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2015 Uke Camps

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Hey friends

2015 is shaping up to be a stellar year  with a slew of great teaching opportunities.

Things are just about to get rolling...
If you are looking to catch me out on the road at a ukulele festival near you, please  consider one of the following 11 events: 
Reno Uke Fest-May 1st and 2nd Denver Uke Fest-May 15th & 16th  Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival-June 5th
Folkcraft Workshop- June 26th (IN)
California Uke Tour-July 24th thru Aug. 1st Midwest Uke Fest-August 14th & 15th
New Jersey Uke Fest-August 28th, 29th and 30th
Funky Frets Uke Fest- October 2nd and 3rd  Port Townsend Uke Fest-October 15th, 6th, 17th, 18th
Nova Scotia, Canada-October 23rd, 24th  Milwaukee Uke Fest-November 21st 
Stay tuned! More to come
Lil Rev  www.lilrev.com


Photo by: Colin Coleman (C) 2014 

Getaway Weekend in NJ

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Lil Rev is heading to NJ for The Folk Projects GETAWAY WEEKEND
Oct. 10th thru the 12th.

Here's some info:

The  Folk Project Acoustic Getaway is three exciting days of music for
players and listeners; October 10-12, 2014 in North Jersey.   It features blues
phenom Toby Walker, international roots and jazz quartet The Jammin’ Divas,
folk super group The No Fuss & Feathers Roadshow, uke master and raconteur
Li’l Rev, flat picking and songwriting star Jim Hurst, Folk Project favorite
Chris Bukata & Friends, and folk rockers with style and joy The Yankee Caravan. 

This friendly weekend community of performers and guests share
3 concerts, nearly 50 workshops and activities, jamming, song swaps,
and more.  Food, lodging, concerts and all activities are included in one
low price.  Indoor workshops and concerts make it weatherproof.


For details visit:
www.folkproject.org.

We hope to see you there! 



Lil Rev in Michigan this Week

Hello Friends,
This weekend I am working in Lansing, MI at the much beloved grand-daddy of all music stores, Elderly Instruments.
Teaching three ukulele workshops and a performance in old town Saturday night the 13th.
While in Lansing... I'm Looking forward to hanging with my pals Lynn and Brian of the fabulous heftone's 
Brian and I have a grand tradition of playing lots of Uke and then making a video to share on You Tube.
On Sunday the 14th I will be teaching and performing at the Ludington Arts Center. Afternoon Uke workshop and  Evening concert.
Monday morning I'll rise early and board  The S.S. Badger (Ferry) which will shuttle me across the Great Lake Michigan and back to WI.
I always enjoy the ride and like the time to read and reflect on my travels. 
Ah! Life on the road or should I say, water! 
Lil Rev  www.lilrev.com

New! Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele Book Coming Soon!

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Hello Friends,

I have some really exciting news!

After a many years of hard work and 100's of hours arranging, John Nicholson
(Milwaukee, WI Based Ukulele Superhero!) and I are eagerly anticipating the release
of a our new book titled: Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele (Hal Leonard)

The book will be 48 pages in length and contain well over 40 instrumental arrangements
of both known and uncommon fiddle tunes. We've included historic photos of the
famous and some long since, forgotten fiddlers whom inspired this music, as well
as arrangements in the campanella, finger-style, single-string lead style, chordal, and
claw-hammer approaches.

This book will meet the approval of both the beginning student of old time music as well
as the seasoned picker, looking for a real challenge.

There tunes are derived from an array of different old time dance traditions including:
Marches, Polkas, Reels, Jigs, Waltzes, Novelty, Rags, Schottische, Breakdowns, and more!

We'd like to think of this book a…

The Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival

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As many of you know, i have often toured NM on my Winter
Uke Tours.

Over the years i have performed for Chabad of Santa Fe, Yoga related
events, The JCC of Albuquerque, and numerous music stores and workshops
for regional ukulele clubs.

Thus, I have always had a fascination with the High Desert and NM.

So...

I am thrilled to let all my fans know in the High Desert Region of NM, AZ,
CO, TX that i will be teaching and performing at The African American Arts
Center, as part of a weekend festival also featuring Heidi Swedberg and Daniel
Ward. 

This is the first year out and i am eager to see how this great little festival will
blossom!  The event will showcase numerous workshops, vendors, raffle,
concerts and more!

Here is the link to their homepage: http://abqukefest.com/

The event is being sponsored by a number of fine ukulele company's including Ohana,
Kala and Mya-Moe(Which is what I will be playing while i am there) http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/


Whether you live in the area, …

The Art of Tuning The Ukulele Part #1

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This is an article about Tuning The Ukulele To D6, C6 and Bb Major 6th

As the ukulele revival moves forward, I have long felt that a basic review of some of the standard ukulele tunings would benefit many of my readers.

While history notes that the Portuguese often tuned their instruments in C tuning. by the mid-1920's D tuning had become the standard and my own sheet music collection, supports this claim with published pieces dating back as early as 1917.

Most scores of the day, in D tuning would include the tuning notes and chord diagrams, placed above their respective lyrics, for the general public's self-accompaniment.

Advertising for the sheet music industry, makes it clear that ukuleles were not only big business but also a primary vehicle for the masses to strum along with the hit parade.

My pal Dan Scanlan has a nice posting about the Ukulele's Evolution and its related tunings circa 2004, which might be a nice supplement to this blog post.

http://www.coolhanduke.c…