First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

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, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

Last term Caitlyn and I had the chance to take part in Ukulele Club at school with Pembrokeshire Springboard.  It was great fun and even when it finished for the summer holidays we decided to keep on learning this instrument.  The kids have always had ukuleles over the years but this was the first time we actually learnt how to tune them,  play the notes and easy chords,  put a song together and keep it up.   We were looking forward to a new term so Caitlyn could resume lessons and we are trying to get funding to continue the ukulele club (wish us luck).

We are delighted that Smyths Toys have sent us a new First Act Discovery Ukulele to review and also one to give away to our readers.  Read on to find out more about the First Act Discovery Ukulele and how one lucky reader can win one:

First Act Discovery Ukulele

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

At just £14.99 the First Act Discovery Ukulele is an affordable instrument to begin to learn with.  It arrived boxed and packaged well so would make a great gift for the child in your life.  It’s a real playable instrument that offers your child the chance to enjoy a fun hobby.  It’s suitable from age 6 and above.

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

Tuning Your First Act Discovery Ukulele

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

When you first strum your ukulele straight from the box it won’t sound great.  You need to tune your ukulele.  Dave and Rebecca are guitar players and like to tune by ear but as Caitlyn and I are learning we still use an app.

In ukulele club we were taught to tune our strings using a simple song:

“My (G) Dog (C) Has (E) Fleas (A)”

Other people just sing the notes as they tune:

“Ggg Ccc Eee Aaa”

One thing I have noticed since playing the ukulele is the newer the uke, the more quickly they fall out of tune.  However the more you play them the longer they begin to remain in tune so make sure you practice lots and always tune your uke before you start playing and as and when it falls out of tune.

Playing the Open Notes

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

Once tuned you can learn the open string names:  G C E A .   Again you can use a mnemonic, such as “Good Children Eat Apples” to help you remember- it’s fun to make up your own mnemonic too.

Learning Ukulele Chords

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

The great thing about learning the ukulele is you only need to learn a couple of chords and you can play whole songs.  I think it’s important for children (and adults) to learn songs as soon as they can to give them a sense of satisfaction.  I know that I get bored just practising notes and chords but I love playing and singing along to songs.

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

C Chord on Ukulele

The very first ukulele chord that we learnt was C.  To play a C chord take your third finger (ring finger) and hold down the A string at the third fret (between the second and third fret wires).  Practice strumming this chord.

F Chord on Ukulele

The second chord that we learnt to play was the F chord.  Use your index finger to hold the E string at the first fret.

Use your middle finger to hold the g string at the second fret.  Arch your fingers to make sure you leave C and A strings open.

Strum your ukulele!

Songs Using C and F Cord

Now you can play your first songs using just chords C and F, such as Skip to my Lou and You Are My Sunshine.  When you’ve learnt more chords you can play an even jazzier version!

Skip to my Lou

F

Skip, skip, skip to my lou

C

Skip, skip, skip to my lou

F

Skip, skip, skip to my lou

C

Skip to my lou, my darling!

You Are My Sunshine

C

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,

you make me

F

Happy when skies are

C

grey

You’ll never

F

Know, dear, how much I

C

Love you.

Please don’t take my

F

Sunshine

C

a-way

 

, First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway

It is such a  happy feeling to be able to play and sing these simple songs together. It’s nice for me and Caitlyn to have started this new hobby together, having four kids it’s lovely to have something special to share with each child.   Once you’re confident with each set of chords, learn some more.  We’re not perfect by any means (I still need lots of “strumming practice” I’ve definitely not a “natural”) but it’s all good fun.  Anyone can learn the ukulele and should give it a go!

 

Caitlyn loves playing her favourite songs by George Ezra, such as Paradise and Shotgun, and songs from the Greatest Showman- Right Here Right now sounds great!  I like playing songs by “The Beautiful South”, my favourite to play is “Don’t Marry Her”.  We have bought a couple of ukulele books but you can find everything you need online whether you prefer to learn a song from sheet music, tabs or from a Youtube video.

