If you want to learn how to play ukulele, then we have lots of advice for you. One aspect to consider is whether or not you already play any other stringed instrument, such as the guitar. If you do, then you already know a lot of what you need to know in order to learn how to play the ukulele, also known simply as the “Uke”. Your skills will be readily transferable. If you don’t play another instrument, then admittedly, you’ll have more to learn than you would otherwise, but you can still get the hang of it with a little persistence.
It is a great introduction to music to play ukulele! Schools throughout the world are using the uke to teach music to kids. And why not?! Who doesn’t love the sound of these little gems being played around a camp fire or at a party?
There is a lot of depth to the instrument so you will always find ways to improve later. Just as with anything else, the old saying “practice makes perfect” continues to hold true.
Different Ways to Learn to Play Ukulele
Just like learning anything else, there are many different approaches you can take to learning to play ukulele.
- First of all, you could start with Ukulele books, from a wide range on amazon. A lot of people are able to learn this way just fine. Ideally, you would at least want a CD with your book so that you can hear how your playing is supposed to sound.
- Even better, you can get a uke DVD online or Blu-Ray disc that give you some lessons visually. Most people find this extremely helpful. There are also DVDs etc. aimed at helping kids to learn
- Of course, best of all, but the most expensive, is private, one-on-one instruction. A private instructor will be able to see exactly what you’re doing wrong and guide you to make the necessary adjustments.
If you just want to learn enough to get by on the ukulele, then a few basic lessons may be all you need. It is great to know you are starting out in the right way. Of course, these few basic lessons will still be a great starting point even if you want to go beyond that eventually. In these basic lessons, you’ll run a few simple chords.
They will also help you learn how to move between chords quickly and easily, which is the most difficult part of playing any string instrument for the average person. In addition, you’ll learn the difference between playing when you are by yourself versus playing in a group, as well as how to accompany your own singing.
Taking It to the Next Level
The next step involved in learning to play uke is picking up the licks, riffs, and solos. At this level, you’ll even learn how to play music out of books written for other instruments. Not only that, you’ll also learn how to play in other keys! Armed with such knowledge, you’ll be able to some play songs that are more complex, perhaps even more fun!
Becoming A Master of Your Craft
For the most ambitious among you, who want to learn to play ukulele better than anyone else on the planet, there are some incredibly difficult runs you can master if you keep it up that long. Granted, these runs probably will take a long time and practice to come naturally, and you may never even play them in a public performance. Still, if you’re able to learn them, it will definitely increase your musical fluency and competency on the uke.
All in all, the ukulele is one of the most fun instruments out there to play!
Watch out for lots of learner videos coming soon!!