Buying a Ukulele...
Wanna buy a ukulele and have it hand-strung and lovingly serviced? Then the only place to buy it in our hometown, Wellington, is from Alistair Cuthill himself: Alistair's Music, 215 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand. Phone +64 4 917 4487.
Looking for an affordable starter-uke? We recommend Kala ukuleles, available in most major musical instrument stores.
Going fancier? New Zealand luthiers we love include Beltona (now based in the UK), Tony Francis Instruments and Kapono Ukuleles (available via John Hewitt's Fiddle Shop).
Beyond New Zealand, we always recommend locally owned music stores as your starting point.
Learning the Ukulele...
The World Wide Internet is a Ukulele Beginner's BFF. There are literally thousands of places you can look for uke tips and tricks, including YouTube, where you'll find many people just like you trying songs out at home.
For ukulele tips, tabs, chords, sheet music, MP3s, videos and gossipy gossip, Al at Ukulele Hunt does the hard work sifting out the good stuff. You can even find the tabs and chords for some of the songs that we play over there.
To learn from one of the very best alongside others in a friendly ukulele social network, join James Hill's The Ukulele Way. He's got videos, sheet music and tuning tips (for all kinds of tuning).
Just wanting to find your favourite song and learn it with ukulele chords? Have a look at some of the many online tools for this. Chordie is a good one - you can select ukulele C-tuning for the thousands of pop and rock songs they have.
Tuning the Ukulele...
Keep that uke in tune! There are oodles of tuners on the Interweb.
Here's an old-school one that we like. (There are also apps for that - have a hunt!)
We love these people (among others!):
James Hill and Anne Janelle (CANADA)
Jake Shimabukuro (HAWAII)
Adam Page (AUSTRALIA)
New York Ukulele Cabaret (NYC)
Greg Hawkes (USA)
The Jive Aces (UK)
Learn some chords, dry the dishes!
Our Megan made a chord chart of some pretty handy C-tuning ukulele chords. Instead of putting it on a poster, we made it into a tea-towel (aka dish-cloth) so that one person can wash, one can dry and one can play the uke. Currently, it's for sale via the excellent New Zealand gift store Iko Iko.
Ukulele Resources for you!