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The mumsnet Ukulele quiche.

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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.

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.

MsUumellmahaye Wed 17-Apr-13 13:48:32

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

smellylittleorange Wed 17-Apr-13 20:24:50

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!

MsUumellmahaye Wed 17-Apr-13 21:13:47

thanks viva, how you getting on with it?

smellylittleorange Wed 17-Apr-13 21:38:52

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.

MsUumellmahaye Mon 22-Apr-13 21:52:07

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

MsUumellmahaye Thu 25-Apr-13 22:09:20

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!

MsUumellmahaye Wed 08-May-13 12:18:04

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 I am pretty rubbish at it but I LOVE it!

Totally recommend the classes to get you started.

How's everyone else getting on?

MsUumellmahaye Fri 21-Jun-13 21:47:42

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

MsUumellmahaye Fri 21-Jun-13 21:53:23

awww the lessons are london sad im in glasgow,

noyouhavehadawee Fri 21-Jun-13 22:02:03

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?

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