Maybe you watched an ukulele video on YouTube, went to Hawaii, or you want to play an instrument and decided to learn ukulele. The ukulele is an easy and VERY fun instrument to learn. There are difficult chords and songs, but I was able to play my first song after about an hour of practice. Was I any good? No, but I could play well enough to sing a long and for others to make out the song.
So, now that you are ready to learn the Ukulele where how do you get started.
Buy an Ukulele
Without one it is pretty difficult to play. Cheap ukuleles will generally start around $20-$30, but you will probably want to stay away from those. They won’t sound good and might put you off playing. You want something decent enough that it will sound good when you play it. You can get a pretty good ukulele for around $75-$200 dollars. The two below links should help you choose the best ukulele for beginners: Buy Ukulele and Ukulele Brands.
Buy an Ukulele Tuner
Your ukulele just won’t sound right if it is out of tune. If you have a lot of experience with music and instruments then you might be able to tune it by ear. I had no experience, so I definitely needed the tuner. You can find them on ebay for around $10-$20 or at your local music shop. It doesn’t need to be anything super fancy. I actually have a program called clear tune that works just fine. and I think only cost me about $1.99. Some stores will include a tuner when you buy an ukulele so always check that first.
Learn the ukulele basics. Learn how to hold the ukulele, how to strum it, and how to pick it. Check out this article for beginner ukulele videos: beginner ukulele
Choose a song
Of course you can just practice chords and finger picking, but I think that playing a song is much funner. That is the reason we want to learn the ukulele right? The first song I learned was E Huli Makou, which primarily only has 3 chords except for the last section. The fact that it was simple made it easy and fun to play. Which meant I kept at it and got better.
But it doesn’t have to be that song. A lot of songs are only a couple chords. Do a search on YouTube for the songs you like and add “ukulele” in your search. You will be surprised what’s available.