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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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!
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.
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.
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!