The mumsnet Ukulele quiche.

(138 Posts)
VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Apr-13 18:21:31

Started a new thread as the other one is going to get lost in chat.

Place to share tips, songs, websites, compare prongs, etc.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Apr-13 18:23:33

This website has some good free songbooks with some easyish looking songs.

www.tusc.co.uk/?page_id=12

VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Apr-13 18:25:26

Active ukulele forum with a dedicated beginners board.

www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/forum.php

Signing in on behalf of DS, who is happy to guide and offer advice to 'a bunch of mother's mad Internet friends'
I think that sort of describes the situ!

perplexedpirate Tue 09-Apr-13 18:27:37

That's so nice of him <waves to Nork's DS>.
Nork's DS, what would say is your number one tip for a beginner?

gather round viva's ukequiche

DS has passed on these nuggets from the lofty heights of his sixteen years

1. practice loads to build up muscle memory and a callous on your fingers
2. Find a tune you love, find the chords on chordify and learn the chords for your song, rather than learning chords and hoping they go with a song you like
3. If you can find some friends to Uke-along with you it is more fun.

I must say three ukulele-ing six foot tall teenagers in my kitchen makes me stupidly happy...and stops them eating their way through my kitchen like locusts smile

SingingSands Tue 09-Apr-13 19:00:59

Hello, joining you from the other thread.

I've ordered my uke! Under the guise of getting one for DD for her birthday and so her choice is a light blue Mahalo, which is what she learns on at school. I'm excited! grin

DoingItForMyself Tue 09-Apr-13 19:10:50

Aw that sounds lovely Norks smile I've commandeered DS1's uke as he (for some bizarre reason) thinks that his guitar is cooler! WIll be watching with interest...

VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Apr-13 19:34:59

Compare prongs?

Compare progress even. grin

VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Apr-13 19:45:02

Chordify looks really useful.

Norks DS, what would you say is a fairly easy song to try first?

The ones I like, Lumineers, Misty Miller, Laura Marling that I've tried on chordify all look like they have lots of chords so I think they might be too difficult to try. Or should I just go for it?

CamperWidow Tue 09-Apr-13 19:45:54

I have this but in red.

Norks, it was fab! We had two practice sessions and then had a stint on the Village Stage. The lady next to me had bought hers that morning at the Festival and loved it!! Can't wait for this year as they are doing a beginers and an advance workshop!! grin

perplexedpirate Tue 09-Apr-13 20:10:35

So, firstly DH waylays me on the stairs: 'ooh, you got one! Let me see...this is what I did when I was learning guitar...' Plinky plonk plonk.
Erm, hands off the uke, boy! He also interrupted me to take a pointless phone call while I was playing. We'll be having words.
I watched some YouTube videos with Jeff Burton, whom I like, but my ukulele was way out of tune. I found a tuning video and played C F and A(?) I think, chords.
This all leads me to three conclusions:
1) this is harder than it looks and is going to KILL my fingertips.
2) I am not happy about anyone else touching my ukulele.
3) I love it!
grin

VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Apr-13 21:06:03

I'm worried about fingertips, have vague memories of giving up on the guitar as a teen after a week of sore fingers.

I've ordered a tuner thingy off amazon.

Fingertips will get sore and then hard. Surgical spirit helps, apparently.
There is Uke tuning app for the iPhone. I only have three apps, and that is one of them smile
DS's newest, Christmas Uke has a tuning button on the side...posh!

JakeBullet Tue 09-Apr-13 21:13:05

Ooh, would love to learn the Ukulele...

Love the Ukulele Orchestra of GB too grin

DS plays everything nowadays...including a Spanish guitar type version of the Pokemon theme tune that you would swear was something properly classical.

I am afraid all the things he started off playing are either rude or Internet-young people stuff ('Charlie is so cool like' is the Only one I can remember) BUT 'Mr Sandman' is my most frequent request.

