I actually have two things I want to talk about in today’s post. The first is buying an ukulele for beginners. The second is getting started and learning to play.
A few days ago I had a friend ask me about buying an ukulele. She had recently attended an ukulele class and had so much fun she decided she wanted her own ukulele. Since her ukulele knowledge was very basic, she didn’t know where to start. How much should she spend? What brand should she get? What size should she get?
There are a lot of questions for the beginner. So what should you do?
The first thing is to do a little bit of research yourself. Check out the bottom of this post for a bunch of useful links on choosing the right ukulele. However, it’s also important to realize that you don’t have to choose the most expensive ukulele. You want one that sounds good, but it doesn’t have to be the best. (check out the ones in the sidebar for some cheap, but good ukuleles for beginners. If possible, get to an ukulele shop and try them out.
Learn Ukulele For Beginners
Depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find a good ukulele teacher. I live on a small tropical island in Japan, and I actually have an ukulele teacher here. However, there are a lot of areas that don’t.
So what’s the next best thing? YouTube of course! This is how I first started learning the ukulele, and I still use YouTube to learn a lot of different songs or for helpful tips.
A few days ago I came across a really cool YouTuber who is making beginner ukulele videos. He has a series of videos that you can check out and learn from. The first video shows you how to tune your video, and how to play your first few chords.
I recommend that you watch the video once and then actually try to play along on the second run through.