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Ghostsoul♫
03-16-2011, 07:21 PM
Hey, i'm new to this site and to this instrument and I was wondering if anybody had any good tips for things like:

-strumming
-playing chords
-easier play
-any chords that you really need to know
-anything else that is helpful

(This is the first string instrument I've ever tried learning with the exeption of the piano)
thanks for all your help ☻

itsme
03-16-2011, 08:04 PM
Welcome aboard. There's a lot of good info here on UU and it would behoove you to explore it.

mm stan
03-16-2011, 09:08 PM
Aloha Ghostsoul,
Welcome to the UU and our forums...(E komo mai) have fun and enjoy...google Musicteacher2010 and Keonepax( for his chords, click the arrow or more under the video)for awesome ukulele video tutorials..
Happy Strummings ...MM Stan...

PhilUSAFRet
03-17-2011, 04:23 AM
I started with Uncle Rod's Ukulele Bootcamp, just trying to learn chords by playing a few songs wasn't working for me.

Mandarb
03-17-2011, 04:48 AM
Check out Aldrine's videos on the main page - lots of good stuff and the answers to all of your questions.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
03-17-2011, 06:56 AM
Aloha and Welcome to the UU Family.

Below my signature are a couple of links for you to use freely.

Enjoy and keep uke'in',

jet86
03-17-2011, 11:06 AM
This forum and the main site are certainly a good place to start.

You should also check out Ukulele Hunt (http://ukulelehunt.com/) - I'm finding it helpful as I learn at the moment as well.

Otherwise just do a Google search and see what you find. It seems there's a lot of info out there.

uncle phil
03-17-2011, 12:28 PM
Check out Aldrine's videos on the main page - lots of good stuff and the answers to all of your questions.

I second this suggestion. But as a newcomer I have noticed no simple click through to get from the forums to the main UU site with the instructional videos.

Am I missing something? Entirely probable, but if it's not there I may post a site suggestion for that.

uncle phil

Huna
03-17-2011, 01:34 PM
Play what you like and like what you play I suppose lol. I like youtube because I don't have others playing around me. I think to learn what others have learned would speed things up definitely but there is no abundance of ukulele anything really..... (maybe there is in Hawaii but not in TN) but then again a lot of guitar and mandolin players transfer their skills quickly and can be teachers.... but there are uke specific things that I think I need to be around some uke players to learn, like the cool strums that are only played on uke.

Ghostsoul♫
03-17-2011, 09:20 PM
Thank everyone!!!! that really helped :]

rreffner
03-18-2011, 02:36 AM
Get a clip-on tuner and tune when you first pick your uke up and occasionally during a session.

molokinirum
03-18-2011, 04:02 AM
Aloha Ghostsoul,
Welcome to the UU and our forums...(E komo mai) have fun and enjoy...google Musicteacher2010 and Keonepax( for his chords, click the arrow or more under the video)for awesome ukulele video tutorials..
Happy Strummings ...MM Stan...

Aloha and welcome!! I second mm stans suggestion!! Both are excellent sites!

bazmaz
03-18-2011, 04:17 AM
Loads of info on this site - and dont be afraid to ask daft questions - everyone is great!

I have a whole range of beginner tips on my site which, I think, cover what you are looking for and more. There are also a range of chord charts

See - http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/p/beginners-guides.html

Barbablanca
03-20-2011, 05:45 AM
Tried downloading Uncle Rod's Bootcamp - figure I needed some discipline - but I just got a page that said I had to become a premium member to download the material. Is there any way to avoid that?

Kanaka916
03-20-2011, 06:07 AM
Just checked and the link is valid, http://www.4shared.com/document/WI3SRGwf/Ukulele_Boot_Camp_rev.html ... access page, click on the "Download Now" box, will take you to another page for the actual download (it will have a countdown timer), when timer reaches 0, the box will say "Download file now".

Huna
03-20-2011, 06:07 AM
his sight is particularly a pain to deal with but you don't have to pay. There are a lot of other resources out there. Try this: http://www.doctoruke.com/fivefoottwomultikey.pdf

Barbablanca
03-20-2011, 02:53 PM
Thanks Kanaka. I had seen a download button there, but it seemed to be next to an advert for something else. I've been burned before at similar sites, you think you pressed download for what you want and you end up with spyware or worse. BB

Kanaka916
03-20-2011, 05:46 PM
I know what you mean. If you still can't get it or apprehensive about the download, PM me your email and I'll send it.

Ghostsoul♫
03-23-2011, 03:02 PM
Thank you everyone! i should have mentioned this earlier, but i have dial-up internet and I can't watch videos :( sorry. also pauljmuk, huna, kanaka, and other people that refered me to a website, thanks!! :D

Plainsong
03-23-2011, 04:43 PM
his sight is particularly a pain to deal with but you don't have to pay. There are a lot of other resources out there. Try this: http://www.doctoruke.com/fivefoottwomultikey.pdf

It's not his site, it's the download archive site he uses. They're all like that.

hopkid
03-23-2011, 06:13 PM
I'm just beginning as well (two months in) and I'm still trying to absorb the wealth of info here, but I'll let you know what I've done during these first two months as my "training regimen," such as it is:

1. Do Uncle Rod's Boot Camp. It really helped me get my right hand (I'm an uke lefty) used to making various chord shapes.

2. I've also downloaded Uncle Rod's free songbook and have taken his methodology to learning songs to heart.

3. Pick a couple of songs (either from Uncle Rod's book or something else, but not too hard) that you want to play and preferrably already know the words to or at least the melody. Find the tabs for the chords and the progression and follow Uncle Rod's methodology that is spelled out in his songbook.

4. For basic strums, I've used Ukulele Mike's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_dIPS9R8kU. Well hopefully at some point you can get a faster internet connection. There are a ton of great instructional videos out there.

It's worked for me thus far. I'm moderately proficient with Five Foot Two and Hanalei Moon and I'm currently working on Waikiki. I pretty much have the chord progression and strum pattern down for White Sandy Beach but when I start to hum or sing the melody, my strum goes to hell. I'll get back to that one eventually.