He is working on The Elements Somg at the moment. chords very easy, but the words are a nightmare smile

JamEyelid Tue 09-Apr-13 21:28:58

Marking place in preparation for it's arrival tomorrow!

perplexedpirate Tue 09-Apr-13 21:39:12

Oh Norks, that is my new ultimate goal! The Elements Song would be the coolest of the cool!
I remember sore guitar fingers from my teens too, must get past that.
Just downloaded the tuning app.
smile

I genuinely think that this is the most useful I have ever been on MN...and all I am doing is passing on DS's wisdom smile

VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Apr-13 22:08:53

I've found this which has chord diagrams and practice sheets

files.meetup.com/2287271/ukulele%20boot%20camp%20rev%5B2%5D.pdf

perplexedpirate Tue 09-Apr-13 23:05:12

Slightly off subject, but going back to what you were saying about the lady asking you about rabbits viva: there was a time when I couldn't stand next to a make up counter without someone asking me about concealer, or whether a certain shade of lipstick suited them.
This was back in the day, when I used to wear more make up than a drag queen with a skin condition.
When an actual employee told me to tidy up the eyeshadows I thought it might be time to tone it down...

HellonHeels Tue 09-Apr-13 23:23:05

I've been looking at this fab shop

Am now on their mailing list to join their next term of lessons!

Yay! There's a Uke meetup in my town/area, it's pretty dead but you have inspired me to prod the board and see if anyone local is up for a jam session. And that, in turn, will remind me to get the bloody thing off the shelf and practice what I know.

Most of what we learned were nursery rhymes. DS (nearly 3) totally unimpressed, kept wanting to thrash away on 'mummy's geetar!' - so now I'm going to learn stuff I like!

(p.s. never been in MN quiche before. secretly v. excited)

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 06:33:20

I think my uke might turn up today. I'm tracking it on FedEx and its only 30 miles away.

How do I tune it when it comes as my tuner isn't here yet?

HellonHeels Wed 10-Apr-13 10:15:15

Did someone upthread or on the other thread mention a uke-tuner app? I had a look last night and there's a free one for android.

HellonHeels Wed 10-Apr-13 10:16:09

Viva are you normally up and posting at 6.30am or did the excitement of uke delivery get you out of bed?

SaidFlorence Wed 10-Apr-13 10:19:31

I have a slight ukulele addiction...I have 4 already and am eyeing up one of these too.

I can play most things now - lumineers Ho Hey is mega easy.

I use ukutabs.com and ultimate guitar for chords, although there are thousands of tutorials on youtube.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 10:21:31

I started work at 7am so logged on to track the fedex delivery.

CamperWidow Wed 10-Apr-13 11:23:43

Viva, try this. It's what I always use as the DD's steal my little panpipes as soon as the Uke comes out!!

perplexedpirate Wed 10-Apr-13 12:55:27

Have you got yours yet, Viva?

JamEyelid Wed 10-Apr-13 13:09:43

Mine has just arrived!

After tuning and re tuning,and re tuning it I have discovered I am as crap as I though I would be grin

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 15:11:21

I've got it. Looks beautiful, have tuned it with an app. Have had a quick go at trying a few chords and am also crap.

JamEyelid Wed 10-Apr-13 16:54:02

I've been using this beginners website www.ukeschool.com/ as I've never attempted to play anything with strings. It's been quite useful as it has little mp3s and videos on it.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 16:55:13

Well my illusions are slightly shattered. This is going to be much harder than I thought.

I've done jeff burton's first two lessons on YouTube. One of the chords is really hard.....g7. I have to physically put my fingers in place with my other hand. Going to have to keep repeating his second lesson before I move onto the next one I think.

perplexedpirate Wed 10-Apr-13 17:02:12

That second lesson whipped along much faster than the first, didn't it?
I got on better with a tab sheet that the music shop gave me (from the UOGB website) cos I found I couldn't actually see where Jeff was putting his fingers, iykwim.
DH was also v helpful when I let him be (blush) and in the end I was walking around happily singing 'C choooooord...D choooooord...F choooooord...' with it.
Will be attempting to fill in the gaps tonight. smile

I can hardly read this thread for excitement!! I am a player of sorts - think I asked a while ago if there was a thread now her it is!

Must go back and read all your posts proper now but few tips from me;

scorpexuke, ukutabs, ukulele hunt and chordie ( you can change instrument to uke unlike other guitar chord sites) are brilliant sites. You tube is really good for listening how people play , strumming patterns etc. Ukulele Mike is the bestest. Is anyone in the North London area ? My husbands uncle has a local community group that plays ukuleles!

