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Linda Perron Ukulele Lending Library

Learn How to play the ukulele with Richmond Public Library

Any adult or teen with a RPL library card may borrow a ukulele kit. You can borrow a ukulele kit for 3 weeks and renew it twice as long as there are no holds on the item. At this time, all ukuleles are available for checkout, hold pick, and return only at the Brighouse Branch.

Each Ukulele Kit contains:

Ukulele Fun Facts:

  • The smallest ukulele is the soprano ukulele. It has a bright and jingly sound that many people associate with the ukulele.
  • The concert ukulele has a bit of a fuller sound because of its larger body. As a mid-sized instrument, it can be played by people of various ages and accommodates a range of hand sizes.
  • The tenor ukulele is the largest of the three available and has the deepest tone and volume because of its increased body size. The longer fretboard also provides more space for larger hands.

The Linda Perron Ukulele Lending Library was created in memory of a Richmond resident who was well-known for her passion for music-making, her commitment to family and friends, and her connection to volunteerism. It was initiated by a team of ukulele-loving older adults in Richmond who enjoy the many benefits of music and want to create new opportunities to share this with others.

“With the passing of our beloved friend Linda, we wanted to contribute to a legacy project that would celebrate Linda’s playful presence and her commitment to inspire others on their musical journey.” 

Richmond Public Library would like to thank the community team for initiating the project and partnering with us. Thank you to all of our generous donors and to Tom Lee Music for supplying the instruments and accessories.

Your donations are gratefully accepted to grow and expand this collection.
Donate here.

Where to Begin: Tune and Strum

How to Tune Your Uke With a Clip-On Tuner

How to Strum: 4/4 Time

How to Strum: Thumb Stroke in 4/4 Time

How to Strum: 3/4 Time

How to Strum: Thumb Stroke in 3/4 Time

Five Beginner Lessons with Phil Doleman

Lesson One

Lesson Two

Lesson Three

Lesson Four

Lesson Five

Songsheets and Songbooks

Doctor Uke

Jim’s Ukulele Songbook

Richard G’s Ukulele Songbook

More Lessons

Andy Guitar Absolute Beginner Ukulele

Cynthia Lin Music

Ukulele Underground

Ukulele Zen

Play Along Youtube Videos

Austin Ukulele Society

Beginner Ukulele Cover Lessons

Songs Made Easy

Uke Playalongs

Ukulele Podcasts

Abe’s Ukulele Podcast

The Live Ukulele Podcast

Uketropolis with James Hill

Influential Performers and Educators

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel (Website)

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel (Youtube)

James Hill (Website)

James Hill (Youtube)

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (Website)

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (Youtube)

Daniel Ho (Website)

Daniel Ho (Facebook)

Aaron & Nicole Keim (Website)

Aaron & Nicole Keim (Youtube)

Cynthia Lin (Website)

Cynthia Lin (Youtube)

Jake Shimabukuro (Website)

Jake Shimabukuro (Youtube)

Daniel Ward (Website)

Daniel Ward (Youtube)

Staff Picks

The Big Easy Ukulele Tab Songbook

Classic Rock Ukulele Songbook

The Daily Ukulele to Go!

Hal Leonard Corp. Staff

Jumpin' Jim's Camp Ukulele

Hal Leonard Corp. Staff; Beloff, Jim

Just the Beginning

VanderWaal, Grace

Kid's Uke

Rones, Kevin