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.
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...
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...
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...
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...