Windsor Ukulele Band

All are welcome. Fun rehearsals on Tuesday evenings (7.00pm) at…

The Swan, Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire, UK, SL4 5JG

Swan

Just bring a Ukulele and a smile. No Fee. No previous experience necessary.

Upcoming Gigs

Sunday 11th August 2.00pm – Live at The Bandstand, Alexandra Gardens

Friday 16th August 8.00pm – Swanfest at The Swan, Clewer

may 2024 - for Reene
may 2024 - The Swan
may 2024 - Windsor
swanfest

‘Swanfest’ 13th August 2023

Song List with chords (pdf)

Here are the songs we are currently playing for 2024. If you have a new song you want to play with us, come along on a Tuesday. We are up for pretty much anything.

Who is in the Windsor Ukulele Band?

You are! If you want to play… Welcome to the band.

Don’t worry too much if you don’t know how to play, you will pick it up soon enough. just come along and have fun. You don’t even need to be able to read music to be in our band.

Why play the Ukulele?

The ukulele is the perfect instrument for people who think they can’t play music.

  • Ukes are small and portable, so you can take them with you wherever you go.
  • Ukes only have four strings, so they are easy to learn at any age.
  • Ukes are not very loud; practice without disturbing your neighbours.
  • Ukes are just plain fun!

So get yourself a ukulele, join the Windsor Ukulele Band and next year you could be headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury… (well, we can always dream).

Frequently asked Questions

Q: Is it really free to join the Windsor Ukulele Band?

A: Yes, we don’t charge anything because we don’t want to exclude people. The wonderful Swan Pub are currently letting us use a room for rehearsals for free, so we all try and buy a drink to say thank you, but it is not obligatory.

Q: Is the Ukulele really easy to learn?

A: When beginners join the band after just a few weeks of practice they begin to sound pretty good. Because there are quite a few of us, it is OK to stop if you get lost and rejoin the tune when you are ready.

Q: What if I can’t read music?

A: Most of the band cannot read music. We learn the chords (basic shapes for the left hand) and strum a rhythm with the right hand. Who needs to read music.

Q: How much time is required?

A: We meet for two hours on a Tuesday night. Aside from that, you decide how much time you spend ‘practicing’ which is just another way of saying having fun.

Q: Is it all old George Formby tunes?

A: There is nothing wrong with George but of the hundreds of songs we have played so far, only once have we tackled a Formby song.

Q: Which size of Ukulele should I get.

A: it doesn’t matter if you have a tiny soprano, a concert or a larger tenor. They all work in the same way. If you know how to play guitar you might want to use a baritone but that has a different tuning to the others so not recommended for complete beginners.

Q: Can I bring other instruments too?

A: Sure why not. Lets see what works!

Q: Will I have to sing?

A: Not if you don’t want to. However if you like singing that’s brilliant. And if you know anyone who doesn’t want to play ukulele but does want to sing with a band… bring them along. Same goes for drummers, saxophonists, mandolin players, triangle players, you name it. Bring ’em along and lets make some noise.

Q: Who is in charge?

A: Nobody is in charge. We are all in it for the fun. Chris Brown founded the group (in February 2023) and he runs the website for us, but we play whatever the group agrees to.