Stu Fuchs (Ukulele Zen)

is creating ukulele videos and holistic music lessons

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patrons
Hello everyone and thank you for visiting the Ukulele Zen Patreon Page!

MY MISSION:

A deep satisfaction, self-nourishment, inner peace and even healing can be cultivated from such a nourishing home music practice. I uploaded my first Ukulele video to my You Tube Channel "UKULELE ZEN" in 2010 and since that day, I've loved creating and sharing music & video tutorials for everyone around the world to enjoy & benefit from.

If music & the ukulele has brought you here, I invite you to read through the different tiers of membership and the rewards you'll receive here in exchange for your support of Ukulele Zen on Patreon.

For Patreon-platform related questions, please try the Patreon Help Center: https://support.patreon.com/hc/en-us

To browse a spreadsheet with a complete list of Ukulele Zen's song tutorials (with links to video) CLICK HERE 

Every month I post videos to You Tube and share teachings with the intention of making your music journey more fun and relaxing.  My intention is to make things clear, fun and easy for all ukulele players to follow, regardless of one's playing experience. 

The holistic teaching philosophy of "Ukulele Zen" draws from over twenty-five years of practicing  yoga, qigong and mindfulness meditation and playfully applying them as a full time professional performing artist and my work bringing the arts to education and healthcare.  

"Nothing is hard...everything is a matter of experience" - David Darling (my teacher)

HERE IS SUMMARY OF UKULELE ZEN'S PATREON SCHEDULE & MEMBERSHIP TIERS:

$2 patrons: Access to ALL lesson PDF lesson notes/tabs & MP3 jam tracks.
$5 patrons: All the above PLUS more advanced content each month to go deeper into each song (great for adv. beginners & intermediate players)
$10 patrons: All the above PLUS exclusive 20 min extra lesson (posted at end of the month)
$25 patrons: All the above PLUS one 5 min private video each month (send a private message to me, I coach)
$50 patrons: All the above PLUS a 30 min private online lesson with Stu.

FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH: All Patrons ($2 and up) get to vote on which song I'll create an MP3 play along jam track for.

LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH: I post a video lesson, PDF songsheet AND play-along audio for ALL PATRONS ($2 and up).


WEEKLY SERIES: TUESDAY TECHNIQUE TIPS: Ask your question in the comment section & I'll make videos to answer you with great tips from an experienced professional.

PLUS: Throughout the month I post extra lessons and performance videos to the Ukulele Zen You Tube Channel for you to enjoy.
________________________________________

At the Ukulele Zen Patreon Page, you'll many resources to help your music journey!
Scroll through the the Ukulele Zen Patreon posts to find lessons in:

  • Playing great songs, (play along videos & lessons)
  • Stress relief through a mindful, relaxed & unhurried approach to music
  • Improving your tone & playing technique
  • Reading chord charts & improve chord vocabulary
  • Developing better rhythm & groove - becoming a better "feel" player
  • Music theory
  • Improvisation
  • Styles & techniques from swing, blues, latin, reggae, rock, classical...
  • HOW TO PRACTICE (effectively reach your goals)
  • Chord solos
  • Playing by ear
  • Opening your voice
  • Approaching music with a healing intention

I also support by offering the fruits from my decades long practice of yoga, qigong and mindfulness meditation in the Plum Village Tradition of Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  

The holistic practices I share through Ukulele Zen are Universal, easy to apply to your music, and can make your life's journey lighter, more joyful and deeply nourishing by returning to the wonders found in each moment.  And no - I do not push any belief system on anyone...the mindfulness practices I share are Universal and the calming, heart-opening fruits of continued practice speak volumes for themselves.

You can think of this Patreon Page as an ONGOING UKULELE COURSE that you're helping to direct with your participation.

Thank you for listening and thank you for you support!!

MY BACKSTORY

My name is Stuart Fuchs - I am a lifelong musician and teaching artist with over twenty-five years of professional experience performing and teaching music.  Believe it or not, today - the very same day of this Patreon launch, I JUST received the news that a 2018 album that I played and wrote the guitar parts for was nominated for a BEST NEW AGE GRAMMY AWARD (!) for the album "Beloved" I recorded with celebrated Kirtan artist Snatam Kaur.  

I began my path as a curious, self taught young boy who took his guitar into the woods everyday after school...mimicking the sounds of nature on my dad's guitar for no other reason than it made me feel so happy and peaceful.  Later I studied electric & classical guitar, jazz, percussion, workshop facilitation and how to bring healing music to a healthcare setting.

