Blog

Looking for music tips?

Or even a good behind-the-scenes music story?

Read on!

Archives

Ukulele holiday

Ukulele holiday

When you’re travelling, make space for a ukulele in your luggage.
Whether you’re going on holiday, visiting family, or travelling for business, a ukulele will add opportunities for fun to your travels.
If you leave it behind, you’ll miss out on the chance to strum while you’re relaxed and out of your everyday routines.

read more
Songs about rainbows

Songs about rainbows

So many people want to play songs about rainbows!
When I ask adult beginner ukulele players what songs they’d love to play, rainbow songs are top of the list.
There’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. People want to play both the Hawaiian version and the Wizard of Oz version. And “Rainbow Connection”.
What is it with these rainbow songs? I think it’s because they are about optimism in adversity.

read more
Many ukuleles, one bass

Many ukuleles, one bass

A good bass player is an asset in a ukulele group. It’s not essential, but it’s an x-factor in the overall sound and rhythmic drive of the group.
My Saturday afternoon ukulele group, the Strumbles, didn’t have a bass player when we started. That all changed when I brought home a double bass for my husband Matthew on his birthday.
Having a bass made a huge difference to our group sound. Everyone could hear the rhythm.

read more
Ukulele strumming basics

Ukulele strumming basics

Some of the most common questions I hear as a ukulele teacher are: 1. How do I know which strum to play for a particular song? And, in the beginner class: 2. Why do we have to learn strumming straight away? Can’t I just learn chords?
I’ve written this post to address these excellent questions.

read more
Easy fingerpicking for ukulele

Easy fingerpicking for ukulele

Have you ever sat and watched someone play a beautiful picking pattern, and thought, “That sounds amazing, and I wish I could do it, but I’m sure it’s really difficult”?
Here’s the secret: Simple fingerpicking (also called finger style) on the ukulele isn’t as hard as it looks. And your family and friends will be hugely impressed by your efforts.

read more
Ukulele in times of chaos

Ukulele in times of chaos

Now, more than ever, is a great time to play ukulele.
Making music shifts emotions. Playing ukulele is the easiest happy high I’ve ever found.
Playing music with friends amplifies all of this, plus it produces feelings of connection.
This is a post about how people are running ukulele groups – both on Zoom and with social distancing.

read more

Strum your way to fun!

 

Sign up here and I'll send you a link to my ukulele practice videos. 

Even if you're a total beginner I'll show you how to quickly and easily start playing ukulele.

You'll get the happy highs of music making!

You have Successfully Subscribed!