Hi. I’m Kerry and I’d like to welcome you to Learn The Ukulele. If you are thinking about, or indeed have started to learn the Ukulele, then this little website will hopefully help you on your way and provide you with hints, tips, and some cool and fun stuff too.
Music has always been a big part of my life. Being blind, I think my parents and Grandparents just assumed that I would be musical or that it would impact largely on my life. My first vivid memory of being taught about music in any sense was when I was a tiny girl in the room above my Grandparents’ Pub where they had a jazz club every Tuesday night. In there stood a piano and my Nanna showed me where Middle C was. It was right above the keyhole that allowed you to lock the piano lid down.
My parents bought me my first piano when I was 9 or so and I remember learning, by ear, Imagine by John Lennon, or at least, the very beginnings of it. My family are Irish and singing was also a massive part of our family get-togethers and school was no different, I sang regularly whether by myself or in school choirs and my piano tuition continued formally. I also took up the treble recorder and learned a little on the guitar (Pinball Wizard by The Who, if memory serves me correctly).
Throughout my life I’ve played in all sorts of groups, hand bell choirs, flute groups and now I sing with a ladies’ Choir in my local area and, in the last year I’ve taken up the ukulele because my best friend (and musical mate since 1987) asked for my help singing with her local choir last year. During the event, I saw her and other playing the Ukulele and singing all sorts of great songs from war songs to more current and popular favourites. That was the turning point. I was hooked. It looked like a lot of fun and a great hobby to boot. So, enter my first beautiful Ukulele. A Gorgeous Kala Concert that I trekked around the north-West of England to find, and what a Find she was.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
I decided to create this website because my Ukulele journey has brought me so many fabulous things – New Friends and opportunities to jump out of my comfort zone. I’ve been playing just about a year and already I have performed on stage by myself, with others and indeed with some well-known figures from the UK Ukulele Scene.
I wanted to show you that you can be up and playing the Ukulele in under 10 minutes with the right tools to help you along your way. I’ve come across people in their later life who never thought they could play anything, and they are now playing their first instrument, the Ukulele, and loving it.
Don’t for one second think that that makes this an easy instrument to learn because it is not. However, it is easy to start, but like anything, it requires commitment and dedication.
It doesn’t matter your playing goals or what you want to start for, the main thing is that you do start. This lovely little instrument will give you joy whether you take it up for something to stimulate your brain, to challenge yourself or just to play to your kids or Grandkids.
THE GOAL OF THIS SITE
The goal of my site is to give you all the information to help you make an informed choice about what Ukulele to buy, what the best way to start is and the quickest way to get yourself up and running too.
I want this to be a place where you can ask questions and get answers whether they be here at the time of writing or whether I create the answers as a response.
I’m also here to bust the myths. The Ukulele is not secondary to the guitar and no, you don’t have to play George Formby or Tiny Tim songs if you don’t want to. In fact, you can play whatever songs you like, from classical to country, Bluegrass To Blues. The most important thing is that you play if it’s what you want to do.
This little instrument has led me places I never thought possible and for me, it has opened so many doors to so many wonderful people and events that I feel it’s my duty to pass this on to you. So, if you are at all interested, or know someone who is then visit often and enjoy. And if you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,