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!
Friday, May 245th, Lime & the Coconuts at the Second Presbyterian Tea Room, 11am-2pm, free, Wraggsborough Square//
Saturday, May 26th, Lime & the Coconuts at the Second Presbyterian Tea Room, 11am-2pm, free, Wraggsborough Square, free//
Saturday, May 26th, Marina Wine Shop show, with Lime & the Coconuts, 2pm-6pm, free//
Sunday, May 27th, May 245th, Lime & the Coconuts at the Second Presbyterian Tea Room, 11:45am-2pm, free, Wraggsborough Square//
Sunday, May 27th, She Goes He Goes at Prohibition for Swing Dance, 8-11pm//
Saturday, June 2nd, The Amazing Mittens at One Broad Street, 10am-1pm, free//
Sunday, June 3rd, the V-Tones of Charleston at Prohibition for Swing Dance, 8-11pm, with free dance lesson at 7pm, no cover//
Wednesday, June 6th, The V-Tones of Charleston at the West Ashley Farmers Market, Ackerman Park, 3:30-7pm, free//
Friday, June 8th, with the HEART program at the Charleston Music Hall, more info tba//
Saturday, June 9th, The V-Tones trio at the Charleston Area Senior Citizens farmers market, 259 Meeting Street, free, more info tba//
Thursday, June 21st, secret birthday surprise//
Thursday, June 21st, V-Tones trio at The Tattooed Moose, Citadel Mall, 6-9pm, free, y'all come!!!//
Sunday, June 24th, Mother Emmanuel memorial concert, more info tba//
Saturday, June 30th, Kids Ukulele Workshop at Hungry Monks Music School, big fun!! 10am-noon//
Wednesday, August 15th, V-Tones at West Ashley Farmers Market, Ackerman park, 3-7pm, free//
Saturday, July 7th, V-Tones for the Charleston Tibetan Society. HH Dalai Lama party, more info tba//
Monday, July 16th, MC Noodle for the annual Talent Show at Folly Beach Market, 5-8pm, free//
Saturday, July 28th, Adults Ukulele Workshop at Hungry Monks Music School, big fun!! 10am-noon//
Saturday, August 25th, Adult Ukulele workshop at Hungry Monks music school, 1948 Belgrade, 10am-noon, $75//
Sunday, October 14th, V-Tones at Middleton Plantation for wedding, 4-5pm, private//
Wednesday, October 31st, Noodle at Franke at Seaside, 2;30-3:30pm, private//