Australian Mike Jackson will bring his unique ukulele teaching skills to Music rooms and selected music stores this month. He will be giving free uke lessons to children and adults in store, with a promise that anyone can play the instrument in half an hour. The author of 10 Uke ‘N Play books and with 37 albums to his name, Mike has been playing and teaching uke for over 60 years. Born in Lincolnshire, Mike emigrated to Melbourne over 40 years ago, and has since gone on to teach thousands of pupils aged 8-80 how to play and enjoy the uke.
Watch Mike teach Uke HERE
Uke ‘N Play with Mike Jackson at the following stores:
Saturday 18th March, 11am – JG Windows Gateshead: intu Metrocentre, 16 Garden Walk, Yellow Quadrant, Gateshead NE11 9XY.
2pm – JG Windows Newcastle: 1-7 Central Arcade, Newcastle NE1 5BP.
First discovered when Madeiran immigrants took it to Hawaii in the 19th century, by the 20th century Georges Formby and Harrison were both huge uke fans, and Jimi Hendrix had learned to play one before he even picked up a guitar. Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift are all uke players, and in the 21st century ukulele playing is seeing a massive resurgence in popularity. Estimates are that ukes are now more popular as a first instrument than the recorder. Portable and fun, children and adults can play quickly with ease.
Uke ‘N Play with Mike Jackson at home with his best selling songbooks:
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