About Me

Sam & Machete

My name is Samantha Muir, or Sam. After many years as a professional classical guitarist I fell in love with the ukulele. I play and arrange instrumental ukulele music, including classical, folk and traditional music. I have self published 11 ebooks of arrangements ranging from Bach, Carulli, Sor and Giuliani to sea shanties and Christmas songs. Please visit my personal website for more detailed information about all of my ebooks and CDs. In 2015 music publisher Schott commissioned me to arrange a book called 35 Scottish Tunes for Ukulele. This book includes a CD of all 35 arrangements.

Here’s my arrangement of Annie Laurie from 35 Scottish Folk Tunes:

This is me playing my arrangement of Prelude BWV 1007 by JS Bach:


I am also interested in the history of the ukulele and play the machete de braga – one of the forerunners of the ukulele. The instrument I am holding in the above photo is a machete de braga made by Canadian luthier Scott Tremblay. The machete de braga, or machete, is from the island of Madeira where nowadays it is called a braguinha.

Below is a list of my publications. All of my scores are in TAB and notation (gCEA tuning). Unless otherwise stated they are for standard re-entrant tuning i.e. hi-g C E A. The books are for players of intermediate to advanced standard.

The following are available as PDF downloads from either Payhip or Gumroad.

Single Pieces:




I am based in Sherborne, Dorset, UK.

This is my personal website:


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