Think of a song you love and try and get the chords and play. I will try and link to my songbook on chordie in a bit - praps we should start a mumsnet song book.

Oh and if you have bought a Mahalo try changing the strings to Aquila/worth ( you can get on amazon) Nylgut if you have the factory ones - sound is absolutely different and lovely! EEeeeeeeeeee can you tell im excited !

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 18:21:16

I think I'm just going to have to spend a lot of time learning and practicing chords. Maybe 3 a week and practice changing from one to another till I can do it quickly.

Viva le beaver - C, F, G /G7 Am and D should start you off.. google some three chord songs which should make it easier - here are a few to start ( btw for G7 I do not barre the fret - I put my fingers in a triangle shape iyswim just do what feels comfortable for you.

By practising different songs you will stop yourself getting bored and get some muscle memory for recognizable chord progressions. I also found it helped to try and sing the song whilst doing just one downward strum for the chord changes

easyish songs with above chords

The tide is high key of C

Monkey Man - same chords as Tide is High

Ring of fire - you could substitue the D7 for a D to begin with

You are my sunshine suprisingly depressing by the time you get to the end of the lyrics

Brown eyed Girl

Hope this helps these are all I can remember for now!

perplexedpirate Wed 10-Apr-13 18:58:00

Whoop! That's my evening sorted, Smelly. As soon as DH gets home I'm on it.

Hi, can I join. I found this thread last night and after wanting a new hobbie, found myself inspired to buy one myself. It's coming tomorrow I think and I'm so excited!!!!

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 19:25:58

Smellylittleorange, what does barre the fret mean please?

I love how many people have gone out and bought a uke!

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 19:26:24

<waves to makingchanges>

My first is a Mahalo - she is out on loan is Purple her name is Iris. My Husband also bought me Rosa

with a proper gig bag and everything

Saidflorence I need more Ukuleles in my life yours looks amazeballs!

perplexedpirate Wed 10-Apr-13 19:56:16

How the jiminy heck do you play an e chord? I either have too many or too few fingers. confused

JamEyelid Wed 10-Apr-13 20:00:55

ukulelehunt.com/2009/04/22/e-chord-ukulele/ 10 ways to play the E chord. I haven't even attempted that one yet smile

vivalabeaver Barre means to press on finger down on the strings on a fret - due to an accident I cant do that as my Ruby Ring and Tommy Tall fingers are not flexible ! So if I can play anyone can really - I have to fit all my fingers on the strings see below for barre/fretting chords

www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-play-barre-chords-on-your-ukulele.html

As for E chords well I still cant play it so I substitute for Em or E7 and if it does not sound right I either don't learn the song or try and make it work by changing the chords (putting it up a step etc) which you can do on ukutabs and chordie. This is disappointing since it seems High and Dry by Radiohead only seems to work with E chords sad

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 20:34:30

If a song tab says e7 for a chord which e cord is that?

My chord chart has e, em, eb, ebm but no e7

perplexedpirate Wed 10-Apr-13 21:45:46

I can now do major chords A, C, D, F, and G. Struggling with B and E, although the links have been very useful. My fingers are too big or something???
I had a go at some songs too, very happy with my new hobby. grin

HerrenaHandbasket Wed 10-Apr-13 22:03:00

After seeing a live ukulele band and this thread, I have now been inspired to learn how to play. To that end, I have bought myself a ukulele off ebay and am now impatiently awaiting its arrival.

Please may I join the quiche? Seeing as it's partly your fault and all? grin

B flat took me ages to master avoid for now if you can - and well you know what i think about E chords!

I've created a Ukulele Quiche Songbook!

The first song Hungry Like A Wolf I substitute the E for an E7 ! Wednesdays is my Ukulele practice day so this is why I am permanently on this thread tonight in case any of you are wondering!

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 22:29:14

I can do c and f. grin

I'm not taking to this like a duck to water!

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 22:30:56

Smelly, that songbook is amazing. Thank you. flowers

perplexedpirate Wed 10-Apr-13 22:38:07

Oh Smelly, you beauty! Between the Wars is one of my all time favourite songs.

