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July 16, 2011

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Ok, so perhaps not truly Seattle’s “OWN” seeing as how Ray Charles was born in Albany, Georgia in 1930, but in 1947 at the tender age of 17 Ray moved to Seattle to begin his music career.  Here in Seattle, my hometown by the way, he met up with an equally young musician buy the name of Quincy Jones.  Together they spawned their youthful careers right here in the local jazz clubs and other jazz venues.  Today the jazz culture is more vibrant then ever and much of this is due to the oustanding jazz music instruction found in our local school programs.  I was thrilled to do this You Tube video lesson as it gave me an opportunity to reveal the world of Jazz to the ukulele community.  I’ve posted the song sheet below. . . Enjoy the rich and warm jazz chords.  .  . This is an absolutely perfect opportunity to enlarge our ukulele chord vocabulary.  I’ve also tried to introduce a somewhat subtle jazz strum styling in this video. . . Have fun with it and let me know how it goes.


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  1. Sharon permalink
    July 17, 2011 2:54 p07

    I’m still experimenting with the best way to hold the uke when playing. I think this is the first time I’ve seen you use a strap, would using one be helpful (especially for the chords involving all 4 strings)?

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