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
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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
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!
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.
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.
To view our other videos visit our YouTube channel ukulele 4 kids.
Let me know what you think, and I hope you enjoy playing it.