Category Archives: Lessons

Shop made.

‘Rope’ Binding

A question I’ve been asked a number of times recently is whether I buy in or make the ‘rope’ binding that adorns some of the instruments that we build. Well, buying in would almost certainly violate the concept of building instruments with locally sourced timber. Therefore the answer is that we make our own.  It appears, however, that the majority of Luthiers Continue reading Shop made.

It’s Time….

Lessons? It’s one of the things that we get asked most about. Well, it’s the one thing we can’t easily provide where we are. However, we’ve been saying we would start something up in the New Year, and we are now nearly a month into that timescale, so it’s time to get something going.

We are trying to sort out a venue for an all new Ukulele Club in the Continue reading It’s Time….

Ukulele Explained

Tenor Uke (L), Standard size Guitar (C) and Soprano Uke (R)

The Ukulele, or Ukelele as it is sometimes spelled, and generally referred to as a Uke, is a stringed instrument whose invention is generally attributed to Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii around 1880.

Although there are modern variations, the Uke is generally strung with 4 nylon or gut strings and comes in four recognized sizes. They are: Soprano, the smallest, with a length around 13-14″ from the nut to the saddle. Concert, around 15-16″ for the same Continue reading Ukulele Explained

Ukulele tuning for beginners

A typical electronic tuner

A post in the forum at UKFolkies made me look at videos on youtube for instructions suitable for beginners. Yes, there are plenty there, using both electronic tuners and tuning by ear. Unfortunately though, the ones I trawled through always missed one or two relevant points. So here is my take on the subject… Continue reading Ukulele tuning for beginners