View Full Version : “Ukulele Mike” Lynch Passed Away

Ukulele Eddie
01-02-2018, 07:05 PM
Stunned to hear of Ukulele Mike’s sudden passing today (which was shared by some on Facebook). He made music more accessible to so many. The ukulele community will cherish the legacy of his many tutorials for many years. RIP Ukulele Mike!

01-02-2018, 07:35 PM
Oh no, that is really sad :(

He'll be remembered to me as a kind of Bob Ross type of figure. Always pleasing to watch his videos and seemed like a nice guy

01-02-2018, 07:41 PM
I just saw the posts on his Facebook page. Like most people, I learned a lot about playing the ukulele by watching Mike's YouTube channels when I was a beginner. Mike was generous, kind, and beloved, and he loved teaching. My deepest condolences to Mike's family and loved ones. Rest in Aloha.

Patrick Madsen
01-02-2018, 08:43 PM
Oh No! He was such a nice man. This is a sad day.

mm stan
01-02-2018, 08:59 PM
Such a big loss to the ukulele community and movement, as he share hus passion and love for ukes
Sincerest Condolences to his ohana and friends RIP Mike

Uncle Leroy
01-02-2018, 09:13 PM
A wonderful dude!

01-02-2018, 09:41 PM
Sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family. Working on one of his videos now. Very sad, a nice legacy of helping others make, share and Enjoy music.

01-02-2018, 10:44 PM
I am so sorry to read this. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

01-02-2018, 11:13 PM
This really is a shock. He was one of my first and favorite "youtube teachers", I got so much out of his teachings. My condolences go out to his family and friends he will be missed and treasured.

01-03-2018, 12:11 AM
Yes sad news indeed.
I've watched his vids on many occasions.

01-03-2018, 12:38 AM
He had been on dialysis for some time. Oddly I had just responded to Ukulele Magazine’s tweet about who they would like to see interviewed and I said Ukulele Mike—and to have him arrange a chord melody for that interview.

I am curious if his resources will still be available.

01-03-2018, 01:21 AM
RIP Ukulele Mike. The ukulele community has lost another wonderful person.

01-03-2018, 01:28 AM
He will be missed. RIP, Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

01-03-2018, 01:32 AM
Always enjoyed his YouTube videos, a great teacher and very likeable personality.

Certainly a loss to the ukulele community.

Sincere condolences to his family.

01-03-2018, 01:41 AM
I'm sorry to hear. Condolences to Mike's family and friends.

01-03-2018, 02:15 AM
Thank you Mike, I love your videos and they gave me inspiration :)
Now that you are gone from us and this world, I will remember you in seeing them.

01-03-2018, 02:50 AM
Sorry to hear this. Like many others have posted, I've learned so much from his videos. His music, his engaging style of teaching, and his warmth & spirit will live on. Teaching others to love the ukulele is an awesome legacy.

01-03-2018, 02:51 AM
Thank you Mike for all you did to promote and encourage ukulele play. I for one spent many hours watching the videos that you most generously shared with the world.
Sincere condolences to his family, friends and ukulele family.

01-03-2018, 03:11 AM
I learned a song for Christmas from one of his videos. May he rest in peace!

01-03-2018, 03:15 AM
Very sad news. RIP Mike

01-03-2018, 03:25 AM
RIP Ukulele Mike. Like many others in my earliest efforts on the Ukulele, his YouTube videos gave me guidance. He was a real Ukulele Ambassador.

01-03-2018, 03:37 AM
Very sad indeed. This was posted on FB as well. He sure seemed like a nice man, and was so knowledgeable. I bet he taught thousands.

01-03-2018, 04:52 AM
Yes, Nickie - so very sad indeed. A void is left when someone who has contributed so much leaves us.

FYI and future reference, just in case his web site goes offline, there are captures on The Internet Archive here:


and since seeing this news, just in case his YouTube channels are closed/shutdown, I have made a request on Archive.org for the videos from all 6 of his YouTube channels to be preserved on The Internet Archive as well so we do not lose his contributions to the ukulele community.

R.I.P. Ukulele Mike :music:

01-03-2018, 04:56 AM
RIP Ukulele Mike, he was a fine teacher and seemed to be a good man. My condolences to his family.

01-03-2018, 05:19 AM
Mike was a gifted teacher; I also watched a lot of his videos. Listening to him was very relaxing. His arrangement of “Here comes the Sun” was one of my first fingerpicking achievements.

01-03-2018, 05:44 AM
I watched some videos and found him a great teacher. Then hubby and I took 2 ukulele cruises with him to Hawaii and back. There we got to know he and his wife as friends. It was unbelievable how much knowledge he was able to get in our playing. More than anything he wanted to teach and share what he’d spent years learning. We will miss him. Our condolences to his wife and daughters.

01-03-2018, 06:37 AM
RIP Mike!


01-03-2018, 06:43 AM
What a terrible news.
Wishing all the best for his loved ones.
He will be missed by many.

01-03-2018, 07:09 AM
Condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones. The man leaves a giant legacy. There are worse ways to spend the last years of your life than sharing your love of music with people the world over.

01-03-2018, 08:32 AM
Music Alone Shall Live
Ukulele Mike yes my favorite YouTube teacher. Whenever I was done watching his lesson I would stare at my screen and say "thank you ukulele Mike!" The loss to his family and friends is irreplaceable. Thank you for sharing here.

01-03-2018, 08:36 AM
He will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

01-03-2018, 09:09 AM
My first fngerstyle song was a Ukulele Mike arrangement. What a wonderful man and a wonderful contributer to the ukulele for so many. Thoughts are with his family.

01-03-2018, 09:31 AM
I'm very sad to hear this.

Goodnight, Mike. Well played.

mountain goat
01-03-2018, 10:12 AM
Thanks, Mike. You have been a blessing to so many.

