We were happy to be a part of this year's Learn to Play Day at Forsyth Music Shop, Manchester on Saturday.
Throughout the day, a steady stream of young, and not-so-young, enthusiastic beginners came to pick our brains about starting to play the ukulele. The group workshop with Simon from Chorlton Ukulele Group had about 40 people learning the chords from "Get Lucky" - let's hope that gave everyone's uke playing career a good kick-start!
There's no doubt that the iUke has been the most talked-about development in the ukulele market this year.
We expect demand to be high in the run up to Christmas so do check your local store to see when their Christmas stock will be arriving.
In the meantime, here's a festive scene to get you in the mood!
If you bought the brilliant ukulele special edition of Guitars Technique recently, you may have tried to link to our Facebook page by scanning the QR-code.
For some reason, the printed version won't scan.
If you've made the effort to look up this website, "Thank You" and here is the link to our Facebook page, where you'll find the most up to date news from Stones Music!
Now you can view, drool over and buy the complete range of Timber Tones picks in one place! The slope-top unit complements other pick displays and there's no mistaking the fact that this is where the premium picks live.
Along the front edge you'll see the Timber Tones lettering etched into the panel. If your local store doesn't have one of these, ask them why not! (Go easy on them, though, these are only just available and getting one is probably on their to-do list!)
Great news for 2012 - we are now distributing RISA instruments. Check out the recent piece in MI Pro here
Our friends at LogJam launched the ProLog Stompbox in front of a select audience of press and friends in the Venusberg Bar, Frankfurt, at last month's MusikMesse. The ProLog builds on the success of the Logarhythm, with the addition of an integral heel and toe board and an improved response and more comfortable use. Check your Logarhythm stockist to find out when they'll be receiving their stock.
Great news for uke strummers! In addition to the popular leather Jumping Cow picks, we're happy to introduce felt picks. Check 'em out at your nearest Jumping Cow dealer but remember, if it doesn't say "Jumping Cow", it isn't a Jumping Cow!
Soft natural wool felt and harder synthetic felt offer a variety of tones. Not sure sure which one to buy? Get one of each and try 'em!
Our first shipment of Wolfeleles arrived last month.
The Wolfelele is a self-build ukulele kit, which is available to buy off the shelf or by taking part in uke-building workshops.
Ask your local music store if they have plans to host a workshop and get building!
Check out our Wolfelele gallery for inspiration and then post a photo of your finished Wolfelele!
The new Stones Music Catalogue is now online at Issuu.com. The catalogue now features the range of Uuru ukuleles, including the brand new Manako (Mango wood) and Koa models. You can access it to read or download here
I was pleased to meet up with Paul Kappa and Martin Byrne in Liverpool yesterday, where they took delivery of six GSL5 linkstraps. Having bought one last year, Paul described it as "the best guitar strap in the world" - note the lack of the word "probably"!
A veteran of hundreds of gigs around his native Merseyside and worldwide, Paul has played with numerous world-class musicians before becoming The Amazing Kappa Band in 2002.
Check them out at www.amazingkappa.com