Global trend lands in Kingaroy
IF YOU'RE musically minded and looking for something fun to do, check out the Wondai Ukulele Club. It meets every Monday from 1-4pm at the Wondai Art Gallery and all are welcome.
Graham McDonald started the club as a way to connect with other fans of the Pacific string instrument.
"We only just started three weeks ago," he said
"They reckon they are the most popular instrument for this time, at the coast there is 500 members in one club.
"I've been playing about a year and a half, but I've played guitar for the past 20 years."
Attendees can trade ideas and techniques, offer each other encouragement and work on writing songs together.
At the moment the club is understandably small.
"We have about half a dozen members but even two people can have fun with ukuleles," Mr McDonald said.
In the longer term Mr McDonald wants to build the club to the point were they can perform at festivals, shows and concerts in the region.
As far as instruments go, the ukulele is cheap.
"It ranges from about $30 up to a few hundred bucks," he said.
"The shop down here in Kingaroy has heaps of them in there, I've bought two so far."
The difference between a cheap ukulele and an expensive one is more about their durability than sound quality.
"The better ukuleles hold the notes for longer while the cheap ones you'll have to wind the string more often to tune them."