Monthly Archives: April 2014

Happy Spring

In anticipation of our local jam spot, TK Maguire’s, being full of Easter brunch revelers, we are taking a break from the weekly Sunday ukulele jam. Next week, it’s back to the usual shenanigans.

If you gather with friends and family this weekend, bring out your ukulele, look up a one or two chord sing-along song from Dr. Uke’s beginner page and entertain the troops. Or you can practice the C-F-G-F pattern  for “Five Year’s Time” by Noah and the Whale. Ukulele Hunt has chords and lyrics to download and a link to the video, in case you don’t know the tune.  At the Folk Fest ukulele workshop we taught this song and used it to work our way through a  medley of “La Bamba”, “Twist and Shout”, “Wild Thing”, allowing you to just keep practicing the chord changes over, and over, and over….

Happy strumming!

40th Alaska Folk Festival, 2014

AFF 40, artwork by Ray Troll


Another Folk Fest has almost come and gone with much great music, jamming and ukuleles. Our Ukulele for Beginners workshop yesterday at the festival brought us together with a few old friends and many new ones. It promises to be a good year of jamming and all are welcome on Sundays, from 12 – 2 at T.K. Maguire’s, downtown at the Prospector Hotel (behind KTOO and the State Museum construction site.)

As promised, below are the links we mentioned at the workshop. If you find other links you want to share, please add them in the comments or let me know and we’ll get them posted. Safe trip home to everyone visiting from out of town and we look forward to seeing some more of you locals at a jam some Sunday soon!


You can find basic chord charts by doing and image search for “ukulele chord chart” and finding the one you like best.

Basic Strum Patterns

AFF #40 Codfiysh Joe – Selma & Reed.                    Photo by Skip Gray


Ukulele Mike’s 12-Bar Blues lesson

Uke Boutique’s 12-Bar Blues in G (scroll down to May 21, 2012 post)


General Resource sites 


Greyscale – Amy & (one) John
Photo by Skip Gray

Song Chord Index Links

(in addition so several listed above)


Free Songbook Downloads

(When I traveled to England this past winter I came across two ukulele sing/play along gatherings that both had songbooks online to download and bring to their weekly events. We have aspirations to do the same, but for now these are great resources to have.)


Tutorial videos

Aldrine Guerrero at Ukulele Underground

Brett McQueen at Ukulele Tricks

“Ukulele Mike” (Mike Lynch) has a YouTube Channel


Buying an Ukulele

Elderly Instruments has its own Ukulele Department

Roswick Giles Music store out near the airport also carries a variety of ukuleles and ukulele supplies, if you just need one RIGHT NOW or want to support your local music store.

Strum on!