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Rest in Peace Ukulele Mike

January 7, 2018

Ukulele Mike Lynch RIP

Dear Ukulele friends,

In great sadness, we post that Ukulele Mike passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, January 2, 2018. He is survived by Collene Sinclair Lynch, his loving wife of 47 years; children, Erin and Dianne; his brother, Tim (Lucy) and their family; and the entire Sinclair Clan.

Mike loved playing the ukulele (and just about any other instrument he could get his hands on)! He considered himself a teacher, rather than a performer, and strove to make music accessible to students of all levels.

He was devoted to you-his followers and friends around the world-on the web and YouTube.

Please note that the family intends to continue Ukulele Mike’s commitment to his Ukulele fans and followers. All music and songbooks, etc. will continue to be available through the store.

We thank you for all your loving tributes to him; it means a great deal to us all! Together, with just 4 strings, let us build a world of peace! Mahalo!

Remembrances may be made to Puget Sound Kidney Centers Foundation.

Please sign the Guestbook at the Harvey Funeral Home website.

55 Comments leave one →
  1. Teddy Cai (China) permalink
    July 3, 2022 2:54 p07

    I really enjoyed Mike’s free lesson on YouTube since about 2013. Although my native language is not English but his lesson still be very much easy for me as beginner. Thank you gentleman.

  2. Dave Seargeant permalink
    August 20, 2021 2:54 p08

    All of these years later, I still return to Ukulele Mike’s website – without whom I would never have learnt to play the Ukulele. His legacy is that he will remain a legend to literally millions of ukulele, or aspiring ukulele players and perhaps that is more than many of us will achieve in our lifetimes.

    I do hope he looks down on us, with a wry smile and knowing he has left behind a slew of tutorials that well into the future will still be used by people hoping to strum out the odd tune on their Uke’s.

    Thank you for leaving behind something the world can still use. I still miss your regular uploads, wondering what was next. The world is a lesser place without you in it.

  3. Laura Lane Bender permalink
    May 24, 2021 2:54 p05

    What a gift is was to those of us wanting to become proficient in playing the uke. He was a marvelous teacher and I learned so much from his patient demeanor. You are terribly missed, Mike. Thank you for your teaching abilities and for giving so freely of your time and talent.

  4. Joan Gardhouse permalink
    April 23, 2021 2:54 p04

    I am so grateful for Mike Lynch and his talent, expertise and teaching. His legacy lives on. I continue to visit his YouTube tutorials. He has snd continues to inspire. God Bless you Mike Lynch. RIP.


  5. Karen Alexander permalink
    September 28, 2020 2:54 p09

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Ukulele Mike. I really enjoyed his videos and his emphasis on having fun while learning to play. I bought his book Songs of Yesteryear not too long ago and love it. My father played many of these tunes when I was young and now my four year old granddaughter loves them as well! Thanks for all the happy hours of playing I’ve had and will have because of Ukulele Mike!

  6. September 17, 2020 2:54 p09

    Very sad new that I learn, it is thanks to the video “Five Foot Two” of Mike that I learned ukulele, this song I still play in my band ( which celebrates its 10 years in 2020. Now my thoughts will go to Mike every time I’ll play that old tube.
    Guiom from Brittany

  7. Ben Fazio permalink
    September 12, 2020 2:54 p09

    Ukulele Mike is a one of a kind lovely man. I wondered why I had not got any videos and was saddened to hear that he passed away. Be assured he has left a lasting legacy to musicians all around the would. Why would you love a person you have never met. Simple, because he was ukulele Mike. Your videos are simply the best and you will be fondly remembered as simply the best. Rest in peace knowing you have inspired millions of people all over the world.

