Heading to ukulele heaven

23:53, Sep 20 2012
The Shorecooleles
ROCK OUT: Organiser Avon Hansen-Beadle, far left in the front row, and East Coast Bays ukulele group The Shorecooleles will be at the Hibiscus Ukulele Convention on Thursday.

They have been tuning their ukuleles and practising their G chords and now North Shore's own ukulele rockstars are ready to have some fun.

The Shorecooleles - a collective of ukulele players from the East Coast Bays area - will be attending the inaugural Hibiscus Ukulele Convention in Orewa on October 27.

The convention is a chance to network and improve skills, organiser Avon Hansen-Beadle says.

The Shorecooleles
ROCK OUT: Organiser Avon Hansen-Beadle, far left in the front row, and East Coast Bays ukulele group The Shorecooleles will be at the Hibiscus Ukulele Convention on Thursday.

And playing the uke is not just for kids, she says.

"It's the first thing that's really done for advancing adults' learning."

It's a "friendly little instrument" and always makes ukulele player and Shorecooleles member Kaye Hall happy.

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Fellow member John Howlett says ukulele classes are great for meeting people and networking.

For many adults who never learned to play an instrument, the ukulele is easy with four strings and singing along boosts self-esteem, Ms Hansen-Beadle says.

All-day workshops and a masterclass will be held, followed by a concert by international group The Nukes that night.

Videos from other ukulele groups from around the world will be broadcast as a special treat for attendees, Mr Howlett says.

Non-ukulele players are more than welcome to attend, he says.

The convention runs 9.30am to 10pm on October 27.

Day passes including a concert ticket are $50.

Concert only tickets are $20.

Go to ukuleleheaven.co.nz.

North Shore Times