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 to play 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.

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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.
How to Play Chord Melodies
This online ukulele class will focus on learning the basics of chord melodies. A simple nursery rhyme will be used to teach the concept and give you a chance to play along. You can then apply chord melodies to popular songs you already know. Your instructor will also provide you with practice materials so you can continue to advance these skills outside of class.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Fingerpicking Techniques for Playing Songs
As a beginner, it can be intimidating to play through an entire song, but in this online ukulele class you’ll have time to practice in a supportive environment! You’ll also be introduced to the basics of fingerpicking - an excellent way to spice up your playing. Join in to get more comfortable with strumming patterns and switching in between chords as well.