Southern Ukulele Store

  • Summer Holiday Blues... Kanile'a and UK Luthier built ramble

    Is there such a thing as the 'Summer Holiday blues'? Maybe I am alone in this but I just can't play sad songs on the Ukulele in the summer.. Last week I had the opportunity to try a Bonham resonator before it met its new owner and all I could...
  • Facebook videos of the boys...

    For those that don't regularly visit out Facebook page; here is a little list of recent product videos and the kind of casual play you expect from people who work in a Ukulele shop. Alex and Phil play the Blues Alex Plays 'what a wonderful world' Phil and Guns having...
  • Sumi Kobo, Lo Prinzi, Da Silva and Ohana - Winter NAMM 2018

    Winter NAMM2018 - a Ukulele report by SUS? I realise how lucky I am.. For the second year running I have been able to travel halfway around the world to look at Ukuleles, Amplifiers, Guitars and generally anything that would look good hung up on the wall at my house...
  • 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 ukes have been one of the most popular brands for quite a while now, and...
  • 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. http://ukefest-essex.co.uk Shameless plug! I'll be playing with Ian Emmerson in London and Shrewsbury in July. Fri 21st July:  Chat's Palace, Hackney http://chatspalace.com/events/phil-doleman-ian-emmerson/ Sun 23rd July: Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/music/phil-doleman-ian-emmerson Around the World In July you'll also find; July 7th 9th: Rocky Mountain Uke Fest, Colorado, with Kevin Carroll.  http://rockymountainukefest.com July 14th 16th Uke U, Bend Oregon, with Lil' Rev, Jim D'Ville, Aaron and Nicole Keim,  Danielle Ate The Sandwich and lots more. http://ukeu.info 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! http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org 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 www.phildoleman.co.uk

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Whats happening at SUS?

ASAC-TEC REVIEW
Have you seen our Kala exclusive model? Phil Doleman gives it some love..
The boys play 'dem Ukes..
Sometimes Gunsy and Phil play a Uke at the same time, sometimes we play the blues...
April at SUS
What's going on at Southern Ukulele Store?
Summer Holiday Blues - Kanile'a and Perkins Ukuleles
Alex talks Kanile'a, Hawaiian Koa, butchers a George Harrison classic and showcases a UK built Chris Perkins Tenor...