Four-alarm pentatonic ukulele chili

· Musicology, ukulele stories

My #uke4geeks talk at South By was so hot it set off a false alarm. We persevered, and prevailed, a small band of die-hards, many of whom brought their own axes (next time we set it up as a hootenanny?), and here are the slides I spoke to. I’m already revising them based on flow and keeping remembering other things I meant to say:

via Ukulele For Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales (sxsw 2010).

Coming this Friday to SXSW: "Ukulele for Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales"

· Musicology, ukulele stories

[official blurb from sxsw website]At first glance the fretboard of a ukulele (or guitar) looks incomprehensible, but with the magic of pentatonic scales – ancient, nearly universal 5-note patterns, you can “crack the code” and hack the fretboard and start jamming along with your favorite tunes or musician friends in no time.

“You don’t need to know the names of the notes or what key a song is. Just find the “little dippers” and start messing around with patterns. I’ll explain the concepts and demonstrate the techniques, which are completely self taught.”

That’s the official blurb for my South by Southwest talk at 5:00 PM friday in room 18ABCD (uh oh, that sounds big), Ukulele for Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales.

This is based on the Ignite talk I did in Sydney and the Pecha Kucha I did in Tokyo, but this is the expanded 45-minute version of the talk, so I don’t have to rush through all the little concepts and shapes. I think it will be a blast.

See you there?

Today's the last day to vote for my so-called SxSW panel

· Patterns, Social Design, User Experience

SXSWPanelPicker-lgErin and I want to get a bunch of people together at South by Southwest in Austin next March to play SocialMania, the card game we’ve just started beta testing. If that sounds fun, go (sign up and) vote one snaps up for SocialMania: Designing Social Interfaces – The Game.

Also, Dave Gray, myself, and a some other fantastic people are prepared to talk about the rise of the unbook (not the opposite of a book but an unfinished book, a deliberately never-finished book – Designing Social Interfaces is, to some extent, and unbook). I’ve been involved in publishing and technology since the late ’80s and have some thoughts to share from that perspective. Dave Gray and Jay Cross have really worked on this unbook idea in public, as it should be done, and Dave’s Marks and Meaning (current version is 0.5, I believe) is already a wonder.

One more plug: another collaboration with Dave Gray and a different lineup of heavies, including my colleague LukeW from Yahoo! as well as Aza Raskin from Mozilla and peeps from Microsoft and the Goog. The theme is Browsing the Future: Visualizing the Everywhere Internet and I believe Dave will be rapidly sketching the conversation in real time. The comments on that particular proposal and very encouraging.

Vote early and often, or rather just in the nick of time and just this once. Thanks.