Getting Started with Ukulele

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Getting Started with Ukulele?

First thing is to get a ukulele. Get a few, they come in four sizes and all different shapes, wood, finishes, acoustic, electric, solid body, archtop. There is even a banjo and bass ukulele. Plus they are fun, any size

You can take you ukulele playing to any level. From a few simple basic chords to complicated solo ukulele arrangements like I have available right here.

For selecting a ukulele take a look at over 100 ukulele manufactures and builders I've collected. And, a page of dealers to get you started.

Selected Lessons

Here are a few ukulele lessons to get you started. Lessons on the common tunings for ukulele, the various ukulele sizes, basic chords, strums and much more..

With over 500+ lessons and counting for ukulele. I'm sure there's a lesson or two that fits what your looking for. If not contact me and I'll create a custom lesson for whatever you would like to work on.

Selecting a Ukulele

The ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lele) comes in four sizes: Soprano (sometimes called Standard), Concert, Tenor and Baritone.

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Common Ukulele Tunings

Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the construction supports it and a string is available. Here are the most common tunings for the Ukulele shown in concert pitch.

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Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation

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.

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Standard Music Notation

Rather than do a complete lessons on standard music notation. Why reinvent the wheel. There are lot of great resources on-line and books in music stores that already exsist. Here is my take on several of the offerings.

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Key Signatures

A key signature is a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating the notes that are to be consistently played higher or lower than the equivalent natural notes. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation. Each major and minor key has an associated key signature that sharpens or flattens the notes which are used in its scale.

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Basic Ukulele Chords - C Tuning

The art and science of chord fingering. Learning your basic open position chords in common keys.

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Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

Standard music notation, the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard for C tuned ukuleles. Covers both high C and low G tuning variations.

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Which Way Is Up? - Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, etc...

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.

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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!)

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...’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.

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Naming Chords on Ukulele

A Chord can have alternate names based on how it is being used. A chord's function is an important determining factor in naming a chord.

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Dominant Seventh Chords?

Not all seventh chords are actually "dominant" seventh chords. This lesson covers when is a Dominant Seventh Chord NOT really a Dominant seventh?

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Fingerstyle Basics for Ukulele - t i m r, ( p i m a )

Exploring fingerstyle on ukulele. This lesson covers the common terms used for identifing the fingers used. And, presents a series of single string exercises for exploring and developing the techniques needed for this style.

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The Major Scale

The Major Scale or Ionian scale is a diatonic scale, made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first one octave higher. In solfege these notes correspond to the syllables "Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti/Si, (Do)",

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The Trouble with TAB

TAB, short for tablature is a form of musical notation using numbers and letters on a staff that that corresponds to the number of strings of fretted string instrument. Theses number tell a player which fret to place their fingers on rath

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