Thursday, 26 July 2012

Play That Guitar!

I am teaching using this book and it’s a superb resource. Paul van Wering has packed his years of experience into 'Play That Guitar' and it’s a winner!

Kiwi songs include; Pōkarekare ana, Walkie Talkie Man, Haere mai and Why does love do this to me? More importantly, the lessons enable beginning guitarists to learn the basics quickly.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Free Ukulele Lesson Book

I am one of the 15,000+ people who have the free ukulele lesson book Your First Ukulele Lesson and Then Some. You'll learn some new tricks like:
  • How to properly tune, hold, and strum your ukulele
  • The most essential "must-know" ukulele chords
  • How to play 3 extremely versatile strumming patterns
  • How to play "I've Been Working On the Railroad"
To get a free copy of the digital lesson book delivered to your inbox, just visit the website and enter your email:

Buying A Ukulele

Makala and Mahalo are both great choices for a beginning ukulele player. They are both around the same price and come in a variety of colours. I buy mine from Weirs:

Strumming in 4/4 time by Ukulele Mike

Titirangi Primary "I'm Yours"

From the official YouTube page of Titirangi Primary School.

Kiwi Ukulele: The New Zealand Ukulele Companion

Kiwi Ukulele has some great reviews and after reading it myself I can see the praise is well deserved. I bought this book after a quick flick through at the local music store and have found myself picking it up again and again. I recommend it to anyone learning the ukulele - it really does have everything you need to know as a kiwi ukulele player.

The author Mike Dickison also has a superb website:
Check it out now. Better yet, buy a copy.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Ukulele Tuning

Tuning is important. Even a well played song will sound bad on a poorly tuned instrument. Because ukulele strings can stretch, it’s good to know how to tune it yourself. Playing on a tuned ukulele is better for your ears and mine!

The strings on the ukulele are numbered and named as follows: 1st A, 2nd E, 3rd C, and 4th G.

The 1st string is the one closest to the ground. When you see a chord diagram like the one above, imagine you have the ukulele sitting face up in your lap. The metal bars are called frets. To make a fretted note you place your finger close behind (not on top of) each fret.
With a piano or electronic tuner, tune the 3rd string to C. Next play the 4th fret on the C string. This will give you an E. Tune the 2nd string to E. This may take some practice but try playing both strings together until the E string sounds the same as the E note played at the 4th fret of the C string.
Then tune the 4th string by playing the G note on the 3rd fret of the E string. Make sure you are happy that the G string now matches the note played at the 3rd fret of the E string by plucking them both together.

Finally play the 2nd fret of the G string. This will give you A. Tune the 1st string to A.
Hint: Tightening the string up will raise the pitch, while tuning down means loosening the string and lowers the pitch. When tuning your ukulele, tune up to the note. This may involve tuning a string down a little too far and then back up to where it is perfect.  

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Ukulele Lession 1

Lession 1


Welcome to the site for my music students.  I will post information here that you can use to sharpen your skills or practice what we have been learning.  Keep coming back to see if new items have been added.

Thanks and blessings,

Darcy Perry