  8. Will Gates permalink
    August 28, 2020 2:54 p08

    WOW so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. Im 85 and just picked up a baritone hoping to get some lessons with his tutorials on the puter; Gosh he was so good, mild mannered and just a joy to listen too RIP Mike and keep on strumming Will Gates, Spokane, WA

  9. Tracy permalink
    August 23, 2020 2:54 p08

    I am so sorry to hear of Ukulele Mike’s passing. I always loved his videos and because of him, I even ordered an Oscar Schmidt ou5 uke. May he rest in peace, & his family find comfort in the beautiful legacy he has left for the world to enjoy forever.

    • August 24, 2020 2:54 p08

      Thank you Tracy! I am gratified to hear your’s and similar stories in the last couple years.
      I still have Mike’s OU55ce electric baritone; I’m not sure I need an electric, but may keep it because it’s the only bari in the house now.:)

  10. Parayre permalink
    July 15, 2020 2:54 p07

    So sad to read about Ukulele Mike passing away… Thank you so much Sir, I learned a lot from you, here in Marseilles, France. Your teaching has been kind, patient, benevolent, and clever. Your Blackbird is one of my favorites, and I do hope lots of birds are singing with you up there now. Kind thoughts to your family. Hope you stay with us to help our happy strumming for quite a long time. Marie-Joëlle Parayre.

  11. Rachel permalink
    July 15, 2020 2:54 p07

    Just learning to play the ukuele and came cross Mike’s videos which have been priceless. Mike’s explanations, gentle teaching and sharing of his skill are my favourites. So sorry for your loss and thank you for keeping his legacy of amazing ukuele teaching available for everyone

  12. Old Joe! permalink
    June 13, 2020 2:54 p06

    I am sad to know that he is gone but I met “Mike” on the computer, many times over the last couple of months and as I am 72 he really helped me learn lots and lots of music and how to play the ukulele! A great instrument and a great guy! Thanks Mike and I am sure you are still going at it in Paradise!

    • Collene Lynch permalink
      June 15, 2020 2:54 p06

      Many thanks for your comments Joe!
      I dream that Mike is still composing and arranging-only now it’s for the heavenly choir.
      🙂 Collene

  13. Anders Persson permalink
    March 31, 2020 2:54 p03

    My first music teacher. Mike got me into music by playing the ukulele back in 2010 when I was 15 years old. I’m 25 now, playing several instruments and doing music production every single day. It saddens me to find out that this sweet man has passed away. I remember feeling that I would never be able to play music, but Mike’s videos made it possible for me to learn basic chords and strumming patterns. I will be forever grateful

  14. Denis Doran permalink
    February 9, 2020 2:54 p02

    Only came across Mike recently. I instantly loved his personality, though on screen he came across as a warm and concerned human being.

    Sincerest condolences to family and friends.
    I’m sure he’s HAPPY STRUMMING in paradise .
    Denis in Dublin

  15. thing lok permalink
    January 17, 2020 2:54 p01

    I am a ukulele learner, I am so sorry to hear that.

  16. Kelly Cafferky permalink
    July 14, 2019 2:54 p07

    I have used Ukulele Mike’s online tutorials many times and got so much out of them! Yesterday at a community ukulele event, we were referring beginners to check out his youtube tutorials and today – just now – I found out that he has passed away. I was shocked and very saddened to hear this. Although it’s been about a year and a half now, I wanted to extend my condolences to his family and all those who were close to him. He will be missed by many including those of us who never met him but knew him through our shared love of ukulele and his many helpful tutorials! RIP Mike – and thank you for everything! ♫

  17. dakkelkura permalink
    June 18, 2019 2:54 p06

    I am so moved by this. He turned me on onto the Beatles and many good old songs. He made me realize I’m a hippie at heart. His tutorials and charisma helped me in my beginning stages of playing my uke. He made me fall in love with music, not to perform, but for fun and self expression. His demeanor on his videos showed a man of great composure and stature. I will remember him always. May he play his uke to the Great Spirit for eternity grazing infinity with his smile.

  18. Kealani Nuiloa permalink
    May 2, 2019 2:54 p05


  19. Bill permalink
    February 12, 2019 2:54 p02

    The world’s loss; heaven’s gain!

