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NEW CHILI MONSTER UKULELE LESSON NOW AVAILABLE
The first lesson from the 2nd DVD of Chili Monster's Ukulele lessons is now available to download

Yes folks - due to numerous requests for more lessons I have finally pulled my finger out and started to record and produce the lessons that will eventually make up DVD 2 ...

The first lesson is 'How to play the Major sharp & flat chords' and covers playing
Ab/G#, Bb/A#, Db/C#, Eb/D# and Gb/F# as both conventional and barre chords.
The lesson runs for 22.5 minutes and is now available on this link

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THE CHILI MONSTER DVD
'How To Play Really Easy Ukulele part 1'
Is available to buy or download
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THE SEVERN UKES WEBSITE
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THE BELLE V'UKES:

A weekly Ukulele Jam Session held at The Prince Of Wales pub in Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, UK
every sunday evening 19.30 to 21.30.
Players of all abilities welcome. Beginners are very welcome - we will give you tuition and lots of encouragement,
especially if you ply us with beer ...
there will be free sandwiches curtesy of Vikki, (the Landlady) ...

Click to go to The Belle V'Ukes website

The Brickaleles Orchestra, which is a free collective orchestra of ukulele players meet at
The Bricklayers Arms in Copthorne, Shrewsbury every tuesday evening 1900 - 2130.
Players of all ages and abilities are made very welcome from absolute beginners onwards,
- why not come along and join in - click the image below for more infoclick to go to the Brickaleles website

In October 2009 my wife bought me a Ukulele for my birthday on the off chance that it might interest me. I don't think she realised just what she had set in motion until it was too late! ...
I immediately fell in love with the instrument and proceeded to spend all my available spare time learning how to play it.
It struck me that though there are many places on the internet where you can get all sorts of amazingly good tutorials (particularly on YouTube) there are very few that cater for someone who has never played the Uke, or for that matter any other instrument, at all.
So I decided to produce a series of Ukulele tutorials that an absolute beginner can use to learn how to get a tune out of the thing!

Here's the first Tutorial: An introduction, how to tune & strum the Uke and an easy first tune to play


And here's the second Tutorial: how to play the Major Chords and an easy version of
'The Blitzkrieg Bop'. Click here to download the songsheet for 'The Blitzkrieg Bop' to use along with the video, then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's a shorter version of the second Tutorial which is just the easy version of
'The Blitzkrieg Bop', without the Major Chords Tutorial.
Click here
to download the songsheet for 'The Blitzkrieg Bop' to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's the third Tutorial: an easy version of
'Bad Moon Rising',
Click here
to download the songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's the fourth Tutorial: how to play the Minor Chords and an easy version of
'Knocking On Heaven's Door' by Bob Dylan
Click here
to download the songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's a shorter version of the fourth Tutorial which is the easy version of
'Knocking On Heaven's Door', without the Minor Chords Tutorial.
Click here to download the songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's the fifth Tutorial: Fingerpicking & how to play
'The Streets Of London' by Ralph McTell
Click here
to download the songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.


Here's the sixth Tutorial: Strumming, Playing In Time & how to play
'The Monster Mash' by Bobby Pickett & The Krypt Kickers
Click here
to download the songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's the seventh Tutorial: How to play 12 Bar Blues.
Click here
to download a songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's the eighth Tutorial: How to read Tablature and how to play
'THE WAY TO MANDALAY by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT
(from the album Ghost Of A Rose)

Click here
to download a songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Here's the ninth Tutorial: How to play
'PUT THE BLAME ON ME' by CHILI MONSTER & KEN CHILADA
(from the album SHROPROCK)

Click here
to download a songsheet to use along with the video,
then right click anywhere on the image and select 'save image as' from the drop-down menu.

Below is a video of The Brickalele Orchestra performing 'Five Foot Two'
on Burn's Night, 25th January 2013 at The Crown pub in Coleham, Shrewsbury, UK.
And a guid nicht wuz had by a' ...

More Tutorials are available on YouTube or by clicking on the banner below

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Here's some links to some of my music videos:-

Original songs:-
 My first attempt at UkuReggae ... This is my second foray into the world of animation and I'm still learning ...The song is about how we change with time and do we actually learn or do we just hide behind the 'wisdom' of age?
Ken & I recorded the song in early July 2011 at Soundscape - I then got a good friend of mine,Gaynor Williams, to sing the lead vocal and her husband and my wife did the backing vocals. The song ended up on the Shroprock CD and I always meant to make a video for it but never seemed to have the time to get Ken, Rob, Sheila & Gaynor together to film it. Someone sent me the live video footage from the ShropRock gig and, as I have always wanted to do an animated video i decided to use the live footage and see what I could do with it - this is the result and is my first foray into animated video ...
Ken and I actually began writing this song in 1993 and never really finished it so we decided to resurrect it for YouTube. So this song has been nearly 18 years in the making... The sentiment remains the same, though sadly a lot more singers/songwriters/rock stars etc have joined the list. The song was entered into an online song contest in jan 2012 and won first place in the Blues category and came overall 4th place
Original song. Written by Dave Cowton and Ken Evans, based on our experience of travelling to Ingelheim in Germany and playing at a Jethro Tull Convention at 'The Keller Kunst Keller' there in 1993, when we were in a band called '2 Bloody Rite'. Another original song: music by Ken, lyrics by Dave One of my own compositions this time. I played Ukes, Mandolin and Keyboards. The Drums and Bass are samples. 'Molly' is my wife's Avatar name and the photos are of her

Covers:-
My tribute to Bobby Boris Pickett and Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Band) without whom ... Played on Ukulele, Mandolin and Acoustic Guitar by Chili Monster & Val Frezi. Original song is by Blackmore's Night from the album 'Ghost Of A Rose'
My version of the Disney classic 'I Wanna Be Like You' - it should raise a laugh ... A christmas song based on ''I'm looking over my dead dog rover' by Ivor Biggun with extra lyrics by dave cowton. Played on ukulele.
Original song is by Blackmore's Night from the album 'Secret Voyage' Original song is by Blackmore's Night from the album 'Secret Voyage'

Here's a few things to try out which I found invaluable when I first started:

(1) - A CHORD CHART
(click on the highlighted text to go to the chord chart)

(2) - A NOTES CHART (ie a chart to show which note a string will sound when pressed at a certain fret) (click on the highlighted text to go to the notes chart)

(3) - A TUNER (click on the highlighted text to go to an online tuner - please note that as this is an external website you will need to use your browsers back button to return here)
Ideally get a clip on tuner from a Music Store or look for one on Ebay,
you can get one for under a tenner.

(4) - Some EASY SONGS to play
(click on the highlighted text to go to the easy songs)

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