Who is Dennis Frere-Smith?

Here is a photo of Dennis Frere-Smith, the lucky winner of our "Win 5 Gotta Have' Ukulele Books" competition in November 2018. In corresponding with him, we discovered that he is actually a professional musician and music teacher.

Dennis Frere-Smith

Dennis tells us he started learning ukulele in 2006 so that he could add it to his instrumental repertoire for teaching. The local Music Service was offering ukulele classes to Primary Schools and Dennis wanted to to be able to provide that as part of his teaching role. He was already teaching classical guitar and found the transition to ukulele fairly straightforward. 

As well as teaching in Primary Schools, Dennis started a community ukulele band and adult one-to-one lessons. Ukulele has now become one of his favourite instruments to play and he uses it in his entertainment shows.

We often come across special people who are using the ukulele to bring joy to others in care homes, and Dennis tells us that that is his most rewarding use of the wonderful ukulele.  He uses a set of ukuleles in his music sessions at care homes in many parts of the United Kingdom, and tells us the ukuleles always bring smiles to the faces of the residents, staff and visitors.

Dennis shares that, like many of us, learning to play the ukulele is one of the best things he has ever done, and he intends to play the happiest of instruments forever!

Thanks for giving us a small insight into your journey and career involving the ukulele Dennis, the world needs more people like you!

Jamie Houston, Owner - Duke Banjo Ukuleles.

You can follow Dennis on his Facebook Page.

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A close 5

I love this Duke 10 Banjo - Ukulele....the set up is great and it plays very well. The tenor neck gives more room for my fingers. The only limitation is my ability, I have not played a Banjo Ukulele before but I can see the possibilities. We are part of a ukulele group 'Rukes' consisting of a Uke-bass, Duke 10 and about 10 Ukes, we play and sing anything - folk, country, Church, and popular songs of the last 60 years. I have started using the Duke 10 as a lead instrument picking out the tune, mostly within the strum, using a soft flat pick. The greater volume enables me to be heard above the other ukuleles. I am still developing this technique but am very pleased with the way it is going.

Hi Pat - thanks so much for your 5 Star Review! We appreciate that it was carefully considered, and thanks for the pic! All the best, Jamie Houston - Owner.
Christmas Duke arives in time

Big thanks to Jamie at Duke Banjo Ukuleles,
My wife, who obviously got the big hint for my Christmas gift ordered the Duke 10 and was advised that they only stood a slim chance of getting it to me in time but would pull out all stops to get it delivered to Perth Western Australia. And they did, it arrived on the 24th December whilst I was out but was received by my wife and whisked away before I had chance to notice. A wonderful surprise that was backed up with supper service from Jamie who did his utmost to get it to delivered. I already have 3 other Banjoleles but the Duke 10 is so beautifully set up its an absolute pleasure to play. If I could give it a 10 star rating I would, its wonderful instrument. Thanks again Jamie and by the way, the bag turned up a week or so later as promised.

Ian Dixon

Hi, I'm so thrilled your DUKE10 arrived in time! And even better, that Eva was able to keep it a secret Thanks for your wonderful review. Enjoy your new'baby'. Jamie - owner.
Duke 10

Very nice products solid piece. Arm rest is a nice feature you don't find on other banjoleles, has a good action on it and setup was pretty easy

Thanks Ryan - really glad you like your DUKE10 - thanks for the 5 Star Review. Jamie Houston - Owner
DUKE10 Tenor Banjo Ukulele

I'm having a pretty good time with the Duke 10. Tightening the head helped to give the upper register some better clarity, but I'm still fiddling around looking for more. The arm rest was loose on arrival. Ended up adding a locking nut on top of the rim nut. That should be a permanent fix.
Workmanship is otherwise very good. I've never played a banjo uke before so I can't compare it to any others, but I'm happy with the instrument and look forward to making music with it.

Thanks for your review Ron, much appreciated. As we have previously discussed via email, the armrest coming loose was unfortunate, and we have addressed the issue to ensure to doesn't happen again. And glad you have had some fun playing around with the head tension :-) Jamie - Owner
The DUKE10 - A Good Banjo Uke!

This is a good banjo uke. Good sound. The neck and fretboard made it easy and smooth to play. One of the few banjoleles with an armrest. Has good volume but if thats not enough for you it come with a nice pickup.