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marwar
06-02-2017, 02:01 AM
Never played guitar o ukulele in my life before!

In the video archive there are a few diffrent week 1 videos. So where to start?

There is the UKULELE UNDERGROUND UNIVERSITY and BEGINNER VIDEO COURSES.

Thanks!

johnson430
06-02-2017, 03:33 AM
I don't know about those two but I enjoyed this video course very much. And it is less than $9usd a month.
https://www.theukuleleway.com/
You can try the course for free before committing.

DownUpDave
06-02-2017, 03:59 AM
Never played guitar o ukulele in my life before!

In the video archive there are a few diffrent week 1 videos. So where to start?

There is the UKULELE UNDERGROUND UNIVERSITY and BEGINNER VIDEO COURSES.

Thanks!

Definitely start with the Beginners Video Course. It takes you from "zero" and logically progresses through the different skills needed to play ukulele. This is a very very well done video series for someone with no fretted instrument experience, that was me 3 years ago. Have fun......I know you will

PhilUSAFRet
06-02-2017, 10:09 AM
When watching youtube lessons, remember you can hit the gear icon at the bottom of the screen and slow it down if need be.

Nibby
06-02-2017, 05:45 PM
I don't know about those two but I enjoyed this video course very much. And it is less than $9usd a month.
https://www.theukuleleway.com/
You can try the course for free before committing.

I just signed up for this site and I really like it so far.

Also, The Ukulele Teacher is fantastic. I have learned several songs by watching his videos. He has a YouTube channel with tons of free videos.

olphart
06-03-2017, 04:11 AM
I started with Cynthia Lin on Youtube and made very good progress. I moved on to Rockclass101, also a good teacher, though I would find him more difficult if I hadn't had the videos with Cynthia.
There are lots out there.

josheboy
06-03-2017, 07:16 AM
Never played guitar o ukulele in my life before!

In the video archive there are a few diffrent week 1 videos. So where to start?

There is the UKULELE UNDERGROUND UNIVERSITY and BEGINNER VIDEO COURSES.

Thanks!

If you're talking about the UU+ vids, you should start with Ukulele 100. It covers how to hold & tune and strum and finger positioning and what not. Which then leads to the 101 vids, then to 102!

ukudy
06-05-2017, 07:17 PM
If you're talking about the UU+ vids, you should start with Ukulele 100. It covers how to hold & tune and strum and finger positioning and what not. Which then leads to the 101 vids, then to 102!

I started 2 weeks ago with UU+ and I'm progressing quickly. Highly recommended!

Reno Dave
06-28-2017, 03:47 AM
I never played an musical instrument before. I purchased a inexpensive uke 15years ago then found "Uke Minutes" on UU. I watched everyone of them over and over and began to play many simple songs. The "hook" was set. Today, there is not a day that goes by that I don't pick up a ukulele. I never leave home without one. The more I learn the less I know.

Estudiante
06-28-2017, 03:58 AM
I'll second the "Ukulele Way" recommendation. Actually, it's $9 Canadian, so if you're in the US it's less than $7 per month. I'm completing Book 3. My kids recently finished the related Ukulele in the Classroom curriculum and are now starting Ukulele Way Book 1. If Ukulele Way also included practice exercises in addition to each lesson's repertoire piece, it would be pretty much perfect.

Before starting Ukulele Way, you'd want some basic familiarity with the uke. You could do "Play Ukulele Today" which is a small introductory volume and part of the "Ukulele Way" group of products.

nocrapman
08-04-2017, 06:26 AM
Signed up for the Ukulele way after reading the recommendations here and I am very pleased. I was initially looking at the UU lessons but the steep pricing was a deterrent. UW is pretty well setup and priced fairly I think.

cyber3d
08-04-2017, 04:39 PM
Definitely look up Cynthia Lin on YouTube. She is the finest beginning teacher IMO. I also like "The Ukulele Teacher" on YouTube.

GianniPhat
08-08-2017, 05:05 PM
In addition to Cynthia Lin, check out Tyler "Tenthumbspro" on YouTube.

I'm a new player too and I find his song vids to have a bit more detail and finesse than the Uke Teacher, but they all have their place for sure.

Also highly recommend James Hill's "How to Strum Fast" video for a solid basic strumming lesson.

-G

Prattism@gmail.com
08-08-2017, 07:11 PM
There are tons of places to learn. I've viewed Cynthia Lin (great voice), Thethumbspro, Ukulele Mike, The Ukulele Teacher, James Hill's the Ukulele Way, and more. I learned to play several songs half way decently.

The problem is that the hit and miss nature of learning from different sources may be immediately fun, but doesn't help with the progression much.

When I decided to get serious, I signed up for Ukulele Underground University (UU+). I think Aldrine is an excellent teacher and he's got a great support group with him. It progresses like a regular class.

Beginner:
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Ukulele 100 (5 lessons, avg 20 min - from understanding your ukulele, through three basic chords (C/F/G7), basic strumming and timing.)
Ukulele 101 (12 lessones - avg 50 min - all the basics to play most songs using a few strumming patterns)
Basic Strum Course ( 6 lessons, avg 5 min - add to your strumming repertoire

It takes a couple of months to finish the Beginner courses if you're diligent. Afterward you'll be able to play 100's of songs at a reasonably decent level, plus a handful very well.