  20. Kevin Kendell permalink
    January 22, 2019 2:54 p01

    Sad I just found out of Mike passing. At 91 I play every day and Mikes lessons enjoyed

  21. Yeezer Mac permalink
    November 20, 2018 2:54 p11

    I will always remember the tab he made for Pink Panther. It was so influential to my early years of learning the uke. Thanks a bunch, Mike

  22. Lance Leichtle permalink
    October 10, 2018 2:54 p10

    I just got started with the ukulele but my thoughts are with him

  23. Floydius-Maximus permalink
    October 5, 2018 2:54 p10

    Ukulele Mike … don’t go!

  24. UkePlayer permalink
    September 23, 2018 2:54 p09

    So so sorry. I didn’t know Mike, but yet he was one of my best teachers.

  25. Linny Fleming permalink
    September 11, 2018 2:54 p09

    I am 74 years old and living in a retirement community. I am going to give a presentation on the ukulele. I am going to talk about Mike Lynch and his u-tube lessons. but more importantly;
    Of how gentle, kind, and giving he was to work with children and adults alike. He inspired me to buy a uke about 10 years ago. I told my husband that I wanted to learn how to play an
    instrument before I die. I am still playing 3 different sizes and only OSCAR SCHMIDT BRANDS. COLLENE, I know how you are feeling about spending the rest of your life without
    Linny Fleming ,Ohio.

  26. July 23, 2018 2:54 p07

    Condolences to the family. How can I buy his tablatures? What is the email address to write to? (I have tried and
    but received no response.) Thank you very much.

  27. Donald Cingrani permalink
    June 22, 2018 2:54 p06

    Mike was the first ukulele teacher I found online. His tutorials were indispensable as I struggled to learn to play my very first string’ed instrument. More importantly, however, he showed me early on how the ukulele brings together folks from all walks of life to share in the simple joy of making music together. Mike legacy lives on through the fingers and strings, plucks and chucks of the many of us he helped along our journey of musical creation.

  28. Nane Aluli permalink
    June 2, 2018 2:54 p06

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I enjoyed his You Tube videos and continue to watch them to try and improve me playing the ukulele. May he rest in peace.

  29. Bob Richards permalink
    May 11, 2018 2:54 p05

    I am saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. His lessons and tutorials have encouraged me to continue to play the ukulele and work on different pieces. He made learning so much easier.

  30. Michael Pride permalink
    April 22, 2018 2:54 p04

    Mike was my on line inspiration to take up the ukulele after many years of playing drums. At 70yrs old it wasn’t easy for me to change instruments, but Mike made it so much more pleasurable and kept me going. I have only just found out about his passing and I am deeply saddened by it. I feel like I have lost a close friend even though we only met via U Tube. My heart goes out to his surviving family. Thank you Mike.

  31. Landis Major permalink
    April 16, 2018 2:54 p04

    Mike left us a wonderful legacy of his wonderful teaching skills, happy personality, and the joy of music. Heaven will be a happy place for him to bring joy to others. Thank you, Mike, for giving of yourself to those who enjoy playing the Ukulele.

  32. April 2, 2018 2:54 p04

    Hi Lee, I just started the Ukulele and was sad to learn about Mike. RIP Mike. Such a talented man.

  33. Jackie McNabb permalink
    March 21, 2018 2:54 p03

    I never met Mike, but feel like I have lost a friend. What a gentle and generous soul! I have watched his instructional videos – even performed one of his arrangements! and bought his E-books. So glad his work lives on!

  34. Gema Carlson permalink
    February 15, 2018 2:54 p02

    Ukulele Mike was the first person who I showed me how to play the ukulele. His YouTube videos were so easy to understand. I knew he was awesome when he personally replied to one of my emails asking about a song. It was such a warm, friendly, encouraging reply. Rest in peace. From Gema in New Zealand.

