Tips for looking for a ukulele tutor

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The best tip is to follow the advice published on http://www.musicteachers.co.uk

There is also a search facility on the site to find music teachers.

This organisation works in conjunction with the Musicians Union. For the protection of its members, the MU publishes the names of individuals and organisations where it feels members should receive advice and information before proceeding with any involvement: please see p 33 of http://issuu.com/musicians_union/docs/the_musician__autumn_2012

The MU only advises its members, not the public. However, it is unlikely that an individual or organisation that is a cause of concern to the MU would be listed on the Music Teachers website.

There will also be many GOOD teachers who are NOT listed on the Music Teachers website – just because a name is missing, do not assume that there is any cause for concern.

Use this advice published on the Music Teachers site to inform your judgement:
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“Sunny” by Bobby Hebb – a song for the Sunday Summer Break

Collage of clips from YouTube videos of versions of Sunny

A lovely song to while away the summer – with some links to stuff that you might find useful for finding and learning other songs!

There are some beautiful ukulele versions of “Sunny” on the internet, both sung and instrumental. None of the versions here have been recorded as a tutorial, with the purpose of teaching someone how to play the song.  I just liked these ones. There are many other versions that I liked too but I had to stop somewhere and 10, including Bobby Hebb’s original, seemed like a good place to draw the line.

My top pick for the easiest arrangement to play and sing is by NGUYEN DINH Quoc-Huy.

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Great Uke Strumming Tutorial by Dave Newton @daveyworld of #LeftHandStairUkes #BarLoco

Dave led the Left Hand Stairs Ukes session on Tuesday and gave us loads of playing tips! This is one of his tutorials on YouTube.

Left Hand Stair Ukes Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/581354818541600/

My first uke – what should I buy? What should I practice?

Essential reading for all new ukers!

These two excellent articles include advice on what to buy as your first uke:

1. http://ukulelehunt.com/2010/02/24/beginner-ukulele-lessons/

2. http://www.gotaukulele.com/p/beginners-guides.html


Some more ideas:

I get regular emails via the website asking for advice about the “best first uke to buy”, advice for beginner lessons, etc. There are lots of websites with this sort of advice so I have started listing them here as and when I find them:

My UkeStuff Xmarks: http://share.xmarks.com/folder/bookmarks/k64Oupk0xi

(Xmarks link: sometimes that link goes to a blank page – if so, please leave a comment and I will fix it.)

I have copied extracts from a couple of emails and the replies I sent – see below – and hope this information helps others too.

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Chord Hat for Harmonically-Challenged Musicians

Many thanks to Andy Seagroatt for sending this link.  I thought it was going to be a hat to be worn by the harmonically-challenged musician him/herself, to assist in some magical way.  Well, that idea was just plain silly, obviously. This makes much more sense!

Ukes4Fun Song Practice No 4: Singing In The Rain – Two chord version!

Wonderful video of Megs leading Mis-spent Ukes and Friends at Rowlands Gill Community Centre – courtesy of Bob – with a song-sheet so you can practice in between sessions!

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See “The Ukulele First Step – Beginners Start Here!” for the first three practice songs.