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Beginner Ukulele lessons available through Curt Sheller Publications
If you’re not sure of your current level, visit the Determining Your Level page. It will help you determine where you’re in at in your development. Or, click on on of the buttons below.
Note: You might be a beginner in one aspect of your learning and intermediate or advanced in other areas. This is especially true if you have experiences playing other instruments.
A beginner ukulele player is just starting out with ukulele and pretty much knows nothing about the ukulele or music – clean slate. This is a great place to start, no bad habits, a blank musical canvas and only forward progress is possible. You're just beginning a musical journey with this wonderful instrument.
A Beginner might know a chord two. Might need some work switching between chords and playing in time. They might only know the names of the open strings as you need those so you can tune your ukulele — but not much more.
A little beyond the beginning stages is when you can switch between simple chords, if you are familiar with the song. A beginner needs to have the chords written to play the song or have someone teach you the song. Only knows the basic chords in open position.
A beginner's strumming patterns typically consist of one or two patterns learned by ear. A beginner doesn’t know any scale patterns or have the ability to improvise or play single note lines.
Here are a few recommended lessons and resources to get started. These are the things that ALL ukulele players need to know.
A short disclaimer - All players and students are different and have different goals, likes and current skills they bring to learning the ukulele. This makes it somewhat hard with any of the individual lessons below to address without knowing someone's goals, current skills and likes are. This is problem with books and on-line lessons that can only be addressed with custom one-on-one private lessons – which I naturally do locally at our family music store and via skype from anywhere in the world. With all that said you'll find each lesson pretty darn good, if I don’t say so myself. A lot of work goes into each lesson and is based on my many, many years of private study and research.
Start with my FREE Learning Ukulele - A Recipe for Success monthly ukulele workshop handout that all workshop attendees get. This is a great overview of what you can learn on ukulele. Take a casual read through it and then checkout the lessons below to dive right into learning the ukulele.
Most beginners are drawn to the ukulele want to play songs right out of the gate. This is the song based approach to learning a musical instrument.
What you’ll do the most as a beginner ukulele play is to play chords.
After you learn a few chords you need to have a vocabulary of strumming or fingerpicking patterns to turn the chords into a progression, which are the core of songs.
The Learning Ukulele - A Recipe for Success lesson covers the four famous strums that all players should know. After the initial four patterns are master we can take the individual rhythmic syllables that make of the patterns and create additional patters for strumming and finger picking.
After the introductory lessons above the most common goal for beginning students is to play songs with others.
The Basic Ukulele Chord chart above is organized into common keys and the primary and secondary chords for each key.
Start with the most common of the common keys, the Key of C Major.
Beyond these initial lessons and recommendations it’s impossible to know where a player's goals, skill set is, what styles they want to play and how far they would like to take their ukulele player without a personal one-on-one meeting or correspondence.
Here are the the first lessons that every beginning ukulele player should start with. There are also the first lessons that ALL my ukulele students get when then start studying with me.
For music and learning an instrument like the ukulele or guitar, it’s all about the making the connection between the Mind, Hands and Ear.
When listening to music, we enjoy it at the tempo the composer or artist intended, in real time. Only the ear is involved in listening. This is passive listening and you’re simply enjoying the music. This is what we do everyday and it’s what draws us to want to learn a musical instrument.
What is up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending on a ukulele? Up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending should refer to musical pitch and not to direction as we know it.
Where Do I Start? This is a common question. This workshop-lesson covers ukulele tunings, learning the ukulele fingerboard, basic chords and strums. This workshop gets you rolling on having some fun playing the ukulele. This is the workshop-lesson handout that I give ukulele players attending my Learning Ukulele - A Recipe for Success beginner workshop.
Most players struggle with learning the names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard. There doesn’t seem to a pattern and notes repeat. There is an easy way and...
...it’s easier that you think!
Most players know the names of the open strings for their tuning. In “C” tuning the open strings are named G C E A, no sharps or flats.
The art and science of chord fingering. Learning your basic open position chords in common keys.
A core set of basic chords that ALL Ukulele players should know in five common keys: C, G, D, A and E. In all common “dominant” seventh chords in every key.
Of the 15 possible major and relative minor keys in music. There are five common keys to get started with. These will allow you to play quite a few popular songs.
This chart is great for new members of ukulele clubs and is organized into common keys of songs.
A strum is the execution of a rhythmic pattern - in a specific style at tempo. Learning Strums, A Receipe for Success covers how to go about learning the various rhythmic patterns that are strums.
Basic one, two, three and four note single string drills for ukulele for developing finger strength and independence. It's critical a player develop the finger strength and independence to explore their full musical potential. By developing a great finger
TAB or Tablature Tablature is a form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play.
TAB is sort of a secret language between guitar players and ukulele players. Although a shortcut to getting started it actually serves to alienate one from the rest of the music world.
With fewer alternate note locations than the guitar, reading music on ukulele is a lot easier than you might believe.
Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
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