Learning `Ukulele with Curt

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The home for Learning Ukulele and All Things Ukulele with Curt Sheller

No Tricks • No Secrets • No Shortcuts • Nothing for Dummies — and you're NOT going to learn the ukulele in 7 days or 30 days or even master it in your lifetime. You just enjoy the ride and have a lifetime of fun! And, you can to take advantage of my 30 plus years of serious study of music, jazz and an intense focus on `ukulele since 2003.

Lesson Series

A Lesson Series is a collection related lessons that fall into a logical sequence to study and learn from. Each series has a progression of lessons that build upon the previous lessons. With so many lessons available on Learning Ukulele with Curt Sheller it can be a daunting tack to know where to start and the lessons to select.

Lessons

ALL available lessons in a condensed, title's only view.

Lessons

ALL available lessons in a catalog view with lesson descriptions.

What's Different About LearningUkulele.com

No Tricks • No Secrets • No Shortcuts • Nothing for Dummies — and you're NOT going to learn the ukulele in 7 days or 30 days or even master it in your lifetime. You just enjoy the ride, explore, and have a lifetime of fun!

Here are few more Snake Oil pitches you get on-line BUT not here:

  • Learn Step-by-Step and Master the UKULELE in less than 30 days - Step-by-step is good depending on the steps but - 30 days.
  • Practice Only a Few Minutes X Days a Week - We've all seen these claims for achieving something with little effort. YOU HAVE TO PUT THE TIME & WORK IN!!!
  • Learn Without Learning Scales or Getting Bogged Down with Fancy Theory - You wouldn't try to be a writer without learning about the alphabet, words, nouns, adjectives, pronouns and the grammar that puts it all together. Music is no different - they're established principles of music that have worked for centuries.
  • Learn to Play Like ( insert you favorite artist's name here ) - There is already one of them and countless clone / want to bes. Learn to unleash your inner musician / artist.. BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE!!! And, there can ever only be one of you.

So, after you've tried all the other Quick / Easy methods of learning ukulele on your own. And, haven't gotten the results you're looking for – it's probably not you – it's most likely the methods and teachers that you have been using. Time to put the pieces together.

Proven Methods - If there's one thing that I've learned over 30 years of studying and research, as well as from the 50 to 60 students a week, I teach. — It's that everyone is different. I can adapt to pretty much anything and have a multitude of ways of teaching any given topic. I CAN find what works for you.

The only guarantee I can make with my methods and guidance is — if you put the time and work in you WILL get results. I've put the time in and have been down all the same roads that your starting to go down.

One thing that I've found over the years is that EVERY musician you admire probably started right where you and I stated.

Now, What You — “WILL” — Get

I develop ukulele players into musicians. Although my specialization is jazz, I work with and develop ukulele players in every style. Subjects taught include technique, chord work and applications, improvisation, solo ukulele, sight reading, ear training, theory, songwriting, and development of a performance repertoire and the skills to pull it all off. If you are taking private lessons with me or signed up for the two or four lessons a month online - we work on what your goals are.

With my, almost 40 plus years of serious study of music and 20 plus years of private teaching. I'm more than sure — I guarantee I can help you achieve your goals.

I haven't toured the world or played with this player and that player that you might know - so no name dropping here. I made a decision to stay at home, close to family and not travel. I've made a living at music locally.

If you want to know if I have to chops to back it up - I DO ( listen to my How About More Uke CD ).

“The self-taught man seldom knows anything accurately, and he does not know a tenth as much as he could have known if he had worked under teachers; and, besides, he brags, and is the means of fooling other thoughtless people into going and doing as he himself had done.” ― Mark Twain

( A little tough talk from Mark, but quite true. Curt )

My methods are customized and drawn from my background of teaching, performance, recording, publishing, research and my own thirty plus years of studying with world renowned jazz guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson . I just never stopped learning, exploring and researching music.

My private teaching programs are devoted to learning and advancing your ukulele skill and chops and will help you while exploring any style of music - mainly contemporary and jazz ukulele styles. Jazz Ukulele requires the most information, knowledge, and technique of all styles of the ukulele. These programs will benefit any ukulele player trying to advance his or her skills and enjoyment on the ukulele.

Take advantage of my twenty plus years of teaching, forty years of intense study and research to help you advance in the art of the ukulele and become the ukulele player to match your goals.

Take a look around the site and checkout the many FREE lessons, my many books.

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

Not only do I know what I'm doing, but can also explain in detail what I do/did and guide you through the process you achieving the same. Check out my Curt Sheller Jazz Trio, How About More Uke? CD for what I can offer to ANY aspiring ukulele player.

Now, to be honest, one thing that I'm not that great at is typing. Hence all the typos on the site and I never formally studied writing ( probably self-evident ).

AndersonChuck Should you study music with a teacher or should you "wing" it on your own? This question always comes up in this type of discussion about music.

An objective assessment of the two alternative approaches leads me (Chuck Anderson) invariably towards the formal route. Why? Because without guidance, there is a tendency to go in circles, What do you practice, when do you move to the next topic? When are you doing something wrong? How do you practice what doesn't exist to you? - Chuck Anderson

PDF Downloads Immediate Downloads of Books

Hard copy books are available at Elderly Instruments, Funky Frets and a few select ukulele dealers. Retailers wishing to carry books by Curt Sheller can contact Curt right here on LearningUkulele.com for more info and to get setup.

