Ukulele 4 Kids was set up by Clive Madge to provide a readily accessible resource for kids who are learning or thinking about learning to play the ukulele. It is hoped that it will appeal to “kids” of all ages. With regular practise it doesn’t take very long to be able to play and sing today’s mainstream songs, or songs of generations past.
The site will continue to develop over time and be continually updated about once a week, and will be a long term project. There are many ideas in the pipeline, most of which have been suggested by kids who are learning to play the ukulele. It would be great for others to share ideas to be considered for publication.
Through short articles, reader contributions, links to other sites and resources, this site aims to inspire and encourage kids of all ages to pick up and learn to play a ukulele.
So you’ve been playing your cheaper Makala Dolphin ukulele for a while now and you’re wondering what type of ukulele to buy next. The Kala KA-15s ukulele is a great next purchase. Kody made the step up to this ukulele and it cost him a reasonable $99 NZ.
Kody shares the differences between his new ukulele and his old ukulele: “My new ukulele which is a Kala, model KA-15s is a lot lighter then my Makala Dolphin. It feels like it is made of a different wood and has a lot more room inside of it. The wood is also thinner compared to my other one. It has very different strings (quality Aquila strings, article to come soon), which along with the fact that inside it there is much more room, it makes my ukulele a lot louder as well as sounding nicer in general. I also find that it goes out of tune a lot less then my old ukulele. Overall I think that anyone who is an avid ukulele player and is willing to get a new ukulele should get this one because it is amazingly lighter, sounds better, and is much easier to tune.”
A few people have asked whether I can add the song chords for the songs I’ve posted on YouTube. I think that is a great idea. I’ll also create a page on the blog titled songs so that anyone can download them to play.
The first chord sheet I’m uploading is C.C. Rider. It is easy to play and only has three chords – A7, D7 & E7. Download it here.
To get an idea of how the song sounds take a look at the video in the post C.C. Rider.
Without doubt, to get better at anything you need to practise. To begin with, a little and often is the best way to start. Practise for twenty to thirty minutes a day, everyday if you can. This is better than practising one day a week for a few hours.
Regular practise will also allow the strings on your ukulele to break in a lot quicker, so that you don’t have to keep tuning your ukulele all the time.
Just don’t take my word for it.Ruby says, “I’m getting better with practise.” Ruby has improved from playing basic one and two chord songs, to playing Beach Boy classics like Surfin’ USA.
Tristain says, “I practice for twenty minutes a day, and I’ve got way better.” He now plays a wide range of songs and can be heard practicing during his spare time at school. His favourite song to play is ‘Hey Soul Sister’ by Train.