James has been learning to play the ukulele since his daughter swapped her soprano uke for a netbook back in 2016. At first he thought it would be all strum-strum-strum (and there’s nothing wrong with that), but he has learned that the ukulele can produce deep toned melodies and amazing fingerpicking-over-chords (although whether James can is another matter).
He now plays a tenor ukulele which has 18 frets and reentrant tuning to GCEA – 180 different chords and probably three times as many ways of playing them. Like most beginners, James started with tabs but is now learning music theory so he can read staves. He has an excellent music teacher who is guiding him through his RGT exams and showing him how to get the most out of playing music.