I’ve assembled below a great array of useful links that will take you to places that can help you on your ukulele based adventure throughout life. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re an expert who needs to find something new, there’s something here for everybody to enjoy!
I’ve also made a list of personal favourites towards the bottom too. I’ve think these players are the best of the bunch and there are other useful things in there too.
Chords and Music
Chord Guide (and other resources): https://coustii.com/ukulele-chords-beginners/
Ukulele Chord Chart in C: http://www.ukulele.org/downloads/Ctuning.pdf
Ukulele Chord Chart in D: http://www.ukulele.org/downloads/Dtuning.pdf
Some good open mic spots local to me for any up and coming performers:
Brilliant Ukulele Players
Krabbers: http://www.unplugthewood.com/krabbers/ – Quirky sense of humour, friendly, approachable and runs Unplugthewood open mic and jam.
Andy Eastwood: http://www.andyeastwood.com/ – Ukulele virtuoso, especially good at George Formby. Also plays piano, violin, electric guitar and sings.
The Ukulele Orchestra of GB: http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com/ – The best ukulele ensemble you’ll ever see, combining great musicianship with unpredictable humour and music!
Jake Shimabukuro: http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/home/ – Arugably the greatest ukulele player alive to date. Check him out and always take an opportunity to see him live if possible.
The Mother Ukers: http://www.motherukers.com/ – With limited ukes and rescources, the Mother Ukers (pardon the pun) are a great musical trio as well as fine uke players.
Peter Moss: http://www.petermossuke.com/ – A truly great ukulele player who really knows his stuff. He is great to watch and is also a good ukulele tutor for those wanting a bit more than basic four chord songs.
Mike Hind: http://www.mikehind.com/ – An unusual uke player who is seen with an eight string instrument for most of his performances
Aldrine Guerrero: https://www.facebook.com/aldrine/ – Writes beautiful ukulele music and songs that are popular everywhere he plays. He is most famous for running Ukulele Underground, a site where you can learn the uke at any level.
Ukulelezaza: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHetePZjcGlExgblRAb9sEw?nohtml5=False – Uke virtuoso specializing in melodic pieces on vintage Martin soprano ukuleles. To hear him live is a treat to the ears.
Ukulele Mike: http://www.ukulelemikelynch.com/ – A brilliant online tutor and in my opinion, one of the best out there.
Clubs and Meetings
The Ukulele Society of GB: http://www.usgb.co.uk/index.php – THE place to be twice a year where you can meet up with uke players from anywhere and everywhere.
Ukulele Underground: http://ukuleleunderground.com/ – A great and friendly place to learn ukulele. Play along to the easy-to-read and live music playing on screen and get better with your timing and rhythms.
Unplugthewood: http://www.unplugthewood.com/ Open Mic and Jam session, not strictly ukuleles.
The George Formby Society: http://georgeformby.co.uk/ – THE place to be to celebrate the life and music of the late and great George Formby.
Branches of the Formby Society: http://georgeformby.co.uk/branches/bd_2.html – For those who do not live near Blackpool and cannot reach the main conventions
Blasts from the Past/Ukulele legends who have sadly passed away
(These people do/did not have their own websites so some link maybe prove insufficient to demonstrate who they really were.)
George Formby: http://www.georgeformby.co.uk/gf_story/report.html – The greatest ukulele player who ever lived who has infinitely left his mark on the ukulele. One cannot underestimate the genius that was George Formby.
Billy ‘Uke’ Scott: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_%22Uke%22_Scott – The first British ukulele virtuoso. He was the man who proved the uke wasn’t just a silly “toy”, but it could really be used as a serious instrument to play any melody.
Roy Smeck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Smeck – An American virtuoso who took ukulele playing to a brand new level. Known as the “Wizards of the Strings” he was also a master of the guitar, banjo and steel guitar.
Ukulele Ike: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Edwards – Aka Cliff Edwards and the voice of Jiminy Cricket, he was a sensation on the silver screen and used the uke to ‘jazz up’ old pop tunes of his time.
(This is a collection of my favourite ukulele, players, resources and anything else related to the instrument. The majority may not be as famous as anybody else featured on this list.)
George Formby: http://www.georgeformby.co.uk/gf_story/report.html – If it weren’t for George’s music, I wouldn’t have carried on the uke beyond a few lessons at school. I find his style so engaging and I know a good 80% of his songs off by heart. He is an idol of mine and I will always be a fan of his.
George Hinchliffe and Will Grove-White: http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com/index.php/uke-members In my opinion, they are the best and most enthusiastic members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. They combine musicianship with comedy seamlessly and it is always a pleasure to watch their unique ideas.
Ukulele Mike: http://www.ukulelemikelynch.com/ – A brilliant online tutor and in my opinion, one of the best out there. He got me going on my first few tunes and I always enjoying learning new things from him even to this day.
Roy Smeck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Smeck – His music was what encouraged me to take up harder ukulele pieces and I’ve taken inspiration from him and included his unique tricks in my own repertoire.
Mr. Bremner and Mark Thomas – Music teachers that have helped me advance my technique.
Lewis Clifton: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Z9JFZcXYx0J2Ixubbs8FQ?nohtml5=False – A true George Formby style player whose style I admire greatly. It was he who, through his YouTube tutorial, taught me the split stroke/GF techniques.
Buy a Ukulele!
Souther Ukulele Store: http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/ – some of the most knowledgeable ukulele experts on the planet in their small but packed shop in Bournemouth. Expert advice and excellent ukuleles!
Kingfisher Music, Fleet: http://www.kingfishermusic.com/ – My local music shop. Brilliant instruments and great repair services should anything go wrong.
Andy Eastwood’s Ukulele Market: http://www.andyeastwood.com/ukulelemarket.htm – Want a high quality banjo uke? Look no further than the safe hands of Any Eastwood with his online store that provides only the best ukuleles to anybody who wants a good deal!
The Ukulele Man: http://www.theukuleleman.com/ – Similar to the Uke Market above, only this time run by John Croft, ex-chairman and president of the George Formby Society. Again, anything you buy from him is guaranteed to be of excellent quality
Other Links – Warning, not all ukulele related
Megan Lines: https://www.facebook.com/Megan-Lines-1533952970232482/?ref=br_rs – A budding young musician who studies guitar.
Lily Rose: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsUgcHTqgLRTqK4c5GoRCmw/videos – A girl with a beautiful voice and deserves to go far!
Matt Smith: https://mattsmithsaxlessons.wordpress.com/ Saxophone Lessons
Tim Smith: http://timsmithguitarlessons.weebly.com/ Guitar Lessons
Didcot Railway Centre: http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/index.html – Home of the Great Western Society. A beautiful little area crammed with great railway epics!