Forgot to say anyone with a log in should be able to add songs to the book so feel free - you may also need to change the instrument at the bottom to ukulele C tuning .

perplexedpirate Wed 10-Apr-13 23:05:05

I just played A Little Respect! And sang along! And it was recognisable! And I learnt Am and Em!!
shockgrinshock

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 23:06:07

envy

Love that songbook, smelly, thank you! smile
Didn't get my Uke out tonight. Got my tits out instead! (ok, less fun than it sounds. The three month old is having a bit of a feeding frenzy.) But I am v.excited about trying some of those out. I forsee a U2 weekend grin

HellonHeels Thu 11-Apr-13 09:29:01

London ukers there's a Groupon offer today for a 2 hour Uke lesson in Soho - £16.

Includes Uke hire but the fine print says it's taught in 'groups of up to 40'. Think it's probably going to get you to learn 3-4 chords then have a bash at a group playing session.

CamperWidow Thu 11-Apr-13 12:48:56

A tip that we did at the workshop was to get some of those little coloured dot stickers and put them on? So I have a green dot on the fretboard for C, blue dots for G and red dots for F. For anyone who prefers a visual reminder, it makes life ALOT easier! Plus it was funny having the chap shouting out 'Green 2, 3, 4, Red, 2, 3, 4, Green.....'

VivaLeBeaver Thu 11-Apr-13 15:44:04

Coloured stickers is a genius idea. Ill get some at the weekend.

I'm looking at my ipad for the chords, then looking at my chord sheet for whe to put my fingers and its very disjointed,

perplexedpirate Thu 11-Apr-13 19:06:54

Inspired by another thread on here, I have found the chords for Victoria Wood's Let's Do It. My friend loves VW and its his birthday in May so if I start now I might be ok for then.
DH hates it. Oh well!

Oh my uke didn't arrive today and I waited in all day especially. I love the coloured dots idea though and have some downstairs somewhere so I'm going to find them out ready. Love the songbook too and can't wait to start.

SingingSands Fri 12-Apr-13 00:28:16

My uke didn't arrive today either, but my book 'Ukulele for Dummies' did so started having a read and now I just really want to start playing!

perplexedpirate Fri 12-Apr-13 21:47:44

Anyone playing tonight? I am holed up with wine, uke and e-cig. I may never leave this room again!

VivaLeBeaver Fri 12-Apr-13 21:54:50

I've practiced a bit this afternoon. Am still trying to learn chords. Then I try an easy song and its crap.....forget the chords, am really slow changing from one to another and have no idea of strumming pattern. I have no rhythm. So I give up and try another easy song and repeat!

I ordered a book from amazon to give me a bit more direction.

My tuner arrived today so I have now tuned it properly.

ZZZenagain Fri 12-Apr-13 21:58:25

love this online ukelele ensemble. What has motivated you all to go and buy ukeleles?

perplexedpirate Fri 12-Apr-13 21:59:25

I think I'm sounding pretty good, though independent listeners may not agree.
Here's a funny thing; I was in bed yesterday morning when I heard a uke being played. Thinking the cat was somehow playing mine (I dunno...) I went downstairs to discover it was coming from next door! There's a uke quiche on my street! I'm going to drop it into conversation next time I see them.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 12-Apr-13 22:01:04

Zzzzenagain, I started a thread asking if anyone played and was it easy to learn as I fancied learning to play. Next thing quite a few people are ordering ukes! grin

Misty Miller has inspired me to want to learn....and maybe the Lumineers as well.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 12-Apr-13 22:01:41

Pirate, what songs are you playing now?

perplexedpirate Fri 12-Apr-13 22:05:27

I've been playing Lets Do It, A Little Respect and I've found the chords to Feel my Love so I'm going to give that a go in a sec.
I keep on tripping over the words in Let's Do It, it's a bit quick.
The Nottingham Ukulele Club has an excellent songbook. I can't link as I'm on the app but I recommend a google.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 12-Apr-13 23:40:58

Nottingham uke club looks really good and active. Shame I don't live nearer!

I'm really liking these YouTube videos. here

One thing I've noticed is that I think I have fat finger tips. So I'm when playing f chord, my second finger is on the top string but its touching the next string down. Not pressing it down but definety touching it, I'm struggling to totally clear it. Will this be a problem? My chords don't sound the same as on the YouTube videos and my uke is tuned ok.

