Queen City Ukes

A ukulele community in Regina, Saskatchewan

Month: February 2015

James Hill debates ukes vs. recorders

This morning, CBC’s Q had a debate about teaching music in school, specifically should ukuleles replace recorders. James Hill, who led our latest workshop, took the side of the ukulele.

The audio is on the web and the Q website lets you cast your vote.

Thanks, Susan, for the heads up!

By the way, James is up for a Juno for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year (Solo) for his latest release, The Old Silo.

Music files for the March 3 uke circle

The PDF containing all the music for the next ukulele circle is now available:

See you all on Tuesday!

Tuesday Night Ukes, March 3

The Queen City Ukes next circle is 7pm Tuesday, March 3, at Sawchyn Guitars (2132 Dewdney Avenue).

We’re going to finish off the music from November’s “Ukulele Right Hand” workshop.

The single file with all of March’s music will be ready soon, but in the mean time, here are the links to the individual songs.

If there’s time, I also want to touch on James Hill’s “Chord Twins” workshop from earlier this month:

  • Sway
  • St. James’ Infirmary

For those who ordered the Daily Ukulele, the books are in! Don’t forget to bring $35.

Ukulele circle at Long & McQuade, March 26

Long & McQuade is holding their own ukulele circle on Thursday, March 26 at 7pm. (This is completely separate from our Tuesday Night Ukes circle.)

It’s aimed at beginners, so regulars will probably find it a bit slow, but it could be a way to help a friend who is new to the ukulele.

Ukulele Circle with Brad Papp

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Now’s your chance! Join Brad for our Ukulele Circle. This is an all ages event, and no experience is required. If you don’t own a ukulele, we can provide one for you.

Brad is a local guitarist. He has played with bands across the country and enjoys all instruments that have strings on them! Brad works at Long & McQuade Regina in the rental department and specializes in guitars.

Advance registration and inquiries can be sent to Calvin at csawyer@long-mcquade.com

Location: Long & McQuade (1445 McIntyre St, 306-569-8501)

Fee: free

Workshop with James Hill

This is very last minute, but we’ve been given the opportunity to have a workshop this coming Monday (yes, in less than three days!) with ukulele extraordinaire, James Hill.

You may have seen his website, The Ukulele Way (theukuleleway.com). His technique adds melody on top of the rhythm and chords that we’re used to. Melody is one of my weakest areas, so having someone like James available to teach us is a gift.

The price is tentatively set at $30 and the start time will be around 7 pm. The workshop will be held at a private residence in Regina.

Space will be limited to around 20 participants so please, let me know as soon as possible if this interests you! Send me an email and I will reply back with all the details once they are confirmed.

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