Conclusion

The First Act Discovery Ukulele sounds great and is a great starter instrument.  Caitlyn has the Black with Blue Stars edition and it is also available in White with Blue Butterflies.  It’s an ideal size for Caitlyn to practice on and also to teach her younger sister how to play.  As your child grows and you know that this is going to be a lifetime hobby then you could invest in a more expensive ukulele (in addition to  guitars if they follow our kids!).  I love watching the kids learning, practising and playing new songs.  It’s such a worthwhile hobby and useful skill too (my own regret is not learning to play an instrument well as a child or teen).

See Caitlyn playing “Skip To My Lou” below.  Sorry in advance for my loud singing voice.  Caitlyn asked me to sing at the last minute which wasn’t the best idea with my voice and being so close to the camera mic!  Oops!

 

More About The First Act Discovery Ukulele

“Get strumming with this Ukelele Black with Blue Stars. It’s ready to take anywhere you need to go. Guitar-style tuning gears let you tune up and stay in tune. Nylon strings for that traditional uke sound.

  • Black with Blue Stars design
  • Soprano Ukulele
  • Traditional soprano-sized body with great sound.
  • Easy to play nylon strings
  • Tuneable, with guitar-style tuning gears
  • Designed for kids to sound great!
  • Contents: Ukelele Black with Blue Stars
  • Batteries Not Required”

£14.99

Win a First Act Discovery Ukulele

For a chance to win a First Act Discovery Ukulele enter the Rafflecopter below.  Remember to read the terms and conditions.  Good luck!

 

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64 Comments

  1. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Annabel Greaves
    October 20, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    My daughter would love to learn Jingle Bells in time for Christmas

  2. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Annabel Greaves
    October 20, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    My daughter would love to learn jingle bells

  3. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Susan B
    October 20, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    You Are My Sunshine would be at the top of the list but there are some lovely oldies that I want to try, too.

  4. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Tracy Nixon
    October 21, 2018 / 5:04 am

    Bryan Adams – Summer of 69!

  5. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Angie McDonald
    October 21, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    I’d play Clementine!

  6. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    iain maciver
    October 21, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    if I can dream by elvis presley

  7. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Solange
    October 21, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton.

  8. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway October 22, 2018 / 5:39 am

    Great article! Love how you got your daugther into playing ukelele!

  9. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Catherine McAlinden
    October 22, 2018 / 6:20 am

    You are my sunshine, as that’s what I sing to my kids 🙂

  10. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Sheena Batey
    October 22, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Over the rainbow

  11. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway October 22, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Hey Jude! Thanks for the chance lovely looking ukulele x

  12. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Kevin Honey
    October 22, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    I’d like to play Daisy!

  13. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway October 23, 2018 / 6:14 am

    I’d love to play Over the Rainbow

  14. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Ruth Harwood
    October 23, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Twinkle twinkle little star – it’s getting close to Christmas!!

  15. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Laura Turner
    October 23, 2018 / 7:30 am

    When I’m cleaning windows

  16. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Margaret GALLAGHER
    October 23, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Londons Burning just like the recorder

  17. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Sadiyya Maryam
    October 24, 2018 / 8:10 am

    My daughter is learning the ukulele at school and this would be wonderful to treat her to her own. I think I would love her to learn You are my sunshine but would be glad for her to play any song.

  18. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    charlotte
    October 24, 2018 / 9:35 am

    id love to learn mcfly – love is easy! 🙂

  19. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Nigel Soper
    October 24, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Old MacDonald had a farm

  20. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    ADEINNE TONNER
    October 25, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    I think it would have to be twinkle twinkle little star

  21. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Catherine Bullas
    October 26, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    My son thinks Jingle Bells would be a good one to learn for Christmas.

  22. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Geri Gregg
    October 28, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I’d love to learn you are my sunshine x

  23. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Leila Benhamida
    October 28, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    Will love to play let it be. Awesome prize

  24. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Denfor Hopkins
    October 28, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    A little Stick Of Blackpool Rock

  25. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Lynn Neal
    October 29, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Leaning on a lamp post!

