Here are some practical tips from Gail, who is always busy travelling around from her home in Colchester (where she plays in a U3A class and also in a group Ukulele for Fun, who do little gigs, mostly for old people’s homes) and her family, looking after her young grandchildren in Catford & elsewhere. So she is used to carrying round all her equipment effectively between locations and playing under different conditions! She’s also an avid crafter, doing knitting and other hobbies, and makes use of equipment she has from those activities to create some cheap and functional items for her uke-playing.
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- If you’ve just received your first ukulele, then have a look round our site for playing tips, such as our New Uke For Xmas? article which directs you to some beginners’ guide and handy resources. Or search down the right hand side of the page for the many topics we cover.
- Should you wish to buy a uke, check out our recommendations for decent starter instruments in Good Buy To All That….
- For those of you wishing to access some online lessons, James Hill’s Booster Uke is free until the end of Jan 2017, which will get you moving up & down the fretboard.
- For a bit of a workout, why not try out the Chord Quiz on Ukulele Go or head over to Uke Hunt’s more challenging Ukulele Quiz 2016.
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A reminder for those of you who might be interested but haven’t yet decided to attend – the first Grand Southern Ukulele Festival is happening in Portsmouth from Fri 9 – Sun 11 Oct 2015. The main events are on the Saturday but there are workshops, performances, stalls & jamming sessions over all three days. Artists include Phil Doleman, Aldrine Gurrero, Mike Hind, Krabbers, The Mersey Belles, Ben Rouse, Tricity Vogue & many others. Read the rest of this entry »
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Denmark Street – known as the British ‘Tin Pan Alley’ – lies tucked away just off Charing Cross Road & has been the home of many important music-related businesses since the 1920s: music publishers, songwriters, recording studios & rehearsal spaces, bars, sheet music vendors & instrument shops. Musicians connected with the street include the Rolling Stones, Kinks, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John & the Sex Pistols. The NME & Melody Maker magazines had their early offices there. Read the rest of this entry »
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So, if you’ve just received a new ukulele for Christmas, check out last year’s tips for handy resources, beginners’ sites & local groups (or come & join our free weekly sessions if you’re in London, Kent or Surrey).
If you’re looking to buy a uke, see our guide to good starter instruments. And do check round this site for plenty of articles on playing tips and other useful free websites.
And if you just want to enjoy a bit of uke fun, try out the Ukulele Hunt’s annual Xmas Quiz.
We’re back strumming at the Lewis Club on Tue 7 Jan 2014.
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I’d like to nominate the Eugene Ukulele website.
Great site, old songs that are not the normal run of the mill, a nice singing voice and an awesome collection of ukuleles. Plus he will tab a song if you ask him.
Here’s Butterfly Bandito playing the 1930’s number, My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes:
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