ukulele songs

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 10: Songs

Step 10: Songs Step 10 is the culmination of our Guide, teaching you to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Congratulations on completing this learning journey! We chose this song because of it’s universal appeal and recognition, in addition to it being a beautiful sound on the ukulele. Bernadette takes us through the strumming pattern for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and offers a variety of playing techniques to wrap up your 10-Step experience. By now, you have learned all the chords and strokes needed to play what is the most popular ukulele song of all: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow […]

Read More…

Read More »
Ukulele chords

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 9: New Chords

Wow, we are already on Step 9! Now that we’ve addressed strumming, it’s time to get back to learning chords. In this video, you’ll learn more complicated chords necessary for a variety of songs. After this step, the hope is that players will be able to tackle and switch between any chords they find. Now that you have conquered the G and G7, you are ready to look up and learn other chords to allow you to explore more songs and also play the same songs in different keys. transposition and singing Transposing, or transposition, is another way of playing […]

Read More…

Read More »
popular strumming patterns ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 8: Popular Strumming Patterns

Step 8: Popular Strum Patterns Now that you’ve mastered three chord combinations, numerous songs are at your fingertips! At this point, the trick is not only switching between the chords, but also strumming the correct pattern to accomplish the style you are looking for. Strumming patterns are an opportunity to be creative and bring your own style into a song. In Step 8, Bernadette takes us through popular strumming patterns to get your creative juices flowing. Besides the up and down strokes introduced so far, there are two other strokes essential to master: the air stroke and the wham stroke. […]

Read More…

Read More »
three chord songs on the ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 7: Three Chord Songs

Step 7: Three Chord Songs In Step 7, we get even more involved with three chord songs. If you have not mastered prior steps, you may start to notice at this point. Three chord songs open up a whole new world of playing, but you need to ensure you have the foundation! Now, Bernadette brings us through a variety of three chord combinations. Once you are familiar with these progressions, you have the tools necessary to play many popular songs!  step 7: three chord songs You will be surprised how many popular songs use only three chords. For this reason, […]

Read More…

Read More »
Two Chord songs on the ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 6: Two Chord Songs

Step 6: Two Chord Songs You’ll find more two chord songs in Step 6, where Bernadette takes us through some techniques to switch between chords. She says “If you put your mind on the next chord, you’ll be able to switch on time”. It is encouraged to spend some time on this step, maybe pause the video and take time to practice. Switching between two chords can be tricky at first, and it’s important to work on that until it becomes muscle memory!   Experienced players are able to switch between chords fast enough not to lose their place. Accompanying […]

Read More…

Read More »
Your First Songs Ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 5: Your First Song!

Step 5: Your First Song Step 5 is where you may start to feel like you’re really playing; it’s time for your first song! Although it’s a simple song, “Frere Jaques” is a great place to start as you will be more successful playing something familiar with only two chords. Additionally, in this step you will learn about the down and up stroke. At this point in the Guide, we also introduce the down and up strokes. The French children’s song “Frère Jacques” or “Are You Sleeping” can be accompanied using just one chord, such as the C major chord. […]

Read More…

Read More »
Finergering Chords on Ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 4: Fingering Chords

Step 4: Fingering Chords In Step 4, we start to get a little more involved and ready to play! This step is highly involved, and essential to master before you move on to Step 5. You’ll learn how to read chord charts, correctly finger, and activate the strings in new chords. This step includes a lot of focus on the left hand and how to form chords that only require one finger. left hand placement Because the ukulele is a small and light instrument, you can cradle the neck between your left thumb and fingers. Alternatively, you can also press […]

Read More…

Read More »
How to Tune Your Ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 3: How to Tune Your Ukulele

Step 3: Tuning Step 3 is a slightly more technical step, but more than essential for successful playing. In this video, Bernadette breaks down the process of tuning your instrument. To prepare for this step, we recommend you grab a clip on tuner. The clip on models work the best because they pick up the vibrations directly. If you don’t have access to one of these, don’t worry, you can also download a free tuning app on another device. introduction to tuning To adjust the pitch of each of the four strings, you will need to turn the tuning pegs. […]

Read More…

Read More »
Right and Left Hand Coordination

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 2: Left Hand and Right Hand Coordination

Step 2: RH/LH Coordination The Step 2 video breaks down the nuances of coordinating strumming with your right hand, and forming chords with your left hand. It can be tricky to think about the up and down motion of strumming with your right hand at the same time your left hand is opening and closing to form chord shapes. Through the Guide exercises, you will establish this coordination, as well as find your strumming “sweet spot”. Right Hand: The right hand is responsible for causing the strings to vibrate and produce sounds of different volume and quality. Use the flesh […]

Read More…

Read More »