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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

4.9 (87)
The ukulele is a creative adaptation and redesign of the machete de braga, a small stringed instrument that was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in August of 1879. The Hawaiian people fell in love with the sound of the instrument and named it “ukulele" because the fingers of the performer dancing around on the neck and strings as a song was played resembled jumping fleas. Ukulele means jumping fleas in the Hawaiian language. Since the ukulele is related to a European instrument and the guitar from Spain, the relative tuning is the same. It should be tuned a perfect fourth up from a guitar, so the first string is tuned to an A, second string should be tuned to an E, third string will be a C, & the fourth string should be tuned to a G an octave up. Most ukuleles have a fourth string that is an octave above what the normal progression would be of most stringed instruments. If your G string is not tuned an octave up it’s a larger size than the average ukulele G string and would be considered a “drop G” tuning. I use a drop G tuning on my instrument because I prefer that configuration. The scale and chord patterns on the ukulele are similar to guitar, so if you know how to play some guitar you will have a big head start on the ukulele. You can think of it as a guitar that has a capo placed on the fifth fret. You can play a C chord on this guitar with the fifth fret capped, but it’s not really a C chord, right? It’s now an F chord because it must be transposed up a perfect fourth. Now play a D chord on the ukulele. It’s really a G chord because it must be transposed up just like if you were playing a guitar with a capo on the fifth fret. Simple, right? I have been a professional working musician for over thirty years and while my main instrument is guitar, I do use the ukulele in my work from time to time. I also have been teaching this instrument since 2009 because so many people are interested in it now. It has really seen a huge resurgence in the last couple of years. Previously it was very popular back in the 1920’s. I sincerely hope that we have a chance to get together and work on developing your talent. I am certain that you will consider this to be one of your most interesting and rewarding experiences.
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Rhonda C.

Rhonda C.

5 (23)
We are going to HAVE FUN! I will be customizing your lessons to your needs, your skill level, your age, and most importantly, what you would like to learn on the Ukulele. The Ukulele is such a fun instrument to play. It's a small instrument with a big sound. There are 4 main sizes: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone. I teach all 4. The Soprano, Concert and Tenor are all tuned the same which is G, C, E, A. The Baritone is tuned to D, G, B, E which happens to be the same as the first four strings on a guitar. If you like the guitar, but you are feeling a bit intimidated to master 6 strings, then the Baritone Ukulele would be a great choice! it will be easier to learn than a guitar, yet still has a full, rich deep sound. I would liken it to being midway between a standard ukulele and a guitar. If you want the true Hawaiian sound you will need the Soprano or concert Ukulele. If you have larger hands or thick fingers, you may want to go with the Tenor or Baritone ukulele. When signing up for Ukulele lessons, be sure to specify which size ukulele you have. Lesson material is based on the 2 different tunings, so you will need the correct books to match your ukulele. I will help you sight read music (new songs) which is extremely useful should you join a group or accompany others and they suddenly place a piece of music in front of you and would like you to play it. Sight reading helps you to play songs you've never seen or had a chance to practice ahead of time. Of course the most important is learning the genre of music (songs) you like. I am fairly versed in most music genres and we can discuss the areas you are most interested in before signing up to see if we are a good fit in this area. Before moving on to Lesson Details, should you sign up for Ukulele lessons, I want you to know that the above mentioned is not in concrete. I will never force a student of mine to do something they absolutely do not want to do. I will encourage you to try it, but once you've come to the conclusion you have no desire for certain areas, we will focus on what it is you desire to learn and feel most comfortable at learning. NEW! Starting on 9/1/2021: I have decided to offer all new students an "indefinite discount" for not only back-to-school students, but for all ages. To be a bit of a financial help, I've lowered my current prices to give a long term discount. A 30 minute lesson is usually $28.00. With the discount, it will be $23. A 45 minute lesson is usually $39, with the discount, it will be $34. A 60 minute lesson is usually $50, with the discount, it will be $45. *** Lesson Details *** Listed here are the basics you will need to get off to a great start at your first lesson and future lessons. These are required items to learn properly, as well as for me to teach you adequately. Without these tools, we will struggle as both teacher and student, which is not what either of us would want. Please be sure to order these items as soon as possible once you've committed to lessons. If these items have not arrived before the lesson, I do have material we can and will use, so again, don't fret over this. As you will see, I am flexible and want this to be fun, not frustrating for you. 1. Soprano, Concert or Tenor Ukulele. Make sure there is little difficulty when pressing down on the strings with the left hand. If you find it extremely difficult to press down, you may have a Ukulele with a warped neck or it has been damaged. Options are to take it to a shop where it can be fixed, or at best, get an honest opinion as to whether or not it can be refurbished to work well for you. Be cautious when ordering a used instrument online. If you are not familiar with purchasing used instruments in this manner, have someone who is experienced in buying online help you make your purchase. My suggestion, is go to a music store where you can try out the instrument to see if it's a good fit for you or your child. This way you will know what you are getting. I have a recommendation for an excellent quality Ukulele that has a very reasonable price, and is great for both children and adults. Aklot Solid Mahogany Ukulele. The price range I've seen is between $49-$69 depending on the size. It comes with a case, tuner, and some other goodies. This is the Ukulele I own and I really enjoy playing it. It has a great sound, easy to play, stays in tune, built very well, and excellent craftsmanship. 2. Tuner. This is the one I recommend: Snark ST-8 Super Tight Clip On Tuner (Current Model). If you purchase the Aklot Ukulele, it comes with a tuner that works great. 3. Lesson Books. Once you are signed up and paid, I will send you an email with the books you'll need to order. I like to start with lesson books that are great for all ages. They will be relatively easy, thus making learning how to play the Ukulele fun, not grueling. As you progress through the first series of lesson books, I will send you an email with next series of books to be able to continue with lessons, if you so desire. *If you have a particular book you would like to work out of, please send me the name of the book so I can review it (and purchase if need be) so I can help you with it. *** Studio Equipment *** I have a dedicated area of my home where I keep all my instruments as well as having high quality audio equipment, a computer with high speed internet, and excellent lighting. As a side note, this is my home in which I also have a business raising Bernese Mountain Dogs. They may come and go in the background, but I can assure you that if they appear to be a distraction in any manner, especially for younger children, I will make sure they are placed appropriately so as to remove this form of distraction before the lesson begins. *** Students Equipment *** Before starting the first lesson, I do expect the student to have a Ukulele, a tuner and lesson book(s) as mentioned above in "Lesson Details". You must have access to a computer with a good internet that will not drop or freeze in a Zoom lesson. *Note: I do not recommend viewing lessons from a smart phone or iPad. There are multiple reasons they are not conducive for zoom lessons. If this is the only method available when first starting lessons, this is understandable, but try your best to transition to a laptop. An iPad is better than a smartphone, but unless you have a high speed internet, there can be issues at times with iPads as well as with a smart phone. ***Steps to Prepare your Computer*** There are some important steps you as the student (or parent of a child/children) can take to prepare your computer to work efficiently for online lessons. I will list them here for you, as well as send them in an email along with the lesson books you will need to purchase. If you run into problems with any of the steps, try to find someone (friend, family member, neighbor) who may have a good working knowledge of computers to help you. If you have no one, I am willing to talk you through it over the phone, which could be a bit of a challenge, but worth trying! 1. Clear history, cookies, cache prior to each lesson. 2. Download zoom occasionally to ensure you are using the most recent/updated version. 3. Make sure others in the household are not online (on other devices) during your lesson. 4. Close all programs running in the background. 5. Stop or delete any unnecessary apps that may be running in the background. 6. Try to avoid using an iPad or a smartphone for lessons, if at all possible. Thank You for viewing my profile. Please feel free to ask me questions through Take Lessons. I will do my very best to answer each and every one to the best of my abilities. To Your Success! Rhonda
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Awesome instructor! Patient, encouraging, very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Richard (Ukulele lessons with Nils B.)

