my ukulele book — one-off printing on request

The first edition of my ukulele book is sold out, but, while I’m thinking about reprinting or otherwise, I’d be happy to make one off copies (printed and stapled, but no cover) for $12 (AUD) plus postage and handling for anyone who is interested.

The book aims to help ukulele strummers play the tune as they strum. You can learn a little about it in the video below:

Information on how to buy it can also be found on the ‘how-to-buy-my-book’ page.

I donate to youngcare half the net purchase price of any book sold.

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If you don’t want to buy my book (that’s ok), please consider donating to youngcare yourself.

Published in: on September 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm  Comments (7)  
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Martin Koa (concert) Uke with medium brown Worth strings

This Mexican-built concert Martin is a very nice uke. Although I’ve been told the look of the top and back wood can vary considerably between individual ukes, I think mine has a very fine appearance. The uke’s top wood might not be as thin as the original Martin concert ukes, but this one has good volume and tone. The intonation (in tune-ness) is excellent, although I might not have checked the tuning before I made the video in this post. I thought the ends of the frets were a little sharp-to-the-touch as they came from the factory, so I’ve rounded them with a fret file. The position markers are small and elegant. The Worth strings that I’ve just put on seem to be ideal for the uke. I have tried Worth Clear, Martin, and Nylgut strings, but these Worth brown (medium) seem to give the best balance of tone, volume and feel.

I added the pick-up post purchase.

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Practice Piece — 5-String Uke

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Another Black Box ukulele

I had a week’s holiday, and used some of it to make this ukulele. This time I used a wood branding/burning tool to create fret-position markers.

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BlackWattle ukulele

The black-box uke…

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Flea string on ukulele is broken…

The following report appeared in the Winona Republican-Herald, May 18, 1939:

A music store owner told this story… A small boy walked into his shop and said, ‘I want to buy a flea string for my ukulele.’ When the proprietor suggested he meant a “D” string, the boy replied: ‘No, I don’t. When my teacher tunes my ukulele, he sings ‘My-dog-has-fleas’ and it’s the flea string that is broken.’

And so it was.

Published in: on June 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

DIY Blackwood (wattle) ukulele

This is my home make ukulele with very thin top wood (1.3mm thickness on average). It is also very loud if strummed vigorously. At the moment I’m playing safe and not tuning it above F Bb D G.

Published in: on June 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Yet another homemade ukulele

This homemade uke has a huon pine top, a Queensland maple neck and headstock, a rosewood bridge, all based around a cheap tambourine body.

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A Timborlele? DIY Uke

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The ‘Gourdulele’ is here!

This is my latest homemade uke.

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Tamborlele II

My latest creation…

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