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Small in size, huge on awesome :)

I've had an interesting relationship with the Uke, it was in fact the first type of string instrument I played as a very small child but I don't think I actually 'played' it, just strummed it randomly without any attempt at making it musical... It wasn't until early 2013 that I decided to get one and have a proper go at it. Unfortuneatley for me, the one I bought, though certainly not a cheap model, wouldn't stay in tune for longer than 10 minutes and I found it so frustrating that I gave it up again and it wasn't until Maton (the makers of my favourite acoustic guitars) sent me a Uke that I enjoyed it - and now I'm really digging it.

So as I learn more songs, techniques and tips, I'll pass them on to you here. There is a lot of skills that tranfer easily from guitar so if you been plucking the six for a while, you'll probably find the transition pretty easy!

It really is a great fun little instrument, and very friendly... nice soft nylon strings, easy to carry around and it's not like anyone ever expects you to do anything fancy or complicated... so there's no pressure if you pull one out at a party! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Big thanks to Maton for my awesome Uke, check them out if you are in the market for one, they ain't cheap but they are great!

 

Beginner Lessons

UK-001 • Ukulele Basics, 4 Chords & Many Songs
Get from complete noob to playing some songs in this lesson!! How to hold it, the tuning, how to strum it and a few of the most basic chords.

UK-002 • Ukulele Open Chords Grips (Part 1)
The easiest 'open' major, minor and 7th chords (for C, F and G)

UK-003 • Ukulele Open Chords Grips (Part 2)
The rest of the basic 'open' major, minor and 7th chords (for A, D and E)

UK-004 • The Shuffle Strum
This lesson we're going to check out the shuffle strum, essential for many uke songs!

UK-005 • The "2 & 4 Hit" groove
In this lesson we check out a way to do the 'muted strum" and learn the "2 & 4 Hit" groove

<< gap here for me to add some other bits later on, basic fingerpicking and some other bits :) >>

UK-010 • Notes On The Ukulele
Before learning Movable Chords you need to know your notes, or at least be able to find them!

UK-011 • Ukulele Movable Chords: Shape 1
Exploring moveable Uke chords using Shape 1, Major, minor and 7.

UK-012 • Ukulele Movable Chords: Shape 2
Exploring moveable Uke chords using Shape 2

UK-013 • Ukulele Movable Chords: Shape 3
Exploring moveable Uke chords using Shape 3

UK-014 • Ukulele Movable Chords: Shape 4
Exploring moveable Uke chords using Shape 4

UK-015 • Ukulele Movable Chords: Shape 5
Exploring moveable Uke chords using Shape 5

 

Uke Songs (US-XXX Series)

I really love the Uke and not surprised by how popular it is, so I decided to do a Ukulele Songbook and it it proves popular then I'll do a bunch more. Below you'll find the free video lessons of the songs from the songbooks and any other songs that I decide to do too!

The Justinguitar Ukulele Songbook - Volume 1

This first collection of 25 songs are ones that I enjoy playing on Uke, there's some really simple 4 chord wonders and some more complex songs, but all of them good for getting going.

I broke the book into 5 sections with 5 songs in each: Easy 4 Chord Classics, Classic Uke Songs, Vintage Hits, Modern Classic and Poptastic Fun :)

 

 

 

US-101 • Dream A Little Dream Of Me - The Mama's And Papa's
US-102 • Let It Be - The Beatles
US-103 • Happy - Will Pharell
US-104 • I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
US-105 • The Rainbow Connection - Kermit The Frog
US-106 • Longing To Belong - Eddie Vedder
US-107 • When I'm 64 - The Beatles
US-108 • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
US-109 • Get Lucky - Daft Punk
US-110 • Stand By Me - Ben E King