  35. Dallas Hewett permalink
    February 9, 2018 2:54 p02

    I just bought a ukulele in January when I was in Hawaii and I just found Ukulele Mike. My condolences to his family and friends. I look forward to learning from him even while he’s gone.

  36. February 2, 2018 2:54 p02

    I found his YouTube videos when I started playing ukulele — and loved him for taking the time to teach so many of us how to play some of our favorite songs! This is sad news.

  37. February 1, 2018 2:54 p02

    I’ve been learning from the 5 chord melody books and the 2 Christmas books for about a year. It’s so sad to learn that Mike has gone to Heaven; my condolences to the family. May his music and loving teaching style on Youtube and Vimeo continue to touch and inspire us.

    Tony (1946) Png, Singapore

  38. Raé Dollard permalink
    January 22, 2018 2:54 p01

    A great loss but his teaching will carry on.

  39. January 13, 2018 2:54 p01

    My most sincere condolences.

  40. Phyllis Feaster permalink
    January 9, 2018 2:54 p01

    May each of us touch a tenth of the lives our wonderful Mike did. I continue to learn from Mike’s amazing library….what a generous gift. Thank you Mike…for your gift of all things ukulele ❤️

  41. Judy slinn permalink
    January 9, 2018 2:54 p01

    Isn’t it wonderful how one man can bring so much love and joy to the world by playing a four string instrument, the ukulele. He will greatly be missed. Loved this happy gentleman.

  42. Betsey Kuzia permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Thanks for letting me know. I am so sorry to hear this as Mike was such an inspiration to so many of us!

    Betsey Kuzia in Albany NY

    Typed on my tiny keyboard!


  43. Bud Runion permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    What an inspiration he has been to an old guy like me! A very sad day.

  44. Laurie permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Sad to hear of his passing. I really enjoy playing from his music books and have learned a lot from his tiutorials. He made playing solo chord arrangements fun. RIP Ukulele Mike.

  45. permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    My deepest condolences Dennis

    Sent from my iPhone


  46. January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Please accept my sincerest condolences to a great musician
    and Ukelele player My thoughts are with you and your family.

  47. January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    So sad to hear that Ukulele Mike has died. My thoughts are with his family.
    He was an inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others.

  48. Delores Radford permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Ukulele Mike Lynch will always be remembered. That first ukulele I got in 2008 would have been laid aside by now if I hadn’t found Ukulele Mike on You Tube. My heart is saddened by his passing but I know there is a place in Heaven where our Ukulele Mike is still teaching the love of the ukulele. Delores Radford

  49. Robert permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Rest In Peace Mike. My condolences to Mike’s family. Mike touch the lives of many.

  50. Mitsy Callender permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    OMGoodness! So sad, what a Legend. Millions around the globe learned so much from Mike, he surely can Rest In Peace knowing he made such a Happy Difference to so many lives. We Salute, Thank & Honour You Mike. He will probably carry on teaching up there…… spreading his talent & joy. Much Caring & Comfort to Collene & all Family from around the globe, You must be so Proud, sad but Proud. Much Gratitude ~ Mitsy [Queensland, Australia]

  51. Susan Scott permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Really sad. I have learnt so much from Mike’s videos.they were done in such an easy and fun way for everyone to enjoy.
    Love to all the family.

  52. Stephanie Simms permalink
    January 7, 2018 2:54 p01

    I have just received the news of Ukulele Mike’s passing. I am deeply saddened by the news and wish to convey my condolences to his family. He was my sole inspiration for everything Ukulele. I shall remember him with great fondness.

    Stephanie Simms (Australia)

  53. Cal permalink
    January 7, 2018 2:54 p01

    I am deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Ukulele Mike. Although I have never met him face-to-face, you felt like a personal friend due to his caring personality. He was special and admired and assuredly given a special place in heaven. I like many will miss Ukulele Mike.

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