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Experienced ukulele teacher and Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association (AUTLA) member, Cathy Welsford, issued this October Uke Challenge!

James Hill Ukulele Course Level 1: Units 1, 2 & 3 (ONLINE via ZOOM)

Dates: Five week course – 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October 2020
Time: 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Cost: $125

In Cathy’s ZOOM course you will:

  • learn to read music
  • play simple melodies on your ukulele
  • play music in parts
  • find out about note values, rhythm, timing in music
  • identify intervals and learn how to use them to play by ear
  • play basic scales including the blues scale
  • develop improvisation skills.

The course is based on the James Hill ‘Ukulele in the Classroom’ resource. You will also receive comprehensive additional material including music theory worksheets, new repertoire, picking and strumming exercises, audio resources and self-assessments.

For more information go to OR contact Cathy by emailing .

Zoom into a FREE Ukulele Rockers Intermediate workshop.

Do you feel stuck with your ukulele practice? Want to level-up past basic chords, and feel that super magic feeling of CONFIDENCE from getting some cool moves?

Are you keen to move past the 3rd fret, learn some really fun ways to play songs (other than strumming), and dive into the creative world of fingerpicking?

Learn how easy and fun it can be with Lanikai Endorsed Recording Artist and ukulele lover, Miss Elm.

Join our free Online Intermediate Workshop for a fun, upbeat and joyful way of learning new skills while connecting with the Ukulele Pop Princess herself in this FREE one-hour online workshop

What: The Ukulele Rockers FREE Intermediate Online Workshop (hosted in Zoom)
Date: Sunday 19 July 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00pm (Australian EST)
What will be covered: Intermediate strumming styles, moving past the 3rd fret, fingerpicking and riffing.

Bookings: Bookings essential. Please book via EventBrite.

Want to make music? Want to play a musical instrument?

Learn 5 chords in 5 minutes with the best ever gateway instrument — The Ukulele!

Come to:

This workshop — hosted by Ukulele Expert and endorsed Lanikai Artist, Miss Elm — will get you started on all the exciting things that the ukulele has to offer.

In addition to a performance by Miss Elm demonstrating all the cool things you can do, you’ll learn about:

  • Strumming
  • Basic ukulele chords
  • Using your uke as a percussive instrument
  • Fingerpicking

Become a Ukulele Rocker! Tune in from anywhere around the world!

Friday 29th MAY, 7:00 pm (Brisbane Time AEST)

This will be hosted on ZOOM. An email confirmation with the link will be sent to you upon when you register for your free ticket on Eventbrite.

For more information email Erin on .

Follow Miss Elm on Facebook.

Visit the website.



ELMUKULELE is the creation of seasoned musician and songwriter, Erin Harrington.

Surrounded by jazz musicians at young age, Erin has been exploring creativity through music her whole life. Violin and Singing lessons led to a quirky Singer Songwriter and from many cafe gigs, uni bars and experimentation of sounds; Erin became her alto ego, “Miss Elm”. Miss Elm produced 3 EP’s, was recognised as a finalist in the “Folk, Singer Songwriter” section of the Queensland Music Awards and travelled around Australia for 4 years playing in many popular festivals such as the SPRUKE Ukulele Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and the Teneriffe Festival. After many different line ups (ranging from double melodica and flute, down to 4 piece band) Miss Elm is now a stripped back solo singer-songwriter in the midst of creating new works in 2019.

After working at Ukulele Specialist Store, Morris Brothers Music; Erin grew a love of Ukuleles for their simplicity, transportable size, powerful sound and variety. Erin quickly became the expert on all things Ukulele and developed her own unique sound. She now loves helping others find their creativity through Ukulele and sparking joy in anyone who will listen.

ELMUKULELE is a hybrid service of tuition, workshops and customised musical experience for all those (young and old) who love music, want to improve their skills or play an instrument for the first time.

A Change of Scene and Theme

Originally, for the May newsletter, I wrote an item about baritone ukes, inspired by two very brave baritone beginners who attended February’s Ukulele Bootcamp. No … John, Julie and I don’t play baritone, and we’d never had baritone players sign-up for Bootcamp before. So it was a little bit daunting. However, our baritone beginners soldiered on using their own baritone chord charts to adapt the materials as we taught. Their enthusiasm and persistence inspired me to investigate the advantages of baritone uke.

However … you’ll have to wait until June to learn more.

Why defer the item?

There’s a new more urgent topic — Ukelation!

