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 Course

This 7 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.
7 Sundays, 4pm - 5:30pm. Starting 6th August, 2017
Waterview
, address supplied on registration
Cost: $15.00 per session or $95 prepay/pay at first session
Click here to register
NOTE: Numbers are limited, so register and prepay early to secure your place

Understanding keys, chords and patterns

Keys, chords and patterns are the basic "vocabulary" for playing uke. In this hands on workshop you will empower your playing by learning how to determine the fundamental chords of any key, understand relationships between keys and how to easily move between keys by using patterns rather than chord names.
Saturday 2nd Sept 2pm - 3pm
Waterview
, address supplied on registration
Cost: $10.00
Click here to register
NOTE: Numbers are limited, so register and prepay early to secure your place

Playing up the fretboard

At the recent Geraldine Uke fest Bryan Tolentino said "you pay for those frets so you may as well use them". Every chord can be played in many different positions up the fretboard by using bar chords. In this workshop we will learn the chord shapes which can move up and down the fretboard and how to use different chord positions to liven up your playing and broaden your group's sound.
Participants must be able to form and play bar chords eg. like D7.
Saturday 2nd Sept 3:30pm - 5pm
Waterview
, address supplied on registration
Cost: $15.00
Click here to register
NOTE: Numbers are limited, so register and prepay early to secure your place

Ongoing Groups:

Village Ukes, Devonport

This group started in August 2016. If you already have made a start with uke - know the chords of 3 or 4 keys and basic strumming and wish 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 3 starts Thursday 27th July. It is a ten week term so the fee will be $75
Register here

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
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 3 starts Wednesday 26th July. It is a ten week term so the fee will be $75.00
Register here


2017 DATES
Term 3: Wed 26 July - Wed 27 Sept. 10 weeks (UKE N SING)
          : Thu 27 July - Thu 28 Sept (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

Songs
Hey Jude
Knocking on Heavens Door
Siasi
Da Doo Ron Ron / Never Ending Love
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Key: F)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Key: C)
Hallelujah
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)
Something
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