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FAMOUS UKULELE PLAYER: Pink

Alecia Beth "Pink" Hart (born September 8, 1979), also known as P!nk, is an American singer and songwriter. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as an R&B artist with her debut solo album, Can't Take Me Home (2000). Pink took more artistic control and pursued pop rock direction for her second album, Missundaztood (2001). It sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and yielded three U.S. top-ten singles, "Get the Party Started", "Don't Let Me Get Me", and "Just Like a Pill".

Influences

Pink has named Janis Joplin and Madonna as two of her biggest musical influences. She said Joplin was so inspiring by singing blues music when it wasn't culturally acceptable for white women, and she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was so witty and charming and intelligent, but she also battled an ugly-duckling syndrome. I would love to play her in a movie. Of Madonna she stated "I'd seen artists change styles and fail miserably, but I've also seen artists change and continue to do well. That's why Madonna has always been an inspiration for me." Additionally, Pink said "I wanted to do it my way with my career, and I had this arrogant notion that people weren't just interested in my music but me as a person. That was my bit of arrogance, I guess. That's something I learned from Madonna. I was a fan right from the first time I heard 'Holiday.'"Pink also won her first talent show singing Madonna's "Oh Father".Other influences include Joan Jett, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, Linda Perry, and Whitney Houston.

Public image

Pink, aside from her musical feats, has also become known for her style and work outside of music. She has often been seen as "adventurous" with her hair, and has had styles such as fluorescent spikes to pink-streaked dreadlocks to a pitch-black skater cut.Regarding her style, she told InStyle "I'm eclectic. I'm a tomboy, but I'm kind of a hippie and kind of a gangster [...] I don't know if that's a good thing, but it is my thing."

Pink is an animal-rights activist and a prominent campaigner for PETA, contributing her voice toward causes such as the protest against KFC. Pink is also outspoken about LGBT rights and supports same-sex marriage. She is also involved with several charities, including Human Rights Campaign, ONE Campaign, Prince's Trust, New York Restoration Project, Run for the Cure Foundation, Save the Children, Take Back the Night, UNICEF and World World Animal Protection. As of May 2008, Pink has been officially recognized as an advocate for the RSPCA in Australia. On February 16, 2009, Pink announced she was donating $250,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal to aid the victims of the bushfires that swept through the Australian state of Victoria earlier that month.

In August 2012, Pink became a spokesmodel for CoverGirl, featuring in a fall 2013 advertising campaign themed "beauty with an edge".

Family

Pink met professional motocross racer Carey Hart at the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia. Following a brief separation in 2003, Pink proposed to Hart in June 2005 during a Mammoth Lakes motocross race; she was "assisting" in his race and wrote "Will You Marry Me? I'm serious!" on a pit board. He initially didn't notice and continued on for another lap. When he did notice later, he veered off the track to accept right then. She then made him finish the race because she wouldn't marry a loser.They married in Costa Rica on January 7, 2006.

After months of speculation, Pink announced in February 2008 that she and Hart had separated. Hart subsequently appeared in the video for her 2008 song "So What", which deals with their separation. The couple sought marriage counseling during their separation in hopes of reconciliation. In February 2010, Pink confirmed that she and Hart were back together. Hart appears with Pink in the music video for her songs "Just Give Me a Reason" and "True Love".

In November 2010, Pink announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she and Hart were expecting their first child. On June 2, 2011, Pink gave birth to their daughter, Willow Sage Hart. Pink is a supporter of attachment parenting.

 In 2010, she appeared on Forbes‍ ' The Celebrity 100 list at #27, with earnings of $44 million. In 2011, she appeared on Forbes‍ ' The Top-Earning Women in Music list at #6 with earnings of $22 million, with an average of $1 million per show on the road. In 2009, Billboard put her at the 6th place on their Money Makers list, listing her earnings as $36,347,658. In 2013, she appeared on Forbes list of Highest Paid Musicians, with the earnings of $32 million.

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What is a Baritone Ukulele?

Length: 30″+
Tuning: DGBE
Number of frets: 19+

The baritone ukulele is the biggest among ukuleles. It’s tuned down lower to DGBE, which produces a deeper sound. You can still strum it like any other ukulele but you’re going to really lose that bright crisp sound that you’d get with soprano uke. Baritone ukes are great for blues players and fingerpickers.

Which ukulele should I choose?

Beginners will probably start with soprano ukulele. Its is smaller, it produces typical uke sound and also the price is a bit lower.  Our suggestion is: visit a music shop and try few models.

Flight's baritone ukuleles:

Flight NUB310 Baritone Ukulele

Flight DUB38 CEQ MAH/MAH Baritone Ukulele

 

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FAMOUS UKULELE PLAYER: Marilyn Monroe

 

Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson at the Los Angeles County Hospital on June 1, 1926 as the third child of Gladys Pearl Monroe.  (1902 –1984), a negative-cutter at Columbia Pictures. The identity of Monroe's father is unknown. During her childhood, Mortenson, Mortensen and Baker were all used as her surnames.

