Introduction to Ukulele 1
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Introduction to Ukulele 1

Playing the Ukulele by Michelle Daley
3.2 (27 ratings)
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638 students enrolled
Created by Michelle Daley
Last updated 5/2017
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This course includes
  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 20 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Realise that Ukulele has given them the knowledge of themselves that one can achieve a musical instrument.
  • Introduction and topics covered
  • The benefits of playing ukulele and Famous Musicians
  • Types of ukulele before you buy
  • Parts of the instrument
  • Which one shall i buy
  • Warm up your fingers
  • How to hold the Ukulele
  • Care for your instrument
  • Name of the open strings
  • Tune the Ukulele
  • Taste of calypso strum
  • Strum Exercises Beginners
  • Two chord songs to tryout with chords to practice.
  • It's raining, it's pouring and youtube free example. Easy finger picking
  • Circle of 5ths, using a card or your fingers.
  • Websites
  • Checklist what have you learned
  • Quizzes and practise Exercises
  • Materials needed: a tuned ukulele, tuner. Decide what size ukulele you wish to play. Ensure it is of a good quality to ensure a reliable tuned instrument.
  • This course is for a newbie or doesn't know anything about an instrument. or how to choose in buying one.

Productive use of a person's time and enhances relationships. This course introduces the learner to care and consideration of their musical status and instrument. It is about

  • Realising that Ukulele has given them the knowledge of themselves that one can achieve playing a musical instrument.
  • The benefits of playing ukulele and Famous Musicians alongside them.

  • Types of ukulele before you buy
  • Parts of the instrument
  • Care for your instrument
  • Warm up your fingers
  • Name of the open strings
  • How to hold the Ukulele
  • Tune the Ukulele
  • Materials necessary are a ukulele and tuner. Perhaps a printer to download the songs to practice.
  • The course is structured in lesson format and has audio to help understand what the pdfs are about. This course is all about an introduction to the instrument. It is suitable for the new learner, refresher from children to grandparents and someone who wants to learn ukulele as well as their guitar.
  • Terminology that is used will be keys, chords, tuning, ukulele, soundboard, frets, strings, warmup, fingers, uke, soprano, concert, tenor and GCEA.
  • The course covers the above listings. It is taught through pdfs, audio and images. Why a student ought to enroll is for company, to join a group that plays ukulele, to improve their social skills and knowledge with something in common with the upsurge of ukulele players since George Formby. Songs are downloadable.
  • Who this course is for:
    • Most new students are all fingers and thumbs, this is normal. Begin to foot tap or clap to the rhythm to improve your timing
    • There is guidance in the course on how to get past the real early beginner stage.
    • The Introduction course is best suited for someone who knows nothing or very little of the instrument and to buy one. Ukulele 1 is for ACTION - we can play a song. Ukulele 2 will be better for the next level of learner.
    Course content
    Expand all 27 lectures 43:46
    + Introduction to Ukulele
    2 lectures 02:25

    Welcome to this informational course on an introduction to caring for you and your instrument. This information will help you in ways that will ensure you succeed in your playing. Keep on keeping on for your brave learning at becoming a musician.  This course is very simple for new musicians. There is another course if you find this too simple. :-)

    Please ensure you get through 75% of the course before you leave a review. Talk to me first if you have a problem. I am regularly online to help.

    Guidelines for a review: positive, something you would like to see different, positive. This is for newbies encouragement and myself. A positive review gives you a blessing as well. Let's encourage people to become musicians. God bless. If you'd like to see a particular song on here to play, let me know. I have a vast amount.

    Cheers and goodwill. Thanks for joining this class

    Preview 00:53

    Objective: Learn How to say Ukulele in Hawaiian and a short history on the ukulele.

    Preview 01:32
    + What's so good about Ukulele?
    2 lectures 06:52

    Objective: Learn to expect positive experiences for including this instrument in your lifestyle. You can never be lonely or bored again, or it will widen your circle of friends.

    Activity sheet

    Put up some suggestions on the page on why Ukulele is good for you.

    Keep this list written out so you can see it. Share here.

    Preview 03:57

    Learn to keep on keeping on.


    Share here if you are entertained by playing music and why it doesn't bore you.

    How does it affect your mood?

    Do the challenges absorb you?

    Are you a worried that you may not continue in playing this instrument? Let us know so we can be a team to encourage you and give you our positive results.

    Preview 02:55
    + Parts of the Ukulele
    2 lectures 01:54

    This lecture's objectives is to learn the parts of the ukulele and a pdf to download.

    Preview 01:54

    Objective: Resource for you to print out.

    This pdf ensures you can talk about the parts of your ukulele with the appropriate labels

    Anatomy of Ukulele pdf
    1 page
    + Before you buy a Ukulele
    2 lectures 03:29

    Objective: Decide on which ukulele to buy. Visit the music shop and try out some. Ask about good strings.

    Objective: Which one shall I buy?

    Objective: Learn how to hold your ukulele

    As opposed to guitars which have straps for easier holding, the soprano and concert ukulele are small and don't need a shoulder strap.

