Learning Ukulele with Curt

Getting Started with Ukulele?

After getting a ukulele, just what is next? Here are a few First Steps you can take.

First thing is to Get A Ukulele .

It is generally true that you get what you pay for when it comes to buying an instrument and a ukulele is no different. Get a few, they come in four sizes and all different shapes, wood, finishes, acoustic, electric, solid body, archtop. There is even a banjo and bass ukulele. Plus they are fun, any size

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The above image is a selection of the characters available in a FREE font from www.ffonts.net show the wide variety of ukulele shapes - all of them real.

You can take your ukulele playing to ANY level. From a few simple basic chords to complicated solo ukulele arrangements like I have available right here on LearningUkulele.com.

For selecting a ukulele take a look at the over 100 'Ukulele Manufactures & Builders I've collected. And, a page of 'ukulele dealers to get you started.

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Selecting a `Ukulele

Updated: 03 Dec 2017

A `Ukulele is: Light Weight, Affordable and Portable | Four Strings and Four Fingers | Less Need for Strumming Accuracy | There is nott a lot expected from a ukulele player. The 'Ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lele) comes in four standard sizes: Soprano (sometimes called Standard), Concert, Tenor and Baritone.

Ukulele Study Plans

One of the hardest things about learning a musical instrument is the overwhelming amount of material available. And with the Internet and YouTube this is more more true than ever. Even an instrument deemed to be as simple to learn as the ukulele. However, with the right plan of attack and taking inventory of what you might already know – It can be done.

I've been asked many times to put together a plan of attack for getting started and getting beyond the basics. There is no better recipe for success that a proven plan and organization for development. These lesson pages are intended to provide material for developing your ukulele skills and expanding your music knowledge.

Music..., regardless of your instrument, involves parts or all of these elements: Melody, Harmony and Rhythm. Then putting it all together in Songs, Compositions, Arrangements, Orchestration, etc...

Visit the `Ukulele Study Plans section of the site

A Few Recommended Lessons

Here are a few ukulele lessons to get you stated. Lessons on the possible tunings of ukulele, the various sizes, basic chords, strums and more...

Or check out the Weekly Lesson Series of lessons for getting stated with ukulele.

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Common `Ukulele Tunings

Updated: 11 Apr 2012

Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the ukulele’s construction supports it and a string is available.

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Tuning Your Ukulele

Updated: 09 Sep 2021

From tuning by ear to using an electronic tuner. The lesson goes over the various tuning methods for tuning your ukulele. You ALWAYS need to play in tune.

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Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation

Updated: 12 Feb 2020

"TAB" or "Tablature", is an alternate form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play. TAB is sort of a secret language between guitar players and ukulele players. Although a shortcut to getting started it actually serves to alienate one from the rest of the music world.

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Basic `Ukulele Chord Fingering

Updated: 08 Sep 2022

The art and science of chord fingering. Learning your basic open position chords in common keys. We have four fingers and there're all not equal. Some shorter then others and some stronger that others. Everybody's hand is a little different. This does play a role in fingering chords.

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Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the `Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

Updated: 03 Aug 2018

Standard music notation, the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard for C tuned ukuleles. Covers both high C and low G tuning variations.

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Which Way Is Up? - Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, etc...

Updated: 26 Aug 2022

Just what is "Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, Higher, Lower, Top, Bottom" as related to music?

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Learning the `Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!)

Updated: 20 Oct 2021

Most players struggle with learning the names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard. There doesn't seem to a pattern and notes repeat. There is an easy way and "it's easier that you think." Most players know the names of the open strings for their favorite tuning.

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Fingerstyle Basics for `Ukulele - t i m r, ( p i m a )

Updated: 23 Jan 2020

This lesson covers the common terms used for identifying the fingers used. And, presents a series of single string exercises for exploring and developing the techniques needed for this style.

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The Harmonized Major and Minor Scale Charts

Updated: 11 Jan 2022

The "Major Scale" or Ionian scale is a diatonic scale, made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first one octave higher. In solfege these notes correspond to the syllables Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti/Si, (Do), the Do in the parenthesis at the end being the octave of the root.

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The Trouble with TAB

Updated: 19 Jun 2021

TAB, short for tablature is a form of musical notation using numbers and letters on a staff that that corresponds to the number of strings of fretted string instrument. Theses number tell a player which fret to place their fingers on the fingerboard. TAB has a history with lute music from centuries ago and has found wide use in the music publishing industry catering to the guitarist who can?t or doesn't want to learn to read.

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