When beginning to develop her star image, 20th Century-Fox wanted Monroe to replace the aging Betty Grable, their most popular "blonde bombshell" of the 1940s.  While the 1940s had been the heyday of actresses perceived as tough and smart, such as Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwyck, who appealed to women-dominated audiences, the studio wanted Monroe to be a star of the new decade that would draw men to the cinema.

Monroe’s star image was centered on her blondness, and the stereotypes associated with it, especially dumbness, sexual availability and artificiality. Having begun her career as a pin-up model, this style carried over to her films, and she became noted for her hourglass figure. Her distinctive, hip-swinging walk also drew attention to her body, earning her the nickname "the girl with the horizontal walk". Monroe's clothing choices also played an important part in her star image. She often wore white to emphasize her blondness, and drew attention by wearing revealing outfits that showed off her figure. Her publicity stunts often revolved around her clothing exposing too much of her body or even malfunctioning, for example when one of the shoulder straps of her dress suddenly snapped during a press conference.

While Monroe remains an important cultural icon, critics are divided on her legacy as an actor. David Thomson called her body of work "insubstantial" and Pauline Kael wrote that she could not act, but rather "used her lack of an actress's skills to amuse the public. In contrast, according to Peter Bradshaw, Monroe was a talented comedian who "understood how comedy achieved its effects", and Jonathan Rosenbaum stated that "she subtly subverted the sexist content of her material" and that "the difficulty some people have discerning Monroe's intelligence as an actress seems rooted in the ideology of a repressive era, when superfeminine women weren't supposed to be smart". In 2012, the 50th anniversary of her death, her image was used in the promotional posters for Cannes Film Festival, despite the fact that she never attended the festival and only one of her films, The Asphalt Jungle (1950), was ever screened there.

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How to change ukulele strings?

Let's face it, changing strings on your ukulele is not the easiest thing you can do. But new strings will  bring your ukulele better sound and you’ll enjoy it even more after doing it!

 

How to remove old strings on your ukulele?

Unwind the tuning key (peg or machine head) until the string is loose or even completely unwounded.

Push the string through bridge hole.

Safely remove string.

Repeat this for the four strings.

 

And how to add new strings on the ukulele?

Take new string and pull it through bridge hole. Make sure you have the longest end at the headstock side.

Wrap the short side around the long side of the string. Then wrap it around itself twice. Hold the short side against the bridge and pull the long end very tight to make it lock in properly.

Now adjust the tuning pegs so that the holes align with the ukulele.

Put the long end of the string through the whole and pull it back 2 or 3 frets back.

Wrap it around the tuning head: first wrap goes on top of the string sticking out and the remaining wraps under it.  

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FAMOUS UKULELE PLAYER: Dwayne Johnson

 

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, born  May 2, 1972 is also known by his ring name The Rock. He is an American and Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler. He become a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson. The Rock is considered by many to be the biggest and greatest superstar in WWE history. The success of Johnson's wrestling character allowed him to cross over into mainstream pop culture.

Acting career

Johnson's motion picture debut was a brief appearance as The Scorpion King in the opening sequence of The Mummy Returns. The movie's financial success led to his first leading role, in the spin-offThe Scorpion King. He was listed in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the highest-paid actor in his first starring role, receiving US$5.5 million for this movie.

Johnson also continued to act on television, including in an episode of the Disney Channel show, Cory in the House, entitled "Never the Dwayne Shall Meet".  While Johnson was away from WWE, the company continued to sell "The Rock" merchandise, and he continued to be featured prominently in the opening montages of their television shows. Johnson played the cocky famous football player, Joe Kingman, in The Game Plan, and Agent 23 in Get Smart.

Johnson hosted the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on March 28. He appeared on the Wizards of Waverly Place episode, "Art Teacher", as part of his stint with The Walt Disney Company. He has made several guest appearances on Saturday Night Live, reviving his character of "The Rock Obama", a spoof of both President Barack Obama and The Hulk. Also in 2009, Johnson played ex-con cab driver Jack Bruno in Las Vegas in Race To Witch Mountain. He provided the voice of Capt. Charles "Chuck" Baker in Planet 51. In 2010, Johnson starred in the family comedy, Tooth Fairy. He made an uncredited cameo in the 2010 film, Why Did I Get Married Too? as a psychiatrist who asks out the recently widowed Patricia Agnew (Janet Jackson). He briefly appears in The Other Guys, as an action-seeking detective. He returned to action films with the 2010 film Faster. In 2011, Johnson appeared in the fifth film of The Fast and the Furious film series, Fast Five, as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent assigned to hunt down the series' protagonists.