    Hold the ukulele high up on your body, around the chest area. The body of the ukulele should be cradled in your right arm, with your right hand extended for strumming/picking. Be careful not to hold it too tightly, or you will smother the tone.

    If you are a lefty, swap the words right and left in this article, and you're all set to go.

    Objective: How to hold the ukulele

    Description: What do you remember on the ukulele

    Holding the ukulele
    1 question
    + Caring for you
    2 lectures 06:29

    Open Strings.

    This video shows you the Open Strings.

    The Special C6 and Am7 - open strings

    C6 and Am7 are the same chord and this is what the ukulele is tuned to on the piano and makes open string tuning. So no finger placement is required so far to practice strumming. The sounds are tuned to the GCEA sounds on the piano.

    Left hand tuning is opposite to the Right Hand tuning. Turn the soprano ukulele over and tune as GCEA going down from your chin.

    Remember string No. 1 is closest to your knee = A string on the left hand tuning and right hand tuning.

    The outside strings are thin

    The inside strings are thick and tune as shown. There isn't another type of ukulele that one can just turn over without changing the strings. Try it out if you need, or start as you mean to finish and play like a right handed player. Sitting opposite mirror image to a right hander to begin with can help.

    There are plenty of left handers in string players. The notes on the ukulele songs are still the same.

    Objective: Name of the Open Strings

    Objective: Learn health and safety: These suggestions are vital to enable long term health of your hands and body while playing.

    Objective: Warm up prior to playing

    What ways are necessary to warm up pre playing the ukulele?

    Warm up
    1 question
    + Care for your Instrument
    4 lectures 09:17

    Objective: To learn

    • Care of your instrument
    • Avoid leaving your instrument in the sun or very cold temperatures.
    • If you want to add a strap, then ask the music shop to tap in the bottom knob to hold the strap.We don’t want you splitting the wood.
    • For my tenor, I use a low-cost guitar strap.
    • Wipe the strings down with a paper towel as oils from our fingers transfer.
    Objective: Caring for your Ukulele

    What are some techniques to care for your valuable instrument?

    Care for your ukulele
    1 question

    Objective: To learn care for the good strings you purchased. This is an investment in your future musical lifestyle.

    Troubleshooting Tip:
    If your ukulele is new or the strings are new,then strum it hard for the first week

    to settle in the strings (this stretches them).
    Keep tuning as you go so they get good exercise and limbers up.

    Wipe the strings down with a paper towel as oils from our fingers transfer to the strings

    Objective: Care for the Ukulele strings

    What are the 4 tones that the ukulele is tuned to that we are using?

    Tuning the ukulele
    1 question

    Objective: Strum for 4/4 music and Latin. DDU UDU. This is the first strum i was taught on the guitar and it has proven very useful for plenty of adaptions on the ukulele. When you strum this repeat the strum structure in your head so your brain nerves learn the pattern instinctively. Ukulele is all about letting your brain learn patterns to create the nerve pathways. Perhaps eat brain food while you are learning and take a multi vitamin.

    Objective: Taste of the Calypso strum

    Can you work out the strum used in this style?

    Calypso Strum
    1 question
    Practise Exercise for 4/4 timing signature
    Strum Exercises 1
    2 pages
    + Checklist of Learning Objectives
    1 lecture 00:00

    I realise this is a child's ukulele playing but I thought you might enjoy the early finger picking and brush strum. The strings are numbered from the bottom close to your knee at number 1 up to number 4 closer to your chin.

    Read the pdf attached.

    It's Raining It's pouring C6 and Am7 chord
    1 page
    + Circle of 5ths
    2 lectures 00:28

    Understand through fingers or the chart the circle of 5ths. The major chords used in songs

    Circle of 5ths

    Leave some feedback. Move on to the next course where you learn to play. Ukulele Beginners 1 This is where you get stuck in and learn to strum and play in two keys and many chords.

    Objective: Where to go from here - learn more skills
    1 page
    + Two chord song for educational purposes
    7 lectures 03:51

    This Taumarunui Ukulele page has good songs and information on a monthly basis.

    Chords for the three songs

    This song uses two chords, C and G7.  Try it out.  This is the UTUBE video by Harry Belafonte.

    Banana boat song C and G7

    Play and sing Happy Birthday. Key of C - C, G7 and F.

    Happy Birthday Song Key of C it adds the F chord.

    Mercedes Benz is in the Chords of A and D. 

    Mercedes Benze A and D.
    G song. Very simple One chord

    Down in the valley is played in G and D7. This is the I and V7 in the chord charts.

    Other chords you can use are 

    A and E7:

    D and A7:

     E and B7,

    C and G7: or

     F and C7

    Try the song in different chords to fit your voice or group of singers.

    Down in the Valley G and D7

    Checklist for your learning objectives

    Objective: Checklist - what have you learned
    1 page
    + Glossary of Music Terms
    1 lecture 00:00

    This pdf is an index of names of musical terms.

    Glossary PDF
    1 page