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How to Play Hammer-on Notes on Your Ukulele

Playing a hammer-on enables you to move from a lower note to a higher note without replucking a string on your ukulele — or any stringed instrument, for that matter. To play a hammer-on: [more…]

How to Play Pull-off Notes on Your Ukulele

To play a pull-off on your ukulele, you transition from a higher note to a lower one without re-picking. In tab, a pull-off is shown as a tie between the notes with a [more…]

Using a Pick and Tremolo Picking on Your Ukulele

Generally, you don’t use a pick to play a ukulele, but sometimes a pick can get you a sound you can’t otherwise achieve, such as a tremolo. The harsh tone of a pick that makes it sound terrible for strumming [more…]

Strum a Ukulele the Right Way

You use your dominant arm (that is, the right arm if you’re right-handed) to strum your ukulele . The fretting hand may get all the glory and do all the fancy work, but the strumming hand is most important [more…]

Tune Your Ukulele to an Audio Clip

The wonders of modern technology provide an opportunity to tune your ukulele to an audio clip on the Internet. For the basic and popular gCEA ukulele tuning, play [more…]

Basic Ukulele Chords

Basic ukulele chords aren’t all as easy as the C chord, which requires pressing on one string with one finger, but they’re all basic to playing a variety of tunes on the ukulele. So start with the commonly [more…]

How to Play Select Minor Chords on Your Ukulele

Minor chords in music for any instrument — not just ukuleles — are considered the dark, sullen chords. But minor chords help you create beautiful, moody music, so don’t dismiss them. [more…]

How to Read Ukulele Strumming Notation

Strumming, or playing each note in a chord quickly in rhythm, is a way to make your ukulele more interesting to play and to listen to. There’s no right way to strum any particular song, but make sure that [more…]

How to Play Muted Strums, or Chnks, on Your Ukulele

Chnks are muted strums and are great ways to add variety to the sound of your ukulele strumming. You play them as down strums, but instead of letting the chord ring, you immediately bring the underside [more…]

How to Read Ukulele Tablature

Standard notation is useful because it’s universal and remains the same for every instrument, including the ukulele. However, notation is quite tricky to read, and for instruments where you can play the [more…]

How to Play a I–IV–V Chord Progression on Your Ukulele

The good news for ukulele players is that the basis of almost all popular music is just three chords. If you can play the I, IV, and V chords of the basic chord families, you have a strong basis to help [more…]

How to Fingerpick the Up Pattern on Your Ukulele

Even with just four strings to use, the ukulele provides a huge variety of fingerpicking patterns to play. The simplest pattern of all goes up through the strings one at a time, as shown in this tab pattern [more…]

How to Bend Notes on Your Ukulele

You play a bend on your ukulele by grabbing the string and pushing it across the neck. This action increases the tension in the string and therefore raises the pitch. To play a bend, [more…]

How to Tune Your Ukulele with an Electronic Tuner

Using an electronic tuner is by far the easiest way to tune your ukulele. If you’re just starting out with the ukulele, use a tuner. You can branch out into other tuning methods as you become more experienced [more…]

How to Hold Your Ukulele for Playing

The way you hold a ukulele is a vitally important part of making it sound good. The uke is such a small instrument that choking all the sound out of it is all too easy. A general guideline for holding [more…]

The Swiss Army Ukulele Strum

When you find yourself stuck for a ukulele strumming pattern, the Swiss army strum is a good one to pick because it fits so many songs really well. Plus, you can play it fast or slow. [more…]

How to Play Barre Chords on Your Ukulele

Barre chords form the basis of many ukulele songs. A barre chord (pronounced ‘bar’) is any chord where you fret more than one string with a single finger. They’re represented in chord diagrams in the same [more…]

How to Simultaneously Fingerpick More than One Note on Your Ukulele

Picking two notes on your ukulele at the same time creates a beautiful shimmering effect. As with regular picking, in simultaneous picking, you pick down with your thumb and up with your fingers. [more…]

How to Slide Notes on Your Ukulele

A slide is a way of transitioning between notes by shifting a finger along the ukulele string. Slides can transition between two fretted notes in either direction along the string. A big advantage of slides [more…]

What to Consider When Buying Your First Ukulele

With all the different sizes and brands available, choosing your first ukulele can be a bit daunting; but you need to put some thought into this important choice. Without a decent ukulele, you won’t get [more…]

Mastering the Most Common Chords in Ukulele Exercises

To make the most of your ukulele exercises, you need to learn how to play the most common chords on the ukulele fretboard. These chord diagrams show you the 15 most common chords. In each case, the name [more…]

Handling Moveable Scale Patterns in Root Positions in Ukulele Exercises

All of the scale diagrams which follow show moveable chord positions. They’re called this because they can be moved up and down the fretboard to create different kinds of scales in different kinds of keys [more…]

Using Moveable Chord Positions in Ukulele Exercises

Use these moveable chord positions in your ukulele exercises to create different kinds of chords in different kinds of keys across the ukulele fretboard. To do this, line up the root note of the chord [more…]

Ukulele Exercises For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Practising with ukulele exercises helps you take your ukulele playing to the next level. Wherever you are in your ukulele playing career, the information in this Cheat Sheet helps you develop your chord [more…]

How to Play Your First Two Ukulele Chords

Fretting chords on a ukulele is pretty easy, and these first two chords -- C major and F major -- are two of the simplest. After you figure out how to play these two chords, you can start playing entire [more…]
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