There’s currently an explosion of ukelation in isolation in online communities, and according to Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music Store, in-store and online ukulele sales are up in music stores across Australia.

In response to our President, David’s suggestion that members reach out to members during the pandemic,  John and I began phoning some of our long-term members. We chose members who are in the high risk category because of their age, and we asked what they’re doing to replace attending jams. Their enthusiastic responses surprised and delighted us.

One member, Loretta de Leede, was very enthusiastic about a new hobby. Like many of our members, Loretta is a music enthusiast, and now a multi-instrumentalist. Determined to improve her keyboard and piano skills, Loretta took to YouTube, and found gold. Loretta’s now whiling away the COVID-iso hours working her way through keyboard & piano tutorials by Karen Ramirez.   Loretta highly recommends visiting Karen’s YouTube channel to work your way through a wealth of eleven years of tutorials.

But let’s also look at the ukulele isolation options.

Ukelation in Aussie Isolation

With regular jams a COVID impossibility, you could be excused for thinking ukes are gathering dust on the shelf. But you’d be wrong! There’s a COVID explosion of ukelation!

Henk Brent

Elaine & Robert Soothill recommend Hank Brent’s online jams. Perhaps you’re familiar with Henk Brent’s brilliant KaraUkey program. Pre-COVID, Henk hosted Karaukey strumfests at the Fox & Hounds Country Inn at the base of Tamborine Mountain. In COVID-iso, Henk’s moved his strumfests online. I contacted Henk and asked if he minded if we joined his closed Facebook group to attend his next jam. Henk’s response was ‘the more the merrier’. Thank you Henk! The strumfest was fantastic. So if you’re at a loose end on a Saturday afternoon, apply to join Henk’s Facebook Strummers.

NUMB BUMS, Len Farina and Lesley Allen are also members of the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Masters (SCUM). They regularly attend SCUM and NUMB BUMS sessions run through ZOOM.

BUMS member, Vic Kena is back in business, offering online individual and group lessons and fabulous first lesson free and family discount offers.

Now that distance is no object, further afield, Stukulele (Stu Eadie) from Uke Mullum (Mullumbimby) is also offering online lessons and online jams. Check out the recording of Stu’s first online jam on the Uke Mullum website.

Covid Collaboration

If you’re willing to weather the time differences (or view the recordings), there’s a wealth of ukelation activities offered by some of our overseas friends.

Manitoba Hal (Brolund) demonstrates that musical collaboration is possible in isolation and across great distances. He’s published a new uplifting song about COVID times. ‘Love, Love Shining Through‘ was written in collaboration with colleagues as part of the Little Acorn Songwriting Challenges group with inspiration from Nicole Colbeck. The musicians who joined Hal in this collaboration are Kay Oh Clay (keyboards and harmony vocals), Kev Corbett on drums, piano, guitar, and tambourine, Riikka Pennanen with harmony vocals, Glen K Amo on harmonica and harmony vocals and John Bowman on guitar. The result is amazing.


And for a little fun, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s contribution to ukelation in isolation is their rendition of The Model from their bathrooms.

Other Overseas Ukelation Activities

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel boosted ukulele spirits across the globe, and promoted other artists through their first ever online ukulele festival. You can view the archived version of the ‘not-so-mini uke fest’ on YouTube. But wait … there’s more … UkeFest # 2 will be held on 2 May 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific Time. More details can be found on Craig and Sarah’s minifest website. Thanks Jim Bills for letting us know about the event, and Liz Crunkhorn for recommending May’s minifest.

Teaching artist and Ukulele Zen touring musician, Stuart Fuchs, offers free online tutorials. If you’re into meditation (or even if you’re not), Stuart’s unique approach might be for you. His tutorials include Ukulele Zen techniques to help you deepen your musical awareness. Follow Stuart on Facebook, or try this YouTube tutorial, Learn to Play “Three Little Birds” | Livestream Lesson | Global Ukulele Meditation
The tutorial works on two songs, “Three Little Birds” & “Keep on the Sunny Side”. Links to the songsheets are provided below the video.

On his Play Ukulele by Ear website, Jim D’Ville offers free tutorials and popup uke sessions.

Cynthia Lin issued a Facebook challenge! Although it officially began on 7 April, you can still start today. As part of The 100 Day Project, Cynthia launched 100 Days of Ukulele Songs 2020! Visit Cynthia’s Patreon site to find out more. Or, you can view Cynthia’s contributions on her Facebook site.

