Next Beginners and Improvers Session

Beginners Improvers at Velmore Community Centre
Monday 28th May (Bank Holiday so format slightly different)

Welcome back for more Ukulele wonderfulness.

If you can’t make Monday evenings, check out for other beginners and singalong sessions

New beginners very welcome. Sessions for new beginners are in the Cornwall room (smaller room nearest to Kent Road). There will be a sign with directions when you enter the centre.


Doors open at 7 pm (no entry to hall before 7pm)

We start playing at 7.15 pm. See info for beginners


Velmore Community Centre, Falkland Road, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, SO53 3GY

Here is a link to a map of the location There is some parking at the back of the community centre/church and some more at the front of the shops which are just next door to it, so you should be able to park quite close to it.

They don’t have a bar, although they allow you to bring your own drinks (within reason) and they have a little kitchen, where it’s possible to make tea and coffee. You can bring your own milk and teabags or pay to use the centre’s


There will be a charge of £2 each*.  There is usually a spare uke to use during the evening (on a first-come-first-served basis, right- or left-handed ukes available), if you would like to have a try before you buy your own. Advice is also available on buying ukes and setup issues.

Bringing children

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page if you would like to bring children along with you.

Songs – Please print off and bring the songsheets for the session(s) you want to do:

First Half – 7.15 to 8.10pm

Smaller Room New Beginners – not on this week as it is a Bank Holiday so we are all in the main hall

Introductory session for new beginners and those who have only been coming for a few weeks and are still learning the basics. No previous experience necessary. We will be using the new beginner’s song book version 3. We will have copies available for a small donation. There will also be some spare ukes available.

‘Strummer of Love’ Songbook can be bought on the night for £1.20 or downloaded from UBG website :-

First part – Singalong with Jane and Phil  (all from Strummer of Love book)
59th Bridge Street Song
Georgie Girl
Black Velvet band
Happy Together
I think we’re alone now
There’s a kind of hush
Daydream Believer
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Flowers in the rain
If you’re going to San Francisco
Puppet on a String
Ruby Tuesday
Yellow Submarine
Waterloo Sunset
The Letter
Green green grass of home

Can’t take my eyes off of you

All you need is love
Brown eyed Girl

Second part – Singalong with Jane and Phil (all from B& I or SUJ song lists as stated)

Penny Lane         (B&I Song List)
Itchycoo Park       (B&I Song List)
And then I kissed her    (B&I Song List)
A Whiter Shade of Pale   (B&I Song List)
Strawberry Fields Forever         (B&I Song List)
Baby I love you              (SUJ Song list)
Hi Hi Silver Lining          (SUJ Song list)

Fingerpicking is no longer available at Velmore but anyone interested should contact Rosemary Bock via her website, Ukulele Time or by ringing 023 8026 2083.

Noodling for beginners –  not on this week as it is a Bank Holiday so we are all in the main hall

Noodling caters for new players, people who love to sing and experts. Come along to learn the part you feel suits you – you can just sing, just strum, just pick or mix and match, using new songs and old favourites in the UBG book: Riffs, Rhythms and Harmonies

You can buy a copy for £6.75 – It contains 72 songs, all of which have an interesting pick, noodle or harmony. That’s cost price or you can print it yourself if you prefer.

Getting Started

If you are a complete beginner, there are some tips, suggestions and links to videos for beginners on our Beginners and Improvers homepage.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

*) The charge of £2 covers room hire, equipment and running costs of the group. Should there be any surplus after deduction of costs, this will be donated to charity. Details of donations will be published on the Fundraising page of the website.