I'm so happy that I could hula like Santa!
I've been very fortunate with this blog inasmuch as it's given me the opportunity to converse with all sorts of people from all over the world. One gentleman I've been keen to learn more about for a long time is +Eric Harris. Eric curates the Uke4U website. You might know him as "Friendly Fred". I've found Eric to be a great sport over the years that I've known him and it is obvious that he is as crazy-mad about ukuleles as I am. I'm going to try and bend his arm so that I can do a post on him sometime in the future. That might not be as easy as it sounds; Eric is an ex-wrestler :-O
Here's the man himself! I love this version of Cielito Lindo. Nacho Libre, eat your heart out!
For now, I'm going to settle for some shameless Uke4U promotion.
Do you fancy a little bit of Christmas Karaoke?
Eric has been kind enough to offer some free versions of Apps he has produced for iPad/iPhone/iTouch. There are two Apps to collect and I've got 10 of each to give away! All you have to do is to message me on Google+ and ask for them and I will send you the secret codes! It couldn't be any easier! (And, of course, you can also do what I did and just go and buy the Apps yourself ;-)
Before I tell you a little bit about the Apps, I want to mention Eric's website. It puts my attempts at a blog to shame. Ha ha. Eric has an eye for the esthetically pleasing. I love the professional look-and-feel he's managing to achieve.
The first App you can download is called "Ukulele Learning Christmas Playalongs". This App was released last year and features instructions for playing the following tunes:
"O Christmas Tree"
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
"Deck The Halls"
First impressions are that it's pretty easy to find your way around. There's a simple tuner for tuning your uke by ear, chord diagrams, strumming hints, and best of all a backing track to play along with. As it plays, the chords scroll across the screen from right to left and the words pop up for you to sing along to. All tunings are gcea. The graphics are nifty and clean. It's a hit with some well known Christmas tunes.
I'll admit that this isn't the sort of thing that I'd typically invest in; I'm not very good at following instructions, but I was pleasantly surprised by the package. I don't think that I managed to work my way through any of the songs from end to end without breaking into random ukulele solos, but that's just me! Ha ha.
The second App you can download is hot off the presses. It's called "Ukulele Christmas and New Year" and features instructions for playing the following tunes:
"Auld Lang Syne"
"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"
"Oh, How Joyfully"
"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
"What Child Is This“
You get everything I mentioned for App #1 in this package in terms of features, except of course that the songs are different. These songs are little harder to play. The blurb says: "Beginner friendly, but not exclusively for beginners." I'd agree with that. Get this App now!
Codes are valid up until 14-Jan-2014 - so get them while you can...
Do you remember this? I did my own sweet version of Old Lang Syne a year ago to demo a Clifton Ukulele that my son got from his grandma for Christmas. I seem to be suffering from a bad case of the shakes in the video. I can't for the life of me remember what I played; I'm terrible at remembering songs. Good job that I wrote it all down for you ;-)
FYI - that Clifton uke has never been out of the box since! What a travesty!
While I'm on the Christmas giveaway bandwagon, I'd like to call out another exclusive offer. This one's only available to people with access to the internet ;-)
You might remember a review I did last year of a ukulele book called "Ode to Uke". I liked it a lot. You'll be pleased to hear that you can get your hands on a printed copy with 40% off the RRP! All you need to do is follow this link and enter the code "xmas" at the checkout. Don't tell Mrs Uke, but I've ordered mine! Remember... once they've gone... they've gone!
I snapped this the other night on a Christmas Card delivery run. I don't know about you, but Santa looks to have had a little bit too much of the old Christmas Spirit!