Tips for Beginners

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Click on the links below to get started! Don’t panic! As well as going to classes there are many useful websites for those with some PC skills. See list below.

  • Coustie provides a comprehensive article for beginning uke-sters to master their first 21 chords.
  • Ukulele sizes and parts – Description of different sizes of ukulele and named parts. Try out different sizes before you buy.
  • Tuning – You must learn how to tune your ukulele before you start! Tuners can be bought from me at the class. An online tuner is available at UkuTuner.com as another option.
  • Chord chart – Basic Chord Families
  • Basic Strum Patterns – Start with the easy patterns listed first and work your way through to find out your favourites!
  • Strumming Practice Keys C, G, D and F – Practice different strum patterns with these simple chord combinations
  • Finger Stretching Exercises These exercises will help to build up strength in your fingers. I copied them from Barry Maz at http://www.gotaukulele.com. Start with the basic exercises. Once they become easy move on to the intermediate exercises. The more advanced exercises are worth trying once you have been playing for a while. I still cannot keep up with the stretches Barry can do!

 

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