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Interview with Rock at Night Magazine 

While touring Florida last week I was interviewed by "Rock at Night", an online music magazine with lots of great stories & interviews. Click below to hear the full conversation...I share about growing up playing Dad's guitar in the woods, Ukulele, Didjeridoo and more.  Many thanks to Chyrisse Tabone and Gail Reynolds for having me as a guest!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN...enjoy!


Video Interview with Jim D'Ville 

If you're a fan of the ukulele, you have probably heard of Jim D'Ville.  Jim is a passionate teacher with brilliant comic timing - and he's a great guy to boot.  He travels across the USA and beyond, tirelessly opening people up to their own musicality.  One thing we share in common is the emphasis on learning to PLAY MUSIC BY EAR - being less reliant on written music & training ourselves to hear melody, rhythm & harmony with fresh ears.  For more about Jim D'Ville's work, CLICK HERE 

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Port Townsend Ukulele Festival: Beatles Riff 

I am currently on day 1 of the Port Townsend Ukulele festival at the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula overlooking the Puget Sound.  It is so incredibly beautiful here - A perfect setting for community music making and good times!

I wanted to post this short video for everyone who was in the Beatles class today...and of course for you too!  A clarification of the intro riff to George Harrison's "Something" recently posted to You Tube.  Click on this post's title & you'll see the video!

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Podcast Interview with Irish Artist John Dalton 

Last month I was interviewed by Irish Artist & Blogger John Dalton.  We had very relaxed and fun conversation for an hour - John is a delightful person and a great artist with a beautiful view of the world.  John and I spoke via Skype - he asked me some deep questions (first thing in the morning too!) that really made me think about & articulate where I come from when serving with my art & can listen & download the podcast here.  Your comments will be appreciated!  Thanks, Stu


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A Fiery & Funky Ukulele Strum 

If you've ever seen the bowling competition scene from classic movie "The Big Lebowski", you were probably taken back by the HOT & FIREY version of "Hotel California"...performed by the Gypsy Kings.  (along with LOL-ing because the movie is so damn funny!)  The music in that scene adds such a passion to the classic Eagles song that it made my heart beat faster.  This video lesson will show you how to play a strum that is in the same vein as that rhumba flamenco style of the Gypsy Kings.  Enjoy & let me know… Read more

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