2012 Cincinnati Toy, Game (and UKULELE) Gift Guide

Looking for fresh or nostalgic gift ideas for the holiday season? Here’s a wonderful collection. Proud to have our Ukulele Musician Maker™ Kits featured (pp 46) among so many illustrious toys and games with Cincinnati inventor roots.

Special Note: FLEA brand ukuleles are by no means “toy grade” musical instruments. They are manufactured by The Magic Fluke Co. in Sheffield, Massachusetts with superb quality and tone. Ideal for beginners and beyond, all the way up to professional performance. Our exclusive kits enable fast ukulele FUN and SKILLS. You’ll love playing for life, no matter what age you start. Those are hallmark traits of outstanding toys and games … why we affiliate with this creative group.

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

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Thank You Mom Bloggers

❛Good family life is never an accident but always an achievement by those who share it.❜
James H. Bossard (mid-20th century family/social life researcher and author)

The computer age, blogging and an exploding community of mom bloggers enable a 24/7 interactive forum among thousands of parents pursuing a common goal: achieving good family life. A powerful medium to share and learn –– supplementing the vital workings within a family’s household that contribute to well being.

Sharing new product discoveries and candid reviews based on family evaluation play a major role. And frequent product give-aways stimulate a large base of followers in blog spheres, Facebook, Twitter, Google … an attractive word-of-mouth advertising channel for manufacturer sponsors who serve family needs.

True Joy Acoustics is appreciative of many mom bloggers who featured our ukulele kits within their 2010 Holiday Gift Guides. These posts were made graciously without fee in light of our community outreach mission (Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center).

These mom’s also recognize the power of musicality in creating family connections and memories, lifelong skills and perhaps even shaping a family member’s professional career. Musical instruments featured in our all-inclusive learning kits make it easy and inexpensive to learn ukulele (plus other instruments later) … sparking new interests and skills … creating connections with family, friends, schoolmates and even the world at large with tools such as YouTube.

Below is a sampling of sites that listed Musician Maker Kits featuring FLEA ukuleles in 2010. Just click on their respective icons and you will be linked to a world of immense personality, informative product reviews and social media connectivity.

Beyond Holiday Gift Guides, most mom bloggers provide informative and often entertaining product reviews all year long. They’re equipped with a search box (e.g., type in “ukulele” and True Joy Acoustics feature will appear), making them a trusted resource to explore historical product reviews at your favorite mom blogger sites. So bookmark and enjoy!

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

Have Sippy Will Travel

A Mom's Take

The Gift of Music

Click to see 2 minute feature video

  • Oh what FUN it is to STRUM … ready to play, plenty to explore
  • Make music FAST … without formal lessons or prior musical instrument experience
  • Easy to SHARE … one kit can please a crowd
  • Play ANYWHERE … tuner and tough cases make it easy to travel
  • Strum GREEN … no power cords or outlets
  • Skills for LIFE … learn ukulele, expand easily to other instruments
  • Simple for SANTA … doorstep delivery, all packed neat in kit case
  • Spreads the JOY … kit sales support worthy community connections

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

What Others are Saying

A little instrument with a big heart. Ukuleles have a way of bringing joy, community connection and appreciation.

A July 2010 article in the local section of The Cincinnati Enquirer shared how a little girl at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was enjoying FLEA ukuleles donated during our May kickoff event … her mom strumming right along. Click here (TJA Enquirer) to read or download.

Our kit donations to pediatric hospitals are funded by delighting a growing base of marketplace buyers. The more kits we sell, the more we donate. Here’s what early players are saying:

Fantastic instrument & kit arrived safe, saves me from buying it all on my own! – Jim, eBay Store purchaser

Got it. All tuned up and ready to go. I’m very excited! – Betsy, Cincinnati area music therapist, just after picking up her kit at Clovernook

Play it everyday! I can strum the Sunrise chords in many different ways, and learned Over the Rainbow from the internet. – Sarah, middle school student

Awesome! I own all types of acoustic instruments … this is the best ukulele I’ve ever played. My stepson plays it, now my wife is starting to pick it up. – Brian, Cincinnati area barber

These comments are not all that different from FLEA ukulele reviews posted by experienced players on Google and YouTube.

