Frequently Asked Questions

It’s been an age since I last updated my About page – I even have hair in that photo. Step 1 in the process: updating the FAQs.

If you’ve got any other questions (or questions about my answers) leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer those too.

General Uke Questions

What’s the strumming pattern for…?

Try following this post on ukulele strumming patterns.

Which ukulele should I buy?

Depends how much you’re spending. I write a bit about this in the Review section (which I also need to get round to updating).

Can you write up tab/chords for…?

Probably not. I get a lot of requests – too many for me to do. You can maximise your chances by being a regular commenter. If you want to request something anyway, it helps to follow these guidelines.

Ads and Promotion Questions

Can I advertise on your site?

No, I don’t have advertising on the site and don’t have any plans to.

Can I send you my CD?

Thanks, but no thanks – I hate CDs these days. I’m very happy to listen to MP3s though. You can get in touch via the contact page or email me at

I wanna be on the podcast.

You can find ways to submit and the submission guidelines on the podcast page .

Can you review my music?

Sorry, no. I don’t do that any more. It’s a very easy way to lose friends. I do sometimes do general big-ups for records.

Can you review my book?

Almost certainly. Send me an email.

Can we send you a ukulele to review?

Thanks, but no thanks.

Can you write about my competition/do a competition with us?

No, I’m really bored of ukulele contests and competitions.

Will you feature my band/video/website?

I’m always happy to hear about new ukulele stuff and I’ll certainly mention anything I like. You can get in touch via the contact page or email me at

Will you mention my gig?

I tend not to feature gigs – my readers are spread around the world so I avoid local stuff unless it’s really big.

Site Questions

Do you know ‘Uke Hunt’ sounds rude when you say it out loud?

I do. I know it puts some people off – that’s the point. If you don’t like bad language and terrible puns, you’re not going to like the site. At all.

What software do you use to make your tabs/chord sheets?

I use Guitar Pro 6 to make the tabs. You can read a full review here: Guitar Pro 6. I do use Sibelius for some stuff as well but I wouldn’t recommend it.

The chord charts are done by an unnecessarily convoluted method involving Pages and Sibelius. I’d recommend using GoChords for more general uses.

There’s a guide to all the stuff I use here.

I’ve bought Ukulele for Dummies, is it worth buying your ebooks?

It’s probably not worth buying How to Play Ukulele Strums or Ukulele 101. There’s much less of a crossover with the other ebooks.

Why didn’t my comment show up? FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

The first time anyone leaves a comment it gets held back for moderation. So give it a little while for me to check. Some times it gets trapped in the spam filter – if you think that’s happened let me know.

If you comment still doesn’t show up ask yourself, “Could that comment have come across a bit dick-ish?” Comment moderation is mostly based on my whims and moods. Whatever I decide, you’re always free to voice your opinions on your own website.

What WordPress theme are you using?

It’s a custom theme by Ben Lew.

About Me

Can I meet you? Do you want to come to…?

I’m really not a people-person. I’ve decided I won’t be going to any ukulele events this year.

You should write a book for schools, you’ll make more money.

I’m not keen on ukuleles being taught in schools at all. I’m anti-school in general. If I have kids they won’t be going to one.

This (not actually a) question is most frequently asked by my mum.

That thing you did/do/said is weird/offensive/stupid.

I know. I can’t help it.

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  1. Zymeck July 20th, 2011 6:52 pm

    You might be a miserable c*nt, but at least you’re OUR miserable c*nt! :D

  2. Melissa July 20th, 2011 6:58 pm

    I had to sit here and say “uke hunt, uke hunt” over and over again until I got it. :P


  3. Hello Jodi July 20th, 2011 7:21 pm

    I think you’re swell, Al.

  4. Stuie July 20th, 2011 8:04 pm

    You should really get some kind of sponsored deals

    -Oh we’re bringing this out, why not try it out for us
    – Sure (Lol free stuff)

    Don’t think people will mind sponsored posts either, as long as they are still objective

  5. Woodshed July 20th, 2011 8:30 pm

    Zym: I think I might make that the new tagline of the site.