01-03-2018, 10:23 AM
Wow this is horrible. His voice always made me smile when he sung along with his lessons. One of the first uke teachers I watched when I started. He will be missed.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
01-03-2018, 11:58 AM
Shocked to read this.

Although in the same City, I did not get to know Mike.

He will be missed by all who did know and learn from him!

let's keep uke'in' in his memory!

mm stan
01-03-2018, 01:09 PM
I beard he had renal disease and was on dialysis, not sure if that was what he passed away from ������ though

mm stan
01-03-2018, 01:11 PM
Such a gifted man with a big heart to share, he loved the ukulele and shared his gift. Happy strummings Mike up there

01-03-2018, 02:49 PM
When I first started, his vids gave me the courage to believe that I, too, could learn to play a uke. Rest in peace, Mike.

01-03-2018, 03:12 PM
Yes, RIP, Mike. He was among my first inspirations on my uke journey.

01-03-2018, 03:54 PM
Rest in peace, Ukulele Mike! Thanks for all you did for our worldwide ukulele community!

01-03-2018, 04:42 PM
Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Great teacher and seemed like a wonderful guy. I watched a lot of his stuff when I was first learning and scouring YouTube for beginning videos.

01-04-2018, 02:56 AM
Good bye Mike. We will miss you greatly.

01-04-2018, 05:37 AM
I think Mike Lynch loved the World Ukulele Day celebrated on 2 Feb every year. This is a link to the 2017 Day.

You’ll see a download of the song “Four Strings” It’s a Peace song he wrote and shared. Nice easy song with staff and notes.

01-04-2018, 08:01 AM
So sad. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Mike!
We'll miss you.

01-04-2018, 09:14 AM
RIP Mike Lynch. I learned my first instrumentals from his chord melody playbooks. Was looking forward to purchasing more of them.

mm stan
01-04-2018, 11:16 PM
Anybody doing anything on the 11th in Washington....

01-04-2018, 11:51 PM
Ukulele Mike was one of the best teachers out there. And he was a real teacher too, that was his job. Sadly, I never met the man, but his videos were so personal and his interaction online was so real, I feel like I knew him. RIP, Mike Lynch.

01-05-2018, 12:10 AM
A very sad loss for his family and the Ukulele community. Mikes/channel tutorials seemed to be the first port of call when you just started out and was definitely the main man of explainling things simply and in a language that most of us could understand. He was a very big part of my ukulele voyage in the early days for sure.
Big thanks upstairs Mike, RIP :cheers:

Ukulele Eddie
01-05-2018, 02:45 AM
In recognition of Ukulele Mike's many contributions to the ukulele community, a couple of Ukulele Underground members (@SoloRule and @Camsuke) felt compelled to start a tribute thread where people can share videos playing Mike's arrangements/lessons. Feel free to post your favorite Ukulele Mike arrangement(s)!


01-05-2018, 04:23 AM
I clicked on the link above but it did not send me to the video link or may be it’s just my computer.
Here is the link if you wish to participate . It would be nice to see what we learned from the legend and continue his legacy.



01-06-2018, 05:36 AM
When I proved to be an impatient teacher, my wife took to YouTube and Mike's videos and learned to play. My wife and I play together now, no thanks to me.

Man, I'm bummed out. I'll have to tell my wife of this news.

Jim Yates
01-06-2018, 06:03 AM
Although I have never made use of Mike's videos, I do admire him and many of the members of our local uke group have learned a lot from his videos. I'll go now and watch a few of his lessons. I'm sorry I've waited till it's too late to thank him for his contributions to the World Of Ukuleles.

01-06-2018, 06:36 AM
The first song I learned on ukulele was Mike’s version of "Tonight you belong to me." He was such a sweet and mellow guy that I really felt like I would be able to do this. I was able to do this and I give a lot of credit to Mike for helping me get started. I believe I also learn 12 bar blues shuffle in A from Mike. I still use that all the time, and it’s the only 12 bar shuffle my good friend has ever been able to learn. So thanks Mike! RIP!

01-06-2018, 09:50 AM
Ukulele Mike's obituary can be found here:

01-08-2018, 07:50 PM
There is an update message from a family spokesperson at www.allthingsukulele.com.

Ukulele Mike was and continues to be my inspiration to learning the ukulele. After discovering his chord melody books, making music on the ukulele became especially joyful. I am glad to see that his materials will continue to be made available to all.

Robin Harrison
01-09-2018, 02:29 PM
So sorry to hear this......when I was starting, and I guess I still am, he was a go-to guy.
He always seemed happy to be sharing his enthusiasm for the 'uke.

01-22-2018, 01:47 PM
Only learned today of Ukulele Mike’s passing which like to so many others was shocking and saddening. I spent many hours watching and learning from Mike’s video’s and even had owned one of his signature Ukuleles.

Mike left wonderful legacy of learning for the ukulele community, may he Rest In Peace...

01-23-2018, 04:54 AM
He was a great teacher. I watched a lot of his stuff and his videos were also educational. If there is a uke Hall of Fame, he should be in it.

01-23-2018, 05:53 AM
He was a great teacher. I watched a lot of his stuff and his videos were also educational. If there is a uke Hall of Fame, he should be in it.

You can always join us on link and video
See link on my signature below
Hope to see you there

01-30-2018, 10:12 AM
ALing and Gary52,
thanks for those links.
I pasted them on my FB page, we are having a World Ukulele Day concert, and wanted to honor Mike!

Ahnko Honu
01-30-2018, 11:50 AM
OH NO! The ʻukulele world has lost a great ambassador. Rest in peace Mike, you will be missed but not forgotten. 8-(

Andreas Fischer
04-04-2018, 09:24 AM
R.I.P. Mike