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Basic Lessons for Getting Started with Ukulele

Getting Started with Ukulele

These are the ukulele lessons that every ukulele player just starting out a bit seasoned should take a look at.

Even seasoned player should take a look at this series of lessons. You'll probally pick up a few things you didn't know or remember that would be very helpful when teaching beginners just get started.

PUBLISHED: Jan 1, 2003 UPDATED: Jan 1, 2003 • VIEWS: 146 • SERIES CODE: UL-basics

10 Lessons in the “Basic Lessons for Getting Started with Ukulele” Series

The Learning Process - The Mind, Hands and Ears • Updated: Jan 22, 2020

For music and learning an instrument like the ukulele or guitar, it's all about the making the connection between the Mind, the Hands and the Ear. When listening to music, we enjoy it at the tempo the composer or artist intended, in real time. Only the ear is involved in listening. This is passive listening and you're simply enjoying the music. This is what we do everyday and it's what draws us to want to learn a musical instrument.

Which Way Is Up? - Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, etc... • Updated: Jun 11, 2019

Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, Higher, Lower, Top, Bottom, What is up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending?

What Finger is What? • Updated: Mar 22, 2012

Just what are the fingers of the plucking and fretting hand called.

There can be a bit of confusion as to what the names and numbers of your fretting hand and the plucking or strumming hand are. Here are some of the common fingering notations I’ve encounter over the course of my studying ukulele and guitar.

Understanding a `Ukulele Chord Diagram • Updated: Jul 24, 2011

There're a lot different ways to show chord shapes, diagrams and images on a fretted instrument. This is the basic chord diagram I use in all my lessons and book.

In this lesson the basic chord diagram as used for ukulele is explained.

Your First `Ukulele Chord • Updated: Feb 29, 2016

Your first ukulele chord is typically an open position C major chord. It's only one finger and ukulele players love to show new players this, the easiest, usable ukulele chord for new players. Especially someone coming from guitar where an open position C major is three fingers and not that easy as the first chord.

For more information than you'll even need for a C chord visit the lessons for January 1, Chord of the Day - C.

`Ukulele String Combinations • Updated: Mar 22, 2012

All possible one, two, three, and four string combinations on ukulele. Used for single note technique, fingerpicking, harmonic intervals, and chord string families.

`Ukulele Scale Diagram Explained • Updated: Apr 9, 2013

The ukulele scale diagram is explained. A chord or scale grid is an alternate, visual why of showing a scale pattern.

Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation • Updated: Feb 12, 2020

TAB or Tablature 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. With fewer alternate note locations than the guitar, reading music on ukulele is a lot easier than you might believe.

Standard Music Notation • Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Musical Notation - Music notation or musical notation refers to various systems of writing music. Diverse systems of musical notation have developed in various cultures. In fact, many cultures simply do not notate their music in any form.

The Trouble with TAB • Updated: May 14, 2020

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. TAB doesn?t exist in mainstream music, primarily by some music magazines and on the internet. Learning to read TAB can be accomplished in minutes. Learning to read standard music notation takes a little longer.

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