Featured Song - Rain Shine

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written, and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Learning Ukulele

The Good News - initially the ukulele is a lot easier to learn than the guitar or most other fretted stringed instruments. You can get initial success pretty early one. Now the Bad News - there are no Tricks, Secrets or Shortcuts when learning any musical instrument and the ukulele is no different. To take it beyond the basic requires learning how things work in music and mastering the technique required for simply enjoying the ukulele.

Using my proven teaching methods All I can guarantee IS that you WILL learn and progress.

Jack Webb of Dragnet TV fame said if best, "Just The Facts, Ma'am."

The Tricks are just the tools and building on a core - solid foundation. The Secrets - well there are no secrets, it's how music works, and we work in relationship to music. And Shortcuts typically come back and bite you. Skip the tricks, secrets, and shortcuts, and you won't regret it down the road. My site does dispense a lot of tips I've discovered, researched and explored along the way to help with learning the ukulele. I can be your guide, coach, mentor, teacher for exploring the ukulele.

You won't have to:

  • Practice - you'll EXPLORE the ukulele and all its potential.
  • There are no Rules - just the PRINCIPLES of music and how it all works together.
  • Play - well you can call it play but it is a bit of WORK - but a lot of fun

Your Fearless `Ukulele Leader

Curt Sheller - ( Me, myself and I ) is-are an independent, by choice, musician, graphic artist, music store owner, publishing company, web developer (these sites), etc... catering to the needs of ukulele players and musicians worldwide with the resources, expertise and information you need to develop as a musician.

Curt Sheller Publications was created by Curt Sheller (me) in 1995 and has been on the web since - over 20 years. I have over 50 plus years ( I sound old ) of playing experience, and I have been involved in private music education for the past 30 years. I have performed and presented workshops at various ukulele festivals around the USA over the last ten decade.

I'm one of those rare performers that can communicate what I do to a student in a detailed manner and customized to their needs. Like I said - I'll guarantee your progress as long as you do the work.

1963

My start in 1963 with a Framus acoustic. Who would of thought it would come to this!!!

2015

Fifty plus years later and stubborn enough to stick with it. With my grandson TJ.


Back to the 'Ukelele

After a 20 plus year break from the 'ukulele - ( couldn't figure it out back then and no info around, let alone a finding a qualified teacher for 'ukulele ) - In 2003 I began taking advantage of my jazz guitar skills, training, teaching and performance experience and started pursuing and exploring the potential of the ukulele. Researching the field I saw very little material organized at a level that actually works for intermediate to advanced players – most of the beginner stuff is suspect as well. I have developed an international reputation as a ukulele expert having written 50+ books for ukulele and guitar. In my private teaching practice I typically have between 50 to 60 students a week of all levels depending on the season.

Checkout my ukulele CD, “How About More Uke?” - I've been planning and talking about this CD for a few years and finally have gotten around to getting it done.

The Curt Sheller Trio at the Boyertown Pickfest, October 2015
A windy cold day and an outside gig.

A Few Popular Lessons

Coolidge Calvin“Press on: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge, The 30th. President [ 1923-1929 ]

BrozmanBob“The ukulele is a noble little instrument... anyone serious about music will eventually come to play one.”

Bob Brozman

“How long can you call something a fad before you just have to admit the thing is just here, it’s hit a steady state, and it’s just going to be around?”

James Hill

Curt, I really enjoyed your set at The Whiskey--your low key intros, mic persona provided a cool contrast with your complex uke technique and ingenious arrangements! - Best wishes, Jared Denhard

“Chords can not be named out of context. They can only be named in the context of a chord progression or chord sequence and then only when the chord's harmonic function within that progression can be determined.” - Curt Sheller (me)

That's the single most sensible statement about music that I've read in months, maybe years. Thanks, Curt.

John Kavanagh - The 4th Peg Parlor Room

I have purchased many books over the past 15 years I have been playing and none of them come even close to having the detailed and easy to understand information yours have. - Nick Matty

Here is what Peter Rhee said about my (Curt Sheller) books.

"Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!" - Peter Rhee

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Updates and new lessons, songs and information is posted just about everyday.
If I'm not teaching or gigging I'm working on the web site.

More Info on My Background

You can checkout my Music, Art, Publishing and Programming bios at: Bios. I have worn a lot of different hats over my adult working career – music and art has always been the BIGGEST part of it.

AndersonChuck Should you study music with a teacher or should you "wing" it on your own? This question always comes up in this type of discussion about music.

An objective assessment of the two alternative approaches leads me (Chuck Anderson) invariably towards the formal route. Why? Because without guidance, there is a tendency to go in circles, What do you practice, when do you move to the next topic? When are you doing something wrong? How do you practice what doesn't exist to you? - Chuck Anderson

Student and Site Membership Options

Two ways to get the greatest benefit from the LearningUkulele.com and myself — more info about Curt Sheller.

I've had countless ukulele players at festivals, and guitarists approach me and say, "I wish I lived closer to you. I'd love to take lessons." With the Internet your as close as ever and can benefit from my performance and teaching experience.

Monthly One-on-One Private Lesson Plans

Details of the two possible monthly plans are available on the main page of the student section.

One-on-One Lesson Plans

Simply log in and select a lesson plan

3 Month, 6 Month and Annual Site Membership Option

A second way of taking advantage is subscribing to an affordable site subscription plan. There are are several membership plans available that include FREE months and FREE books downloads.

Site Membership Plans

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books! — Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too. — Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent. — fatveg — Portland

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Thanks, for visiting!!! Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often.

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, luthiers, ukulele builders, festival informations, clubs, and ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's. This site just never stops growing!!!