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Going Up?
By James Hill

"It ain't easy but it's worth it." That seems to be the message in this issue as we focus on what it takes to get a ukulele program off the ground.

Jamie Thomas, my first ukulele teacher and one of the most respected ukulele instructors around, offers a no-nonsense guide to starting a ukulele program. And he should know. He's helped thousands of students take their first steps with the instrument.

Chalmers Doane once told me about a visit he paid to Jamie's class a few years back. Chalmers, being a former teacher of Jamie's, brought a pen a paper along so that he could make notes. After class he figured he would meet with Jamie and give him constructive feedback on how to improve his teaching. "Within five minutes," said Chalmers, "I was taking notes on how to improve my teaching!"

Speaking of Chalmers Doane, this issue features part one of a two-part interview with "the Father of Canadian Ukulele". If anyone understands what it takes to start and maintain a successful ukulele program, it's the man who started it all. This is truly the voice of experience talking; invaluable advice from someone who's been through every stage of the process and then some.

So, if you're short on New Year's resolutions, make it your mission to start a ukulele group and share the "joy of uke" with others. Like most things in life worth doing, it won't be easy. But it'll be worth it.

Uke on!

James Hill
Editor, Ukulele Yes!

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In This Issue: PRELUDE IDEAS & LETTERS UKULELE REPORTS INTERVIEW FEATURE ARTICLE FREE ARRANGEMENT PEDAGOGY CORNER FROM THE VAULT