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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Wednesday, August 15th, V-Tones at West Ashley Farmers Market, Ackerman park, 3-7pm, free//
Friday, August 17th, The Amazing Mittens at Savannah Grace, 3pm, private//
Saturday, August 18th Noodle & friends at the Johns Island farmers market, 9am-1pm, free//
Sunday, August 19th, the V-Tones of Charleston at Prohibition for the Swing Dance, 8-11pm, free dance lesson at 7pm//
Saturday, August 25th, Adult Ukulele workshop at Hungry Monks music school,, August 18th, Noodle & friends at the Johns Island 1948 Belgrade, 10am-noon, $75//
Thursday, August 30th, the V-Tones of Charleston
at the Johns Island Tattooed Moose, 6-9pm, free//
Saturday, September 1st, The V-Tones of Charleston at Marion square farmers market, 10am-1;30pm, free//
Sunday, September 2nd, the V-Tones of Charleston at Prohibition for the Swing Dance, 8-11pm, free dance lesson at 7pm//
Tuesday, September 4th, The V-Tones of Charleston presented by Awendaw Green at the Footlights Theater, 20 Queen street, . 7-10pm,more info tba//
Friday, September 14th, the V-Tones of Charleston at the World Music cafe show, South of Broadway Theater, Park Circle, North Charleston, more info tba//
Friday, September 21st, The Amazing Mittens at Savannah Grace for their happyhour, 3pm, private//
Saturday, September 29th, V-Tones at Sierra Club fundraiser, Santee Canal park,, more info tba//
Saturday, October 13th, V-Tones at Middleton Plantation for wedding, 4-5pm, private//
Friday, October 19th, The Amazing Mittens at Savannah Grace for their happyhour, 3pm, private//
Saturday, October 20th, The V-Tones of Charleston at Marion square farmers market, 10am-1;30pm, free//
Sunday, October 21st, The V-Tones of Charleston at the Georgetown Wooden Boats Festival, 11:30am-3;30pm, free//
Wednesday, October 31st, Noodle at Franke at Seaside, 2;30-3:30pm, private//
Sunday, Nov. 4th, 100th Anniversary of the WWI armistice, Main Branch, public library, 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//
September 20th, wedding at Whitepoint Gardens, private//