Sing-along in Japan

9 03 2016

The Homebrew diaspora extends around America and now to Japan, where Matt has relocated for a few years. In the meantime, we’ll be posting the occasional participatory event, such as this singalong at the Toyama JET International Festival.

The audience sang along to several well-known American folk songs, making for a wonderful afternoon performance.

Great column about ukulele programs in General Music Today

6 03 2016

GibelhausenA shout out to a wonderful column in General Music Today by Robin Gibelhausen, “So, You’re Thinking About Starting a Ukulele Program?”

Throughout, Robin discusses her approaches to teaching, detailing thoughtful and engaging ideas for teaching. Even those who have been teaching the uke for years are likely to find a few novel approaches (such as “air uke”) to stimulate their pedagogic imaginations.


Holiday Sing-along

21 12 2015


Here’s the songs for the winter sing-along I’m conducting in Toyama, Japan. Click here for a text document (might be better for some smartphones).

Here’s the songs, in the same order as the text file:

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

3. Frosty The Snow Man

4. Jingle Bells

5. Deck the Halls

6. White Christmas

7. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

8. Feliz Navidad

9. Have yourself a merry little Christmas

10. Silent Night

11. ”Imagine”

12. ”All You Need Is Love”

13. Hard Day’s Night

14. ”In My Life”

15. I Will

16. ”Last Christmas”

17. Wonderful Christmas Time

18. ”Let It Be”

19. ”Can’t Buy Me Love”

20. You’ve Got a Friend

21. いと


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The Ukulele’s rise and fall and rise in the Atlantic

26 01 2015

A wonderful new article for your ukulele enjoyment:

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Great article on Four Strings Foundation in Winter 2014 issue of Ukulele Magazine

12 01 2015

Polly Yukevich, an alumnus of the Homebrew Ukulele Union, is director of Jake Shimabukuro’s Four Strings Foundation. The Winter Issue of Ukulele Magazine has a cover feature on the foundation, “Teach Your Children Well” by David Knowles. It’s a great read and worth seeking out.


George Harrison on playing the ukulele

21 10 2014

We at the Homebrew could not agree more. Click the image to see the original article over at Open Culture:


Ukulele groups in Japan: Toyama ukulele welcome party

4 10 2014

Here’s a few photos and some video from Toyama, Japan. The end of the video includes a local luthier’s soprano ukulele, a beautiful design with exemplary craftsmanship. The event also has a website (in Japanese, but featuring photos from previous years):

It’s great to find so many wonderful ukulele clubs sharing music together in one place.

I thought there might be a group play-along, but instead was invited to do a solo song. I shared a half-remembered version of a favorite tune, “Salty Dog.” There was a professional group recording, and here it is: