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Getting Started Series of `Ukulele Lessons
Published: 2013-12-01 12:45:19

This series of lessons is intended to take a beginning ukulele player, just Getting Started through the basics. Your goal, as well as mine, is to help you create a solid foundation for future learning and development with this fun, cool instrument - the `ukulele. This series of lessons are also a great refresher for all players who've been playing for awhile or are in a position to offer assistance or advice to fellow players.

Spend at least one week, if not more on the material presented in each lesson. Each one builds on the previous series of lessons. Take as much time as needed with each task. Skipping or rushing through will only come back to haunt you later down the road. You miss a lot when taking shortcuts or skipping around.

Suggesting and recommending lessons to visitors and players that haven’t had the benefit of a one-on-one personal evaluation with me is a bit of a challenge. Just as any one book does not address anyone player and their needs, a series of lessons has to be somewhat generic and cover a lot of material. Think of each set of lessons as a menu of choices.

They're over 600 currently available lessons online and counting for ukulele that I’ve created over the years. If you don’t see a particular topic or specific task you’re looking for I probably have something here or can create a lesson to address your needs.

9 Lessons in the “Getting Started Series of `Ukulele Lessons” Series

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Getting Started with Ukulele - Introduction

Here are the first, suggested lessons that ALL my private students and site members get. This series of lessons sets the foundation and establishes common musicial terminology for communication and all future lesson material.

The whole goal of this series of lessons under this Getting Started with Ukulele lessons series is to get you playing basic chords in common keys using common strums. Related side lesson material will be suggested and recommended.


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson One

Got a ukulele, it’s in tune and your now ready for your first `ukulele lesson.

For the first lessons one you'll learn to following basics:

  • What is a `Ukulele Chord Diagram is and how the read it?
  • Your first chord, the chord everyone learns first: C major.
  • The types of chords possible on ukulele.
  • Fingering Drills for developing finger independence and strength.
  • The Major Scale - The major scale or Ionian scale is one of the most commonly used musical scales, especially in Western music.

You’ll also learn a basic strumming pattern, the primary chords of the common key of C major and the names of the open strings.


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Two

For lesson two we'll add and build on the lesson and material from lesson one.

In lesson two  you'll learn to following:

  • Learning the Fingerboard, Key Fret (5)
  • Secondary Chords - Key of C (Dm, Em and Am)
  • Common Chord Progressions for C Major
  • Two Finger - Two Note Fingering Drills
  • The Quarter Note Strum - Variations
  • Whole Steps and Half Steps Explainded
  • The Chromatic Scale


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Three

For lesson three we'll add and build on the lessons and material from lesson two.

In lesson three you'll learn the following:

  • Learning the Fingerboard, Key Fret (7)
  • Primary Chords for G Major (G, C, and D)
  • Common Chord Progressions for G Major
  • Three Finger - Three Note Fingering Drills
  • Core Strumming Pattern One
  • Understanding Intervals


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Four

For lesson four we'll add and build on the lessons and material from lesson three.

In week four you'll learn the following:

  • Learning the Fingerboard, Secondary Key Fret (2)
  • Four Finger - Four Note Fingering Drills
  • Secondary Chords - Key of G (Am, Bm and Em)
  • Common Chord Progressions for G Major
  • Core Strumming Pattern Two
  • Understanding Chromatic Intervals


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Five

For lesson five we'll add and build on the lesson and material from lesson four.

In lesson five you’ll learn to following:

  • Learning the Fingerboard, Secondary Key Fret (10)
  • Four Finger, Single Note, Single String Fingering Drill Variations
  • Secondary Chords - Key of D (Em, F#m and Bm)
  • Common Chord Progressions for D Major
  • Core Strumming Pattern Three
  • Understanding Interval Inversion


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Six

For lesson six we'll add and build on the lesson and material from lesson five.

In lesson six you'll learn to following:

  • Review of the Key Fret Concept for learning the ukulele fingerboard
  • Four Finger, Single Note, Single String Fingering Drill Variations
  • Primary Chords - Key of A (A, D and E)
  • Common Chord Progressions for A Major
  • Core Strumming Pattern Four
  • Melodic Ear Training


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Seven

For lesson seven we’ll add and build on the lesson and material from lesson six.

In lesson seven you’ll learn to following:

  • The Key and Secondary Key Frets from the floor to the ceiling, strings one to four
  • Two more core strums and an introduction to the Modular Phonetic Rhythm system
  • Primary Chords - Key of E
  • Common Chord Progressions for E Major
  • Enharmonic Equivalents


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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Eight


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