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Singing with the ukulele

Singing with the ukulele

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.

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How to play Cotton Fields on ukulele

How to play Cotton Fields on ukulele

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.

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Keys to transposition

Keys to transposition

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...

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How I became a ukulele teacher

How I became a ukulele teacher

I knew I was going to be a ukulele teacher at the age of six. My mother, Sue, taught me three chords and three songs, and I was hooked. I thought, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life!” I was having such wonderful fun strumming. I played and sang and...

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Three chord magic

Three chord magic

This post is about three chord songs and why I love them. Three-chord songs are a beautiful illustration of the abundant creativity of songwriters. Billions of dollars have been made with three chords, a rhythm pattern, a melody and some words. When I’m teaching...

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Beginner ukulele toolkit

Beginner ukulele toolkit

Are you a beginner ukulele player? Here’s a ukulele startup toolkit. You’ll find most of what you need to get strumming here. Buying a ukulele If you don't yet have a ukulele, here's a link to my post about how to buy a beginner ukulele. How to tune a ukulele Here's a...

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