Strum: Makerspace Ukuleles

What types of ukuleles does the Makerspace have?

We have concert ukuleles and tenor ukuleles for in-house use (must stay in the Makerspace) and for checkout.

Really? I can check out a ukulele at the library?

Yes! They check out for three weeks just like a book and can be renewed if no one is waiting (but chances are someone is waiting!). Check availability for Concert Ukuleles or Tenor Ukuleles.

Can I use the ukuleles in the Makerspace anytime?

You can drop-in to use the ukuleles anytime the room hasn't been reserved. You can check room availability here. As a reminder, an adult must accompany Makerspace users under 6th grade at all times.  

What comes with the ukuleles?

A carrying case (with strap) and tuner.

What resources do you recommend if I am just getting started?  

Ukulele Introduction Tutorial Ukulele Chord Tutorial

            

Our resident ukulele Librarian also recommends the Coveywood YouTube Channel for a collection of ukulele videos from a UK Ukulele teacher with more than 40 years of experience. Ukulele Hunt was created by the author of Ukulele for Dummies. The site includes suggestions on buying a ukulele, in addition to lessons, songs to learn, playing recommendations and more. 5 Fantastic Resources on the Web for Ukulele Players has a list of popular websites for ukulele players, including an online tuner, lessons, songs and more. Check out our book and DVD recommendations below.

       

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How do I tune a ukulele? 

Watch this short Ukulele Tuning Tutorial by our resident ukulele librarian.  5 Fantastic Resources on the Web for Ukulele Players has an online tuner.

Where can I find some songs?

1200+ Best Ukulele Songs and Ukulele Tabs by Richard G is one of the best collections of ukulele songs on the Internet. There are mostly older songs with frequent additions of newer tunes. All are ranked for ease of play and are downloadable. There’s a tip jar if you feel guilty. Also, the HUG Songbook | Halifax Ukulele Gang (H.U.G.) was created by Canadian ukulele lovers. Try Volume 1 and Volume 2. Be careful if you print! At 15 cents a page, printing this at the library may cost more than that toy ukulele you bought on a whim.

Do you have ukulele classes?

Yes! Check the Events Calendar for upcoming workshops.

Where can I play with others?

Kansas City Ukesters – go local! The Ukesters are a local ukulele club that meets monthly. There's lots to learn on their website. If the Ukesters meet too far from home, there’s a list of other local ukulele clubs.