Ukulele Russ & His One Man Frontier Band launched a Fake News Radio show. If you enjoy a truly whacky sense of humour visit Russ’ Facebook site and check out his series
RUSS-TV Alaska’s Fake News Report.

BUMS Ukelation

Not to be outdone, BUMS launched their own ukelation activities for members in isolation. The management committee carefully explored the technicalities of online options and investigated the legal aspects. The result is a plan that ensures the best results for members while observing music copyright.

The phrase, Do Little Things with Great Love, typifies the ukulele movement, and reminds me of our media magician, Jo Kunde. As BUMS Inc Media Manager, Jo pays attention to the little things with such infinite care and enthusiasm, that the bigger things are a masterpiece of her energy and passion. Together with Andrew Hunt, the rest of the management committee, and our regular jam and set leaders, Jo has brought you BUMS Online — a closed Facebook group for BUMS Inc members. To become a member, go to the Extraordinary Membership for Extraordinary Times web post.

But BUMS Online is more than a jam venue. Members are posting open mics, playalongs and mini tutorials. To find out how to video your ukulele tutorial or open mic, read Jo’s advice on the Video Tips for BUMS Online web post.

Take advantage of one or all of the opportunities on offer. And … if you know of more, please let us know by posting your ideas in BUMS Online.

Then … create your own bit of magic to add to ukelation in isolation!

This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and do not know where to begin.

You just got a uke, and are ready to have some fun but feel a bit overwhelmed?
This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and don’t know where to begin. Donna Farrell will teach you the absolute basics.
• How to hold, tune and strum
• How to read chord diagrams
• How to make the chord shapes for the most used chords
By the end of this workshop you will have played several 1,2,3- and maybe even 4-chord songs. Handouts will be provided which will allow you to take your new uke away and start practising.

Wednesday 8 January 2020

10:00 am – Midday

Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Road, Zillmere, Brisbane, QLD 4034


This workshop will give you the basic skills and confidence to join in the uke jams in your area or just play at home.

WHAT TO BRING: Your ukulele, a pen and notebook. A folder for the handouts. A snack & drink for the break.

LEVEL: Absolute beginners who have never played before.

This is a FREE event by Brisbane Ukulele, places are limited and you must book.

BOOK NOW on Trybooking

Please check this page for tips on using Trybooking

Donna Farrell conducts workshops for beginners at Ferny Grove Jams, Kumbartcho Nursery, and leads the popular senior band CHUMS. Donna  presented this workshop at Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in 2019. Donna will be assisted by other BUMS members.

Stukulele brings the Uke Mullum experience to BUMS with this all abilities Sweet Caroline Ukulele Workshop, followed by a jam on Saturday 4 January 2020.

Stukulele brings the popular Uke Mullum experience up to Brisbane with this all abilities and ukulele workshop, followed by a jam.

This simple arrangement of Sweet Caroline has parts for every level of player, every type of ukulele, and even standard and low G tunings! Stu has prepared a series of videos to help you practice your parts and work out the best fingers to use to play the melodies.

DATE: Saturday 4 January
VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street Coorparoo
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
TICKETS: $30  Tickets from Trybooking

Financial BUMS members Tickets $10 with promotion code

Emailed 19/12/2019 & 2/01/2020 SUBJECT: Members Promo Code for January 2020 Ukulele Workshop.
All bookings have a $0.50 ticket fee. Please check this page for tips on booking


Stukulele’s Ukulele Group Workshop is designed to help you see the Ukulele in a new light. Stu will help improve your melody playing and note reading, and to develop a strong sense of timing and rhythm when playing in a group.
This simple arrangement of Sweet Caroline has parts for every level of player, every type of ukulele, and even high G and low G tunings!
Enhance your
• Rhythm
• Melody playing
• Harmony Theory
• TAB Reading …..and more

Stu has prepared a comprehensive series of videos to help you practice your parts and work out the best fingers to use to play the melodies. You’ll fine parts for Standard C AND Low G Tuning. He’s even included downloadable PDFs of the charts for you.

Choose your part (go on challenge yourself!) and get some practice in before the workshop and jam. Absolute complete beginners can sing and strum the chords.

Here’s the link on the Uke Mellum website to get the worksheets. Get a jump on your part!

Stukulele visits BUMS Inc on 4 Jan 2020 with a Workshop & Jam MISSING THE JANUARY BIG UKE JAM?

After the workshop Stukulele, accompanied by our own Cath McCourt on bass, will lead a Jam and give BUMS a taste of what happens at the popular Uke Nights.