JamEyelid Sat 13-Apr-13 00:46:18

I have so far managed Stand By Me which is just C, Am, F and G7. My fingers now stay on G7 rather than sliding off straight away but they don't like making the initial shape. It's getting a bit easier though.

I saw the Nottingham Ukulele Club page when I was looking for local things, may pop along some time in the future when I am better smile

CamperWidow Sat 13-Apr-13 08:16:48

I find these really good as you can 'play along' and get a feel for the chord changes. Also, you can see his chord shapes and progressions.

cockneydad Sat 13-Apr-13 08:20:51

Uke player here (actually a guitarist playing classic rock on the uke), great thread !

perplexedpirate Sat 13-Apr-13 17:18:56

Viva, I got an app on my kindle that shows you each chord and then you press a button and it plays the chord so you can compare. Very handy.
I've been making like a bridge shape with my fingers and pressing with the very tips (which are now permanently tingly, where are these callouses I've been promised??) which is how I've been avoiding pressing multiple strings. No idea if this is right btw.
I've also had to cut my nails. smile

HerrenaHandbasket Mon 15-Apr-13 22:26:36

Any tips for good apps for tuning ukes? Free for preference.... DH says I should try a free app before ordering a clip-on tuner but I want one NOW

VivaLeBeaver Mon 15-Apr-13 22:42:54

Herenna, i used an apple app on my ipad called ukulele tuner. But when my clip on tuner arrived my ukulele was out of tune. I think I'm too tone deaf to be ale to do it.

I got my tuner from amazon, it was cheaper than the online music stores.

SingingSands Mon 15-Apr-13 22:51:53

My uke arrived on Saturday and I've been practising. I know 5 chords, although I can't seem to make them sound like anything decent when put together. Partly because changing between chords requires effort and concentration and partly because I don't know how I'm meant to be strumming!

Oh, and my left hand fingertips are now totally numb!

perplexedpirate Wed 17-Apr-13 07:01:37

I learnt This Ole House last night. Rather fun, and if you do the Rosemary Clooney version it avoids the horrible e chord too!
Looked at Songs of Love but that's WAY complicated. It will have go on the back burner for a while.
Left fingertips also numb- love it!

feetheart Wed 17-Apr-13 07:09:24

Is anyone in Bedfordshire?

Dunstable Saturday Morning Music School do ukelele classes and they are a very friendly bunch - DH and DD (10) both go.

hello, was talking to a girl in work who was telling me about playing the uke and i was desperate to learn, then i find this thread!! can i join in, have ordered my uke, cant wait to have a go but i am completely un-musical so could be a disaster smile

HerrenaHandbasket Wed 17-Apr-13 14:26:59

viva thanks - I have already ordered my clip-on one as I'm too excited to wait!

I went to a beginner's uke group on Monday (it's in Reading, google 'Reading ukulele group') and it was FAB. I was playing along to songs and everything!! They've shown me how to strum, given tips on technique and chord cheats, plus they are very friendly. One woman let me use her clip-on tuner to tune my uke, which is why I came home overwhelmed by the technology wink

And I am already getting callused fingers! Hurrah grin

Hello to all new Uke Quichers waves Well have been practising a bit and even did some playing and singing in front of people - I was effectively a Karaoke machine for my sister on Saturday night - playlist from memory

Dog Days - florence and the machine
Creep -Radiohead
When I'm 64 Beatles -
David Guetta Titanium -
Adele/Dylan - To Make you feel my Love
The verve - Lucky Man ( Forgot how good a song)
Maggie May - Rod Stewart

and loads of others - I think I was ok and I'm sure a glass of wine helped!

Cockneydad Please can you recommend some Rock songs - always looking for new ideas/stuff to play

Perplexedpirate link to chords???

Anyone else fancy making a Ukulele Quiche Songbook No2 or adding to the one on Chordie?

Those of you who are going to ukulele jams bloody well done I still have not plucked up the courage!!

VivaLeBeaver Wed 17-Apr-13 20:55:15

I wish there was a uke group near me, I think I need some real life direction.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 17-Apr-13 20:56:02

MsUumellmahaye, hello and welcome to the quiche. Hope your ukulele gets delivered soon!

HerrenaHandbasket Wed 17-Apr-13 21:08:44

I've found a pretty good free app whilst I drum my fingers impatiently and wait for Amazon - it's called DaTuner Lite. It detects the sound your uke is making and lights up green when you've got the note right. My uke suddenly sounds much better!

thanks viva, how you getting on with it?