How would I boil down my musical philosophy to it's essence?  What drives me?  

I believe that EVERYONE IS MUSICAL and can bring all enjoy a nurturing, meaningful home practice of music that offers personal wellness, stress relief and deep connection with others.  

After all, We are born into music and into a Uni-Verse and in each of us a passion burns to sing our own unique part. 


"There are no unmusical people, only those with our musical experience" - David Darling, Music for People.  

I delight in teaching and sharing a music practice with music lovers and jammers  worldwide.  Ukulele Zen is at it's core a peaceful path that offers a lifestyle of stress release, crazy amounts of fun, free musical expression, self-reflection & understanding. 

And yes, my lighthearted & compassionate workshop facilitation and teaching style has always integrated with assessable practices from yoga and meditation.  And no - I do not push any belief system on anyone...the practices I share are Universal and the heart-opening fruits of continued practice speak for themselves. 

I've shared these for decades at ukulele festivals & clubs, and as a teaching artist offering school assemblies & teaching residencies; for prisoners,  developmentally disabled adults, and even Fortune 500 executives. For eight years I taught guitar as adjunct professor of Music at Canisius College in Buffalo NY

It was an honor to offer the healing power of music & creative expression was shared for over eight years as I worked as a professional artist-in residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY.  Every day, I offered healing music & meditations for cancer patients, their families and hospital staff.  In 2014 I was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to compose healing music for and with those patients and perform them.

For nine years I played lead guitar in an award-winning Django Reinhardt style Gypsy Jazz Band "Babik" (Bah-Beek).  We had the pleasure of performing at clubs & festivals across the USA , featured guest on PRI's "The World"and winning and performing our own orchestral arrangements with several Symphony Orchestras.

Whether at traditional music venues, or on YouTube, it is a delight to share a compassionate "path of least resistance" with music lovers and seekers from all backgrounds. (more about me and my work can be found at my website www.stufuchs.com)

Namaste...All Blessings...Let's Jam!
Sincerely, Stu

Tiers
FRIENDS OF UKULELE ZEN
$2 or more per month

All Patrons will have access to all PDF lesson notes (song sheets, lesson notes) and receive the exclusive monthly jam track audio.  


All patrons can vote in the monthly poll held during the 1st week of each month to decide which song will come a "Jam track lesson" posted during the last week of the month.


There will be something for all interests & levels of experience!


  • Access to fun & exclusive content in the Ukulele Zen Patron feed (PDFs & Jam tracks).  
  • Ask questions & get answers from Stu & the supportive Ukulele Zen Patreon Community.
  • Sneak peek samples of upcoming releases & live events
  • Patron-only polls
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
KINDRED SPIRIT
$5 or more per month

All "KINDRED SPIRIT" patrons will receive the same UNLIMITED ACCESS to  PDF lesson notes and JAM TRACKS - PLUS extra exclusive content each month offering more advanced material for your study! 


  • Access to more advanced material each month
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
DEEP DIVER
$10 or more per month

All "DEEP DIVER" patrons will be able to GO DEEP with access to one EXCLUSIVE 20 MIN LESSON with Stu each month.   


In this monthly video lesson, Stu will clarify & review material from the weekly lessons, present techniques & lead the songs studied in greater detail.  


In the 20 min extra video, you'll be led through Stu's unique exercises, play-alongs and explore advanced beginner, intermediate & advanced uke techniques.  


Ask your Deep Diver questions during each month & they'll be answered during this extra video lesson!


  • Powerful practice tips, meditations for musicians, and more
  • Exclusive discount codes for live events, new releases of E-books, ukulele transcriptions, recordings, T-shirts that are available at www.stufuchs.com/store
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
ZEN TURTLE
$25 or more per month

All "ZEN TURTLE" Patrons will receive all other perks, PLUS 


  • A personalized 5-10 min video lesson created for you each month based on a question you ask Stu.  Send a message through Patreon and ask a specific question about a tune you're working on, techniques, styles, anything


  • A FREE digital download of Stu's CD's "After All This Time" (www.stufuchs.com/music)
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
ZEN MASTER
$50 or more per month

"ZEN MASTER" Patrons receive all previous rewards PLUS a monthly 30 min online ukulele lesson with Stu.  We'll meet on Zoom, where you can record the assignments given during the lesson to work with! 


Message Stu through the Patreon "send message" tab to receive all the details. 


  • A monthly 30 min online lesson w Stu
  • A handwritten letter of gratitude (and a drawing) from Stu for your support!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
622 of 1000 patrons
When I reach 1000 patrons, I'll be able to purchase new video editing software that will enable me to make higher quality video tutorials for you!
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Hello everyone and thank you for visiting the Ukulele Zen Patreon Page!