Great first lesson. We covered a lot of ground, or notes, rather. btw, you had sent her the wrong date, so she was not expecting me, but we regrouped and had a great time.

Peter (Ukulele lessons with Mary Ann G.)

TOO MUCH FUN! I had a great experience! Started playing the Uke right away. Learned 2 songs and 6 chords, and how to tune my very first lesson. She makes the work fun. Totally recommend!!!

Mary Ann G. (Ukulele lessons with Mary Ann G.)

Megan is teaching my 6 yr old son the Ukulele. I love that she is professional, on time and works well with my son who can sometimes be a bit rambunctious and distracted. Other teachers we have trie

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The ukulele is a beautiful stringed instrument that we often associate with Hawaiian music. This is because, in the late 1800s, Portuguese immigrants introduced the ukulele to Hawaii, and it quickly became a staple in island music.

Have you always wanted to learn how to play this tiny guitar-like instrument? If so, then it’s time to sign up for ukulele lessons right here at TakeLessons. Along with in-person sessions, we also offer the best online ukulele lessons around! Whether you’re picking up a ukulele for the first time or looking to expand your current music skills, our private teachers can help!

Certified Ukulele Teachers

Studying with the right teacher can make all the difference in your learning journey. It’s why we think it’s so important for you to connect with your teacher and find a good match before you even begin your lessons.

Here at TakeLessons, we let you choose your preferred ukulele teacher. We offer a vast listing of certified and background-checked ukulele tutors near you, so you’re sure to find a great fit. To start, review their profiles. You can read about their experience, check out feedback from past students, and see their starting rates.

The average cost of a 60-minute session costs $65, but rates may range between $30 and $130, as our ukulele teachers set their own prices.

After picking your future ukulele tutor, choose your schedule. Next, select your favorite lesson package. In just a few easy steps, you’ll be set to begin strumming away on the uke.

Ukulele Online Lessons for All Ages

Just because you’ve hit a certain age doesn’t mean you can’t learn to play the ukulele. And the same goes for your kids—it’s never too early to get them interested in this instrument. Age plays no factor in your ability to play the uke!

