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Ukulele Is The New Black

Oct 11, 2020

Stuart Fuchs is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who can do amazing things with a ukulele, but he is also passionate about helping people to use music for healing and happiness.  He loves to teach and has a heap of resources on his YouTube channel, Ukulele Zen.  In today’s episode we talk about his early days learning guitar with his father, his discovery of the ukulele, and how much he loves living in Buffalo, New York. He also plays a bit of didgeridoo, and shows me some unconventional ways to play the uke!

If you want to support Stu, you can go to to buy CDs and merchandise, or become a patron on  And of course check out his Ukulele Zen YouTube channel where you will find some amazing resources.

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Songs played on the show:

  • Spanish Ballad (Anonymous)
  • Eruption (Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen - 1977)
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin – 1988)
  • Keanuhea (composed by Daniel Ho, arrangement by Stuart Fuchs and Sara Carlisle)
  • My Little Jumping Flea (Stuart Fuchs)
  • Magic Uke Waltz (Roy Smeck)
  • Something (George Harrison – 1969)

Go to the Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel for a playlist to hear these songs as well as other content relating to the episode

Ukulele is the New Black is produced by Meredith Harper, who also wrote the theme tune. The theme tune was performed by Meredith Harper, Jasmine Fellows, Geoff Skellams, Jim Croft, Chris Williams, Paul Marsh and Sandra Shaw.  Seb Carraro does the graphic design.

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Thanks to my $10 and over Patreon supporters for helping me to make this podcast:

  • Ukulele Legend: Linda Dodwell
  • Ukulele Champions: Debbie Hoad & Maja Zweck

The music played in this episode is licenced under a Podcasts (Featured Music) agreement with APRA AMCOS.