Want to Plug Your Ukulele In Here’s How…

Do you share the place you live in and want to practice without causing friction? Or, do you want to play gigs and plug your ukulele into a venue personal address system (PA system) or your own amp/speaker? There are a number of ways to do this.

Firstly, you’ll need an electric ukulele or electro-acoustic ukulele. A purely electric ukulele usually doesn’t make a lot of sound unless it’s plugged in, as it won’t have a body or a soundhole, whereas an electro-acoustic is much like a regular ukulele, but it has a ‘pick up’, meaning that you have a way to plug it in to an amplifier or headphones, using cables or a wireless transmitter. Next, you’ll need a way to attach it to the amp/sound desk, either by using an XLR lead and a jack lead, connected via a DI box, which is like a translator from the ukulele to the sound desk. There are also wireless transmitters. These have 2 separate parts that communicate with each other wirelessly, but one part might need wires in order to connect it to power or the sound desk. Take a look at amplification paraphernalia, here.

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Did you know that today (31 January) is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day? Today is a day you should consider how art inspires your heart, through whichever medium you prefer. Some people like sculpture, some like drawing and painting, some people like graphics, some like photography, others enjoy film/movies. We enjoy dance and music and we (obviously) love to teach people how to play the ukulele. We don’t teach people how to make ukuleles, but you can do that with this with this Ukulele DIY Kit, Make Your Own 21 Inch Ukulele Basswood 4 String Ukulele Make Set, with a lovely Heart soundhole. Click here if you want to grab one and inspire your heart with art today!

The ‘Harry Potter’ Approach to Ukulele Buying


Want to buy a ukulele? Not really sure what to buy? For the first ukulele, you don’t usually have a frame of reference. In the early days, I would recommend spending a small amount of money, until you know you enjoy playing and you want to stick with it. Don’t get me wrong, don’t go too cheaply, so that the uke is un-tune-able. If you’re fending for yourself for your first ukulele, refer to these recommendations to help you with buying your first ukulele. Then, when you’ve been playing for a while you might want to upgrade. It’s at this point that people usually ask me ‘what is the next ukulele that I should buy’ or ‘what brand do you recommend’. I like lots of brands of ukuleles, and you’ll find plenty of reviews out there but I think it’s a bit like asking ‘what car should I buy’ or ‘what bike should I buy’. It really depends what you want to do with it – are you planning to play lots of melody? Might you need a low G string? Are you planning to play gigs with other instruments? Will you need a pick-up in it so you can be amplified or will a microphone do? Do you prefer a mellow or a bright sound? I don’t know – these are all subjective preferences, like everything in life.

For me, buying a new ukulele is a bit like that scene in Harry Potter… You know, the scene where he needs to buy his wand and he wanders (yes, pun intended) into the shop seemingly bewildered? Then, as magic happpens – the wand that’s meant for him flies at him. The wand chooses Harry:

That’s how I think about ukulele buying. I walk into a shop, play a few of them and and the ukuleles choose me. I’ve bought several instruments like that. I didn’t mean to, it just happened. Like when I go out for one drink, but that’s a different story. With ukuleles, I like to walk into a shop, feel it and hear the instrument I’m going to buy. That’s worked for me with my guitar (oo-er, the G word) and also with ukuleles. I’ve got a feel for them and have known they were ‘the one’ when I’ve played them. I’m sure the same will happen for you. Go in, play your favourite song. If you like the feel and sound of it, buy it and give yourself hours of fun. It helps when you know what you’re feeling for. I like ukes with low action, that sound good whether  you play melody or chords. But that’s just me.

It’s around this point where UAS (Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome, to the uninitiated) comes in. You may well also get bitten by the bug and buy a new uke for every day of the week. There are lots of people who have more ukuleles than they can play, some have entire walls filled with them. Not me, oh no. Obviously not me…

ukuleles on the wall





Mother’s Day Gift Idea… A Ukulele Taster Class!

Are you behind with your shopping? Wondering what to get your Mama, Mum, Ma for Mothers Day? Well, since a few people have booked their Mum’s onto our Ukulele Taster Class, we thought we’d throw that out there as an idea. If your Mum’s free next Thursday, the 19th March, she can come along to the Goldsmith Pub and Dining Room in SE1 and enjoy their lovely, and reasonably priced cocktails, and learn to strum at least 1 song in the hour. It’s fun, friendly and your Mum will love it!

Grab your Mum a Ukulele Taster Class Gift Voucher.