Find other ukers! List of lists!


Some suggestions to get started connecting with other ukulele players:

Local Clubs and Sessions Lists:

There are lists of Clubs and sessions on many websites and blogs – here are just a few examples:

  1. Curt Sheller:
  2. Got A Ukulele:
  3. Mighty Ukulele:
  4. Ukulele Hunt:
  5. Ukes4Fun (North East and Cumbria only):
  6. Ukukee Map and Android App: (added to this list 6 Feb 2015):

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Big, nasty security bug Heartbleed – what to do


You know those “secure” websites, like banks and eBay, where there is a little padlock in the address bar next to the URL? Well, apparently, in 2011 somebody sneezed when they were writing the security code that most of the banks and other “secure” websites use – and a bug landed in the code.

On Monday, someone in Finland and someone else at Google spotted that there was something wrong. They found the bug and realised that it is very. very easy for anyone to get your username, password and loads of other stuff when you log in to one of these “secure” sites. Not just that, but anyone can easily get these “secure” sites to tell them the user names and passwords of people who have logged in at some time in the past.

When I say “anyone” I mean, of course, that nerd next door and anyone else who understands the techie jokes in “Big Bang Theory”.

What is happening now is that all the nerds and “Big Bang Theory” fans are just playing around, testing different “secure” sites and seeing how much info they can download. Just for a larf.  I’ve seen them at it on Nerd Forums!

Luckily, most nerds are not nasty but there will be other people out there who are not doing this for a larf.

Hackers can use this information several ways. For example:

  • to impersonate you, eg. to log in to your bank account or email account (if you have a Yahoo! email account you DO need to change your password now).
  • to impersonate a website, eg. to pretend to be that bank or online shopping site that you love and trust.

There is a lot of lengthy technical information about this on the internet – this article is short and intelligible to mere humans like you and me: Lifehacker Heartbleed Info

Great news, isn’t it?!

  • What you DON’T want to do is go scurrying about changing all your passwords without checking first if the sites you use have updated their code.
  • What you DO want do is check which passwords to update now and which ones to do later, when the affected secure sites have wiped their noses and got clean hankies in their pockets.

The easy way:

Use the LastPass Security Check – this is being updated to accommodate people who do not already store their usernames and passwords with LastPass.

  • The Security Check will only show sites relevant to you and, of those, only those which are or have been affected by the Heartbleed bug. (By “you” I mean “the passwords and user names you have locked up safe and sound in your LastPass vault”. If you do not already do this, now would be a good time to start. )
  • After you run the security check, some sites might have “Wait” next to them. If so,  you need to go back and keep checking using this tool until it says “Go update!”.  Once a day should be quite often enough.

The more tedious ways:

Use a site like this one to check each site individually

That was the first site on the internet offering site security checks for Heartbleed. There are more and more just like it popping up all over the place. Be wary and only use a security checking site if you are sure it is legit.

  • You do NOT need to pay for a Heartbleed Security Check – some sites are cashing in by charging for security checks but there are plenty of free ones around.

UPDATE: The first and last pages of this reader-friendly article from Mac Observer sum it up nicely – the middle pages explain the situation in more detail: “Dealing with Heartbleed – What you need to know


Ukulele Chord Chart PocketMod

The website has some fantastic free resources, including chord charts.

A “PocketMod” is a little 8 page booklet made from a single sheet of paper – A4 (UK) or Letter Size (USA).

I have made a “Ukulele Chord Chart PocketMod” with a program called PagePacker (Mac only).  I tried some other chord charts but the UkuTabs chart printed out much the clearest.

Jonas, who runs the UkuTabs website has very kindly given permission for me to post the sheets here for printing.

1. Instructions for folding and cutting to create a PocketMod:

There is no easy way to describe this.  The official instructions are not necessarily the easiest to follow, so . . . Let Me Google That For You

2. Download pdf: UkuTabs PocketMod – logo on back (layout for pages to fan correctly)

The version with the logo on the back looks wrong but the pages fan correctly.

3. Download pdf: UkuTabs-all-PocketMod – logo on front

This version looks correct but the paging does not work quite right.

(Although these were the clearest chord diagrams that I tried, I still need my reading glasses to see these little charts.  All I need to do now is remember to pack a copy in my uke case along with my specs!  Some people have tried laminating PocketMods – I haven’t, so I don’t know how well that works.)

If you want to make your own PocketMods:

PocketMod was originally invented as a “low-tech PDA” (Personal Digital Assistant).  A quick internet search will reveal many other ideas for uses of PocketMods.  This one suggests a template for self-improvement . . . maybe I will make a version for practicing Bb . . . or maybe I won’t . . .

As you can see from that example, you don’t necessarily need a computer and printer to make a PocketMod – just a piece of paper and something to write with.  There is an origami site that suggests you don’t even need a pair of scissors, as long as you can tear the paper cleanly.

Some “high-tech” PocketMod generators:

  • PocketMod Online and Windows PC versions at (the original site still exists but is not actively maintained so the materials are not up to date – so use instead).  PLEASE NOTE: The option to print to A4 looks as if it is going to work with these tools but it does not – so you need to trim the page after printing.  Fold first and then you will see exactly how much you need to trim.
  • PocketMod Mac Version: PagePacker (the A4 option DOES work using this tool)

Neat! Twitter bot UkeChord texts uke chord fingerings to your cell phone! @ukechord

Worth signing up for Twitter just for this.  Wonder if there is a clever Latin name for “Occasionally Forgets Ukulele Chords” ?
Best wishes,

Lizzie X

GoChords New Feature – Custom Chord Builder

Great update if you want to create and store songsheets on-line:

Hi All,

We are pleased to announce an exciting new feature:

The Custom Chord Builder!

You can create your own custom chords (alternate voicings or inversions, for example) for either ukulele or guitar.

Log in and try it now »

This was the most-requested feature from our users, and we hope you enjoy it! Keep those suggestions coming!

Best wishes,
The GoChords Team

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