Ukulele Strumming Workshop October 21

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Ukulele Strumming Workshop with Ukulele Mele is this Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Bailey House in Wailuku, Maui

My monthly ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop starts the sixth season this coming Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku. Get an introduction to the joy of making music the Ukulele Mele Way from an experienced educator and professional entertainer with a unique method of forming ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else on Maui. Play fun, sing-along songs while accompanied by a professional ukulele bass player.

Do you play C, F, and G7 chords confidently? Then you will have more fun at this workshop. We will go beyond the chalang-alang strum (even up and down strums) and give you a taste of other rhythm patterns. There is no need to read music as we play songs by ear without looking at music.

After the workshop you can discover ways to continue learning on Maui, online, by single song lesson downloads, and/or by packaged sets of book/DVD/CD for beginners, intermediate, and advanced ukulele players. Visit my website at www.UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com for information.

Cost for the workshop is $10 or $5 for museum members at the door. Seats are limited so pre-registration is recommended. Register online by clicking here or call me at 808-281-4981 Hawaii Time.

Come and experience how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Island Party Songs for September

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This month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series theme is “Island Party Songs” to be held September 7 to celebrate Aloha Festivals month on every island.

In celebration of Aloha Festivals held on every Hawaiian Island in September, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong series: Island Party Songs on Thursday, September 7 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.  The mission of Aloha Festivals is “to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaii.” Read more about Aloha Festivals.

This program is one of a monthly series that evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in the front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along as I lead everyone by singing and playing my uke while my husband accompanies us on ‘ukulele bass. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ‘ukulele chords or the unique strumming pattern for the songs. The focus is on singing the songs, finding out the stories behind them, and enjoying the group experience.

Why are people returning? “It’s fun!” is what I’ve heard.

Lunch is optional and recommended as a good time to meet people who enjoy learning the Ukulele Mele Way. Kaunoa Senior Center is located in Spreckelsville, Maui.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Whether you are a beginnerintermediate, or advanced ‘ukulele player, you can have fun learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way from WHEREVER you live!

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Workshop and Show March 18

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Participate in an ukulele workshop and then watch us perform on stage on March 18

We have two back-to-back events for ‘ukulele players to participate and enjoy on Saturday, March 18 in central Maui.

First, there’s the monthly Ukulele Strumming Workshop from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Museum. Bring your instruments and join in the fun learning my unique method of forming chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles for the ‘ukulele that are taught nowhere else. This introduction aims to get you coming back for more via private lessons on Maui, online lessons, single song purchases, or packaged song sets of book/DVD/CD. This will be the last monthly workshop for the season until we resume in October.

Sign up now online to reserve your seat and then pay $10/5 at the door of the museum.

Second, The Hawaiian Serenaders will be in concert at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from 1– 1:45pm as part of the entertainment lineup for Queen’s Fest honoring the Center’s namesake. Come and enjoy our mix of traditional Hawaiian and hapa haole favorites with unique strumming patterns as we play and sing on ‘ukulele and u-bass. We hope to inspire you with what is possible to play with practice. I teach many of the songs that we perform via private and online lessons. Stick around and visit with us after the show. The Hawaiian Serenaders are the only husband-wife duo that sing and play ‘ukulele professionally on Maui.

Read more about Queen Ka’ahumanu and the festival.

Join us and experience how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Feb 18 Ukulele Workshop

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REGISTER NOW for fun making music in a group setting

My monthly ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop is this coming Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku. Join my introductory class to learn unique strumming styles for the ‘ukulele and a method for forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain taught by no one else on Maui. Plus, play fun, sing-along songs while accompanied by a professional ‘ukulele bass player who happens to be my husband, Richard Tom (we entertain as a duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders).

Do you play C, F, and G7 chords confidently? Can you strum up and down evenly? Then this workshop is for you. We will go beyond the chalang-alang strum (even up and down strums) and give you a taste of other rhythm patterns. There is no need to read music as we play songs by ear without looking at music.

After the workshop, you can continue learning by scheduling private lessons with me, purchasing packaged sets of book/DVD/CD to take home, or subscribing to online lessons. Experience first hand how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Cost is $10 or $5 for museum members at the door. Seats are limited so pre-registration is recommended.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

For more information, read student testimonials and about past and future workshops on Maui.

