Phil and Ian offer us insights into how they came to play the style of music for which they are renown in an informal atmosphere at the Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby. They go on to say where they see ukulele is going as an instrument in 2016 and tell us about their favourite songs from artists past and present.
The following exercises are to help you become more familiar with moveable chords and extend your dexterity down the neck of the fret board. Exercise 1 Finger an A chord without using your Index Finger. Now as you slide up the neck one fret at a time add the index[…]
This tutorial is an excellent beginning to spicing up your chord playing by using alternative chords to C Am Dm and G7. These new chord shapes make it easy to develop a good rhythmic style of playing. For more information go to www.geraldross.com Amazon.co.uk Widgets
Often when I visit ukulele groups both home and away, there is a tendency in groups of 20 or more, that a few participants will start straight into the song with no introduction and the rest catch up by the end of the first line. Whilst playing in a group[…]
Following on from my tutorial on finger stretching. I wrote this Ragtime piece to help me with using different chord positions in the key of ‘C‘. The video first shows the piece played at a relaxed speed followed by slow motion without altering the pitch for practice. I have also[…]
What is it? The circle of 5ths is nothing to be scared of! It’s simply a diagram that includes every single musical note, once only. Why? Of course, you could just go around the circle in alphabetical order, but on this diagram we go round in the musical ‘interval’ of[…]
It’s always refreshing to find a tutorial which shows you how to play a song exactly as the original was played. This one makes playing Train’s hit ‘Hey Soul Sister’ a breeze to play. It’s all done by tuning your low g string up to a an A which makes[…]
Alternate Thumb Picking A great way of fingerpicking a song without losing the rhythmic drive you get from strumming is by using alternate thumb picking. It’s based on ‘Travis picking’ on the guitar, where the right hand thumb provides a driving bassline, going back and forth between two notes of[…]