'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • Richie’s Guide to Starting the Ukulele 

    There are four types of instrument commonly used. They are the soprano, the concert, the tenor and the baritone ukulele. I would recommend you begin with a soprano, as it is the most common and seems to have the most available associated literature.

    You can buy from almost any music shop, but if this is difficult for you for whatever reason, don't hesitate to try online. You are ideally looking for a just above the bottom range soprano, with geared tuners, good intonation (this means that it doesn't sound out of tune the further you play up the neck) and looks pretty sturdy.

    There are many brands to choose from and not a lot between them when choosing a starter ukulele, pick something that appeals to you and your price bracket. 

     

    Tips for starting the Ukulele 

    Step 1: Get yourself a cheapish ukulele (not the cheapest, as they will inevitably let you down) fitted with geared tuners, an electronic tuner and a chord book. A good tip is to get a good set of strings as they can make a real difference to the sound you make and will help keep the ukulele in tune, makes like Aquila, D’Addario and Worth will do the trick.

    Step 2: Learn how to tune your instrument. Most music for the ukulele is in GCEA tuning and George has filmed this little guide to help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYgWfJEwRyU

    Step 3: Learn and play a few simple chords. Don't rush this.

    Step 4: If you haven't returned your instrument to the shop yet and you're still keen, try going online and playing along with the songs on our YouTube channel. Great for building your confidence up in preparation for playing with other musicians.

    Step 5: Play with other ukulele players. They are out there somewhere! Quite apart from the fun aspect, they can provide tips on technique etc, which you can then use or reject as you see fit. For free music sheet downloads and to join in with the orchestra for virtual play along sessions head over to our Ukulele Lockdown page.

    Step 6: Er, that's it.

    Or it would be in an ideal world. There are many paths you can take to your own personal musical nirvana, just remember to enjoy the journey.

  • Germany/Europe 2020 Tour

    We will be hopping over to Germany to tour the country in 2020. We are also adding in some additional visits to Switzerland and Austria for good measure! We are looking forward to revisiting some of these venues again and seeing our European fans too.

    This is where we will be visiting in January and February 2020;

    January 2020 Europe Dates 

    15th January - Burghof GmbH. Lörrach, Germany - Tickets

    17th January - Stadttheater Schaffhausen. Switzerland - Tickets

    25th January - Festspielhaus St. Pölten. Austria - Tickets

    February 2020 Germany Dates 

    4th February - Stadttheater Minden - Tickets

    5th February - Stadttheater Herford - Tickets

    19th February - Theater Rüsselsheim - Tickets

    20th February - Carmen Würth Forum - Reinhold Würth Saal. Künzelsau - Tickets

    21st February - BASF - Feierabendhaus. Ludwigshafen Am Rhein - Tickets

    22nd February - BASF - Feierabendhaus. Ludwigshafen Am Rhein - Tickets

    23rd February - Konzerthaus Dortmund - Tickets

    24th February - Prinzeregententheater. Munich - Tickets

    But do keep an eye on the gig list as new dates are frequently being added

  • UK Spring/Summer Tour

    After our whirlwind trip to the USA and Canada, we will have our feet firmly on the ground in the UK for a collection of shows this Spring and Summer. Get your tickets today!

    9th May - New Theatre Peterborough - Tickets

    10th May - Norwich Theatre Royal - Tickets

    29th May - The Queen's Hall. Edinburgh - Tickets

    12th June - Pontardawe Arts Centre - Tickets

    18th June - Wyvern Theatre. Swindon - Tickets

    18th July - Rose Theatre. Kingston Upon Thames - Tickets

    26th July - Gawsworth Hall. Macclesfield - Tickets

    More Dates To Be Announced. 

    Keep up to date with all our latest gigs here.

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  • USA & Canada 2020 Tour

    We will be heading back across the pond to the USA and Canada in 2020. Join us for a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping show. Book your seats soon as some dates have already Sold Out!

    Here is where we will be;

    19th March - Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. Athens, GA - Tickets

    21st March - Spivey Hall. Morrow, GA - Tickets

    22nd March - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tallahassee, FL - Tickets

    24th March - Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. The Villages, FL - Tickets (On Sale Jan 29th 2020)

    25th March - The Society of the Four Arts. Palm Beach, FL - Tickets

    27th March - Wisconsin Union Theater. Madison, WI - Tickets

    28th March - Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Brookfield, WI - Tickets

    29th March - The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. Carmel, IN - Tickets

    31st March - Curtis M Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Gainesville, FL - Tickets

    2nd April - Williams Center for the Arts. Easton, PA - Tickets

    4th April - Longwood Gardens. Kennett Square, PA - SOLD OUT

    5th April - The Royal Conservatory of Music. Toronto, Canada - SOLD OUT

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