Beginner Ukulele

Basic Ukulele Knowledge
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In this lesson we will discuss types of ukuleles and become familiar with the parts of your ukulele. It is important to know basic terminology so that you can better understand the lessons and instructor.

How To Hold The Ukulele
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In this lesson we will learn how to hold the ukulele properly.

Tuning Your Ukulele
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In this lesson we will learn the names of the strings and how to tune the ukulele with an electronic tuning device.

How To Tune By Ear
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in this lesson we will be learning how to tune without the aide of an electric tuner. This is also known as “tuning by ear”.

Strumming Techniques
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In this lesson we will cover several techniques you can use when strumming the ukulele.

Proper Fret Hand Technique
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In this lesson we will learn how to properly play notes with our Fret hand or left hand.

Your First 3 Chords – C, F, and G
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In this lesson we will be learning our first 3 chords. C major, F Major and G Major. Chords are made up of 3 or more notes played at the same time.

Reading Charts and Lead Sheets
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In this lesson we will be learning how to read a chart (also referred to as a Lead Sheet) so you can easily follow along with songs.

Effective Strumming Patterns
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In this lesson we will learn a few common strumming patterns.

You Are My Sunshine
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In this lesson we will learn how to play the traditional song You Are My Sunshine. This is a simple song using the chords C, F, and G

The A Minor Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning the A minor chord. Also notated as Am or A-

Wagon Wheel
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In this lesson we will be learning Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show. We will be doing this song in the key of C. The original recording is in the key of A

Let it Be by the Beatles
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In this lesson we will be learning Let It Be by the Beatles. The song uses C, F, G, and Am chords.

The D Major Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning the D Major Chord.

How To Read Tablature
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In this lesson we will learn how to read tablature. Tablature is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches. It is very common with string and fretted instruments.

Im Yours by Jason Mraz
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In this lesson we will be learning Im Yours by Jason Mraz in the key of C. The song requires the chords C, F, G, Am, and D.

The A Major Chord
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In this lesson we will the A Major Chord and how it relates to the D and G chords.

Major and Minor Chords
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In this lesson we will be studying the difference between Major and Minor chords. Specifically we will be introducing a Dm and Gm chords.

E Major and E Minor Chords
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In this lesson we will be learning E major and E minor. Theses two chords shapes are movable shapes. This means you can move them up and down the neck and it will always be a major or minor chord.

Finding Notes on the Neck
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In this lesson we will be learning about the 12 notes used in music and how to find them on the neck of your ukulele

Single Note Picking
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In this lesson we will learn some basic single note picking methods. This technique will be applied when playing melodies.

The Major Scale
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In this lesson we will be learning the Major scale. The Major scale is very important in the world of music theory and understanding basic chord theory and harmonic structure. It is the building blocks of music.

Finding Chords Using the Major Scale
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In this lesson we will be learning the formulas for building major and minor chords anh how to use the Major scale to find these particular notes.

Basic Major Scale Harmony
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In this lesson we will be learning about chords and how they relate to the major scale within a certain key.

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
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In this lesson we will be learning the classic Eric Clapton tune Wonderful Tonight. In this song we will be applying the single note picking technique and also be learning how to bend strings. The chords for this song are basic.

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
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In this lesson we will be learning Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. This song makes use of G, C, D, and Em chords as well as a nice melody line in the intro.

Dead Notes
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In this lesson we will be learning about dead notes and the technique for playing them on the uke. Dead notes are often referred to as “chanks”or “scratches”.

No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley
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In this lesson we will be learning No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley. The song uses basic open chords and is a great song to apply the dead note or “chank” technique that we have just learned.

Movable Major and Minor Barre Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning an movable Major barre chord based off of the A Major open chord shape. We also learn a movable Minor barre chord based off of the Am open chord shape. Knowing these chords will allow to play any Major or Minor chord.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie
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In this lesson we will be applying our Major and Minor Barre Chords in this tune by Death Cab For Cutie.

Ukulele Barre Chords
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In order to play many songs it is important to learn some ukulele barre chords. In this lesson we will be learning a movable Major barre chord based off of the A Major open chord shape. We also learn a movable Minor barre chord based off of the Am open chord shape. Knowing these chords will allow to play any Major or Minor chord by simply shifting the position and moving up and down the frets.