on the instrument and why it's special. In the same post, you can also watch me perform and cover "Ain't She Sweet" on the new uke!

For the full review, go here: 

http://www.ukuleletricks.com/mj-franks-concert-ukulele-review/

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How can I order this Ukelele for myself?
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What People Are Saying About Ukulele Exercises For Dummies

Incase you missed it, just more than a month ago, my new book Ukulele Exercises For Dummies released in various places around the world. The book is a practice-based ukulele book that helps you improve your skills on the ukulele in many different styles including strumming, fingerpicking, soloing, learning the fretboard and much more. 

If you picked up a copy of the book, thank you so much. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for your support. So far, the response has been very positive. Click over to read some of the fantastic reviews and testimonials I’ve received from different people for Ukulele Exercises For Dummies. 
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Are you playing in a local ukulele club? Do you teach or organize a group of ukulele players? I want to hear from you!

In my opinion, one of the best ways to learn and make music is with other people. My best learning experiences as a musician has come from playing with other musicians. 

If you play in a ukulele group or teach ukulele students, could you introduce yourself to me by posting a comment below? I'd love to hear where your group is from, how long you've been together, and anything else you can think to share. 

The reason I ask is twofold. One, I'd like to find a better way through Ukulele Tricks to connect people with ukulele groups in their local area. Secondly, my brother and I are doing some traveling this year and if I'm ever in your area I think it would be cool to hang out.

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Here in Kingston, Ontario, we jam monthly at the Royal Tavern. We're now into our 3rd year of jamming. Tonight, we have a theme: Which group was the greater: The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

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After more than a year and thousands of hours of work, Fingerpicking Tricks is here. Fingerpicking Tricks is a brand new online video lesson course giving you an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method to becoming a master of fingerpicking on the ukulele. You have everything you need to become a proficient fingerpicker on the ukulele. Learn more and sign up here: http://www.ukuleletricks.com/fingerpicking-tricks/
Finally! You Have a Step-By-Step, Easy-To-Follow Method to Becoming a Master of Fingerpicking On the Ukulele. Introducing a complete online video lesson course to unlocking fingerpicking on the ukulele in a variety of styles. Hey, I'm Brett McQueen, author of Ukulele Exercises For Dummies and ...
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Coming next Tuesday, February 4th, a new, interactive Ukulele Tricks lesson book made for iBooks titled Learn Ukulele Today. Pre-order it now on the iBooks Store and get a sample: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/learn-ukulele-today/id808979048?ls=1&mt=11

For the aspiring, brand new, beginning ukulele player, Learn Ukulele Today is a complete crash course to learn how to play ukulele, covering everything from how to tune and hold your ukulele to playing actual songs. Everything you need to start playing the ukulele and improve your skills is right at your fingertips. This interactive 44-page book, formatted specifically for the iPad, is jam-packed with the most essential parts to playing the ukulele. 

Learn more about the new book, pre-order and get a sample download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/learn-ukulele-today/id808979048
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Have you seen this performance yet from the #ukulele‬  master James Hill? This video went viral today and is blowing up the interwebz.
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Just incase you missed it, earlier this week I covered "Ain't She Sweet" on the ukulele – one of my favorite songs to play on the ukulele. The song was a hit in the 1920s, and if you ask me, continues to have the same charm about it even today.

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ain't he sweet?
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Working on a new cover video today! Taking my new M.J. Franks concert ukulele for a spin. Love this ukulele.  #ukulele  
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Can you please give me information as to where I can order myself this Ukelele?
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7 Quick Tips to Improve Your Barre Chords on Ukulele

Barre chords can be the hardest kinds of chords to get down on the ukulele, but if you are able to play them, you unlock a whole new selection of chord variations and positions to choose from to add variety to those same old, boring chord progressions.

In this lesson, I give you some tips for your consideration that can help you play barre chords more cleanly and easily on the ukulele.

Get the full lesson here: http://www.ukuleletricks.com/improve-barre-chords-on-ukulele/

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Barre chords can be the hardest kinds of chords to get down on the ukulele, but if you are able to play them, you unlock a whole new selection of chord variations and positions to choose from to add variety to those same old, boring chord progressions. In this lesson, I give you some tips for your consideration that can help you play barre chords more cleanly and easily on the ukulele. Incase you're unfamiliar, when you play a barre chord, you ar...
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+Carlos Miller - You are very welcome.

+Linh Marks - Glad to hear it's inspiring some playing!
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If you’re just beginning to play the ukulele, you’re in the right place. If you’ve been playing for awhile but aren’t improving, you’re also in the right place. Ukulele Tricks is a website that helps you become a better ukulele player.

My name is Brett McQueen and I am the one behind Ukulele Tricks. I'm a lifelong ukulele player, performer and author of Ukulele Exercises For Dummies. I've created a variety of ukulele resources just for you:
Check us out at Ukulele Tricks to get more ukulele lessons, songs and tips, and improve your ukulele skills!