Scales can often seem a chore but Ukulele Mike demonstrates a relatively simple exercise that will strengthen and improve the flexibility of your left-hand fingers. This looks like an exercise that will make a difference while being easy to learn for beginners and for those with less flexible hands.
Another great tutorial from Manitoba Hal to expand your chord and playing knowledge. He explains moveable chords for the ukulele in an easy to understand way.
Two of the most beautiful songs of World War II are Vera Lynn’s song We’ll Meet Again and Marlene Dietrich’s Lili Marlene. Here are a couple of lovely ukulele versions by Melbourne’s Ilana Charnelle and the UK’s Sara Spade to commemorate Anzac Day (April 25) in Australia and New Zealand.
Simple instruments yet complex rhythms from two street performers of the late 1920s. Carl Scott and Eddie Thomas demonstrate that all you need is a ukulele and some household items to make exciting music. Bit hard to do this with a modern coffee pot and washboards are not easy to find these days. But with a bit of imagination you can make music using all kinds of ordinary items without lot’s of expensive technology.
For those who love the blues here is a more advanced tutorial on how to improve your ukulele blues progressions from Manitoba Hal.
The duo Folk Uke: Arlo Guthrie’s daughter, Cathy on ukulele and Willie Nelson’s Daughter, Amy on folk guitar perform California Stars, a song with the lyrics of Woody Guthrie and the music of Jay Bennett and Jeff Tweedy (members of Wilco). This beautiful version was from a live performance in 2016. Folk Uke were recently in Victoria for The Port Fairy Folk Festival and a Melbourne concert.
Versatile Australian ukulele player, Azo Bell, plays 3 of his compositions for the “Ukulele Sessions” on his soprano ukulele. Very entertaining with some amazing playing and ukulele acrobatics.