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Tips for pain-free ukulele

Tips for pain-free ukulele

The other day one of my ukulele students turned up to class wearing a brace on her left arm. “I’ve been getting a sore wrist,” she said. Uh-oh! She’s having a week off. Music-related injury is much less of a problem with the ukulele than most instruments. But it’s...

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Learning ukulele in groups

Learning ukulele in groups

Learning to play ukulele in a group is great. In fact, I think it’s actually better than learning on your own.
Teaching groups of ukulele players is both effective and highly enjoyable for me as the teacher and for the students. Win-win!

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12 reasons to play ukulele

12 reasons to play ukulele

Why playing ukulele is good for you:
It’s fun.
It’s joyful.
It shifts energy, for you, for others nearby, and in your surroundings. And much more…

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How to start a ukulele group

How to start a ukulele group

Seven years ago I accidentally started a ukulele group. Here’s how it happened:
One day my friends Jane and Paula said, “Let’s play ukulele!” And I said, “Why not!”

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Choosing the music

Choosing the music

I have a birthday coming up, and I’ve been dreaming up a list of songs for my ukulele group to play at my party. Playing the music that I love, with people I love, is especially sweet for me. It’s sheer joy.

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My favourite chords

My favourite chords

There are hundreds of ukulele chords. But you don’t have to learn all of them. Find out my 14 essential ukulele chords in this post. And I also share some of my favourite chords, that aren’t on the beginner list.

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I remember Yesterday

I remember Yesterday

I saw a film today, oh boy… Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle’s film Yesterday gave me a sense of déjà vu. Because I can remember living in a world where The Beatles didn’t exist. It was the 1970s.

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Space music: moon songs for ukulele

Space music: moon songs for ukulele

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.

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Music and wellbeing

Music and wellbeing

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.

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