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.
Here's a demo of some of the melody playing styles I teach
Click here to request information


NEW! Intro to Ubass

For people who are interested in exploring bass playing, this workshop introduces you to the notes on the fingerboard and picking techniques and we'll explore basic playing patterns and runs. There will be a limited number of loaner Ubasses available and places are limited, so jump in and register. First in first served.
Sunday 11 Nov, 2:30 - 4:30
Waterview, address supplied on registration
Cost: $20
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.
Click here to be kept informed re the next course

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
5 Tuesdays, 7pm - 8:30pm. Starting 13 November, 2018
Waterview, address supplied on registration
Cost: $15.00 per session or $70 prepay/pay at first session
Click here to register

4 string Festival, Kawhia, Nov 16 - 18

Paul Jonson has organised this 2nd annual festival. He is Mr Blues - the blues/boogie king in these parts and he has put together a star cast including "returning legend" Manitoba Hal to present a 3 day immersion in "folk, blues, boogie, ragtime..." experience down in the bush near Kawhai. Accommodation and meals are included in the incredibly reasonable $230 fee.
Interested? Why not! I'll be there. Boots and all. Here's all the info. Respond directly to Paul (see info below. Say I sent you).
Festival info

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). Email him at if you are interested in joining. 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