Southern Ukulele Store

  • Phil Doleman reviews the Kala KA-ASAC-TE/C

    Every now and again we send Phil Doleman a Ukulele to get his perspective on what they might offer a player. Here is what he had to say about the SUS exclusive Kala KA-ASAC-TE/C. Kala KA-ASAC-TE/C review Kala ukes have been one of the most popular brands for quite a...
  • What Uke does the manager of a Ukulele shop use?

    We all have our own stories... A customer asked me today how I can be so confident recommending a particular Uke, I have been around the block a few times and I figure a rainy September evening is the perfect time to tell you all what Ukes I use and...
  • Romero Creations Tiny Tenor Koa Ukulele Review by Phil Doleman

    Every month we ask Phil Doleman to try out a Ukulele and give us his thoughts. This month he is looking at the Romero Creations Tiny Tenor Ukulele. ROMERO CREATIONS TINY TENOR This is an intriguing uke, and one that traditionalist might immediately dismiss; they'd be making a mistake, though...
  • Beltona Tenor #1 Resonator Uke Review

    Beltona instruments are made by luthier Steve Evans a few miles from Leeds, UK. He's been making them since 1990, and you'll have seen them played by Tiny Tim, James Hill, Dead Man's Uke, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and yours truly. Since 2002 he has focussed on making...
  • August Happenings at the Southern Ukulele Store

    So here we are again; about to dive head first into August and all that comes with the 8th month of the year. July has been a great month for us at SUS as we finally had long awaited deliveries from Pono, Risa, Goldtone, Anuenue and Kala. The CITES restrictions...
  • SUS in July 2017..

    Happenings in July In the 22nd July it's Uke Fest Essex. This is a free event (though workshops are £15), featuring Ben Rouse, Opera-lele, Phillipa Leigh, The D'Ukes, and me and Ian  Emmerson. Shameless plug! I'll be playing with Ian Emmerson in London and Shrewsbury in July. Fri 21st July:  Chat's Palace, Hackney Sun 23rd July: Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Around the World In July you'll also find; July 7th 9th: Rocky Mountain Uke Fest, Colorado, with Kevin Carroll. July 14th 16th Uke U, Bend Oregon, with Lil' Rev, Jim D'Ville, Aaron and Nicole Keim,  Danielle Ate The Sandwich and lots more. July 16th The 47th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii, with Ohta San, Herb Ohta Jr. and  lots more, including Roy Sakuma's 700 piece Ukulele Band! July's playing tip Be aware. This might sound obvious, but it's very easy when you're reading a sheet,  trying to remember the next chord or are just generally bogged down in the  technicalities of operating your instrument to forget to listen to the music you and  those you are playing with are making. Ask yourself; am I feeling the  beat?  Am I 'in sync' with everyone else? Am I aware of where I am in the song? When is the  ending coming, and how am I going to finish? We've all been in a session where  someone is playing very loud and out of time, or is late with every chord change,  or where someone carries on after the final chord has been hit.  Don't let it be you! Chord of the month A nice easy easy one to play this month, but one that's very effective. C augmented  crops up in the chorus of The Beatles' “All My Loving”, in between an Am and a C,  creating lovely descending line. It's a pattern the Fab Four were very fond of.  You can use it as an ascending pattern too, which happens in John Lennon's  “Just Like Starting Over” (if youplay it in C!) and even in Food, Glorious Food  from Oliver (on the 'Is it worth the waiting for, if we live 'til eighty four?' line)!  Given the oft-mentioned Beatles influence on the band Oasis,  it's hardly surprising then that we find this chord in their songs, too.  “Let There Be Love” uses a C to Caug change several timesat the very beginning.   All the best, Phil
  • High D Baritone Tuning and Baritone GCEA - What keeps me awake at night?

    Perhaps the title is a bit dramatic? I am celebrating 8 years of working at a Ukulele shop this month and it amazes me the amount of solutions and gaps in the market that have been filled either by us or other people looking to find their place in the...
  • Whats new in June/July and the UFOGB

    The original post can be viewed here with more photos relating to Cheltenham.   How did you enjoy that mini heatwave? It was crazy down in Bournemouth with holiday makers and day trippers really getting a taste of Bournemouth at its best. We have met some wonderful people that...
  • Ukulele happenings in May and June

    Happenings in May We're well into festival season now, and they're coming thick and fast. I'll be at Winchester Ukulele Festival on June 3rd along with Del Rey, Andy Eastwood, Operalele, The Mother Ukers and more. The following weekend (9th-11th) I'll be at the Ukulele Festival of Scotland with a...
  • Uke happenings in May

    As mentioned last month, May kicks off with the 5th Grand Northern Ukulele Festival on the 5th -7th, but you'll also find The New Forest Ukulele Festival in New Milton, Hampshire on the 20th and Uke Power at Drax Social Club, Selby, North Yorkshire on the 26th-28th. Uke happenings around...

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Whats happening at SUS?

Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel visited in the Summer. Check out this exclusive performance from that day.
Phil Doleman road tested an IMUA Curly Koa Soprano Ukulele recently. I wonder what he thought of it??
Have you ever wondered what Ukulele a Ukulele shop manager would play? As the member of staff with the worst case of UAS - We asked Alex to tell all...
The new Aquila Sugar strings are here and they seem to be universally adored! I received a demo set a few weeks ago that completely won me over. Gotaukulele gave a fair summary, check it out.