View Full Version : Is there a definitive 'learning ukulele' course out there?

11-01-2009, 12:33 AM
Hi All

Well ive been lurking round here for a year now and finally decided to sign up! Just bought my second uke (a Clearwater electric concert solid) and i think its time for me to stop tinkering and learn the instrument properly! I know there is a lot of youtube vids et al out there but i was wondering if any of you could recommend a place to start for me to learn comprehensively..is there a course available on the net/youtube that would be of use?? I want to learn technique more now than just jammin (poorly) with Chordie.com.

Any help would be gratefully received.


Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-01-2009, 01:52 AM
Welcome to UU, Badgerwolf.

Among other excellent methods might I offer the following for your benefit:


It is not comprehensive, however, I believe it will enable you to make good progress if followed.

It is a "disposable" method meaning it is designed to assist in the earlier stages of learning to play the ukulele.

Keep uke-in',

11-01-2009, 02:44 AM
Unfortunately, no. There's no such thing on the web... anywhere. And anyone who says there is, is a liar.

Well, except for:

UkuleleUnderground.com (but you already know that one)





...and hundreds more.

11-01-2009, 03:01 AM
thanks uncle rod..thatll be useful

does anyone know any good instructional stuff on finger picking and strumming? maybe youtube or websites?

11-01-2009, 03:32 AM
HoldinCoffee posted a link to Al Wood's "How To Play Ukulele". I'll take it one step further and check out "Ukulele 101 (http://howtoplayukulele.com/ukulele-101-101-things-every-ukulele-player-needs-to-know/)" as well as some of his other e-books. You might also check out these two resource threads; FREE Downloads and Resources for Uke Players / Students (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20361) and 'Ukulele Resources (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15464). Chord Magic (http://www.kauairainbow.com/Ukulele/Chord%20Magic/cm1.html) is another invaluable resource as well as Howlin' Hobbit's "Cheater Theory" (http://www.howlinhobbit.com/docs/cheater_theory_v2.pdf).

11-01-2009, 04:04 AM
The Hobbit rules!

11-01-2009, 05:23 AM
Don't forget Ukulele Mike (http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2009).

11-01-2009, 07:05 AM
Don't forget Ukulele Mike (http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2009).

I've never seen that one before, looks pretty nice. As to the OP, I tried learning on the internet, but I'm more of a hands-on learner, so I think im going to buy lessons from a little music shop near me where the uke teacher is supposed to be really good. Otherwise, YouTube is a good source, and so is http://www.ukulele.nl/chordfinder.php if you want to just learn songs, there's a play along section that shows you the chords. Good luck and welcome to UU!

-UM :shaka:

11-01-2009, 10:50 AM
Don't forget Ukulele Mike (http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2009).


I also notice that you're in the UK, I can't (yet) personally attest to whether or not this DVD is any good, but I've heard good things:


15 quid innit? Can't go wrong my son :D

11-01-2009, 10:53 PM
wow guys!

thanks for all the tips and links so far...looked at these and they will defo help. Keep 'em coming if ya think of any more


11-09-2009, 03:41 AM
anyone else? ideas?

11-09-2009, 12:09 PM
Well, apart from all the links that have been supplied, your best bet is likely something book based, so have a look around your local book stores or on Amazon. The best ukulele book I've come across so far is this one (http://kiwiukulele.co.nz/), but some of the example songs are NZ-specific and won't mean much to you, apart from that it's excellent.

You might like to try the books that James Hill has been part of, even though they're classroom biased. I haven't seen them so can't vouch for them, but having James Hill and Chalmers Doane (http://www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com/the_authors.htm) behind them goes extremely well in their favour. Watch out for the tunings they use (http://www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com/faq.htm) if you're looking to keep it simple and stay gCEA strict.

Apart from that, I'd say you should try and find some locals to play with, maybe one of them is a proper music teacher. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has a couple of recommendations here: