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15th May 2013

This week’s session was full of excellent strumming, plucking and singing! every week we are getting more confident with our playing so keep up the hard work guys…it will pay off i promise!

we did a little work on reading tab and notation too – and i will not make you play nursery rhymes ever again (!) but the exercise in as important one. keep reading the tab and and playing and you will get used to it. have a look at the following…

Practising Tab and Notation

we also looked at the following songs

ALOHA OE (rug)

Blowin’ In the Wind (RUG)


Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (RUG) Whole Lotta Shakin LEAD (RUG)

STAND BY ME – Ben E King

and we looked at a couple of new songs too!

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (RUG) *remember this is in 6/8 time

BROWN EYED GIRL (RUG) BROWN EYED GIRL TAB (RUG) *we will look at the tab part next week – listen to the song so you are familiar with the parts…!

they sounded great already!

you can also listen to the following MP3s to help you with your practise…i will add more as i record them.



happy playing!


Discovering D!

Hello everyone!

We had a great session last night with some new strums and chords to look at…and people worked hard to push their skills too, which is brilliant. remember the only way to improve is to keep practising – already those of you who are very new to playing the uke are developing your skills. those of you with more experience are pushing yourselves to play tab perhaps or work more on your strumming so WELL DONE! and another thing….RUG can really SING! 🙂

here’s what we looked at last night…

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (RUG)

You Are My Sunshine RUG

STAND BY ME – Ben E King

and then we looked at songs at D

Discovering D on the Ukulele

and the following songs to help us get better at playing those new chords

Blowin’ In the Wind (RUG)


We also looked at the traditional Hawaiian song – ALOHA ‘OE

have a listen paying particular attention to the strum pattern (up down up stop up down up stop) where you use the palm of your hand to mute the strings)

ALOHA OE (rug)

hope you have fun practising this week and hope to see you all soon for more strumming and singing together!