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.

See a range of roadtested ukes and accessories at my online shop: 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

NEW! Uke: Go Electric workshop - Warkworth

Open up a whole new world of uke exploration in this workshop. I'll show you how to electrify your uke for $20, how to use amplifiers and special effects pedals, demonstrate software and hardware to set up a basic home recording studio, show a typical busking setup, Learn how to go mains independent with rechargeable battery equipment. You'll get a chance to try the gear for yourself.
Sunday 19th March 2017, 1:30pm - 3pm
Totara Park, 5 Melwood Drive, Warkworth
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Cost: $15.00 prepay or $20 pay on the day
Numbers are limited - registration is essential
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Uke Beginner Courses

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 loan or hire

WATERVIEW Daytime Beginners (continuing group):
This is a continuing group and you can join at any time. Five Tuesdays, 10:30pm - 12pm. Starting 15th March, 2017
Waterview, address supplied on registration
Cost: $15.00 per session or $67.50 prepay/pay at first session
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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 familiar with playing in at least the keys of C and G and know basic strumming techniques
5 Mondays from 27th March (excluding Easter), 7pm - 8:30pm
Waterview, address on registration
Cost: $15.00 per session or $67.50 prepay/pay on first night
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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
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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
Wednesday evenings, 6:20 - 7:20.
You can join any time
ONE TWO SIX, 126 Point Chevalier Road
Fee: $9.50/night casual or $75/10 week term subscription

Term 1 is an 11 week term so the term fee will be $82.50 Register here

2017 DATES
Term 1: Wed 1 Feb - Wed 12 April. 11 weeks

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I sell a range of ukes and accessories at competitive prices. Brand include Kala, Ohana, Vox amps and pedals, Wharfedale. I own or have used everything that I sell so I'm happy to stand behind the products. I can also supply and advise on complete sound systems. See HandPickedUkes

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