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
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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:
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.
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.