Perth Ukulele Groups
There's plenty ukulele action happening around Perth and Fremantle. Want to meet other players? Check out some of the groups below. More information at ukuleleperth.com.
Fremantle Ukulele Jam (FUJ)
2nd Tuesday of the Month, at Sullivan's Hall, White Gum Valley (Cnr Nannine Ave and Stevens St).
7:00 general workshop / jam / singalong, bring a song to teach the group; 9:00 solo / open mike, show us your stuff.
Contact: Stewart Greenhill.
Perth Live Ukulele cafe Klub (PLUck)
9AM - 11:30AM Saturday Mornings, outside the Blue Duck Cafe, 151 Marine Parade in Cottesloe.
3PM - 6:00PM Friday afternoons at North Fremantle Bowling Club, Stirling Highway.
Subiaco Ukulele Free For All (SUFFA)
8:30AM Saturday Mornings, at the Subiaco Farmers Markets, Subiaco Primary School.
Contact Mike at UkulelePerth.com
Northern Ukulele Group (NUKES)
5PM - 7:00PM Friday afternoons at at Hillarys Boat Harbour near San Churro.
1PM - 4:00PM Saturdays at Café Pronto, Cnr Mandurah Tce & Pinjarra Road, Mandurah (facing the old bridge)
Albany Ukulele Group
Meets on Monday evenings. Details here.
Ukulele Perth Facebook group
Perth ukulele news, announcements and chit-chat on Facebook.
Here is the songbook from my ukulele workshops, arranged roughly in order of increasing difficulty. The first songs should be suitable for the complete novice, with no prior experience on ukulele. The trick with playing chords is not just the chord formations, but the transitions between them. I start with two-chord songs, with simple and repetitive transitions and work from there.
I have tried to choose familiar songs, since we want the tune and lyrics to be on "autopilot" while we concentrate on the fingering.
To download the songbook, right click on the link and select "Save Link As". Otherwise, it will probably display in your browser, though you may be able to save a copy from there anyway.
As we progress I'll be adding more songs to the book, so check back next month for the latest version.
Note: Copyright is held by the respective copyright owners. This material is intended solely for educational purposes. Please support the artists by buying their records.
Chordpro chord definitions for Ukulele
I prepare my ukulele arrangements in chordpro format, and create songbooks using Songsheet Generator. Recent versions of the software have a ukulele mode which allow four-string chords to be printed, rather than the usual six. To get this to work, check the "Ukulele mode" box under "Options -> Chords/Grids". I put together a database of ukulele chords for use with the program.
To install, just download the "chordrc" file to the same folder as the Songsheet Generator program. Note: installation instructions have changed for the most recent version. To install, download the "chordrc" and then place it in the folder described here. This works with both the Windows and Mac (Java) versions.
In my workshops I've been using Songsheet Generator's full-screen display mode. The formatting options can be tailored separately for print and screen display. This allows me to project the chords and lyrics from the same document that generates printed songs. Neat!