“oo-koo-LEH-leh” = UKULELE
Next month, St. John’s Episcopal Church will kick off an inaugural summer arts camp: UKULELE ADVENTURES 2022. From June 20th through the 24th, campers ranging in age from “rising” 2nd graders through Middle School, will have the opportunity to experience a week of music learning and mastery of this fun little instrument.
Here are a few facts about our newest acquisitions to the St. John’s Music Ministry Program: THE UKULELE!
U -Ukulele/uke for short; spell it with a “u”—pronounce it with an “oo”
K -King Kalakaua & Queen Lili’uokalani, Hawaiian royalty, played ukes
U -Usually associated with Hawaii, but originated in Portugal (machete)
L -Lifetime music lover; a.k.a. ukulele player
E -Employs 4 (four) strings tuned to notes G, C, D, and A
L -Learning tool for “hands-on” music education
E -Early in 1915, the ukulele debuted in the 48 contiguous states
A -Adaptability for indoor/outdoor playing (almost) anywhere
D -Date of the first constructed ukulele is 1879
V -Versatile instrument played in solo or ensemble music
E -Enhances brain-hand-eye coordination
N -Notable players: Elvis, Taylor Swift, Neil Armstrong, George Harrison
T -Translation of the word “ukulele” = “jumping flea”
U -Uses Left Hand for fretting notes; Right Hand for playing strings
R -Range of sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, baritone
E -Each year there are over 1.5 million ukuleles purchased in the U.S.
S -Strumming & Finger Picking are 2 (two) techniques for playing
Share the excitement of this summer ministry opportunity with your family, friends and neighbors. Thank you for the support!
Soli Deo Gloria,