Music

Four CornersI love music and, now that I’m retired from the hectic life of a professor, it has become a very large part of my day-to-day life. My husband and I have started a little band (called Four Corners) with his two sisters, and together we play at a number of the local nursing homes. The residents love to sing along with us and we all have tremendous fun!  It’s a great way to share our love of music.

These days, I mostly play guitar but I am also learning to play the mandolin and fiddle.  If you’re in need of a laugh – you might want to check out my blog posts on learning to play the fiddle – it’s definitely one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced!  Here’s a link to my complete list of posts where you can find links to those funny stories.

My husband and I were in a similar band for many years, while we were still out west in Edmonton, Alberta.  There I was primary a ukulele player, and I quickly grew to love this fun little instrument.  Since moving back east, I have been teaching ukulele to local seniors, through the Tantramar Seniors’ College.  I’ve also put some of that knowledge on paper – in two books for beginners.  If you’re interested in taking up the ukulele, perhaps you might want to check them out!

If you already have the eBooks and are looking for the song sheet downloads – please click here.

A Ukulele Book for the Complete Beginner

This beautiful full colour music book is available from Amazon.com for only $7.99. It’s also available as a  Kindle eBook  for only $1.99. Kindle Prime members can borrow the eBook for free!  (Click here for links to this book on other Amazon sites.)

Book2 Front CoverThis ukulele book is aimed at the complete beginner.   If you’re planning to buy a ukulele for yourself or for your child, this book provides essential advice. Then, once you have your ukulele, you’ll be able to use the instructions and music in this book to get started playing tunes right away.  The book also includes many colour photos, details of essential accessories, instructions on how to play, a ukulele chord chart,  plus 10 easy tunes to get you started playing your new ukulele right away: Amazing Grace, Home on the Range, Scarborough Fair, There is a Tavern in the Town, My Grandfather’s Clock, On Top of Old Smokey, Drunken Sailor, Skye Boat Song, Will the Circle Be Unbroken,  and Just a Closer Walk with Thee. 

 

A Christmas Book for the Ukulele Beginner A_Christmas_Book_for_Cover_for_Kindle

My ukulele beginners’ book also comes in a Christmas version. If you’re a parent looking to get your son or daughter a ukulele for Christmas – this book will provide you with essential advice on choosing a ukulele.   You can then give this book to your child as a Christmas gift along with the ukulele, so that they have playing instructions and songs to get them started.  If you’re planning to buy your own ukulele, you can read the advice provided in this book directly and, once you have your ukulele, you’ll also be able to use the instructions and music in this book to get started playing Christmas tunes right away. Whatever your approach, I am sure that this wonderful little instrument will bring many hours of joy! (Includes many colour photos, and contains advice for buying a ukulele, details of essential accessories, instructions on how to play, a ukulele chord chart, and 9 Christmas songs.)

 

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