Beatles or the Strolling Bones, can't recall the first one in particular though. Our house was full of music (still is) but the ould man was a staunch Trad musician and would give us a belt o' the banjo if he caught us listening to pirate radio on the house radio. I think playing music nowadays is less appealing to kids because they have so many other things to occupy their minds. They regard music as a route to instant fame and wealth without talent thanks to the telly programmes that prevail(in Ireland and the uk anyhow).

Don't think I could have held a straight face at all, I am one of those sickos that find anything like that so very funny.....and bust me hole laughing out loud!

Two fewer strings indeed but a great smile on yer chops while ye are playing! Ever noticed how uke players are always smiling? its cos you can't play a sad song on a uke.

Good to see another Uke fan on here, Welcome to Chordie


(275 replies, posted in Electric)

Fifty Two..........and wondering how the hell I managed to survive so long.....................:D

Wonder if anyone has thought of adding them up and working out the average age of a Chordie?


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I'll third that :-) and also like to add that playing solo and forgetting chord patterns is most common. Yet if you play as part of a group it seems a lot easier owing to the fact that everyone is forgetting  and remembering, only at different times (does that make sense?) so yuo end up feeding off of each other kinda thing. Manys a time in a trad sesiun I end up playing a different set of reels or jigs for a couple of seconds. Having sheets in front of you is no disgrace, most of us try to disguise the fact that we errrrr forget  by putting a Pint Glass holder on the music stand and pretending that that is its primary


(20 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

One of the best ukulele resouce sites out there is

The Saw Doctors for me. This has to be one of the most difficult questions you can  put to any music lover isn't it?

First acoustic, I don't even recall it had a name on it.It was like 5th hand and well battered and played like the piece of shite that it probably was. But as a musical hook, it did its job. First electric guitar was an Audition bought brand new from our local F.W.Woolworth. Single pick up as I recall, I couldn't afford one of the more expensive ones in the Audition range of crap guitars.

I personally find that one tune leads to another. With a resource like chordie though, it takes a lot of willpower to not be flicking through endless reams of song tabs that are available and concentrate on whatever you are doing. So recently I have started printing tabs and setting them up in groups so that I can practice a few at a time. Good Luck, hope this helps.


(21 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Wish it could be christmas every day by Wizzard
Fairytale of New York by the Pogues

Many happy returns to ye all From Faing in Ireland. Enjoy it.


(32 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

The first harmonicas were called Aeolina - which refers to a harp
whose strings are excited to sound by wind. Here the reeds replace
strings. Other early harmonicas were called "mundharfe" - mouth-harp.
I'm not sure when the harmonica name was first borrowed to refer to
our instrument.


(32 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

I been blowin' harp for 48 years now and still love it. Its nice played in a relaxed setting but its awesome played with a full blown blues band. I also love to play mess around with it along with a guitar or uke. Paul Butterfield would be one of my main influences, my grandad is the other as he first taught me all them years ago.