Starting with our Hula Hotties jam on the 27th, we will begin testing some new technology.
Big special thank you to Mark "Spanky" Gutierrez and Kathy Levine for the great idea of using the computer projector for new music, and to Don Aspromonte for helping move the idea forward by bringing th projector and helping with the music...
What Mark does is use a computer projector to blow up music onto a wall where everyone can see it. This does a couple great things:
1) Everyone is looking up, where an audience would be, instead of buried in sheet music.
2) It cuts down on printing costs.
3) It saves all that hand out time -- "I need page two! I have two page ones!"
It amazes me how technology has changed with the ukulele. When I started playing, there wasn't much out there regarding chords, music, etc. Now, the technology allows key changing on the fly, huge collections of music, tips, chord bulding, printing software that doesn't have to be arm wrestled into a Word or Excel document, and recording equipment that is both inexpensive and fast. It's all been fabulous for the resurgence of the ukulele.
When I started, the only site out there, for the most part, was www.fleamarketmusic.com. Now, there's a world of them -- There are now sites that just list other sites!
The uke is a very simple, basic instrument. I think the amazing fancy technology today is in part responsible for the resurgence and popularity of this little gem.
For me, I am happy to take advantage of everything I can to allow more people to enjoy the uke!