There are many cheap starter ukuleles that can be bought for kids if they are starting to learn to play. This review looks at the Mahalo U30G ukulele that comes in a range of colours. The colours certainly make them attractive to kids.
Trey (photo) who is 12 years old has written this review of the yellow Mahalo U30G he has been playing recently. He said, “It’s hard to keep it in tune, even after playing it for a couple of months. It doesn’t sound very loud, maybe this is because the strings are cheap ones. A good set of strings may improve the volume. But if you are going to buy a new set of strings you may be better off getting a better ukulele. It is still in one piece after eight weeks of playing, and no parts have fallen off. It does come with a bag to store it in.”
If you want to buy one it is going to cost you about $40 NZ.
Ukulele 4 Kids and Trey suggests buying a Makala Dolphin as your first ukulele might be the better ukulele to start with. Click here to read about the Makala Dolphin ukulele.
Hey kids, ever wondered about the origins of your the ukulele and how it got to New Zealand? Radio New Zealand Concert has a programme about the small and easy to play ukulele that has become the new recorder. Kiwi children and adults alike have recently re-discovered a secret that our Pacific neighbours have known for years. Megan Collins looks at the ukulele, from its early years in Hawaii, its establishment on every island, including the North, South and Stewart atolls (RNZ).
Interested in listening? It’s aired at 9am (NZ time) on Wednesday December 1st.
If you need to know what frequency to tune in to on radio, are not from New Zealand, miss the show, you may be able to still listen to it online. Click here for more information.
The former multi-platinum New Zealand band Goldenhorse, singer/songwriter Kirsten Morrell became the ambassador of The New Zealand Ukulele Trust last week.
Morrell will sing with the world’s largest ukulele orchestra, the NZ Kiwileles at the NZ Ukulele Festival on Saturday 26th November at Waitakere’s Trust Stadium.
The festival is on the national election day this year and a polling booth has been provided allowing those who attend the festival to vote.
For further information on The New Zealand Ukulele Trust and the festival visit www.nzukulelefestival.org.nz
The Wiggles Ukulele Baby DVD is great viewing for kids. The Wiggles play a compilation of 21 songs within an island beach theme. The ukulele is one of the main instruments used. There is a lot of singing and dancing that all kids can join in. It certainly kept my young son dancing and singing, and dad had to join in too.
Who’s in the DVD? All four wiggles, Murray Wiggle, Jeff Wiggle, Anthony Wiggle and Sam Wiggle. There’s also Captain Feathersword, I think he is cool! Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wag the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Ringo the Ring Master. Also featured are special guests Daryl Somers and Rolf Harris. Rolf plays his wobble board, this took me back to my childhood, watching Rolf on television listening to his Australian accent.
There are musicians from around the world playing a variety of instruments. Note, there is no instruction on how to play the ukulele, and it isn’t played in every song.
The main feature lasts nearly 60 minutes. The special features last for nearly 30 minutes, so all up nearly 90 minutes of viewing. This should keep youngsters who like the Wiggles engaged, allowing mums and dads the time to have a quick cup of tea and a biscuit.
It’s rated ‘G’ or ‘U’ so it is suitable for anyone. Get it from your local library first, and if your kid(s) enjoy it expect to pay about $19 NZ for your own copy.
My favourite lyrics from the songs are a good way to finish this review are,
“You can play the ukulele daily.”
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A new page was added to the site today called ‘chords’. On this page you will find all the basic ukulele chords that you should need to play almost every song. They have been listed in alphabetical order so that they are easier to follow for kids of any age. You are more than welcome to download, adapt the chord chart and share with others. Please let others know where you got the chart from, and come back and visit the site regularly.
Download Ukulele 4 Kids chord chart
A school production is a great place to share a school ukulele group’s playing abilities. Recently, Kapiti Primary School held their school production and the school’s junior and senior ukulele groups both performed. Members of the junior ukulele group range in age from 5 to 8 year old. They have been playing for five months.
The junior ukulele group led by Richard Bamlett played:
- Row Your Boat
- Found a Peanut
- Five Little Monkeys
They played great – good job! Watch their performance below:
Sitting on your ukulele is maybe not the best thing to do. I’ve never heard a ukulele being played well while being sat on. If you sit on your ukulele you have a very good chance of breaking it. This ukulele was brand new and was sat on by accident. The result was a broken ukulele that can no longer be played.
However, it’s important to recycle the bits from the ukulele. If you’re into weaving or are considering starting, you can make yourself a wrist bracelet from the strings of the broken ukulele. By wearing them you’re sure to be reminded, not to sit on another ukulele again.
Trey, the boy in the photograph, kindly volunteered to sit on the already broken ukulele, as he feels it is a good way to start a modelling career – good on you Trey!
Find the Baby Bumble Bee chords here. It is easy to play and only has two chords – C and F
To get an idea of how the song sounds take a look at the video in the post Baby Bumble Bee.
To view our other videos visit our YouTube channel ukulele 4 kids.
View our other song chords page.
Let me know what you think, and I hope you enjoy playing it.