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Beginner's Ukulele Lessons

Learn how to play the ukulele quickly and easily.

Our Ukulele Lessons for Beginners is a brief, interactive set of curricula designed to get you up and running properly with your ukulele. Our recommendation is that you set aside an hour or two, and work through these beginner's lessons. If you find the going slow and want to spend more time on the beginner's ukulele lessons, that's fine. You should feel like you understand it before you move on to the "basic" level.

What we study in the Beginner's Ukulele Lessons is more along the line of operating your ukulele, than playing music on your ukulele. Some online ukulele lessons start you right off at trying to switch between a C chord and an F chord. We assume that you're not ready to do this - if you are, you're already ready for our Basic Ukulele Lessons. The Beginner's Lessons are focused on the rudimentary - how to tune a ukulele, how to hold a ukulele, and how to strum a ukulele. We want all these simple, even obvious, skills to be second nature to you BEFORE you concern yourself with changing between two basic ukulele chords.

If you are struggling to keep an out-of-tune ukulele from falling to the floor while you try to figure out and practice a basic chord change, it's only going to interfere with your ability to learn that basic chord change. And in turn, if you do struggle through learing the chord change while being flustered by the more rudimentary skills, all your playing techniques will begin forming in ways that are less than optimal, because you will be "embellishing" your chord-changing technique to accomodate your lack of skills and understanding of how to keep the darn thing from falling down your body while you play.

As you work on the exercises, you will begin to re-wire your brain, and then when you go to sleep, the re-wiring will continue. The next time you attend uke school, review some of the material and exercises you did in the beginner's ukulele lessons - you will see how what you once had to think hard to do is starting to come naturally. This is your brain re-wiring itself. That's how UkeSchool is designed to work.

We make the assumption that you have already acquired a ukulele. If you are still working on getting a ukulele, please visit our about ukuleles section for more information. And if you are considering learning to play left-handed, please read this page about playing ukulele left-handed.


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