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By James Hill

Welcome to the first on-line edition of Ukulele Yes!. It may not be big news to everyone, but for those who were part of the Ukulele Yes! movement in the 1970s and 1980s-those who wondered "what ever happened to that fun little ukulele magazine?" it's an exciting moment.

A collection of vintage Ukulele Yes! magazines.

A magazine that caters to ukulele teachers and that appeals to "ukulele enthusiasts" in general was always great idea. There was never anything wrong with the theory. But by 1981, high printing costs and soaring inflation made it impossible to continue publication. Even for a group of hard-working, intelligent, well-intentioned people who just wanted to spread the word about a little instrument called the ukulele, the pressures were too great.

What's changed since then? The ukulele community has continued to grow and thrive, and teachers around the world continue to use ukulele in their classrooms. The ukulele itself hasn't changed; it's still the same charming, effective teaching tool it always was. So, what's different?

Well, there's that little thing called the Internet.

There may be a twenty-seven year gap between Volumes 6 and 7, but it's better late than never.

Now, I'm not saying the Internet is the answer to all our problems. Far from it (that's a topic for another column). But now many of the problems-printing and mailing costs, for instance-that plagued the original publication are moot. What's more, the online format lets us beef up each issue with embedded audio and video, printable downloads, and interactive features that let you add your own two cents.

There may be a twenty-seven year gap between Volumes 6 and 7, but it's better late than never. The e-zine format means that we can focus once again on the music, the message, and the people involved in ukulele education around the world.

So, welcome to Ukulele Yes!, the next generation! This issue includes a feature article by John Kavanagh on Ragtime ukulele, an interview with Langley Ukulele Ensemble director Peter Luongo, a free arrangement of the traditional tune Rattle on the Stovepipe (along with a guide to teaching the arrangement), The Ukulele Yes! Seven Point Guide to Why You Should Play the Ukulele (a re-print from the 1976 premier issue), and much more.

We welcome your input, comments, submissions, interviews, and ideas.

Uke on!,

James Hill
Editor, Ukulele Yes!

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