Tamborine Mountain Men’s Group and their hand made Ukuleles
An Australian men’s group are using wood offcuts to build their own ukuleles which they use in charitable performances.
The Tamborine Mountain Men’s Group have created a band called The Offcuts and have written their own songs, such as The Shed Shuffle. They perform to raise money for a shed member with a brain tumour.
What started as a woodwork project has become a group of mates using the handmade instruments in their own band. The instruments are made using everything from scaffolding planks to pieces of old furniture.
The Dreaded E Chord
Here is a useful tip from Brett McQueen on the Ukulele Tricks blog.
To play an E major chord on ukulele the easiest way, use this alternative E chord as a substitution, known as an E5, where you place the index finger on the 2nd fret of the bottom A-string, middle finger on the 4th fret of the top g-string, ring finger on the 4th fret of the C-string, and let the E-string ring open.
The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain
One for the diary - The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain July 26th- 28th 2024.
Headlining are James Hill and Anne Janelle. They were fantastic at the old Scottish Festival in Dumfries, so that’s one good reason to think about travelling down to Cheltenham Town Hall.
More information at https://www.ukulelefestivalofgreatbritain.com/