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New Uke For Xmas (2019)

If you’ve got a new ukulele for Christmas or are considering taking up playing one, you’ll soon find there are lots of on-line resources to help you, whatever your level:

Day & Summary Day & Summary
01 –  Helmut Bickel – Fingerstyle 02 – New Uke For Xmas – Useful sources
03 – Bernadette’s 30 Day Challenge 04 – Songs & Songbooks – eg MUJ
05 – James Hill’s Ukulele Way 06 – Danno Sullivan – Play It Daily
07 – Cynthia Lin – Tutorials 08 – Phil Doleman’s Two Minute Tips
09 – Samantha Muir – Classical Uke 10 – Ten Thumbs Productions – Tutorials
11 – Richard Hefner – ezFolk Lessons 12 – Stuart Fuchs  – Tips & Tutorials
  • Have a general look around this website, as we pick out a wide selection of our favourite tools & tips, on-line uke lessons, songbooks, chords, music theory, forums, equipment & other website resources. In particular, my musings on what helped me when I first got my uke as a complete beginner may prove a useful summary if you’re totally new to playing.
  • Joining a local group is always a boost – whether you are a beginner, improver or expert player. We’re a very friendly club based in Lewisham which meets every Tuesday for free jamming sessions. Everyone is welcome & we pride ourselves from having members from all over London, Kent & Surrey. We’re back strumming in the New Year from Tue 7 Jan 2020. Contact us for more details.
  • If you aren’t near Lewisham, do check out the Mighty Ukulele for Londonwide gigs, events & UK clubs or Uke Hunt’s extensive clubs & groups listings covering  UK & Ireland; Europe; USA & Canada and Australia & New Zealand for a local group.
  • If you need advice on buying an instrument, Barry Maz has a wealth of independent reviews on Got A Ukulele as well as a schedule of uke festivals and other handy info to help get you started.

Good luck & happy strumming!

Jeanette

 

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Twelve Days Of Ukemas – Day Five

Some of you may have come across James Hill, who is a well-known current uke-performer, often with his cellist wife, Anne Janelle. Popular YouTubes include him playing Billie Jean (with his imaginary orchestra) or using chopsticks to play.

James has a gained a good reputation with his workshops, which he offers whilst he tours the world. He runs a well-explained, structured learning community site called The Ukulele Way. It contains instruction for complete beginners (called Booster Uke) and then works through online books with PDF worksheets and tutorial videos to take players from Beginner, then Intermediate to Advanced: Book 1 starts with the basics of open strings and posture while Book 6 ends with challenging blues, jazz and classical fingerstyle arrangements.

There are about a dozen free lessons & a support forum, which you can access for free. To gain full membership (which has over one hundred videos) you need to pay a monthly subscription. Or you can buy the individual printed books, if you prefer.

EDIT: Jan 2020 – The Ukulele Way site above is about to be discontinued & replaced by a monthly subscription Uketropolis. A few free online tutorials remain on James Hill’s YouTube Channel.

Here he is with Part One of his Chord Melody Crash Course, which explains how to play the chords to a simple song & also add in the tune, or melody (and here’s Part Two):

 

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New Year’s Workouts

Happy 2017!

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Sheila’s 50th – PLUC

  • 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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Simon has spotted this YouTube of James Hill playing one of PLUC’s regular songs, After You’ve Gone (hop to about 1:30 in to skip past him tuning up at the start). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in PLUC - Songs We Play

 

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