Miss Elm hosts a 60s & 70s Beginners Ukulele Workshop!

Go back in time with us as we jive through the 60s and 70s learning some of your favourite songs from The Beatles, Beach Boys and more!

Come dressed for swinging into the 60s and 70s as we sing and strum the night away.


Thursday 13 May, 7:00-9:00pm


Jumping Goats Bar, 4/295 Oxley Ave, Margate Qld 4019

Find out more

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Get started with a good foundation.

Linda Gough’s six-week beginner’s course takes you from the very beginning.

  • How to hold your uke.
  • How to tune your uke.
  • How to strum.
  • Your first 10 Chords
  • How to play a blues progression
  • Introduction to finger-picking
  • Techniques on how to sing and play at the same time.

Includes a folder with lots of popular and playable songs.

Date/Time and Place

Linda will run two courses at Arana Hills – one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

Starts Tuesday 6 July at 1:00 pm and 5:45 pm.  Each lesson runs for 1 hour.

Venue is the meeting rooms at the Arana Hills Church of Christ.

Click here for map.  2 Bringelly St, Arana Hills


$120 for the whole six-week program

BOOK NOW: 0431 391 888

What can I expect?

A welcoming and friendly group.

After the 6 weeks, classes will continue for another 10 weeks (depending on up take) at a casual rate of $15 an hour to extend your skills. This will give you enough confidence to join Linda’s groups who meet every Tuesday.

Daytrippers: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Nightriders: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The groups meet at Arana Hills Church of Christ every Tuesday @ a cost of $15 a class. These groups will give you the opportunity to perform at community and charity events in the future.



Beginner’s start-up workshop

Join us for a workshop demonstrating all the exciting things that the ukulele has to offer.  It will be hosted by Miss Elm – a ukulele expert and endorsed Lanikai Artist.

SUNDAY 11th APRIL, 1:00PM (Brisbane Time AEST)

Topics covered:

Learning Basic Ukulele Chords
Making your Uke into a percussive instrument


Miss Elm is a professional touring and recording artist. She will give a performance demonstrating of lots of cool things you can do with the ukulele!

Signing up

Join us online, become a Ukulele Rocker and tune in anywhere around the world for this free workshop!

Booking through Eventbrite



Kick start 2021 with the VIP Ukulele Rockers Group!

Do you want to take your playing to a new level? The February Ukulele Rockers program is a fun and transforming journey for anyone wanting to build up their musical practice, feel inspired and experience what is truly possible. 

In this 3 month intensive online program, the ukulele is used as a gateway for finding your own unique path. You may experience healing, creative confidence, fun, joy, performance and so much more in the program. The program is tailored to the goals of each participant within the group.

Commencing February 2021. 

Limited spots available!  Inquire by emailing

Some of the Areas Covered

  • Strumming from beginner to advanced techniques (straight and swing styles, hand percussion, triplet and rhythm creation)
  • Reading tab and fingerpick scales from beginner to intermediate levels
  • Understanding the basics behind the music
  • Unlocking the keys to creating on the ukulele
  • Creative collaboration with group members
  • Learning how to riff
  • How to play along to your favourite songs
  • Singing and Playing
  • Chord knowledge, games and theory


You’ll walk away with more confidence to share and express yourself.  Expect a boost in your creativity.  Be prepared to be inspired, find a new perspective and new musicianship skills.  Make connections to like-minded individuals and gain a better understanding of your own authentic style. 


Always wanted to know more about music?

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 .

Would you like to improve your ability to play ukulele and sing solo and with others?

Come jam with us …

BUMS is planning a jam leaders course designed to build performance confidence.  The aim of the program is to develop your skills so you can create and lead a set at a jam.  Playing at jams is a great stepping-stone to performing at a wider range of events.

The proposed program would run over 12 weeks  and require fortnightly attendance at six weekend workshops. You will be expected to complete practical and theoretical ‘homework’ between workshops. You will also be encouraged to collaborate with others to plan and lead a set.


The workshops will cover:

  • planning a set for a jam,
  • formatting songsheets using the BUMS standard format
  • basic singing skills
  • playing ukulele for jams
  • setting up and using PA equipment
  • lots of practice in playing in front of a small crowd.

Call for Expressions of Interest

BUMS is seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to join the program.  If we have enough interest, we can move to develop the program further.

We are also seeking expressions of interest from members with performance experience who are willing to present segments or mentor the participants during the twelve-week period.

If you are interested, please email your contact details and suburb to Peter Grace at by Sunday 6 September 2020.

