Tag Archives: Beginner’s Ukulele

Ukulele Lately Ep. 16: Walter Bates and the Reno Uke Festival

This week’s episode was a looooooooooooooooong time in production. Finally I was able to just sit down and get it edited and uploaded. This episode focused on an interview I had (back in April) with Walter Bates, who graciously shared his experience at the Reno Ukulele Festival.

Links referenced:
Gordon Mayer: Mya-Moe WebsiteYouTube Channel, and Birth of a Mya-Moe YouTube Series
Gerald Ross: Website and YouTube Channel
Jim DeVille: Website and YouTube Channel
Daniel Ho: Website and YouTube Channel
Heidi Swedberg: Website and YouTube Channel

Intro Audio Clips:
Where Have You Been (Cimorelli’s cover of Rhianna)
Since You’ve Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
Welcome Back, Kotter! (TV Show Theme Song)

Be sure to leave any comments or suggestions you have after listening, in the comments section below. Subscribe or rate the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes. You can email me at lweldy@ukulelelately.com or follow me on Twitter: @UkeLately

Thanks for tuning in and here’s hoping that you…stay in tune!

Ukulele Lately Ep. 14: Special Shout-Out (Chad Weldy) & Special Guest (Glenda Weldy)

This week’s podcast took a time-out from our usual routine of an artist highlight and also from wrapping up my part 2 answer regarding recording software, for blog subscriber Malc. This was a family-oriented podcast, and by that I mean it was focused on two members of my family: Chad Weldy (who turns 40 today) and Glenda Weldy (whom I interviewed…well, I’m sure there was Q/A somewhere in the midst of all that laughter).

Shout-out was given to: my niece Lauren (Chad’s daughter) for doing my opening; my brother Chad (Happy Birthday!).

Links referenced during the show:
Blue News (A Song Parody for Chad’s 40th)
Burl Ives: On The Front Porch (Movie: Summer Magic)
Circle of Fifths Image

After listening to this episode be sure to let me know what did you thought. Can Mama and I really be trusted to do a podcast this summer? Or will there be too much laughter? 😉 Send me a tweet (@UkeLately) or and email (lweldy@ukulelelately.com) or a oomment to the blog and let me know. You can also go to iTunes/Stitcher to rate/review the podcast.

Thanks for tuning in and here’s hoping that you…stay in tune!

Every time I come home, Mama likes to pretend I'm famous and covertly take my picture...
Every time I come home, Mama likes to pretend I’m famous and covertly take my picture…


Lucy and Ethel...I mean, Mama and Me...
Lucy and Ethel…I mean, Mama and Me…

Ukulele Lately Ep. 7: My WOTE Experience, Stitcher, & Just Keep Strumming

This week’s episode includes a recap of my experience in Milwaukee last weekend seeing Walk Off The Earth in concert at the Pabst Theater. I also discussed another avenue for podcast subscription (especially via cars) through Stitcher. A final encouragement was given to ukulele beginners to just keep strumming.

Shout-outs came in triplicate this week to my mama, my brother, and a college friend!

Links mention during this podcast:
P&G Thank You Commercials for Olympics
Safe House Restaurant
Walk Off The EarthLittle Boxes YouTube Video

WOTE in concert at the Pabst Theater
WOTE in concert at the Pabst Theater

After you’ve listened to this week’s episode, feel free to leave any feedback in the comments below or go to iTunes and rate/review the podcast there.

Thanks for tuning in and here’s hoping that you…stay in tune!

Ukulele Lately Ep. 4: Strumming Options & My First Guest!

As I was home with family for Christmas/New Year’s, this week’s episode involved a quick discussion about strumming options (using your hand or a pick).

Shout-out given to Julie, who commented on the blog that she had discovered the ukulele in a similar way to my own discovery. She now owns seven! If you haven’t seen the video we both saw, then you need to stop what you’re doing right now and watch it. I’m serious. It’s the first link listed below…

Links referenced in the show:
Jake Shimabukuro: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Jake Shimabukuro: Strumming & Plucking Technique (This link is mainly to give you a visual of what I discussed about using a wrist “flick” motion while strumming. This guy is a pro, so don’t get too discouraged if unable to mimic his strumming styles…we all start somewhere, eh?)
Myself and a Friend: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (Cover) (This is a cute song I learned a few months ago; it may add a little humor to your day too.)

Welcomed my first guest on the show…my brother, Chad! If you noticed better quality to this week’s episode it’s because I was using his company’s podcast equipment. He wanted to give it a test run, and I was pleased to be his guinea pig. Thanks Chad! Actually, this whole episode seemed to be a family affair as my mother provided audio for my episode intro. Thanks Mama!

My oldest brother, Chad, on the left and third oldest brother, Scott, working the sound board.
My brothers: Chad (on the left) and Scott (working the sound board).

I also tested out a new tag-line for the podcast! Thanks to the suggestions from a few listeners, I was able to combine a few ideas. Tell me what you think of the new tag-line (and any other thoughts you may have) by leaving a comment below.

Hope you have a Happy New Year. Thanks so much for tuning in, and here’s hoping that you…stay in tune!

Ukulele Lately Ep. 2: Purchasing & Playing

The topics for this week’s episode included a beginner’s outlook on purchasing a ukulele and basics steps on learning how to play one.**

Helpful links referenced during this episode:
Ukulele Hunt: Brand Reviews
Ukulele Hunt: Strings Reviews
Ukulele Daily: Chords Sheet
Alfred Music Co., Inc.: Ukulele Chord Dictionary (FULL DISCLOSURE: if you purchase this item through the Amazon Associate link given, I will receive a commission)

After you get a chance to listen, please feel free to leave any feedback in the comments section below; especially any suggestions you may have for a tagline for this podcast.

Thanks for listening to Ukulele Lately!

**I made a mistake in listing the sizes of the ukuleles in this podcast. The correct order, from smallest to biggest, is: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone. Kudos to Patrik from Sweden for pointing out the error!

Ukulele Lately Ep. 1: Introductory Podcast

Welcome to my first ever podcast!

Things discussed in this introductory episode include: some biographical information about myself, my reasoning behind doing a podcast about the ukulele, and the implications behind the title Ukulele Lately.

Media referenced in the show:
Little Asian Boy
Jake Shimabukuro
Julia Nunes

After listening please feel free to leave me your feedback in the comments section below.

Thanks for listening and I’ll be seeing you…lately!