• Next episode due mid-April, 2021

    New episodes twice a month beginning around May 1

    Can listening to a podcast improve your ukulele playing?Absolutely! This podcast is about supplementing your current methods of learning and practicing with insight and exercises that you won't often find in lessons or workshops. It is about cooperating with your brain so that it will build the proper connections needed to accelerate your ukulele pursuits and shorten your learning curve.

  • What's in a name?

    "The Ukulele Brain" was inspired by several areas of research that were first brought to my attention when Daniel Ho gave me "The Little Book of Talent." It involved how your brain learns new tasks and builds the proper connections needed to master new talents. Do you remember “Wax on, wax off,” from The Karate Kid? Mr. Miyagi had young Daniel wax his car, paint his fence, and do chores in certain ways that seemed unrelated to karate. But when Daniel needed those motions for fighting, he found that they came naturally, because they were hard-wired in Daniel's brain. Even though it was just a movie, the science behind that approach is very real, and adapting it to the ukulele was what inspired me to launch this podcast.

     

    Over the weeks and months to come, we'll explore how to cooperate with your brain so that it will build the proper connections, or "neural pathways," needed for accelerating progress in your ukulele playing journey. I'll pick the brains of top uke artists and experts in related fields for your benefit, delving into topics and extracting insight for you to add to your ukulele journey. We'll also offer tips, tricks, and mini-lessons for newer players and seasoned uke enthusiasts alike. If you'd like to learn more, please scroll down to All About The Ukulele Brain Podcast.

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  • Upcoming Episodes & Special Guests

    Ep. 1: The Little Book of Talent

    with Daniel Ho

    We begin with an overview of how Daniel became a musician and what we learned from the book. Although this first episode contains no mini-lessons as future installments will, Daniel does give valuable practice insight for all. Now online!

    Ep. 2: Melodies &  Percussion

    with Victoria & Jack

    My favorite ukulele songwriter and her hubby discuss songwriting and percussive strumming techniques. We'll also kick off our brain-training exercises that will be a feature of each episode going forward. Now online!

    Uk'in' Americana

    with Lil Rev

    Add traditional songs and strumming styles to your ukulele repertoire with tips and tricks from this master multi-instrumentalist. Plus more brain-training exercises. Coming soon!

    Mastering Rhythm

    with Victor & Penny

    The Antique Pop duo talks about the driving force behind every musical performance and how you can master rhythm on the ukulele. Plus a rhythm building, brain-training exercise. Coming soon!

    Ukulele as therapy

    with Daniel Ward & Heidi Swedberg

    Explore all of the beautiful things that you can do on four strings to enhance your life and that of others. Plus another brain-training exercise. Coming soon!

    The basics of standards

    with Gerald Ross

    The Great American Songbook is based in jazz but contains accessible songs we all know and love. Gerald and I will discuss how to get started in this glorious, melodic style of American music. Plus another brain-training exercise. Coming soon!

    String Science

    with Hope Morrow, PhD

    Enhance your tone, match your ukulele with the best strings for the music you want to play, experiment with alternate tunings, and more. Plus another brain-training exercise. Coming soon!

    Using all of your senses

    with Michael Powers

    Adding multiple senses and mastering a single new hand position will take your playing to new heights. Plus another brain-training exercise. Coming soon!

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