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Infographic: How to Play Ukulele in 10 Steps


It seems like everyone wants to learn the ukulele these days. Which is great for you, because there are a lot of good resources out there for the beginner uke player! Having a system to help you get started can be very useful, however.

Here are 10 steps to learn the ukulele, for beginners:

How to Play Ukulele in 10 Steps Infographic


Like most beginning musicians, you need someone to help you get going in the right direction when you pick up your uke for the first time. Book a TakeLessons teacher near you for private ukulele lessons.

If you’re aren’t ready for private lessons just yet, try the free group classes here at TakeLessons Live!

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Essential Chords and Ukulele Techniques
This online ukulele class is a perfect starting point for someone wanting to learn the instrument or simply improve their skills. You’ll learn the fundamentals of playing the ukulele including how to hold it. An expert instructor will also discuss ukulele chords, including the four most basic chords. You’ll then practice playing and switching between chords. This will get you one step closer to playing full songs!
Using Tabs to Play Basic Melodies
The main focus of this beginners’ class is to learn how to play basic melodies - a necessary part of advancing your ukulele skills. Melodies are the building blocks of songs and we’ll start by using a few well-known nursery rhymes to help you understand them. You’ll also get to practice reading tablature and playing new chords.
More Chords for Playing Popular Songs
In this online ukulele class, an expert instructor will cover a few more advanced chords that you can add to your repertoire. You’ll also practice playing back to back chords to improve your transitions. Hit songs like “Valerie” and “Like a Rolling Stone” will help you learn even more ukulele basics in a fun way!
Using Basic Chords to Play a Song
Begin playing simple songs in this online ukulele class for beginners! You’ll learn how to apply basic chords to a few popular songs such as “Riptide” and “No Woman, No Cry.” You’ll also be introduced to reading a lead sheet which will further your musicianship. Join in and play along with other students at your level in this interactive and fun class!
Strumming Basics & How to Use a Metronome
In this online ukulele class, you’ll practice playing along with a helpful instructor so you can understand how it feels to play through an entire song. You’ll also be introduced to the basics of strumming and various note patterns. Lastly, you’ll learn what a metronome is and how to use it to your advantage!
Intro to Complex Fingerpicking Patterns
This online ukulele class will introduce you to more advanced fingerpicking patterns and how to incorporate them into your playing. An expert instructor will also help you understand how to read tablature, which is key to unlocking the ability to play hundreds more songs. Continue refining your ukulele skills with us in this fun class!
More Practice Playing Chord Melodies
Are you ready for more practice playing chord melodies? In this fun class, you’ll apply chord melodies to a popular song until you fully grasp the concept. There will be time for Q&A as well, so you can ensure you’re on the right track to improving your skills. Your instructor will also discuss the best way to advance to the intermediate level.
Intro to Movable Chord Shapes
This online ukulele class will cover movable chords and how they can help making playing the ukulele a lot easier! This might sound like an advanced concept, but your expert instructor will break it down into easily comprehensible segments. Having this skill under your belt will make you a more well-rounded ukulele player.