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!
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Saturday, October 14th, V-Tones trio for baby shower, 4-7pm, private//
Sunday October 15th, Eden and Noodle at Gracie & Lacie's 20 year celebration! This is at the How Art Thou Cafe on Maybank, 3-6pm, we're performing at 3:35pm, free, tons of entertainment!//
Sunday October 15th, The V-Tones of Charleston at Prohibition for the Sunday Night Swing Thing, 8-11pm, free lesson at 7pm//
Saturday, October 21st, The V-Tones of Charleston at the Georgetown Wooden Boats Show, noon-4pm, down Georgetown, we're a the corner of Front and Screven, free//
Sunday, October 22nd, The Amazing Mittens at Dill Plantation for Musuem fundraiser,1-4pm//
Saturday, October 28th, The V-Tones of Charleston downtown at Marion Square for the Farmers' Market, 10am-1:30pm, free//
Saturday, October 28th, The V-Tones of Charleston for Ellitoborough Halloween Parade and party, more info tba, 6-9pm, free//
Sunday, October 29th, the V-Tones of Charleston at the West Ashley Farmers' Market, 12:15-4pm, free show!//
Sunday, N0vember 5th, V-Tones at the Cooper River Brewery, 3-6pm. free//
Tuesday, November 7th, V-Tones trio for Digital Corridor conference, lunch hour, more info tba//
Sunday, November 12th, Ukulele parade for playing Hava Nagila for Jewish Folk Festival, KKBE, downtown Charleston, more info tba//
Sunday, November 19th, V-Tones of Charleston at the West Ashley Farmers' Market, 12:15-4pm, free show//
Saturday, December 2nd, V-Tones at the Johns Island Homegrown Farmers' Market Bazaar with all kinds of musical surprises! We play 10am-1:30pm, free//
Saturday, December 9th, The Amazing Mittens at Jingles and Jammies, brunch party, private//
Saturday, December 9th, V-Tones trio for Christmas party, Bristol apts., 7-10pm, private//
Sunday, December 10th, The V-Tones 13th Annual Holiday Extravaganza, at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 3pm, free//
Saturday, December 16th, Holiday band for private Christmas party, pm//
Sunday, December 17th, V-Tones at Marion Square Farmers' Market, 11am-2:30pm, free//