In 2012, Johnson starred in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. He starred in the 2013 film Snitch, which opened to mixed reviews; however, Johnson's performance was praised. He played Roadblock inG.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013, and reprised his role as Luke Hobbs, in Fast & Furious 6, the same year. Johnson starred in Hercules (2014), as the title character, and once again reprised his role of Luke Hobbs in Furious 7 (2015). He starred the film adaptation of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy.  On December 16, 2013, Forbes named Johnson the top-grossing actor of 2013, with his films bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide for the year. Forbes credited the success of Fast & Furious 6, which grossed $789 million globally, and Johnson's frequent acting work as primary reasons for him topping the list.

On May 21, 2015, Johnson set a Guinness World Record for most selfies in three minutes, taking 105 selfies with fans during the premiere of San Andreas in London.

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Should my child play ukulele or a guitar?

As a parent, you probably ask yourself: what instrument would be best for my child? Ukulele or a guitar? Here are some advantages of each instrument for different learners, which would hopefully help you decide which one to buy. 

The Ukulele

Ukulele looks like a smaller four-stringed version of a guitar and can be ideal instrument for young children. Reasons, why you should consider buying ukulele, are:

SIZE: Ukulele is smaller and lighter than an acoustic or electric guitar. It is much easier for young children to pick up, hold and play.

STRINGS: Ukulele strings are made of soft nylon, which makes them forgiving for young fingers

TRANSPORT: Ukuleles are easy to carry around, anywhere you go.

IT'S FUN: The chords are also easy to learn.

The Guitar

The guitar is bigger and heavier than the ukulele and has six strings. There are three main types of guitar: electric, acoustic and classical. The guitar can produce many sounds and can be used to play much more advanced music than the Ukulele.

Here are some of the advantages of the guitar:

IT'S VERSATILE: The guitar is arguably the most versatile instrument in the world. There is really no limit to what can be played on a Guitar.

POPULARITY: Playing guitar has become increasingly popular with children and teenagers in recent years.

IT'S FUN: As ukulele, the guitar is also a very sociable instrument, often played at family gatherings or with groups of friends. 

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FAMOUS UKULELE PLAYER: Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley, an American singer and actor, was born on January 8, 1935. Elvis is one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King". In 1961, a musical and romantic comedy film Blue Hawaii was shot in idyllic Hawaii island. And you guessed - Elvis Presley was the main star. The screenplay by Hal Kanter was nominated by the Writers Guild of America in 1962 in the category of Best Written American Musical. The movie opened at no. 2 in box office receipts for that week and despite mixed reviews from critics, finished as the 10th top-grossing movie of 1961 and 14th for 1962 on the Varietynational box office survey, earning $5 million.

Plot

Chadwick Gates (Elvis Presley) has just gotten out of the American Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surfboard, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend Maile Duval (starring Joan Blackman). His mother, Sarah Lee (starring Angela Lansbury), wants him to follow in his father's footsteps and take over management at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, the family business, but Chad is reluctant, so he goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Soundtrack

The Blue Hawaii soundtrack album was on the Billboard Pop Albums chart for 79 weeks, where it spent 20 weeks at #1. It has been certified by the RIAA for sales of three million copies in the U.S. It was also was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1961 in the category of Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television.

For all you fans out there, FLIGHT MUSIC has a special edition ELVIS PRESLEY ukulele, available in three different stylish models. CLICK HERE to check them!

 

 

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Reasons to play ukulele this summer

Summer is in full blossom already, so that's why we give you reasons to learn to play ukulele!

1. Maybe you do not know, but ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to play!

2. You can take your ukulele everywhere – because it's small and light.

3. This little instrument is currently very IN, so – be a cool player and play ukulele.

4. You can finally be in the center of attention. Because, as we said, ukulele is very popular right now!

5. Luckily, there's a variety of ukulele tutorials on youtube. Basically, every hip song has a ukulele cover.

6. Ukuleles are relatively inexpensive instruments. Especially, if you seek an entry lever instrument.

7. When you play the ukulele,you will give out good summerish vibes!

8. If you have many friends with summer birthdays, don't forget, that these little instruments can be a great present.

9. Connect with other ukulele players and find out, where jam sessions take place.

10. If you choose to play ukulele, you will be happy to know, that there is no age limit to start playing it! Connect with your friends and family.

11. By playing musical instrument, you can build up your self confidence.

12. Learning the ukulele will make you quite a more interesting person.

13. Ukulele = stress reliever.

14. The ukulele can come in a wide range of styles, shapes and colours. Yes, you can have one that looks like a plain wood guitar, but you will also find bright pink, yellow and orange, if you like!

 

 

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SUMMER Ukulele Tutorials

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. In this case, our suggestion is – grab your ukulele and learn a new summer(ish) song!

Here is the best **SUMMER** selection:

Budapest - George Ezra

Stolen Dance - Milky Chance

Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer 5SOS

Calvin Harris – Summer

James Blunt – Postcards

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Katy Perry – Roar

Get Lucky - Daft Punk 

 

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