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  • Frequently Asked Questions and some Rare USA made B-Stock Bargains

    Frequently Asked Questions Have you seen our Youtube channel yet? Phil and I have been doing our darnedest this summer to film and compare as many Ukuleles as possible.. We've just about cracked it too. Whether you are trying to decide between an Ortega RURUBY or a Brunswick BU4C or...
  • The 5 Most Popular Items on the Website?

    A quick read for you all... What are the top 5 selling items here at the Southern Ukulele Store?   1# - Fremont Soloist Squeakless Low G String This Fremont string is THE option for a player looking for a Low G. Tenor players have several good options but the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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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We have been thrilled with the Luthier built Ukuleles we have had over the years... Ranging from Chris Perkins to Eiichi Sumi, Bird on a Wire to Pete Howlett. Now Tkitki of Japan are part of the family... Check them out.
Kanile'a Tenor and Baritone Ukuleles are finally back in stock... Each one is unique, each one is just gorgeous.
Millar are back... It's time to get excited!