Sing For Joy


Uke N Sing: ukulele groups, workshops, festivals etc.

The Uke N Sing group which started as beginners in Mt Eden early in 2011 has evolved into an ongoing Intermediate level group with around 20 players.
I run several Beginner, FastTrack (taking basic players to the next level), Boogie each year. See below for dates.
My aim to get the ukulele players beyond playing song chord charts and into the challenge of multi-instrument, multi part harmony arrangements.

I sell a range of ukes and accessories (stands, strings, capos, amps, effects pedals etc) at competitive prices. Brand include Kala, Ohana, Vox amps and pedals, Wharfedale mixers and speakers, Rowin mini-pedals, Ubass
I have owned or tested every product that I sell so I'm happy to stand behind the products.
See my online shop HandPickedUkes for full details
I can also supply and advise on complete sound systems.

Listen to Uke N Sing!
Dance Me to the End of Love
Struck Down by The Blues
Walkin' After Midnight
Tower of Song
La La Blues
Let Her Go

See the bottom of this page for links to songs, chord charts, strumming guides etc.

Private Tuition

Max offers private sessions from beginner to intermediate level. Skills include fancy strumming, fingerpicking, reading tab and playing riffs and melodies, blues and boogie styles. All sessions are supported with detailed handouts and online demos.
Sessions are $40/hour, $105 for three. Location is Waterview.
Click here to request information


Strum n Pick

These two workshops are a condensed version of the FastTrack course.
If you have done Beginners or have been playing at a basic level these workshops will take your uke playing to a whole new level. It's not rocket science either - you just have to be shown....and practice!
In the morning session we'll explore ways to bring life to songs with new strumming patterns and in the afternoon we'll combine your new strums with fingerpicking patterns. You'll have a whole new set of tools in your uke playing kit!
Requirements: be confident with playing in at least the keys of C, G and D with basic strumming

Sunday, 23rd September. Strumming 10am - 12:30. Fingerpicking: 1:15 - 3:45pm
Waterview, address supplied on registration
Cost: One session:   $20 prepay or $25 pay on the day
        Both sessions: $35 prepay or $45 pay on the day
Optional: bring lunch to share
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NEW! Introduction to playing melody

There is far more to playing uke than strumming. In this 2 session workshop you will learn to read tab (how melodies are notated for uke) and, using various styles of music - Renaissance lute songs, bluegrass, Spanish - learn tips and techniques for playing melody. The first session will commence with reading tab and then we'll work on some songs. In the 2nd session we'll revisit those songs and develop them and we'll explore online resources. You can attend either or both sessions.
First session:     Monday 24th September, 7pm - 8:30pm
Second session: Monday 1st October, 7pm - 8:30pm
Waterview, Auckland (address on registration)
Cost: One session:   $15 prepay or $20 pay on the day
        Both sessions: $27.50 prepay or $35 pay on the day
This course is nearly full, so jump in.
View/Print Flyer.     Click here to register

Uke Beginner and FastTrack (intermediate) courses

These evening courses take you from absolute beginner through to fancy strumming, fingerpicking etc. A great way to start your illustrious uke playing career!

Ukulele Beginner Course

This 5 week course will give you a introduction to uke playing starting from scratch. We will learn common chords, strumming techniques, tuning and about the different types of ukes. You'll be playing songs within minutes of starting!
Ukes will be available for hire.
5 Tuesdays, 7pm - 8:30pm. Starting 9th October, 2018
Waterview, address supplied on registration
Cost: $15.00 per session or $70 prepay/pay at first session

Ukulele FastTrack Course

If you have done Beginners or have been playing at a basic level this course is for you! Discover how easy it is to take your uke playing up a few levels. We'll recap the basics and then explore fancy strums, reading tablature, playing riffs and finger picking and apply these techniques to turn songs into exciting arrangements.
Requirements: be confident with playing in at least the keys of C, G and D with basic strumming

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Ongoing Group:

Uke N Sing (Pt Chev)

This group has been playing for 6 years and is suitable for players who have a reasonable degree of playing experience and are looking for a challenge and to develop their skills. You can join any time
THe group is now under the leadership of Dave Parker (Nukes). I am enjoying a stint as the Bass player.
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:00.
ONE TWO SIX, 126 Point Chevalier Road

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Basic Resources

Uke Info and Resources Sheet
Strumming techniques

Basic Chord chart with fingering
Full Chord Chart

Easy songs in the Key of C
Easy songs in the Key of G

Hey Jude
Knocking on Heavens Door
Da Doo Ron Ron / Never Ending Love
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Key: F)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Key: C)
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Sway with strumming notation

Reading Tabs and Songs with notated riffs
How to read Tabs (plucking notation)
Octopus's Garden with riffs
When I'm 64
El Condor Pasa / Rock My Soul Tab

El Condor Pasa MP3
Rock My Soul MP3
Sway with intro and strumming notation
Sway strumming MP3
Sway intro riff MP3

Links to a whole bunch of great songs and tutorial sites
Links document