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 .

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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.

The flood and the drought!

Over 20 people registered for the February Mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp, and 8 people were on the waiting list. Making sure no absolute beginner missed out was our priority. We asked people who felt that they’d mastered C, F & G7 to relinquish their places to absolute beginners on the waiting list.

The result? Fortunately, there were several generous ‘beginners’ gave up their places to ‘absolute beginners’. Sadly, one person decided not to learn ukulele, a couple sent unavoidable last-minute apologies, and several were unexplained no-shows. Unfortunately, that’s common with free events.

A grand total of eight people (including two very brave and well-organised baritone beginners) attended the February Mini Absolute Beginners Bootcamp. The unprecedent last-minute dropout rate at first seemed a little alarming … but upon reflection it was good news.

Many early Bootcamp registerers jumped in very early. Knowing they had hit their straps, jamming before February, was very heartening. Thanks to the wonderful January and February beginners’ sessions run by Donna, Linda and Erin those new to ukulele in 2020 were off to a flying start.

Bootcamp’s a Bargain

But our February Mini Bootcamp group was amazing. They whizzed through four hours work in two, and had a great time doing it.

As with most Bootcamps, we surveyed participants after the session to find out what they thought.

Kim summed up the feedback we received from most participants.

“I absolutely loved the session. The leaders were warm, welcoming and well-prepared.  The lesson flowed and allowed time to practise skills as well as play songs. It was a wonderfully uplifting and joy- filled experience, and I’ve been raving about it ever since.”

Gary pointed out the advantage of learning in a smaller group.

“We were a small group of “newbies”, therefore, it wasn’t as intimidating as a room full of people would have been. We were all made welcome and were relaxed. Although we were a small group, we had three people helping us, which meant that we all received assistance when it was needed. We were also encouraged along the way. I was amazed that after such a short period of teaching, we were all actually playing and singing songs together! I was elated that I could do this and wanted more.”

Bootcamp Take-Away

February’s Bootcampers shared some things they valued from the session.

  • It’s about having fun, and not to worry.
  • Learnt so many new chords and played songs in such a short time.
  • The ‘teacher-student’ ratio.
  • The benefits of using a neck strap.
  • Learnt the basics of how to read music.
  • Social learning was more fun than anticipated.
  • Made friends with people with similar interests to practice with and attend jams.
  • Learnt how to strum.
  • Using the Z chord.
  • Practice is the key.

What Beginners Want!

We asked what Bootcampers felt they needed moving forward. Bootcampers want. Like many Bootcampers, they found that once home alone, it wasn’t quite the same. So they said they want:

  • A beginners’ jam!
  • Chord diagrams placed on songsheets, so they don’t scroll off the page by the time you need them.
  • Tips on how to remember chord changes and progressions.
  • Learn to fingerpick.
  • Followup Beginners’ Bootcamp sessions.
  • More options for baritone players.
Mini Absolute Beginners Bootcamp

February 2020 Mini Absolute Beginners group at Bulimba BCC Library.

East of West Performance and Ukulele Masterclass with Philip Griffin held on Sunday February 16th 2020.

Folk Redlands put on an excellent afternoon which included a Ukulele Masterclass Workshop with Philip Griffin. Prior to the workshop we were treated to some fantastic world folk, Balkan and Middle Eastern music played on oud and double bass with various hand percussion. Philip, Malindi and Goran were all virtuoso musicians and told us a bit of history about the instruments and the tunes. You could hear a pin drop as everyone was enthralled by the performance which was totally acoustic and unplugged.

There was a very good turn out of interested spectators and uke players who stayed for the workshop after the performance. There were quite a few BUMs on seats (pardon the pun) to learn a Venezuelan tune called La Perica (The Parrot) arranged by Philip. There were 3 ukulele parts – strumming, picking and the melody line, also a part for baritones and a part for the U bass. It was surprising how quickly all the parts came together within an hour as an ensemble and how good it sounded.

All in all it was an enjoyable and very educational afternoon.

For more of Philips music check out his website

Reviewed by Julie (aka Mama Juju


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Folk Redlands Inc. is a not for profit organisation run by a dedicated committee of volunteers. Established in 2005, Folk Redlands aims to build a music community, supporting local and visiting artists and lovers of Folk, Acoustic, Original, Traditional or Contemporary music in a friendly relaxed environment.

They hold events every 3rd Sunday at Redlands Modern Country Music Club, 226 Cleveland Redland Bay Rd, Thornlands (Pinklands Reserve). Check their website for more details and a calendar of events.