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Ukulele Instructor: Jim D'Ville


Jim D'Ville Bio:

Ukulele magazine Contributing Editor Jim D'Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. For nearly two decades Jim has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to tens of thousands of players in the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Jim has taught and performed at major ukulele events including the Ukulele Festival of Scotland, Kerrville Folk Festival, The NAMM Show, Melbourne (Australia) Ukulele Festival, West Coast Ukulele Retreat and many others. Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular Play Ukulele By Ear website PlayUkuleleByEar.com

The Emotional Value of Chords (All Levels)

There is a chord associated with each of the seven notes of a major scale. When played in context, each chord evokes a certain emotional response from the listener. Learning these chordal relationships will open your ears to the chord progressions of millions of songs. This is the first step in learning to play by ear and could change the way you listen to and play music. Knowledge of finger positions for C, dm, em, F, G, am, helpful.


I have recommended this workshop to both new and seasoned players, because of the way Jim D’Ville explains how and why, instead of just what to do, when learning, playing and understanding music. His insight is clarifying and dead-on correct.

Bob TN

This workshop really opened my eyes to a new way of playing, listening, and song writing. I immediately began using those skills, and listening for the chord changes based on the emotion of the song.

Janelle MD

This workshop by Jim D'Ville is fabulous! His insights changed the way I listen to and play music. He has a wonderful teaching style and his lesson helped demystify useful music theory concepts, focusing on immediate practical application. Love, love, love this course and I highly recommend this to musicians of all skill level!

Alicia MA