  26. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    olivia Kirby
    October 29, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Creep by Radiohead

  27. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Christina Palmer
    October 29, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    My grandson would love to play twinkle twinkle little star

  28. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Victoria Thurgood
    October 29, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    my son is learning at school so Jingle Bells would be a good one

  29. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Carolyn E
    October 30, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Jingle Bells – ready for Christmas!

  30. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Karen Barrett
    October 31, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    When I’m cleaning windows

  31. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Amy Bondoc
    November 2, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Somewhere over the rainbow – my dad loves to play 🙂

  32. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    rebecca smith
    November 4, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    let it go – frozen my little one’s favourite

  33. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Rachel Butterworth
    November 4, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    My nephew loves the song Thunder by Imagine Dragons, so he would love to be able to play it himself.

  34. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Laura Wheatley
    November 7, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    somewhere over the rainbow <3 would be fab

  35. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Hazel Rea
    November 8, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    O Holy Night in time for Christmas because it’s such a great melody – I wonder how it would sound on the ukulele.

  36. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Kim Neville
    November 9, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Despacito by Luis Fonsi

  37. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Kim Neville
    November 9, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Stay with me – Sam Smith

  38. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Maxine Kirk
    November 10, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Let it go from frozen

  39. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    bella smyth
    November 10, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    For me it would be Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over class tune and would sound amazing played on this baby so thank you for the chance,

  40. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    kelly wheelhouse
    November 12, 2018 / 9:45 am

    twinkle twinkle little star! keep it simple lol

  41. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    JULIE WARD
    November 12, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    This old house by Shakin Stevens, wouldn’t be a pretty sound

  42. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    amanda greensmith
    November 14, 2018 / 9:01 am

    When i’m cleaning windows x

  43. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Lyndsey Cooksey
    November 14, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Aww for me I would love to play something like ‘raindrops keep raining on my head’ I think it would sound lovely on. Ukulele!

  44. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Kirsteen Mackay
    November 14, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    My son would love to play ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at my sister’s New Year wedding.

  45. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    janine atkin
    November 14, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    she will be loved by maroon 5

  46. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Michaela Turner
    November 15, 2018 / 5:54 am

    I think i’d start with something a bit simple like twinkle twinkle little star

  47. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Linda McGarrigle
    November 15, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    I would play Jingle Bells it’s the easiest to learn and the kids would love it with it being christmassy x

  48. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Sheri Darby
    November 15, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    You are my sunshine sounds fun to play

  49. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    maria
    November 15, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    upside down by jack johnson

  50. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Pauline Burroughs
    November 15, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    Leaning on a Lamp Post

  51. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    MANDY DOHERTY
    November 15, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    True Love by Pink

  52. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Tee Simpson
    November 15, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    I would love to play twinkle twinkle little star.

  53. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Rebecca Whatmore
    November 15, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I’d probably start off with some nursery rhymes before I get too complicated!

  54. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Caron Twyman
    November 16, 2018 / 2:26 am

    My son played Jesse Glynn in his years six leavers concert but they weren’t allowed to keep the ukelele, which was a shame. I’d love him to play me Frosty the Snowman for Christmas. Thanks

  55. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Meryl Thomas
    November 16, 2018 / 5:51 am

    When I’m Cleaning Windows – George Formby

  56. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Rachael Sexey
    November 16, 2018 / 10:16 am

    My daughter can play eye of the tiger on the ukulele she learnt it at school 💚

  57. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Jayne Townson
    November 16, 2018 / 11:47 am

    I’d love to play Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles.

  58. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    paula cheadle
    November 16, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    my granddaughter would like to play a Christmas song

  59. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    paula cheadle
    November 16, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    my granddaughter would like to play a Christmas song, ie;- Jingle bells

  60. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Jeanette Leighton
    November 16, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Definitely you are my sunshine my dad used to play this

  61. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Adrian Bold
    November 16, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    I would like to try and play the Game of Thrones theme on it.

  62. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Lauren Main
    November 16, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    tiptoe through the tulips by tiny tim 🙂

  63. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Natalie Crossan
    November 16, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Wild Thing 🙂

  64. , First Act Discovery Ukulele Review and Giveaway
    Sarah Stewart
    November 17, 2018 / 8:30 am

    My daughter would love this for christmas

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