Entries by Maile Proctor

How to Tune a Ukulele: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

One of the first things you need to learn when taking ukulele lessons is how to tune a ukulele. Ukulele tuning is a must if you want it to sound good. In this article we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on tuning a ukulele for beginners. Tuning can be difficult, but with this guide, you’ll become […]

7 Ukulele Strumming Patterns for Beginners

No matter where you are in  your ukulele lessons, learning different ukulele strumming patterns will help you improve your technique and your sound. Here, ukulele instructor Willy M. goes over some basic strumming and fingerpicking patterns… Welcome to picking on the ukulele with Willy. In this lesson, we will learn how to insult, berate, sting […]

How to Say “I Love You” in Different Languages

 There are countless ways to say “I love you” in different languages. While the feeling of love is universal, every culture and language has a unique way of expressing it. How many other ways are there to express your love to someone? For starters, here are eight unique ways to say “I love you” in […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Ukulele Fingerpicking

As you advance in your ukulele lessons you will learn different techniques to achieve different sounds from your instrument. Ukulele fingerpicking is an important component if you want to boost your playing skills and take your music to the next level. Here, ukulele teacher Willy M. teaches you ukulele fingerpicking basics… A lot of people […]

Songs for the Season| 11 Christmas Ukulele Songs

The holidays are right around the corner; get in the spirit with these classic Christmas ukulele songs. From “Jingle Bells” to “Mele Kalikimaka,” learn these Christmas ukulele tabs with Winston, NC teacher Willy M… Ho! Ho! Ho! While, I don’t look a lot like Santa Claus (well, apart from the beard and pudgy belly), I’m bringing […]

Types of Ukuleles: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Whether you want to buy your first ukulele or upgrade to a new instrument, there are several different types of ukuleles to choose from. Here, ukulele teacher Michael L. introduces you to the different types of ukuleles so you can make the best decision for your goals and your budget… When you’re shopping for a […]

Step Up Your Game: 4 Alternate Guitar Tunings for Beginners

Whether you just started guitar lessons or you’ve been playing for a while, you may be itching to learn some new songs and take on some new challenges. You might be wondering: where can I go from here? That’s where alternate guitar tunings come in! With this guide from Michael L., you’ll learn how alternate […]

Pinspiration: 13 Fantastic Pinterest Boards to Help You Learn Violin

Believe it or not, Pinterest is one of the best online resources for all things violin! From pictures, charts, and tutorials, to infographics, how-to guides, and video lessons, it’s an amazing place to find instruction and inspiration. Here, music instructor Julie P. brings you 13 awesome Pinterest boards to help you learn violin… Learning violin can be challenging […]

The 5 Best Websites for Guitar News and Gear Reviews

Part of learning to play guitar is staying up to date on current events, gear, and industry news. To help you stay in the loop, guitar instructor Matt K. has put together a list of his go-to websites for guitar news… Once you’ve taken a few guitar lessons, you may feel the urge to learn […]