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Feedback from Ukulele Yes! Readers

Hi,

I was so excited to read Ukulele Yes! I applaud the goals behind this eZine--it's educational & Canadiana roots.

The web has been an essential tool for my self-learning of the ukulele due to a busy professional life. Other than the occasional book or DVD found online my approach is haphazard. Most instructional books are very basic leaving me with a fruitless "what's next?" or far too advanced for me without a music background. Your method [see www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com -- Ed.] provides me with a structured approach that is both challenging and sound pedagogically.

I wish you and Ukulele Yes! all the best in your endeavours. If there is anything that I can do to support you please do not hesitate to ask.

Joseph Hoh
British Columbia, Canada

Yes Ukulele Yes!

I'm very happy to see UY! out again. Definitely worth a couple decades' wait. I have one of the original issues from ~1980 and it's obvious that UY! is better than ever.

Carl von Baeyer
Saskatchewan, Canada

Ukulele Yes! is great!! I hope it encourages a lot of us to help new ukulele players. Maybe more of us will become ukulele teachers and help kids learn to make music. With budgets crimping music programs in U.S. schools ukulele teachers ought to be welcome.

Chuck
California, U.S.A.

Dear James,

I am teaching Ukulele to 500+ 5th and 6th graders in our school district. I believe we will be expanding to about 1000 next year. I would like to secure a concert Uke pick-up and was wondering if you could hook me up. I own one of the Koa concert Uke's from Empire, a very nice little instrument for me as a beginner. Sure I'd like a Martin or a more up-scale instrument, but for the present I'd like to get this instrument saddled (no pun intended) with a decent pick-up. Can you help out with some advice?

Kevin J. Birkbeck
California, U.S.A.

Kevin, I've tried a variety of "stick-on" pickups in the past with uniformly poor results. I see that Dean Markley now makes an ukulele pickup (it's an under-the-bridge unit) that looks interesting. Check it out here. Good luck! -- Ed.

Great Web site! Congratulations and thanks from this reader/player. Especially enjoyed the article on Peter Luongo and the ukulele situation in BC. Keep up the good work!

Aloha!

Bob Loomis
California, U.S.A.

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