    Melissa: I hope you didn’t do that in public!

    Jodi: Thanks! I think you’re swell too.

    Stuie: I’ve got so much junk laying around already.

  6. cardboardfrog July 21st, 2011 12:01 am

    i think the best way to summarise the FAQ is:
    Woodshed’ll do whatever he damn well pleases.
    And we wouldn’t have it any other way!

  7. Stuie July 21st, 2011 2:06 am

    One mans junk is another’s treasure.

  8. J-Hob July 21st, 2011 1:18 pm

    I think you should have an infrequently asked questions page.

  9. Lindy Danny July 21st, 2011 2:16 pm

    At least you are still willing to review our plans for world domination. Right? Right? Awe, come one!!! We’ll make you a general… Maybe give you Brazil as a consultant fee???


  10. Mike July 21st, 2011 2:58 pm

    My company will never forget the day I announced in the lunch room that I’d been reading this great blog called Uke Hunt. In the aftermath of three simultanious spit-takes I decided not to explain myself. Everyone’s happier that way, I think.

    And I’m wondering what thing you do that’s weird/offensive/stupid, because the site doesn’t really fit any of those descriptions. But again, maybe everybody’s happier not knowing.

    Sincere thanks, Woodshed, for everything!

  11. Woodshed July 21st, 2011 3:11 pm

    cbf: Hahaha! Yes, that about sums it up.

    Stuie: Some of my junk is very junky.

    J-Hob: Good idea. What questions would be on that?

    Lindy: Of course! All potential despots are welcome.

    Mike: The most common in each of those categories. Stupid: tabbing out unpopular stuff rather than Billionaire. Offensive: The name, occasionally swearing. Weird: Jokes that are misunderstood.

  12. J-Hob July 21st, 2011 3:24 pm

    Maybe the questions that you would like to answer, but have never been asked.

    Or a collection of answers to the most stupid questions that you’ve been asked and had previously dismissed as not worth answering.

    Or it could just be an entirely arbitrary list of questions made up by yourself on the spot.

    Here’s one for starters: How many teaspoons do you own and do you have a favourite?

  13. tjvonp July 21st, 2011 4:02 pm

    “Do you know ‘Uke Hunt’ sounds rude when you say it out loud?” I have been reading this blog for over two years and I never noticed that.

  14. Vincent July 21st, 2011 9:14 pm

    that was weird/offensive/stupid!

  15. cardboardfrog July 22nd, 2011 1:26 am

    infrequently asked question:
    what kind of finish best protects ukuleles from beer spillage?

  16. Anya July 22nd, 2011 3:20 am

    Do you know ‘Uke Hunt’ sounds rude when you say it out loud?

    bahahha. i was talking to my friend about this site one day and he pointed that out! i hadn’t noticed after months of reading haha.

  17. Carrie Griffin July 22nd, 2011 5:00 pm

    Extremely Important Infrequently Asked Question For Clumsy People:

    What is the highest height you can drop a ukulele from without having any major worries about breakage?

    This is an actual question that I asked one of those Apple Genius Bar guys when I got my computer. He was not amused.

  18. An Idle Dad July 23rd, 2011 12:24 pm

    Oh, my pet hate is “Such and such school is now teaching ukulele” like I should be really pleased. You, sir, may be the last sane man alive.

    Question: you cool if I get the uke hunt graphic tattooed across my chest, yeah?

  19. Woodshed July 23rd, 2011 12:41 pm

    J-Hob: Sounds like a good idea: ’10 things I want to ramble about that no one wants to hear’.

    tjvonp and Anya: You can congratulate yourselves on having clean minds.

    Vincent: I know. I can’t help it.

    cbf: I’m sure you’ve got a much better idea than me on that.

    Carrie: I’m more of a smasher than a dropper. And he calls himself a genius?

    An Idle Dad: That’s cool with me. Take a picture!

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