First thing to learn about the ukulele is HOW TO TUNE IT:
Dr Uke has an audio you can play for each string of the ukulele i.e. G – 4th string, C – 3rd string, E – 2nd string and A – 1st string. Simply play each audio and tune the appropriate string to it. These audios are the first four songs of Dr Uke’s songbook, Click here to find them.
If you are not sure which string is which or how to go about it, then have a look at these diagrams that explain clearly the layout of the strings, also towards the bottom of this link there is video on How to tune a ukulele. For information, these diagrams are on the WikiHow website.
Note: The above is how to tune a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele. A baritone ukulele is usually tuned differently.
Then start playing
Currently we are using information from the ‘Beginners’ section of Dr. Uke’s website.
If you are waiting for our next course of our Beginners Workshops to start, why not have a go yourself using Dr. Uke’s Beginners Guide.
This guide has some very useful sections to help you start playing, namely:
How to get started
A useful guide on ‘What to Buy to Get Started’, and a ‘Buyers Guide’ which includes information on the different types of ukulele.
Beginners Songs with Audio
Play and practice these in the order listed, starting with the 1 and 2 chord songs. Dr Uke also provides an audio of each song to help you.
Strumming for Beginners
Worth reading and having a go before you start playing
Little (but very important) points to remember
A few other key points for the beginner
And finally, here are some chord charts for Beginners:
- Click here to view / print / save Basic Ukulele Chords for GCEA Tuning
- Click here to view / print / save Basic Ukulele Chords for GCEA Tuning – left handed
. . . . Happy strumming!