Viva - I only found my local one recently - they have a tendency to hide!! Have you considered a Skype lesson or two??

I know Ukulele Mike does them.

smelly, how long have you been playing for? got mine tday!! exciting, i burned the dinner and my fingers are killing me but much fun smile

HerrenaHandbasket Wed 24-Apr-13 12:49:38

Oh my lordy

Just in case anyone was wondering what to do with their newfound mad uke skills!

It offers eye to eye contact and bonding you know wink

dear god i am SHIT!!

Jaynebxl Mon 06-May-13 07:25:00

Just discovered this thread and not read all yet, or the previous one, but I am married to a uke-aholic who suffers from Ukelele acquisition syndrome. However I suspect he might say that one vital purchase if you are serious about your uke, and the possibility of performing, is a handmade wooden kazoo made to your specific requirements, from Dr Kazoo. He even sends you daily video updates as he makes your kazoo!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 06-May-13 07:29:57

I haven't been doing much with it. I'm still shite and struggling to remember cords.

I've got a new puppy who's taking up all my time at the minute. Dd has started free ukulele lessons at school so is pinching it as well!

was trying to sing along with my (v bad) strumming and it was like trying to pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time!!

HellonHeels Thu 20-Jun-13 17:50:06

Hey ukers just thought I'd bump this thread up again.

I've got my uke (lavender coloured, with dolphin bridge) and been going to classes with www.learntouke.co.uk I am pretty rubbish at it but I LOVE it!

Totally recommend the classes to get you started.

How's everyone else getting on?

hi hellon, ye was wondering where everyone had gone, im still trying when i get time and im still awful!! but great fun smile

awww the lessons are london sad im in glasgow,

right i got a guitar years ago well for dd and just couldn't get it so was thinking about a UKe - is it just has hard as a guitar please do tell and do you have a UKe banjo or one like a little guitar?

HellonHeels Sat 22-Jun-13 09:36:47

no you I tried guitar a couple of times and just could not do it. I'm getting on much better with the ukulele but I wouldn't say it was easy! Regular practice is the way to go, even 10minutes a day has helped.

anyone bought a decent enough kit they care to link to and is anyone lplaying the ukelele banjo?

HellonHeels Sun 23-Jun-13 07:41:57

I've got a beginner ukulele (looks like little four string guitar). It's a Makala dolphin (google should bring up examples, sorry can't link on phone).
They come in different colours. fine for beginning on, strings are ok and it has a nice sound.

thanks, i got too excited and after searching past UKe threads i ordered a mahalo soprano 2011 beginners uke in union jack design grin . i then found local to us for three pound is a beginners workshop every Wednesday grin grin grin - wish i had got black now blush

HellonHeels Sun 23-Jun-13 10:17:23

Woooo! How exciting - are you going to go on Wednesday? Union flag design uke will be fun :-)

HellonHeels Sun 23-Jun-13 10:19:44

I should say something about tuners. I got a Snark brand tuner (the red one) and really recommend it. very easy to use.

DH has a different tuner for his guitar and keeps stealing mine, he says it's the best one he's used.

i ordered a tuner with mine a cherub i think it was? delivery not due till Wednesday so it won't be this week. because of her union jack design i am going to call her Elizabeth - is that ok? grin

cant find beginners group or lessons in glasgow at all, have emailed a guy but he never replied. does anyone know of any?

HellonHeels Mon 24-Jun-13 12:44:31

MsU I had a look at Glasgow Uke stuff and like you, found very little. There was a Facebook group and some people advertising private lessons.

How long ago did you email the tutor? They sometimes teach over school /college terms so this one might be on hols. The FB group might be worth a try for teaching or class recommendations.

oo never thought of that, yes it was associated with stow college! going to messsage the facebook page, thanks.

oh mine has arrived but no tuner yet though its been dispatched so i have stowed her safely. its a lovely Finnish on it grin

ok so after posting i got it back out and tried with some success to tune her by ear then i practised going from c to f and that was short lived and my fingers have dents in them grin . i was following some t tube to learn this. is this the best way or can anyone recommend a dummies music book? thanks smile

i bought a book but i dont find it easy to follow, think the you tube vids are best! easy it ain't!!!

thanks for that - just come in and my tuner still hasn't come so im royally peed off - went on amazon and saw it was coming from Singapore grrrrrrrrrrr so just ordered another one for next day delivery - a snark one? Will ebay tuther if it arrives ever........

im in tune grin, I can go from c to f and am doing down down up up down up and I freakin love it - dh not so much ha ha! My strumming is a bit patchy - doing the claw method - dear me this is going to affect my life somewhat!

