Here are two links to other ukulele websites and on each you can hear some great ukulele music

Song of the Week

This week's song of the week is Changes by David Bowie. It has great descending bass lines but the highlight for ukuleles are the unusual chord progressions.

You can't beat knowing a song but the intro starts with a major seventh (my favourite chords if anyone wants a late night bar discussion 😊) The chords are played on keyboards and the ukulele can't match the sound perfectly, but gradually increasing the major sevenths by one fret at a time sounds great. The tab for the intro is almost a chord of D and you gradually play more and more strings. So what sounds a very complex intro is really not too difficult at all.

 

P.S. Thanks for the two Facebook likes - that's four times my average for the month of French songs 😊

The Garstang Ukulele Group held an open mic evening on Saturday 1st December 2018.   Here is a recording made of Ukulele Jukebox playing Sweet Gene Vincent  by Ian Dury. 

I teach ukulele and guitar in primary schools, to adult classes and to individual learners of all ages. I have qualifications in classical guitar including a performer’s certificate with Trinity College, but in recent years I prefer to play and teach ukulele as it is a much simpler instrument to play and to enjoy. You will be playing a tune after your first lesson

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Here's a link to a blog post from a newish pupil - what a recommendation! Sal Page Blog. Take a look as my head isn't big enough :-) It does help when you have a keen learner.

Recent workshops include one in Garstang as part of the library's fun day and one at Parbulele. There was plenty of unsolicited thanks and plenty of applause when Ukulele Jukebox played at Parbulele on the Saturday evening.

More unsolicited testimonials: from my workshop entitled Ukulele Group Orchestration aka Sounding Better'. I received these responses...

"What a brilliant night.... thanks for your fantastic tips, ideas and help with chords and chord changes, singing and a great night playing and singing".

"It was a great night...They want Garstang song books!! I’m learning the Mariah Carey song as we speak! We’ve all been inspired. A big thanks once again".
 

The beginners' course at Flookburgh for the Grange U3A had a workshop which I adventurously entitled  'C Am F and G7'. It was so successful that it was repeated at Garfest (the Garstang Ukulele Festival) I also gave a more advanced workshop called 'My favourite chord'. Now there's the start of long discussions in the pub :-)

Also take a look at Ukulelefornovices.blogspot.co.uk

Mike Gradwell

Ukulele and Classical Guitar Tuition

Contact

​Tel:  01524 941548

​Mail: mike.gradwell@gmail.com

 

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