Our program aims to equip any player with a FLEA ukulele … plus the essential gear to learn it fast … enjoy all the FUN and learn some fresh techniques, regardless of personal circumstances or prior ukulele experience.

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

An Easier Way to Learn Music

FLEA ukuleles are fun yet serious instruments.

They also provide an easier, economical stepping-stone to playing guitar and other instruments later.

Learning larger instruments can be a handful, usually requiring help.

Many kids want to jump right into playing guitar. Not a toy, but a real guitar. Popular, versatile and cool to play.

But not so easy once you actually have one. Standard guitar sizes can be a handful. Higher tension strings (made of metal on standard guitars) can irritate the fingers until you build up calluses. Learning chords across six strings and even playing simple notes often requires professional lessons. Lots of practice to play basic tunes.

Guitars are great, no doubt about it. But there is an easier way to get started.

FLEA ukuleles are SIZED RIGHT for any beginner. Four strings made of finger-friendly nylon are easy to play. Many chords (and hence songs) can be played by pressing just one or two fingers down on non-metal frets.

The world of making music opens up quickly after players start and excel with our kits. Just strumming the open strings of a FLEA ukulele makes a pleasant rich sound!

Ukuleles can become a lifelong passion and facilitate learning other musical instruments later. They help you learn musical rhythm, simple and complex strumming techniques, fretting individual notes and chord riffs, how to tune up your instrument, and how to play along with others … even if just accompanying YouTube performances!

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

Enjoying the Simple Moments

Sarah, Bailey, pond-side ukulele music - July 2010

The simple joy of connecting with music, enjoying the fresh outdoors, sharing the moment with a friend.

The kind of image you’d see browsing through any edition of LIFE magazine … remember when you had or made the time to do that?

This photo of my daughter, Sarah, was taken discreetly at a weekend get-away on a Kentucky farm. No staging, no posing, no predetermined photo op mission … just a candid slice of life image that inspired a quick snapshot and sharing it via the wonders of cyber technology.

Bailey, the furry 7-year old companion, has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Who says Music Therapy is just for human souls?

The founding mantra of True Joy Acoustics … BE TRUE, CONNECT, MAKE JOY … could not be expressed any better.

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

Our UKULELE Kits Now Available on eBay Store

Creating a sense of Grand Opening in the expanding universe of cyber stores and information flow is a daunting challenge.

Virtually an infinite number of offerings beckon the virtual shopper.  Many shop remotely while on the go, multi-tasking, juggling their daily (and nightly) to-do’s.

“Managing information overload” is more critical than ever.  Researchers from the University of California in San Diego recently reported: “the average American consumes about 34 gigabytes of data and information each day –– an increase of 350 percent over nearly three decades.”  About 100,000 words a day processed via print, Web, TV and radio.

Of course, this massive flow also represents a powerful way to reach millions of shoppers if you uniquely have what they need or want.

Thankfully, “computer screen corner stores” called EBAY and AMAZON create consolidated venues that help manage the target consumer and product search connections.  And so there we are.

Hopefully there will be ample ukulele kit purchases just in time for summer … a relaxing way to enjoy the simple pleasure of strumming some music … letting those gigabytes fly right by … at least for awhile.

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

Moms and Music

The Big Picture: We all have one.  MOM.  With an estimated 82.5 million moms in the USA, we all have much to celebrate on this special day.  Especially those new to life in the 11,000 births happening today, and any other day on average.

Many moms are young and near … some may be far away … others have parted from the world and Census counting altogether.  Nevertheless, always a MOM.

Moms make the best music, even if they don’t know how to read a stick of music.  If not for moms, the world would have no great composers, performers, music legends, even our American Idol contestants that entertain and inspire.

The first true musician in all of our lives, their own natural way.  Lullabies that soothe us as infants, simple melody songs or hums that help us learn to communicate.  It often doesn’t stop there.  Music lessons, reminders to practice, school concerts, recitals, competitions and so on.  A child learning music knows that they always have at least one gracious and appreciative audience called MOM.  Rest is gravy.

So today, whether music minded or not, let us all applaud the music of our moms!

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

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