What Level Ukulele Player Are You?
If you are not sure of your current level then visit the Determining Your Level page. It will help you determine where you are in your development.
You might be an intermediate player as far as chords go but a beginner for scales and improvisation. A great strummer but just starting to explore fingerstyle. So one level doesn't fit all players and/or all subjects.
This is where a experienced teacher can really help out. It's sometimes hard to evaluate where you are in your own development. A outside set of ears and eyes can help determine a good course of development, depending on your goals.
Teaching your self can be frustrating at times. One problem with going the self taught route is the glut of information available on-line. There is no one controlling the flow of information, no one to guide you from the basic foundation skills and knowledge needed to more advance concepts for any particular topic. Patience is paramount with yourself is crucial — there’s nothing in the world that someone hasn’t managed to learn, starting from right from where you are. And, it's probably written down somewhere, either in a books or on-line.
A beginner is a player that's just starting out with ukulele and pretty much knows nothing about the ukulele – clean slate. A great place to start, no bad habits and only forward progress is possible. You are just beginning you're musical journey with this wonderful instrument.
A Beginner might know a chord two. Can use some work switching between chords and playing in time. They might only know the names of the open strings. 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 ndeeds 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.