Our club donated ukuleles to the Maricopa library branches at Fairway and Bell Rec Centers. You can check them out for three weeks at a time.
Extra ukuleles are available in the music room on jam days.
Club member Jean Anderson is a luthier. She maintains a supply of the popular Living Water Strings.
Ken Middleton is the best site to order them online. They take PayPal or a debit/Credit Card. At the bottom left of their homepage is a drop down menu to pick the set you would like to order. They have High and Low G options. The Concert Size are plenty long enough for both concert and tenor ukuleles. The prices are in British pounds but when you check out with Paypal the price with shipping, etc comes to around $15.
If you do order strings and would rather not install them yourself, Jean can install them for you. Jean's Violin Repair
Happy's husband, Gene Anderson, is another luthier. Call him at 875-2525.
Another option is to take close-up pictures with a tablet or phone of the bridge and the tuning pegs before you remove the old strings. You can get an idea of how the tuning pegs are wound and how the strings are fastened to the bridge. Then search the internet for how to restring a ukulele.
Aquila is a popular brand of strings. Buy ones that fit your instrument (tenor or concert), and specify low-G or high-G. Buy online or at Sam Ash.
Mark Baker likes Worth clear tenor with low G strings.
A number of members own a Snark tuner that clips on the headstock. Any Snark model is okay. A Snark "guitar tuner" is also fine for ukuleles. Both display the note that is picked. In March, 2018, the Snark SN5X model sold for $9.95 at Amazon (price changes often).
There's also the Cleartune phone app for $3.99, available for iPhone and Android.
You can order a blue shirt from: Desert Sun Embroidery, 12805 W Beardsley Rd, Sun City West, 85375. 623-236-8307.
Men's shirt: K528 Men's Port Authority Jacquard Polo. Color: Hyper Blue.
Women's shirt: L528 Ladies Port Authority Jacquard Polo. Color: Hyper Blue.
Tell them you are from the Sun City Ukulele Club and want a club shirt.
It's a good idea to go to the store, try on a shirt for size and then place an order.
The Daily Ukulele and The Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition are two popular song books available at Sam Ash music store, 4402 W. Cactus, Glendale, AZ, (602)863-7746. Show your Sun City Ukulele Club badge for a discount. The two books contain sheet music for 365 and 366 songs with chords printed above, about $30 each.
Staples item 515621, called a booklift copyholder, also called a bookstand, sits on a table and is a convenient music stand alternative at home. According to one report, this is too lightweight to hold a book - works ok for a sheet of music.
Mark recommends we use a metronome to practice playing at a consistent tempo.
Here is a list of about 60 familiar songs with suggested tempo.
Metronome Plus ($1.99) is a popular iPad/iPhone metronome according to Dr. Noa Kageyama.
The same article recommends Mobile Metronome (free) for an Android phone.
Mark uses and recommends Tempo by Frozen Ape ($1.99 iOS, $1.25 Android).
There are many free metronomes on the web: