Beginner Class

While teaching a three-day residential beginner ukulele course recently I found myself wondering what we might achieve in such a short space of time. I mean, I could show my eleven retirement-age students the basics, but to properly play takes time for brain and body...

Charity – Sweet or Unsweet?

I want to thank Marian in British Columbia, Canada who asks, “How do you choose which charity (i.e., unpaid) gigs you do? I think it can be a tricky line to walk, because unpaid gigs can be a great way for musicians, who are just starting out, to get experience and...

First Gig After a Year of Lockdown

It finally happened, Saturday June 5, 8pm – the first indoor gig for McShane and Shaw in well over a year. It’s been a year of not exercising the muscle of live performance and while some have used this time to learn musical instruments many in the performing...

10 Tips to Help You Choose a Ukulele

If you are a fairly novice player and don’t know about stringed instruments it’s nice to have an experienced player with you to help you choose your instrument. But that may not be possible and, ultimately, it is you who will live with the choice. So if you can do the...

Wings are Handy Things

Getting three chickens, at the start of last year’s lockdown, prompted my friends to ask if I knew what I was letting myself in for. Clarifying, they followed up with the question, “In about four years, when they stop laying, how are you going to feel about...

The Perfect Musical Partnership

First of all, thanks for your messages and for subscribing to my new youtube music-video: Your Car’s Too Big If you haven’t seen it go now! Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzx7kbfSkAU Apparently, some of you found it so catchy you were...
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