MY MISSION:

A deep satisfaction, self-nourishment, inner peace and even healing can be cultivated from such a nourishing home music practice. I uploaded my first Ukulele video to my You Tube Channel "UKULELE ZEN" in 2010 and since that day, I've loved creating and sharing music & video tutorials for everyone around the world to enjoy & benefit from.

If music & the ukulele has brought you here, I invite you to read through the different tiers of membership and the rewards you'll receive here in exchange for your support of Ukulele Zen on Patreon.

For Patreon-platform related questions, please try the Patreon Help Center: https://support.patreon.com/hc/en-us

To browse a spreadsheet with a complete list of Ukulele Zen's song tutorials (with links to video) CLICK HERE 

Every month I post videos to You Tube and share teachings with the intention of making your music journey more fun and relaxing.  My intention is to make things clear, fun and easy for all ukulele players to follow, regardless of one's playing experience. 

The holistic teaching philosophy of "Ukulele Zen" draws from over twenty-five years of practicing  yoga, qigong and mindfulness meditation and playfully applying them as a full time professional performing artist and my work bringing the arts to education and healthcare.  

"Nothing is hard...everything is a matter of experience" - David Darling (my teacher)

HERE IS SUMMARY OF UKULELE ZEN'S PATREON SCHEDULE & MEMBERSHIP TIERS:

$2 patrons: Access to ALL lesson PDF lesson notes/tabs & MP3 jam tracks.
$5 patrons: All the above PLUS more advanced content each month to go deeper into each song (great for adv. beginners & intermediate players)
$10 patrons: All the above PLUS exclusive 20 min extra lesson (posted at end of the month)
$25 patrons: All the above PLUS one 5 min private video each month (send a private message to me, I coach)
$50 patrons: All the above PLUS a 30 min private online lesson with Stu.

FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH: All Patrons ($2 and up) get to vote on which song I'll create an MP3 play along jam track for.

LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH: I post a video lesson, PDF songsheet AND play-along audio for ALL PATRONS ($2 and up).


WEEKLY SERIES: TUESDAY TECHNIQUE TIPS: Ask your question in the comment section & I'll make videos to answer you with great tips from an experienced professional.

PLUS: Throughout the month I post extra lessons and performance videos to the Ukulele Zen You Tube Channel for you to enjoy.
________________________________________

At the Ukulele Zen Patreon Page, you'll many resources to help your music journey!
Scroll through the the Ukulele Zen Patreon posts to find lessons in:

  • Playing great songs, (play along videos & lessons)
  • Stress relief through a mindful, relaxed & unhurried approach to music
  • Improving your tone & playing technique
  • Reading chord charts & improve chord vocabulary
  • Developing better rhythm & groove - becoming a better "feel" player
  • Music theory
  • Improvisation
  • Styles & techniques from swing, blues, latin, reggae, rock, classical...
  • HOW TO PRACTICE (effectively reach your goals)
  • Chord solos
  • Playing by ear
  • Opening your voice
  • Approaching music with a healing intention

I also support by offering the fruits from my decades long practice of yoga, qigong and mindfulness meditation in the Plum Village Tradition of Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  

The holistic practices I share through Ukulele Zen are Universal, easy to apply to your music, and can make your life's journey lighter, more joyful and deeply nourishing by returning to the wonders found in each moment.  And no - I do not push any belief system on anyone...the mindfulness practices I share are Universal and the calming, heart-opening fruits of continued practice speak volumes for themselves.

You can think of this Patreon Page as an ONGOING UKULELE COURSE that you're helping to direct with your participation.

Thank you for listening and thank you for you support!!

MY BACKSTORY

My name is Stuart Fuchs - I am a lifelong musician and teaching artist with over twenty-five years of professional experience performing and teaching music.  Believe it or not, today - the very same day of this Patreon launch, I JUST received the news that a 2018 album that I played and wrote the guitar parts for was nominated for a BEST NEW AGE GRAMMY AWARD (!) for the album "Beloved" I recorded with celebrated Kirtan artist Snatam Kaur.  

I began my path as a curious, self taught young boy who took his guitar into the woods everyday after school...mimicking the sounds of nature on my dad's guitar for no other reason than it made me feel so happy and peaceful.  Later I studied electric & classical guitar, jazz, percussion, workshop facilitation and how to bring healing music to a healthcare setting.

How would I boil down my musical philosophy to it's essence?  What drives me?  