Oh I also have to say the group I was going to go along to I rang today to book on it only to discover its for over 50's!! I was gutted - the lady told me to come along anyway as they are not overly strict but now im not so sure - I don't want the over 50s ganging up on little me confused

wow i proper killed this quiche !! i can play twinkle twinkle slowly and know four chords - others look a bit tricky grin

noyou, i thought i had killed the thread till you came on smile i have no idea where all the ukulele people went. i am finding the strumming really hard, i have learned a few chords had a try of a few others and just thought that it's actually impossible to get my fingers in those positionssmile have had a response about a beginners group starting in september though smile

hello grin grin grin grin i started googling some beginners stuff and downloaded a free crash course booklet by some bret bloke then i printed off somewhere over rainbow and can play that slowly with hit and miss chord changes but getting there smile . today i found a site with cooler songs on i think it was UKedaily and decided to learn songs i like. i printed off a chord diagram thing too. i feel happy all the time ha ha

i keep changing my strum pattern or just do down ones, a plastic pick makes it easier but so loud so think i need a felt one. i think a group would be good attwg am going to continue going alone .

i cant wait to go group. am finding it easier to just down strum. it does make you feel jolly smile

how is everyone doing or have you all given up?

MrsShrek3 Mon 15-Jul-13 22:43:44

yay, can i join you? I have been learning froma work colleague - music lesson lunchtimes! grin
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now that sounds fun!! i have been googlin various songs and trying to learn them , i did hallelujah for hours last night and dh still didn't get it!! tried a bit of finger picking as well but need to watch that you tube clip again grin

hi all, am currently learning twinkle twinkle, need to practice more!!!

My strumming sounds a bit tinny - debating upgrading my strings to Aquila - anyone done this to their cheapy and did it really make that much difference? Also anyone got a good strap that doesn't require any hole drilling - my boobage makes me struggle to hold it sometimes (not that im bragging) grin

MrsBottesini Tue 30-Jul-13 10:58:09

anyone see the Geore Formby prog last night on bbc4, Graham Norton... it was flippin brilliant!

Hello! Can I join in? I got a ukulele for my birthday last week and have been obsessively printing music off the internet since; I've got about a billion cheesy tunes now grin

Killed it sad

MrsBottesini Sun 11-Aug-13 01:06:33

the thread, the ukulele or the cheesy tunes? wink

grin

am getting one for ds2 now [rollseyes]

Phew!

I have lost all sensation in the fingertips of my left hand <proud>

MrsBottesini Mon 12-Aug-13 21:24:23

congratulations grin
how's the right hand?

Learning a new schema - I am attempting <drum roll> fingerpicking

oooo I attempted fingerpicking to play leonard cohen hallelujah but then decided to just play it with a random strumming pattern instead. I am going to download fairytale ofnew York and practise it for xmas when dc go back to school. I am ace now at somewhere over the rainbow and hallelujah and can also do fun we are young grin. Some just have two many chord in formy liking - I don't like them barre jobbys.

fuzzpig Tue 19-Nov-13 21:21:57

Hello! Oldish thread I see but is anyone still around?

I bought a ukulele today with Xmas/birthday money from my grandma. I've tuned it (using an app on my iPod grin) and looked at a few chords for somewhere over the rainbow (the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version is one of my favourite songs ever)

I'm so happy grin

hello all, how is everybody getting on? im rubbish have been neglecting mu uke, im so going to practice this week x

TheRaniOfYawn Wed 25-Dec-13 15:50:16

I'm in the quiche! DP gave me a ukulele for Christmas. Now I have to work or how to tune it. And play it.

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Wed 25-Dec-13 16:35:33

Hello fgrin

I managed to keep my uke hidden until my birthday earlier this month.

I've memorised a few chords and am really enjoying it!

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