Sing For Joy


Uke N Sing ukulele groups

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 and FastTrack (taking basic players to the next level) groups 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 etc) at competitive prices. Brand include Kala, Makala, Vox amps and pedals, Wharfedale, Rowin mini-pedals
I have owned or tested every product that I sell so I'm happy to stand behind the products. I can also supply and advise on complete sound systems. See HandPickedUkes

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.

Workshops / Courses:

Private Tuition

Max offers private sessions from beginner to intermediate level. Skills include fancy strumming, fingerpicking, reading tab and playing riffs, blues and boogie styles. All sessions are supported with detailed handouts and online demos.
Sessions are $35/hour. Location is Waterview.
Click here to request information

Uke Beginner Courses

These 5 week courses 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 loan or hire

Click here to be kept informed re the next course

WATERVIEW Daytime Beginners (continuing group):
This is a continuing group and you can join at any time. The group are relative beginners but we are starting to explore fancy strums and fingerpicks.
Five Tuesdays, 10:30pm - 12pm. Starting 2nd May, 2017
Waterview, address supplied on registration
Cost: $15.00 per session or $67.50 prepay/pay at first session
Click here to register

Ukulele FastTrack Course - Intermediate level

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
Click here to be kept informed re the next course

Ukulele Boogie!

In this workshop we'll explore the foundation of Rock 'n Roll - the 12 bar blues. We'll well work the blues with riffing, typical chord progressions and licks. With these techniques in your toolbox you'll be boogying into the wee sma' hours
Sunday 30th April, 1:30pm - 3:15pm, Totara Park, 5 Melwood Drive, Warkworth
Cost: $15 prepay, $20 at the door
Register online here
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Ongoing Groups:

Village Ukes, Devonport

This group started as absolute beginners in August 2016. If you already have made a start with uke - know the chords of 3 or 4 keys and basic strumming and with to extend your skills, this is a good group for you.
Thursday evenings, 6:20pm - 7:20pm during school term
St Leo's Church hall, Albert Rd
Fee: $9.50/night casual or $75/10 week term subscription
Term 2 starts Thursday 4th May. It is a nine week term so the fee will be $67.50
Register here

Uke N Sing (Pt Chev)

This group has been playing for 5 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
Wednesday evenings, 6:20 - 7:20.
ONE TWO SIX, 126 Point Chevalier Road
Fee: $9.50/night casual or $75/10 week term subscription
Term 2 starts Wednesday 3rd May. It is a ten week term so the fee will be $75.00
Register here

2017 DATES
Term 2: Wed 3 May - Wed 5 July. 10 weeks (UKE N SING)
          : Thu 4 May - Thu 29 June. 9 weeks (VILLAGE UKES)

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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)
Whiter Shade of Pale
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