Getting Started with Ukulele?

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

The above image is a selection of the characters available in a FREE font from 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

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

Selecting a `Ukulele

The 'Ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lele) comes in four standard sizes: Soprano (sometimes called Standard), Concert, Tenor and Baritone. The Baritone is tuned just like the four thin strings of a standard tuned guitar and called "G" tuning (D G B E). The Soprano, Concert and Tenor is typically tuning in a "C" Tuning (G C E A) or "D" tuning (A D F# B). The Tenor can also be tuned like the Baritone ukulele with a high or low string four.

A `Ukulele is:

  • Light Weight and Portable
  • Easy on the Fingers with Four Strings and Four Fingers - a perfect match
  • Less Need for Strumming Accuracy
  • There isn' a lot expected from a ukulele player

The music you play can be as simple or complex as you want. The Ukulele is a powerful musical instrument for communication in its right.

And, did I mention it’s a lot of fun to play and explore.

And a side note - the ukulele community is one the most welcoming and helpful communities among musicians. Open to helping and sharing with any level of player.

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.

Common `Ukulele Tunings

Exploring the three common tunings: C, G, and D.

Tuning Your `Ukulele

From tuning by ear to using phone apps and electronic clip-on tuners.

Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation

An alternate form of musical notation for stringed instruments.

Basic `Ukulele Chord Fingering

The art and science of chord fingering. Learning your basic open position chords in common keys.

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

A chart in standard music notation of the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard.

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

What is up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending?

Learning the `Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!)

It's easier then your think.

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

Exploring fingerpicking and fingerstyle `ukulele.

The Harmonized Major and Minor Scale Charts

The Trouble with TAB

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