My ukulele group, The Strumbles, is playing space-themed songs this week.
Fifty years ago, some guys went for a walk on the moon. A couple of my friends were born around that time, and they’re having a combined birthday celebration.
This post is about how music is healing, in the widest sense of the word.
It’s a subject that’s close to my heart. It underpins the reasons why I teach ukulele and make music in the way I do.
This post is about how to find time to practice the ukulele, in your already busy life.
In order to play ukulele regularly you’ll need to form a new habit. Some people find this very easy and others may have to work at it.
This post is about Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi, one of New Zealand’s beloved waiata (or song). It’s such a great song. It has beautiful, inspiring lyrics. And it’s easy to play on ukulele.read more
I’m a ukulele teacher, not a singing teacher. But singing is central to the way I teach and play ukulele.
For me, the whole purpose of playing the ukulele is to sing songs.
Singing is one of the great routes to joy.
This blog post is about how to practice a song. Because playing songs is where the fun really kicks in.
When you learn a new song, don’t just start at the beginning and bash it out without thinking.
Cotton Fields is a great song for beginner ukulele players. It only has three chords and an easy strum.
Some boys at my primary school had a ukulele band, and Cotton Fields was one of their greatest hits.
This post is about how to practice the ukulele. It’s aimed at beginners.
Right at the start, if you get a few basic skills locked in, you’ll make much faster progress.
You Are My Sunshine is one of the most useful songs you can play on ukulele.
It’s a children’s song, and it’s also popular with the older generation. It’s easy for beginners to play. And everyone knows the chorus.
This is a very basic, practical introduction to transposing for the ukulele. In this post I cover what transposition is and why it's useful. I also discuss four tools for transposition: a chord chart, an online transposer tool, a capo and barre chords. Many ukulele...read more