Getting Started with `Ukulele

It ALL starts right here. Get a `ukulele and get to work!!!

A `Ukulele is:

  • Light Weight, Affordable and Portable
  • Easy on the Fingers ( Four Strings, Four Fingers )
  • Less Need for Strumming Accuracy
  • and a low level of expectation - so we can get away with a lot.

And where else in the musical world can you go, sing poorly, play simply and have a blast with your peers.

The music you play can be as simple or complex as you want. The ukulele is a powerful musical instrument for communication in its own right. And, did I mention it's a blast and lot of fun to play and explore.

It's the new social instrument for this millennium and here to stay this go around - the craze is over.

You not find a more excepting and helpful group of people that you local ukulele gathering. You'll make life long friends and have a great time.

So what's stopping you? Go get Yourself a `Ukulele and get going.

Step One

Get your own `ukulele. Here is a lesson to help with selecting your first ukulele:

Step Two

Head to the Getting Started Series of `Ukulele Lessons and start with the Introduction.

This series of lessons should keep you busy for a bit. Then it's a good idea to hook up with a good teacher and develop a plan to obtain your musical goals.

Step Three

Step three will keep you busy for a while. So, after step three go lessons series page or the lessons page and snoop around and see what grabs your attention.

Or - Pick a Song or Play-along Track and see what is required.

Step Four

Get to Work!!!

Here is a couple of lessons series for chords and getting started with strums:

FREE Getting Started PDF


To the Site Member's section of the website and Curt Sheller Publications web site.

As part of all site memberships to the site, I’ve added a few lessons, and books to your Members Assets and Resources page available via your member profile page.

  • The Learning Process - The Mind, Hands and Ears • Which What is Up?
  • Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!)
  • Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation
  • Basic Open Position Ukulele Chords Chart
  • Basic Single Note Drills for Ukulele
  • Learning Ukulele Strums - A Recipe for Success

These lessons lay the ground work and create a solid foundation for all future learning and exploration of the ukulele.


Download the Getting Started PDF file. There's a lot of great information to get you off to a great start.

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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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