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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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Gifts of music

Gifts of music

Are you wanting to give meaningful gifts this year? Give the gift of music! Here’s my list of great musical presents, that go beyond the obvious concert tickets, CDs and itunes vouchers. If you have someone in your life who loves making music, these gifts will be...

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What else can you do with a ukulele?

What else can you do with a ukulele?

When we start playing ukulele a world of unforseen possibilities opens up. I’m not exaggerating! This happened for me, and I’ve seen it working like this for many others. Beyond performing There’s a common attitude that making music is about performing, whether it’s...

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Music researchers in the Tron

Music researchers in the Tron

This week music researchers are heading to my hometown of Hamilton for an international popular music conference. IASPM-ANZ 2018 is hosted by Wintec‘s School of Media Arts, which has a large and lively popular music department. (The full name of the organisation is...

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How to have a musical Christmas party

How to have a musical Christmas party

This is a post about how to get live music and singing happening with your family and friends at Christmas. With ukuleles. (Of course!) I think ukuleles and Christmas go together wonderfully well. Even if you’re a beginner ukulele player, you can play Christmas...

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Sum of the Parts – ukestra, community and business

Sum of the Parts – ukestra, community and business

This post is about ukestra, community music, Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart. And The Sum of the Parts. If any of these terms are strange to you, read on! Jane and Mark are community musicians, based in Newcastle, Australia. They’re also musical entrepreneurs and social...

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7 handy pieces of ukulele gear

7 handy pieces of ukulele gear

You don’t need to spend much money to get started with a ukulele. You just need a ukulele that’s good enough to stay in tune. Here's a link to my post about how to buy your first ukulele. The ukulele is wonderfully, enchantingly inexpensive! It’s a perfect instrument...

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Sweet harmony

Sweet harmony

This is a post about harmony and how it works with ukulele. For me, playing ukulele means coming into close relationship with the beautiful harmonies of music. It’s much more direct and practical than when I'm playing violin, or piano, or even bass guitar. When we...

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