Straight vs Swing

This well made video explains the different usages of Straight and Swing time rhythms.

Ukulele Cheat Sheet!

This is a sample of page one.

No, we aren’t suggesting you cheat on your taxes, or your spouse! Use the blue button below to download the 2 page PDF.

The Skeptical Guitarist sent it along, and here’s what he says:

Ukulele Cheat Sheet is a useful alternative to the dozens of chord charts that show all 4 billion possible ukulele chords.  To wit, the A#m7b5 chord or the E#9dim7 chord.  You will never use these chords, nor thousands like them.  And in an effort to squeeze all these useless chords onto one chart, they become MICROSCOPIC.  On MY chart, the front side shows the most common chords grouped into the most common keys in LARGE friendly diagrams, showing the overlap from key to key and acknowledging the different roles of chords within keys.  On the back, you’ll find a chord dictionary of the Major, Seventh and Minor chords for the main chord types (C, G, F, etc.) plus some of the more interesting and useful variations.  Insert it into your 3-hole punch song book for easy reference at the picking part.

Download the Cheat Sheet

More books and sheets available here: 
(Ask about the PUG discount)

How to read music: Repeats

This short video helps explain all the types of repeat sections and how they are played. We confront them every time we use Big Yellow!

Picnic Pics!

Our annual PUGnic (OK I just made that up) took place at Granite Creek Park on Sunday, Sept. 17.  Those of us who missed the Cardinals game to attend were comforted with much food, drink, music and merriment ! Here are a few photos.

If you have more photos, please email them to 


News from August meeting!

Your steering committee has decided to add a second (optional – if groups volunteer) Spotlight Performance at monthly meetings that will happen after the break.  Spotlight performances are requested to be under 6 minutes long.  Groups, please contact Dougal with a request (if you don’t have his email send one here & it will be forwarded).

PUG has been offered a performance slot at the Yavapai Co. Fair which takes place at the Fair Street grounds in Prescott.  Our performance is scheduled for Saturday 9/9, at 11 am.  We’ll perform core songs together as a group and sub groups will be scheduled, too. More Info Here

Speaking of Core Songs, please check the Songbook Page on this site if you are missing printouts.  We’ll be updating the Core Songs List and Notes soon.

Next month we’ll have Kanikapila as the spotlight #1 performer, and we’ll be practicing core songs for the Fair performance.

Aloha ~

PS – Y’all looked lovely in the group shot which will be posted soon!

Your Photographer hard at work!


New Photo Gallery and Video Pages

We have a new Photo Gallery page where you’ll see pics from recent PUG performances and events! Swing on by and take a look.

On our Video page, you can check out Spotlight Performances from our monthly meetings.


PUG is pleased to share video lessons from our meetings here.

How to Practice Effectively

This fascinating YouTube video from TedEd has some great tips for practicing anything (including ukulele playing) and explains a bit of the brain science behind it.

11 PUG Core Songs!

At last night’s meeting (Oct. 6), our fearless instructor, Steve Edwards shared his Secret Dream with the group.  That is, some day, he will get in front of us, name one of these 11 songs, and we’ll just start playing!

There are some notes available for these songs  on our Song Book Page.  However, these notes may need updating.  VOLUNTEERS?  ANYONE? Contact us.

Strum: Up-Down-Up-Mute

Walkin’ After Midnight
King of the Road
Lion Sleeps Tonight

Strum: Down-Down-Up-Up-Down (Calypso)

Sloop John B
Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Strum: Mute-Up-Mute-Up

Oblah Di
One Love


Don’t Fence Me In
Hey, Good Lookin’ (see image below)


Five Foot Two


Pearly Shells