Questions? Call me at 808-281-4981 or email mele@ukulelemeleonmaui.com.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Workshop Saturday

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Learn the Ukulele Mele Way in a fun group setting

The monthly ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop is this coming Saturday, January 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. Join my introductory class to learn unique strumming styles for the ‘ukulele and a method for forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain taught by no one else on Maui. Plus, play fun, sing-along songs while accompanied by a professional ‘ukulele bass player.

Do you play C, F, and G7 chords confidently? Can you strum up and down evenly? Then this workshop is for you. We will go beyond the chalang-alang strum (even up and down strums) and give you a taste of other rhythm patterns. There is no need to read music as we play songs by ear without looking at music.

After the workshop, you can continue learning by scheduling private lessons with me, purchasing packaged sets of book/DVD/CD to take home, or subscribing to online lessons. Experience firsthand how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Cost is $10 or $5 for museum members at the door. Seats are limited so pre-registration is recommended.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

For more information, read student testimonials and about past and future workshops on Maui.

Questions? Call me at 808-281-4981 or email mele@ukulelemeleonmaui.com.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Learn New Ukulele Strums Saturday

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Register for Ukulele Mele Workshop Saturday

The monthly ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop is this coming Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. Participants will get an introduction to unique strumming styles for the ‘ukulele and a method for forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain taught by no one else on Maui. Play fun, sing-along songs while accompanied by a professional ‘ukulele bass player.

Do you play C, F, and G7 chords confidently? Can you strum up and down evenly? Then this workshop is for you. We will go beyond the chalang-alang strum (even up and down strums) and give you a taste of other rhythm patterns. There is no need to read music as we play songs by ear without looking at music.

After the workshop, you can continue learning by scheduling private lessons with me, purchasing packaged sets of book/DVD/CD to take home, or subscribing to online lessons from wherever you live. Experience firsthand how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Cost is $10 or $5 for museum members at the door. Seats are limited so pre-registration is recommended. Register online by clicking here.

Learn more about my workshops on Maui by clicking here.

Questions? Call me at 808-281-4981 or email mele@ukulelemeleonmaui.com.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Summer Sing-Along Series Starts

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Summer Sing-Along Series starts July 18

Do you remember “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” when the audience would follow the bouncing ball on the screen? Join us next Monday, July 18 for Sing-Along with Mele Fong from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. Instead of the bouncing ball, I use the digital pointer from the remote control to the projector that shows up as a red light on the screen. I have found that using PowerPoint as the tool to display words and ‘ukulele chords onto the large screen for audiences works really well. This month’s program is American Songs as found in the Great American Songbook and the American Song Treasury. Although advertised as a sing-along, ‘ukulele players are invited to bring their instruments to play along.

Click on the song titles to hear audio samples of 5 of the 11 songs we’ll be singing:

  1. America the Beautiful – Pick in 4 Strum
  2. Medley: Daisy Bell/Sidewalks of New York – Waltz and Pick in 6 Strum
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  4. Sloop John B – Latin Strum
  5. The More We Get Together – 2 Waltz Strums

Want to learn how to play my arrangements? Purchase my Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 packaged sets of book/DVD/CD and get the song sheets, video lessons and audio recordings to 6 songs with 8 different strumming patterns all bundled in one package. These two sets are geared for beginners.

Contact me for more information at mele@ukulelemeleonmaui.com.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Kamehameha Day March This Saturday

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I marched with my Ahahui Kaahumanu sisters on Kamehameha Day 2005

Saturday, June 11 is Kamehameha Day, the birthday of Hawai’i’s First King, and one of two state holidays honoring Hawaiian ali’i (royalty). I will be marching along with my Ahahui Ka’ahumanu sisters in the commemorative march organized by the Royal Order of Kamehameha. We are usually joined by members of the two other royal societies and friends as we march down Ka’ahumanu Avenue to Hoaloha Park to honor King Kamehameha’s memory on his actual birthday. This is not a parade with floats. In the top photo, here is the scene in front of me as we marched down the street. In the bottom photo, my Uncle Clifford Hashimoto as Ali’i Ai Moku, meaning the head of the statewide Royal Order of Kamehameha, gets ready to welcome participants at the end of the march. In turn, each head of the four royal societies says something during the ceremonies before we adjourn for lunch.