At TakeLessons, we feature ukulele lessons for kids, adults, and seniors. Our private tutors cater each session to their students, so their lesson plans for a child will look much different than those for teenagers or adults.

Don’t let your age keep you from your music dreams. Sign up for ukulele lessons near you today!

Ukulele Lessons for All Levels

Just as your age doesn’t prevent you from taking our classes, neither does your current skill set! We accept students of all skill levels and backgrounds.

For example, if you’ve never strummed a uke before, you’ll want to join our ukulele lessons for beginners. In these sessions, you’ll learn the ins and outs of this instrument to help you create a strong foundation. Alternatively, if you’re looking to brush up on what you already know, intermediate or advanced sessions may be more your speed.

No matter where you are in your musical journey, it’s time to discover ukulele lessons near you.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Ukulele Lessons

Beginner lessons often cover the following topics:

  • Tuning
  • Proper way to hold the instrument
  • Instrument care
  • Easy strumming patterns and techniques
  • Major, minor, open-position, and 7th chords
  • Songs with simple chord sequences
  • Intro to music theory
  • Reading sheet music and tablature

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Ukulele Lessons

Intermediate ukulele lessons are designed to continue developing your skills as you learn to play ukulele:

  • Finger picking
  • Major and minor scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Articulations
  • Substitution chords
  • Hammer-ons
  • Bending
  • Tremolo picking
  • Harmonics
  • Practicing difficult chord sequences

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Ukulele Lessons

When you're ready for advanced lessons, you've nearly mastered the ukulele:

  • Improvisation
  • Alternative tunings
  • Advanced strumming
  • Eight finger roll
  • Three string strum
  • Ten finger roll
  • Rhythm filler strum
  • Sextuplet strum
  • The flick
  • Strum picking
  • Golpe
  • Muted plucking
  • Professional advice for performing and recording
  • Singing while playing

Live Ukulele Classes

Learn how to play beautiful Hawaiian tunes on your own ukulele! Your TakeLessons Live membership will make it happen—at an affordable price.

No need to work expensive classes into your already jammed-packed schedule. With a TakeLessons Live membership, our ukulele teachers are available seven days a week. You’ll have a ton of class times to choose from.

You’ll be able to learn the ukulele on your own time at your own pace. Your instructor and classmates will meet you through an online platform, enabling you to participate from the comfort of your own home—or anywhere that is convenient for you.

Alternatively, during a live ukulele class, you’ll work with a group of students and an instructor. Whether you’ve never touched an instrument before or you’re brushing up on your old ukulele skills, you can trust that your teacher will create a lesson that caters to a broad range of abilities. Collaborate with students and hear real-time feedback and advice as you learn the ins and outs of ukulele playing.

Want to get some extra practice in? Your membership also gives you access to our 24/7 library of on-demand videos and other learning resources designed to help you master your new instrument. You can even download our mobile app to take your classes with you!

The best part about your TakeLessons Live membership is that you are not restricted to ukulele classes. Your affordable monthly fee also gives you access to any of our other 300+ live classes. Learn a new instrument, pick up some new dance steps, or embrace a new language.

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Can I teach myself the ukulele?

Sure, you can teach yourself the ukulele, but that’s not to say we recommend it. In fact, teaching yourself is a surefire way to pick up bad or lazy habits. You see, when you learn from a textbook, online video, or maybe even your best friend, you might be not receiving—or fully comprehending—the best instruction. For instance, maybe you’re not holding your instrument correctly or maintaining the correct posture. This could negatively impact your ukulele skills later down the road.

However, when you study one-on-one with a private ukulele teacher, you can nip those issues in the bud. Your tutor will ensure that you create good habits that will see you through your entire musical journey. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to challenge yourself with more technical music, private lessons are the best way to achieve your uke dreams.

Is the ukulele hard to learn?

It depends who you ask and what you’re comparing it to, but overall, the ukulele isn’t considered a particularly challenging instrument to learn. In fact, many students choose the ukulele as their first instrument to play.

That said, if you’re not familiar with playing an instrument or reading music, the ukulele may be more challenging than you expected. That’s why we recommend new students sign up for ukulele lessons to learn their way around this beautiful instrument. During your lessons, you’ll receive the skills you need to master this instrument, from learning how to tune it and practicing chords to reading sheet music and becoming a pro at strumming. With the help of a private ukulele teacher, you may not find this instrument difficult to play at all!

How should a beginner learn the ukulele?

We suggest beginners sign up for private lessons. Here, you’ll receive one-on-one instruction from a private ukulele tutor who will help you lay the foundation. As a beginner, you’ll need to start with the basics, such as learning how to hold the ukulele and memorizing the notes and finger positions. If you skip out on mastering these fundamental skills, you might become more susceptible to picking up bad habits along the way.

When you sign up for ukulele lessons for beginners, you have the opportunity to go at your own pace and ask your questions. Your tutor will give you a customized lesson plan to put you on the path toward achieving your uke goals.

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