This step-by-step guide will take the mystery and stress out of starting an ukulele group. If you’ve been thinking about starting a group, or if you already lead one and want to learn some new tips, tricks & resources from successful groups around the world, check out this book.

You also get a 44-page ukulele group directory.

“The #1 goal of ukulele players around the world is to have fun! How to Start and Grow Your Ukulele Group is a made-to-order catalyst for helping ukulele groups germinate, grow and have FUN doing it! – Kimo Hussey, ukulele player and teacher”

–Uncle Kimo Hussey

“‘How To Start and Grow Your Ukulele Group’ provides us with the perfect structure to do just that. Thank you, Joshua Waldman, for giving us this gift. I’m sure it will have a great impact on Happy Strummers throughout the world. I strongly recommend everyone to get a copy.”
— Ukulele Mike Lynch

“A philosophical journey through the highs and lows of running a ukulele group with useful tips for anyone who wants to do the same thing.”

–Tom Hodgkinson, Author of The Freedom Manifesto and editor for The Idler, Idler.co.uk

“How to Start and Grow Your Ukulele Group, is the ultimate template for a mass revolution in America. It opens the door for all of us to become participants in the grassroots, organic movement to sing and strum together as one nation!”

–Lil Rev, author of The Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Series www.lilrev.com

“This book is chock-full of great advice, ideas and easy-to-understand steps that will get you on your way to starting your own Ukulele Group. I also sense that the author understands the ‘Aloha Spirit’ and if you are in tune with his vibe it will make creating your group a wonderful endeavor.”

–Stuart Yoshida, Host of the OokTown Podcast – “Where we talk about all things ukulele.” https://ooktown.com/podcasts

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 5
What to Expect in this Book 8
How to Read this Book 9
First, Evaluate Your Commitment 10
Why Start a Local Ukulele Group Anyway? 11
Disclaimer 16
DECIDE ON YOUR GROUP’S FORMAT 18
Jam Session Format 19
Frequency 29
Group Size 33
Picking Your Songs 37
Song Resources 41
An Important Note of Copyright Law 43
TOOLS TO MANAGE YOUR UKULELE GROUP 45
Onsong 48
Mailchimp 50
Dropbox 54
Facebook Private Group 57
Website 58
SEO basics 64
Tools Summary 68
ORGANIZING YOUR FIRST MEETING 70
Finding a venue 71
Setting the tone 73
Jam Agenda 78
Staying Together 82
How to Lead Others 86
GETTING THE WORD OUT 92
Social Media 93
Partnerships 98
Posters & Community 100
Meetup.com 103
KEEPING UP THE MOMENTUM 106
Habits & Checklists 107
Concerts 109
Community Events 112
Celebrate Your Successes 115
Mentoring Co-leaders 117
COMMON MISTAKES 123
Not Changing Your Songs from Time to Time 123
Talking About Politics or Religion 125
A Note About Race 126
Resources 128
Where to find songs 128
Checklists and Workflows for Running an Ukulele Group 129
Directory of all groups 135
Acknowledgements 136
About Joshua Waldman 137
Join Our Community of Ukulele Group Leaders 138

Joshua Waldman

Joshua Waldman, along with his wife Lily, founded the Tigard Ukulele Group in 2015 because he wanted to play more ukulele, more often with his neighbors. Starting with seven people in his living room, the Tigard Ukulele Group now hosts up to 30 people each week, plays concerts and hosts several workshops each year. Joshua Waldman is also the author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies, in 2012.

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