Southern Ukulele Store

  • 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
  • Whats new in June/July and the UFOGB

    The original post can be viewed here with more photos relating to Cheltenham. http://www.icontact-archive.com/vb_QF00Z4fgxG3h1kQx41Jw4qN29uAr2?w=3   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...
  • Ukulelia - April: Festival season and other goings on

    Welcome to the Southern Ukelele Store blog! I'm Phil Doleman, and I'll be bringing you news from all over the ukelele world as well as hints and tips to help your playing. Grand Northern Ukulele Festival Very soon we'll be getting into the festival season. Grand Northern Ukulele festival, now in it's 5th year, takes place in Huddersfield on the 5th-7th May, and it's always a great...
  • The Ukulele world at SUS in March

    Kala Elite UK Price Drop After our initial order for these Californian made ukes arrived at Cheltenham in 2015 we didn’t see any new models in the UK until the tail end of last year. To help promote the Elite brand, KALA UK have recently agreed to a temporary price...
  • Ukulelia – February: Ukulele Clubs & Tuning by Ear

    Welcome back to Ukulelia, ukeheads! We hope you're feeling loved up this Valentine's, whether that's with your beau, your hobbies, your work, yourself or even your favourite instrument: the uke! To help keep your passion for the instrument ablaze, we've searched high and low for our favourite ukulele related blogs...
  • Ukulelia – January: Young Ukers & Beatles Chords

    A very very Happy New Year ukulele fiends! Whether you received your first uke for Christmas and can't wait to start strumming or an old hand with a New Year's resolution to improve your ukulele game in 2017, the Southern Ukulele Store has you covered! But we don't just stock...
  • Ukulelia – December: Ukulele History & Compositional Glory

    Season's Greetings ukulele lovers! A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the musical elves at the Southern Ukulele Store. Whether you're receiving your very first ukulele this Christmas, or searching for a gift for the seasoned strummer in your life, you'll find ukulele regalia and...

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Iconic Mahogany Ukuleles
Right now, the most Iconic Mahogany Ukuleles in the world are made by Kiwaya - but which size is best? Soprano, Concert or Tenor?...
Ekoa or Carbon Fibre
This week we look at Blackbird and Klos Ukuleles - Which do you prefer Ekoa or Carbon Fibre? Check out this video for the battle of the synthetics...
10 x Tenor Ukulele Comparison Video
Our popular Comparison videos have been a bit fewer and far between during Lockdown but Alex did get around to comparing 10 popular Tenor models by Kai, Kala, Snail, Islander, Pono, Breedlove, Flight and Big Island recently. Check it out...
mango or koa
Do you prefer Mango or Koa? We have taken four popular Romero Creations models and found out for you...