The first time I participated in the march was in 2005, after being initiated into the Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Chapter IV Wailuku in September 2004. Members are Native Hawaiian women who are sponsored into the organization that honors Queen Ka’ahumanu’s memory as favorite wife of Kamehameha and more. I am proud of my Hawaiian heritage. As past historian for the Ahahui, I used to give short 5-minute historical talks at membership meetings and at public events. I have since expanded those talks to 2-hour PowerPoint presentations that I present to the public to keep our Hawaiian stories and traditional music alive.

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The royal societies gather in a circle at the end of the march

On January 11, I gave a presentation on Hawai’i’s First King as the first program in my Hawaiian History Series for 2016 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We learned about Kamehameha who lived from 1758-1810, and sang 4 songs relating to him and the time period. Read more about the program.

Last year, I did an Oral History and Sing-Along Program on June 11, King Kamehameha’s actual birthday and state holiday, at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The 2-hour program included a short lecture about the King and the singing of 9 traditional Hawaiian songs and the stories behind them in keeping with Hawaiian cultural traditions. Read more about the program.

One of the songs related to Kamehameha that ‘ukulele players can learn is Na Ali’i, a song written in 1928 by Samuel Kuahiwi in praise of the chiefs and includes two of their famous sayings. Subscribers to Complete Monthly Online Lessons can learn to play the song with my Hum Ding-Ah Strum, download the PDF song sheets, view the video lesson, play along with the audio recording, and watch the video story in the lesson along with 49 other lessons for 30 days at-a-time. Listen to an audio sample of Na Ali’i and learn more about subscribing to Complete Monthly Online Lessons to learn to play more Hawaiian songs.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Two Free ‘Ukulele Workshops in April

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Register online today to save your seat

Coming to Maui this weekend and looking for free ‘ukulele lessons? Bring your ‘ukulele to participate in two free ‘ukulele workshops at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. this coming Saturday, April 16, at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Players who know how to form C, F, and G7 chords and strum a little will have an easier time as we learn different strums to fun, sing-along songs. Beginners are also welcome. A few instruments will be available for use by hotel guests for the workshops. Once hooked to the Ukulele Mele method, you can continue learning through private lessons on Maui or via private webcam lessons, online lessons for self-study, or packaged song sets of book/DVD/CD.

These workshops are part of the weekend long 8th Annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Festival. The festival is presented by the Arts Education for Children Group, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. I am honored to be returning for my 5th year of teaching ‘ukulele workshops since 2012 when Henry Allen was in charge and the event was called the Henry Allen Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival. Alan Akaka has been in charge since 2013, and the event name changed to Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival. Visit the festival website for more information.

Read testimonials from past workshop participants.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY to save your seat for the 9:00 or 11:30 free ‘ukulele workshop.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Saturday ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop

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Register for Saturday’s workshop

Save your seat by registering online today for the upcoming ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. Bring your ‘ukulele and a friend to the workshop and have fun applying different strums to popular sing-along songs to make them sound better. Cost at the door which includes admission to the museum, is $10 for the public or $5 for members.

If you can you play C, F, and G7 chords confidently while strumming up and down evenly, then this workshop is for you. We will go beyond the chalang-alang (even up and down strums) and give you a taste of other rhythm patterns as we play fun, sing-along songs in a group setting. There is no need to read music as we play songs by ear without looking at music. My husband, Richard Tom, known as the boom master, accompanies us on u-bass and fills in the lower tones to the higher tones of the ‘ukulele, making the songs sound fuller.

Visit the Workshops on Maui webpage for more information, reviews, photos and more. This is the last 2-hour workshop at the Bailey House Museum until the fall. You can also register to save your seat for the October 15, November 19, or December 17 workshop by selecting the next date from the pull down menu.

Want more?

  1. Schedule private lessons at the Bailey House Museum while you are in town.
  2. Learn online by private webcam lessons or online lessons for self-study.
  3. Purchase packaged sets of book/DVD/CD for delivery to your home.

Join us and experience firsthand how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele