Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ukuleles (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

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After so many years of homeschooling, I've had plenty of opportunities to try curriculum and explore all kinds of resources, so during this Blogging Through the Alphabet tour, I'm highlighting some of the many homeschooling resources that have been stand-outs. Sometimes it will be a walk down memory lane as I share something we enjoyed many years ago, and sometimes it will be something we're using currently. Sometimes I'll focus on a specific curriculum, and sometimes on a subject area. And I imagine I'll have to be a bit creative with a couple letters of the alphabet! This week I'm having a bit of fun writing about one of my daughter's favorite things - ukuleles!

Ukuleles have had a resurgence in popularity over the past couple of years, and Kennady happened to become a contributor to that trend early on. She had been playing guitar for a few years but I was taken a bit by surprise when she decided she wanted to buy a ukulele. We chose a decent beginner ukulele and she went to work teaching herself to play. And it took a very short time before she was competent and confident! She's been working on improving and honing her skills ever since, and adding to her collection of instruments too!

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When she was ready to buy her second ukulele, she made sure to get one with a pick-up so she could plug it in to the sound system - and she uses it a lot on worship team at church.

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photo by KAT, July 2016

Then on a trip to Bethany Beach, she picked out a soprano ukulele with a neat beach scene on it. Turns out that one has been more for looks than use, because it loses its tuning very quickly.
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a little self-conscious playing on the boardwalk

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But then look how much joy it brought her!

The next addition to the collection was a baritone ukulele.

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soprano and concert ukuleles

The most recent addition to the collection is a long-neck soprano ukulele which isn't fancy, but is beautiful in its simplicity, and in its gorgeous tone and sound.

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It seems like she's playing constantly, even when she's reading and studying. I'm not convinced that she can concentrate on the history textbook while strumming a ukulele, but whatever. Her grades are fine. I bet she could get through the schoolwork faster if she wasn't playing, but again - whatever.

Kennady is part of our worship band at church and often uses her ukulele. She's performed a couple of times at talent nights, and she sometimes takes a ukulele with her to youth group or on other outings to entertain herself - and sometimes others.

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In her Speech and Presentation class, she gave a talk about ukuleles and music education. These are a few of her slides.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet again? Yes, I'm taking the challenge, along with several other Crew members, including our three co-hosts for this round - Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool, DaLynn at Biblical Womanhood, and Kirsten at DoodleMom's Homeschooling Life. The link is open from Thursday to Wednesday each week, so join in if you'd like!

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5 comments:

Mother of 3 said...

I do love the sound of a ukulele and have seen them around a lot in the past few years. You can not beat the look of joy on her face!

Kristen H said...

That is really cool! So many different sizes...I had no idea. (Have to admit makes me think of Veggie Tales Lance the Turtle.)

Kym Thorpe said...

Oh I'll tell her she needs to learn to play Lance the Turtle! I'd forgotten about that one! ;-)

Annette V said...

I never knew there were so many different kinds of ukuleles. How do you decide when you need a soprano or baritone one?

Mia White said...

Way cool! My daughter was gifted a ukelele on her last birthday, but she's not done much with it. I'm going to show her this. :)

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