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How to Play the Ukulele | Introduction

by Ukulele for Beginners

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Introduction to Ukulele Chords
Lesson 1 – "How to Play the Ukulele | Introduction" by Ukulele for Beginners
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Even if you have never played a musical instrument before, this brief course introducing the ukulele is the place to start! In this introduction to the ukulele for beginners, start with a review of the equipment, learn how to tune the strings, and then learn to play the most common chords, beginning with F and ending with D Minor. Review techniques for cleanly changing between chords, discover how to play solo, and start building the tools to play with other musicians!

How to Play the Ukulele | Introduction
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Why take a Hawaiian vacation when you can stay home and learn to play the ukulele? This beginners lesson covers types of ukulele, tuning, and the C-chord.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Gear
  • Exercise - Sizes of Ukulele
  • Tuning
  • Sound
  • Exercise - Frets
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  • alex h: digging learning to play my uke !
  • Hope K: Thank you!!!
  • Meli M: Awesome! Thanks.
  • Sally c: Sounds good
  • Mindy S: Thanks so much!! very comprehesive
  • Geoff B: Great teaching!!!
  • M H: nicely done
  • Tamson H: very interesting, and usful
  • Damian B: I have never played any musical instrument in my life, nor do I own any ...but I enjoyed the lesson dearly. For some reason I have fallen in love with an Uke, so I am looking forward to learning online before giving it a go in real life. I guess for starters I'll have to buy myself one!
  • Jamie-Lee J: Thank you for this reintroduction to the Ukulele. Many years ago, while in my second grade at school I took to the Ukulele. I am so pleased to have someone like you to show me how to play this wonderful instrument again. I will go out and purchase a concert Ukulele and be back for lessons really soon. Thanks again.
  • Fossil M: I like your approach. For a real beginner it is encouraging and well thought out. Thanks for doing it
  • Barbara S: Very informative good job!
  • Jo R: Love your song 'Constantly' reminiscent of Paul Anka's famous golden oldie 'You are my destiny' in both the words and the tune. regards Jo
  • Thomas G: I found this lesson very use full as i found one of these videos on you tube and thought i would give it a try. Thank you
  • Pradyumna C: Good 'first blood' lesson. Tnx
  • Jim M: Nice presentation.
  • Janey K: Love you teaching approach!
  • don b: Friendly delivery gives hope where there wasn't all that much!
  • Butch B: Finger placement on the chord was confusing. I'm going to have to go back and relay it to see the finger placement. I saw one finger placed but then you seemed to have multiple fingers placed for the chord.
  • Lia H: I like how you teach
  • Yvonne C: Great lessons, I enjoy your teaching style very much and will continue learning from you! Thanks so much..
  • Yvonne C: Awesome lesson!
  • Billie P: Thank you, now I know I will be able to play my Christmas present!
  • Jill B: I like it!
  • Ruby L: Love your voice very good for teaching
  • Brian C: How do I know what chord to use for what tune?
    • Ukulele for Beginners: The simplest way is to search the net for uke song sites. I like Doctor Uke. Look him up on Google.
  • Serina W: Your lesson is awesome. I enjoyed it very much. I started taking lessons last night at the Folklore store here in Ottawa. I think watching your videos will help me learn better.
  • Ken C: Mellow perfect style thanks
  • H C: Thanks for the lessons!
  • crisette r: Thankyou very helpful.
  • Peter g: Good fun
  • jan c: i love you so far!!!!
  • Marcia E: Thank you!
  • Barbara W: Thank you!
  • christine c: great start thanks
  • Barbara W: Where can I find Lesson #2?
    • Barbara W: Is there a lesson #2? I see the Introduction and then goes to Lesson #3. Please help..
  • Jamil A: Great lesson. Thank you.
  • Katie A: we loved this lesson. You sound really patient and kind. And fun. Thanks.
  • Jackson K: Thanks we liked your lesson and are keen for more.
  • Abbi S: Thank you for your help
  • Leanne W: Thank you, nice clear lesson, love the little tests to keep us focused.
  • I M: old man yeah
  • Maya R: You're Awesome!!!
  • Sel J: Looks good
  • James Reed: This lesson is great!
  • Randy L: Thanks,
  • Faith G: I just got a Uke from my mother. Straight from Hawaii. I'm excited to learn how to play. Thank you.
  • Natalia D: ???? thanks
  • Louise R: Nice! Thanks!
  • Sharon D: This is a great site. I'm not anxious to get my Uke and start practicing. Use to sing with a big band and various vocal groups. Now this way I don't have to rely on any musicians - I can be my own accompaniment.
  • Gio L: Very good
  • Sandra T: It all sounds great but it's when we get to strumming a struggle hope you can help as I have no rhythm
  • James K: Fun! Thanks...
  • Fossil M: It's almost valentines day--happy valentines day
  • Angela G: Thank you,the lesson was great.