London Lite Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13 MUSICAL INSTRUMENT IN TOWN IN A FEW HOURS Six of the best CORTEZ 76 EPOXY MINI-MAL AUTUMN may be here, but the sea is still warm, and its the perfect time to head to the coast for a spot of surfing. Why not treat yourself to a new board? Here are six of this seasons best. All the boards were supplied by Ma Simes Surf Hut, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, (, 01437 720433). ALF ALDERSON 259, A GOOD beginners board which will still be useful once youve got the basics mastered, and being epoxy its also relatively ding proof. And the price remains pretty good -- it hasnt gone up for the season. 249, ONE of the best-selling beginner boards in the UK, its as tough as old boots so should give many years of service. Especially good for learning and progressing in the less powerful waves which are so common in the UK. 499, DESIGNED by longboard legend Beau Young, this is a lovely retro model that is essentially a shortboard for longboarders -- lightweight, easy to paddle and great for smooth flowing lines once youre up and riding. 355, ANOTHER classic retro shape with a great paint job, this top-value board has lots of volume and smooth performance characteristics, making it great for more mellow riders and smaller surf. 499, MADE with a triple density EPS core and parabolic balsa rails, this super-light board flexes like a ski or snowboard and is a fantastic high performance board for most surfing conditions. 646, DESIGNED by Kelly Slaters longboarding champ brother and shaped by legendary shaper Donald Takayama, this is a lovely lightweight longboard with a strong EPS core and great looks and performance. BIC 79 MOULDED MINI-MAL SURFTECH 64 BEAR WOMBAT BILBO 7 MAGIC EGG FIREWIRE 62FLEXFIRE SURFTECH 9 STEPHEN SLATER surfboards Finger lickin: Eifion learns to play the uke with Matthew Reynolds, then hits the streets (inset) UKECANTSTOPTHEMUSIC RUN by Matthew Reynolds and partner Ane Larsen, the walls of the Duke of Uke are covered with bonsai-proportioned guitars of all shapes and sizes. Having found a decent learners instrument, Matthew and I sit down to start -- in the middle of the shop. Matthew first talks me through the tuning. The classic ukulele has four nylon strings. The name itself comes from Hawaii, where the instrument originated, and translates as jumping flea. The way you hold the uke is important, Matthew explains: it needs to be at a 45-degree angle, not horizontal like youd hold a guitar. This gives your chord hand more freedom to move around. Picture yourself holding a sandwich if it helps. Just dont try eating it. You strum with the index finger -- down with nail and up with pad -- and with as much wrist movement as possible. This is the common strum, and most of the more complicated rhythms involve constantly moving your hand but leaving out some strums and accentuating others. UKLEARMELTDOWN OPEN C is the first chord I learn -- an easy one, followed by A minor. We rock back and forth between these for a while, always putting down a finger before taking the next off. Next I add an F to my tally, fol- lowed by G7. Thats four chords under my belt -- Oasiss entire back catalogue is within my grasp. The surprising thing is how easy the whole process is: by moving the fingers of one hand and strumming with the other youre an instant uke-player -- all thats missing is the hula girls. After learning the basics so I can play some classic songs -- among them Cant Buy Me Love and Princes ukulele classic, U Got The Look -- we finish in cleaner Fifties style with Hound Dog. The ukulele is a cheerful instrument, and its difficult not to feel good about life as you strum along. If its popularity keeps on rising, surely its only a matter of time De-fuse your food OMEDAYS,LUNCHHASTOBEGRABBED WHENEVER AND WHEREVER. The result can be an uncomfortable afternoon. For up to 12 HOURS, one tiny Zantac tablet works fast to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced, rather than just neutralise it. Zantac disarms the pain and discomfort of heartburn and indigestion to stop it spoiling the rest of your day. Contains ranitidine. Always read the label. ZANTAC is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. S foodyourDe-fuse Contains ranitidine. Always read the label. POW ER TO STO HEAR T BURN & IND I G ESTION for up to 12 hours P before well be playing Ukulele Hero on PlayStation. Tim Flitcroft offers group tuition, individual lessons and workshops (15 for two hours). Whitechapel, E1 (0795 432 6256, uk); KaraUke is a monthly karaoke with a uke backing band. Zigfrid Von Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, N1 (; Ukulele Wednesdays are free uke jams at the Royal George Pub, Goslett Yard, WC2 (020 7734 8837) index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html