Stu Eadie (Stukulele) is a James Hill Certified Level 3 Teacher. He teaches private and group classes for ukulele in and around Mullumbimby, leads Uke Mellum and the popular Uke Night monthly at the Ballina RSL Club.





Join Tom the Pom for 2 workshops and a show in one big night of ukulele fun at Coorparoo Bowls club Friday 18 October 2019

Two workshops and a show on one big night of fun with Tom the Pom.

Come to Tom Harding’s Disco Funk Ukulele Workshop. It’s all about the beat! To get your groove on and feel that rhythm you gotta think like a percussionist. Identify some of the traps that uke players fall into. Counting, grouping  and mutes is what turns a four chord trick into a groove.

Keep the party happening with Tom the Pom Show. One bloke, four strings, loads of tricky chords and a surprising singalong. We’ll end the night on a high playing “One Chord Song with Cheeky Bass Line” with something for everyone from absolute beginners to folks who can juggle parts.

On tour in Queensland during October,Tom is offering this exclusive event just for BUMS in Brisbane.

DATE: Friday 18 October 2019

TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo

BUMS Members: $10 (whopping 60% discount) + $0:50 booking fee – Look out for your members promo code email 28 September 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for October Ukulele Workshop.

Tickets available now at Trybooking


Tom the Pom (Tom Harding) is originally from the UK, lives in the Blue Mountains with his family. Tom loves music, but not traditional music education. Learning shouldn’t be a chore.  Tom’s been teaching for nearly 30 years, and specialises in getting people playing as quickly as possible. Tom’s regular gig is teaching music workshops to groups in schools, corporations, group homes, festivals, parties and more! Tom has also taught ukulele workshops at Springstrum, Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival and Newkulele.

Tom plays percussion, ukulele, guitar and bass, and has recorded an album of percussion under the name Samba Ninja, and a mini album of didgeridoo solos as Tom the Pom. He also leads the ukulele club at his son’s primary school.



Play Music on the Porch Day — Saturday 31 August 2019 — is an international day of music.

Participation is easy. Just gather friends, go outside and play music together. (You don’t really need a porch.) Share a video on your favourite social media with #playmusicontheporchday.

Last year, The CAGE did it. This year The CAGE are inviting all BUMS members to join them. And their ‘porch’ is Captain Burke Park, under the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point. Bring your uke, a chair, and a picnic lunch, and arrive 10:30 am.

If you’re concerned about parking, catch a ferry to the Holman Street Ferry Terminal. You can plan your journey at Translink.

More details will be available closer to the event, or you can email The CAGE band leader, Ian Phillips .

Friends and supporters of The CAGE … please come along and see us in one of our other choral endeavours — Jazzmas in July, Sherwood State School, New Hall, Corner Sherwood Road & Oxley Roads, Sherwood, Brisbane, Queensland, at 5-7 pm on Saturday 27 July.

In a collaboration with the fabulous Jindalee Jazz Orchestra, the musical repertoire adds considerable spice to Christmas standards – enough spice to get your toes tapping and fingers clicking to the smooth and sassy jazz tunes.

Sherwood Hall will become a sparkling winter wonderland with fun activities for the kids, and a delicious Christmas supper after the show.

So don’t miss out on an opportunity to wear your winter woollies (Crazy Christmas Jumpers perhaps?) and enjoy some European-style Christmas festivities right here in Brisbane.

Tickets are available online at Trybooking (
Adult tickets $25; Youth (3-15) tickets $10.

When booking tickets, choose a host name so you can be seated together, e.g. The CAGE, Jam, RSPCA, Terraces, Settlers. Look forward to seeing you there.

Exciting times ahead for northside BUM, Erin Harrington. Erin’s a fabulous performer and terrific ukulele teacher.

Ukulele Rockers
Commencing 15 July 2019, Erin’s establishing a new Ukulele Rockers group ensemble class.

6:30-8:30 pm Monday nights
Grange Baptist Church
197 Wilston Road, Newmarket QLD 4051

To join, you must have basic ukulele knowledge. The group will cover fingerpicking, jams, rhythm and melodies. $15 for pre-bookings, $25 casuals. Bookings essential!!

Email . Download the flyer.

But that’s not all … Erin performs as Miss Elm.  …

Miss Elm Clean Slate Single Launch

On 4 August, she’s launching her new Clean Slate single at The Milk Factory. Come along from 4:00-6:00 pm for a fabulous afternoon of entertainment. Entry is $10. Download the flyer,
or find out more on Facebook,