I believe that EVERYONE IS MUSICAL and can bring all enjoy a nurturing, meaningful home practice of music that offers personal wellness, stress relief and deep connection with others.  

After all, We are born into music and into a Uni-Verse and in each of us a passion burns to sing our own unique part. 


"There are no unmusical people, only those with our musical experience" - David Darling, Music for People.  

I delight in teaching and sharing a music practice with music lovers and jammers  worldwide.  Ukulele Zen is at it's core a peaceful path that offers a lifestyle of stress release, crazy amounts of fun, free musical expression, self-reflection & understanding. 

And yes, my lighthearted & compassionate workshop facilitation and teaching style has always integrated with assessable practices from yoga and meditation.  And no - I do not push any belief system on anyone...the practices I share are Universal and the heart-opening fruits of continued practice speak for themselves. 

I've shared these for decades at ukulele festivals & clubs, and as a teaching artist offering school assemblies & teaching residencies; for prisoners,  developmentally disabled adults, and even Fortune 500 executives. For eight years I taught guitar as adjunct professor of Music at Canisius College in Buffalo NY

It was an honor to offer the healing power of music & creative expression was shared for over eight years as I worked as a professional artist-in residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY.  Every day, I offered healing music & meditations for cancer patients, their families and hospital staff.  In 2014 I was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to compose healing music for and with those patients and perform them.

For nine years I played lead guitar in an award-winning Django Reinhardt style Gypsy Jazz Band "Babik" (Bah-Beek).  We had the pleasure of performing at clubs & festivals across the USA , featured guest on PRI's "The World"and winning and performing our own orchestral arrangements with several Symphony Orchestras.

Whether at traditional music venues, or on YouTube, it is a delight to share a compassionate "path of least resistance" with music lovers and seekers from all backgrounds. (more about me and my work can be found at my website www.stufuchs.com)

Namaste...All Blessings...Let's Jam!
Sincerely, Stu

Recent posts by Stu Fuchs (Ukulele Zen)

Tiers
FRIENDS OF UKULELE ZEN
$2 or more per month

All Patrons will have access to all PDF lesson notes (song sheets, lesson notes) and receive the exclusive monthly jam track audio.  


All patrons can vote in the monthly poll held during the 1st week of each month to decide which song will come a "Jam track lesson" posted during the last week of the month.


There will be something for all interests & levels of experience!


  • Access to fun & exclusive content in the Ukulele Zen Patron feed (PDFs & Jam tracks).  
  • Ask questions & get answers from Stu & the supportive Ukulele Zen Patreon Community.
  • Sneak peek samples of upcoming releases & live events
  • Patron-only polls
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
KINDRED SPIRIT
$5 or more per month

All "KINDRED SPIRIT" patrons will receive the same UNLIMITED ACCESS to  PDF lesson notes and JAM TRACKS - PLUS extra exclusive content each month offering more advanced material for your study! 


  • Access to more advanced material each month
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
DEEP DIVER
$10 or more per month

All "DEEP DIVER" patrons will be able to GO DEEP with access to one EXCLUSIVE 20 MIN LESSON with Stu each month.   


In this monthly video lesson, Stu will clarify & review material from the weekly lessons, present techniques & lead the songs studied in greater detail.  


In the 20 min extra video, you'll be led through Stu's unique exercises, play-alongs and explore advanced beginner, intermediate & advanced uke techniques.  


Ask your Deep Diver questions during each month & they'll be answered during this extra video lesson!


  • Powerful practice tips, meditations for musicians, and more
  • Exclusive discount codes for live events, new releases of E-books, ukulele transcriptions, recordings, T-shirts that are available at www.stufuchs.com/store
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
ZEN TURTLE
$25 or more per month

All "ZEN TURTLE" Patrons will receive all other perks, PLUS 


  • A personalized 5-10 min video lesson created for you each month based on a question you ask Stu.  Send a message through Patreon and ask a specific question about a tune you're working on, techniques, styles, anything


  • A FREE digital download of Stu's CD's "After All This Time" (www.stufuchs.com/music)
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My eternal gratitude for your support!!
ZEN MASTER
$50 or more per month

"ZEN MASTER" Patrons receive all previous rewards PLUS a monthly 30 min online ukulele lesson with Stu.  We'll meet on Zoom, where you can record the assignments given during the lesson to work with! 


Message Stu through the Patreon "send message" tab to receive all the details. 


  • A monthly 30 min online lesson w Stu
  • A handwritten letter of gratitude (and a drawing) from Stu for your support!
  • Plus all previous rewards