I’ve been looking everywhere for something like this — a quick and easy template to notate uke songs, complete with chord-fingering charts. The site is Kiwi Ukulele: The New Zealand Ukulele Companion. The 2.8-MB ZIP file includes JPEGs of 168 fingering diagrams and a Microsoft Word document to write down the chord changes and the lyrics. Anybody can make their own professional-looking ukulele songbook! I already tried it out and can’t wait to fill a binder.
So why didn’t they have this while I was in school? Apparently the University of Illinois offers a class in which you can build and learn to play your own ukulele. I was just one course credit away from getting a music minor when I was in college, and I still kick myself for not taking that last theory class. This class would’ve been a blast, too.
I stated playing the ukulele eight months ago, and I’m absolutely hooked. I grew up playing brass instruments like the trumpet, euphonium and tuba. But euphoniums aren’t infectiously upbeat. Trumpets aren’t laid-back. You can’t take a tuba to the beach.
Ukes embody everything that’s good and free about music. So I decided to start this blog to compile everything I come across that has to do with ukes, the folks who play them (including my family!) and how the whole phenomenon is viewed by the rest of the world. I’ll strive to make it a daily thing, but you know blogs.