Okay, this is for all of my students out there: the only way to get better at the ukulele is to practice---there are no shortcuts! Natural musical talent is good, but without practice it will remain dormant. So many things in our push-button world are designed to deliver on command, but that's not how music works. Music is a natural process, so we must cultivate our ability slowly and surely. Relaxed, steady practice that is focused on one little trick, or one little song leads to good results. I just don't feel right if I can't play for a few hours every day! Remember to stretch out your wrists and hands before playing, and spend your practice time trying to smooth out your changes----this stuff takes time. Listen to versions of the song you're learning!!! Get to know the tune. At the end of practice, finish with something that is easy for you----and recall how far you've come, step by step. There is no end in the journey of music...so keep on uke-in'!
Calling all dance fans! Let's celebrate the Summer with a Dance FX Block Party on Friday, June 22nd. The V-Tones are kicking it off at 6pm, followed by hip hop DJs, DJ Butterbean (Swing), Dance demos and all kinds of entertainment. You should check with the good people at Dance FX for more information. They're at the corner of Rutledge and Huger, here in Charleston, SC. Tickets are $10, in advance. Check it out!!!!
It is so much fun playing our monthly Swing Dance! We'll be back at Spirit Moves, on Savannah Highway, across from the Ye Olde Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor (that's here in Charleston, SC). The date is Friday the 15th of June, my friends,a nd the cost is only $10. Now, in addition to the V-Tones, the hosts (the Roaring Twenties Hot Jazz Dance Club) also provides snacks and lessons. The intermediate lesson is at 7:15, and the beginner's lesson is 8pm---we usually start to play around 8:45. So, come on out to dance or just to listen (that's allowed). It's a very cool, fun, happenin' place.
Hey vintage enthusiasts! The V-Tones are happy to be playing for the Carolina Burlesque Festival on Friday, June 8th at the South of Broadway Theatre. That's up in North Charleston, in the Park Circle neighbourhood. The doors open at 7pm, Burlesque acts begin at 8pm, and we'll play afterward at 10pm! Tickets are $20. Calling all warm blooded adults! This one's for y'all!
Even More Videos!
Wednesday, October 31st, Noodle at Franke at Seaside, 2;30-3:30pm, private//
Sunday, Nov. 4th, 100th Anniversary of the WWI armistice, with many local musicians, Main Branch, public library, 3pm, free//
Sunday, Nov. 4th, She Goes He Goes, at Prohibition for the Swing Dance, 8-11pm, with a free dance lesson at 7pm, free//
Thursday, Nov. 15th, the V-Tones trio at the Tattooed Moose at Citadel Mall, 6-9pm, free//
Friday, Nov. 16th, The Amazing Mittens at Savannah Grace, 3pm, private//
Saturday, Nov. 24th, The V-Tones at Marion Square farmers market, 10am-1:30pm, free//
Sunday, Nov. 25th, The V-Tones, at Prohibition for the Swing Dance, 8-11pm, with a free dance lesson at 7pm, free//
Friday, Nov. 30th, Noodle with the Heart show, Boomtown, 7pm, more info tba//
Sunday, December 2nd, The V-Tones at the Follyday Market, 2-6pm, Folly Pier, Folly Beach. free//
Sunday, Dec. 2nd, She Goes He Goes, at Prohibition for the Swing Dance, 8-11pm, with a free dance lesson at 7pm, free//
Saturday, December 8th, the V-Tones at Seashore Farms, 3-6pm, more info tba//
Sunday, December 9th, the V-Tones of Charleston present our 14th Annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Main Branch of the Public Library,3pm, free//
Sunday, December 9th, the V-Tones of Charleston at Prohibition for the Swing Dance, 8-11pm, free//
Friday, December 14th, the V-Tones of Charleston at Seanachai, 8-11pm, free//
Saturday, December 15th, V-Tones trio at Kids Christmas party, 4-7pm, private//
Friday, December 21st, The Amazing Mittens at Savannah Grace, 3pm, private//
April 7th, V-Tones at the Honey & Bee Expo! noon-3pm, free//
April 7th, Lime & the Coconuts, 5-7pm//