Intermediate:
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Ukulele 102 (10 lessons - avg ~20 min - exercises, picking, ear training, scales & tonal harmony, advance strumming, pulls/hammers and more)
Essential Chords course 2 (7 vids)
Fingerpicking basics (7 vids)
Soloing / flatpicking techniques (12 vids)
Blues (18 vids)
Hawaiian Ukulele (11 vids)
Music theory (10 vids of UU+, 14 Uke Minutes vids)
-- and lots more

Advanded:
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Ukulele 103
Advanced Soloing
Appled Music Theory
Advanced strumming
- lots more

There are alos numerous master classes with guest teachers like Imua Garza, Chris Salvador, Craig Chee, Kalei Gamiao, Bruce Shimabukuro, and more

As part of the Ukulele Underground University, there are weekly live lessons with interactive feedback, friday Aloha Play Alongs, Open Mic nights where you can show what you've learned, whiteboard requests to learn a new song, weekly webcam sessions with Matt Dahlberg and plenty more.

There are around 100 in depth song tutorials, most with separate play-along videos with chords displayed.

I'm very happy with my progress and the entire support network. I just go through the classes slowly, about 2 videos per week, and make sure to get a lot of practice in and do the video homework which you can post and get critiqued by one of the UU+ guys.

I still check out Cynthia Lin's and TenThumbsPro for some songs, and will likely do the Ukulele Way once I've complete the intermediate course. Just going through Ukulele 102 and the strumming courses, I've improved immensely.

The UU+ course isn't cheap, but there is a ton of resources and excellent access to the teachers. Ten years worth of instruction, ordered pretty well. Far more, and better laid out than anything else I've found. It's a proven path from beginner to very advanced. You can always do the 2 week free trial and see if it's for you.

BTW- I have nothing to do with the UU+ University, except that I joined and found it works for me.

I haven't tried The Ukulele Way, but it was my second choice. Less than half the price and it's friggin' James Hill! But it's also basically new, whereas the UU+ has been around for a decade and has had a chance to evolve with a ton of member feedback.

RustandtheCity
08-08-2017, 08:44 PM
I'm currently starting book 3 of the ukulele way with James Hill. I'd learned a few things on my.own before starting. Ive been really enjoying the lessons and feel like I am making good progress. Ukulele way has more focus on melody rather than strumming chords and singing along. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of reading music to do the ukulele way. I'd highly recommend it based on my experiences with it so far.

bighatbulls
08-09-2017, 03:53 AM
I started with Cynthia Lin on Youtube and made very good progress. I moved on to Rockclass101, also a good teacher, though I would find him more difficult if I hadn't had the videos with Cynthia.
There are lots out there.

I started with Cynthia Lin as well, but then moved on to UU vids.

andy2353
08-09-2017, 04:14 AM
I signed up for UU+ and have gone through 101, 102 and 103. It costs money but very little compared to personal lessons. It got me on my feet as a ukulele player.

Andy

captain-janeway
03-06-2018, 08:09 AM
I'm currently starting book 3 of the ukulele way with James Hill. I'd learned a few things on my.own before starting. Ive been really enjoying the lessons and feel like I am making good progress. Ukulele way has more focus on melody rather than strumming chords and singing along. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of reading music to do the ukulele way. I'd highly recommend it based on my experiences with it so far.

Thanks. I'd been feeling like an idiot for even having a hard time with booster uke. I was already feeling like I should know how to read music and should completely know my way around the fretboard, etc. How did you get around this? I figure really learning music is going to take quite awhile, but where did you go to get at least enough of a start to use UW?

Uke Don
03-06-2018, 09:15 AM
If you are using Ukulele Way, just start the regular lessons. They progress from the very basic and many include tabs to get you up an running. The thing I really like about James' approach is that he is teaching you about music, not just ukulele.

captain-janeway
03-06-2018, 10:01 AM
If you are using Ukulele Way, just start the regular lessons. They progress from the very basic and many include tabs to get you up an running. The thing I really like about James' approach is that he is teaching you about music, not just ukulele.

Thanks. I wanted to learn the music not just strumming since I want to be able to figure how to fingerpick songs as my primary goal

captain-janeway
03-07-2018, 05:23 PM
If you are using Ukulele Way, just start the regular lessons. They progress from the very basic and many include tabs to get you up an running. The thing I really like about James' approach is that he is teaching you about music, not just ukulele.

Thanks. Started that way tonight and it's already making more sense. I figured the music reading was in here somewhere! Maybe I'll try booster uke later

Uke Don
03-08-2018, 08:21 AM
That's great. I sort of learned to read music when I was a kid, but had forgotten it all. When I returned to guitar as an adult I only used TAB. That was fine, but really limited my range of music. With UW I made a concerted effort to learn the standard notation as well as using the TAB to get started on a piece. It helped a great deal.