A Beginner's Ukulele Resource Kit

Handy links to learning the ukulele online.

  • 2nd
  • September
  • 2012

Ukulele Lesson: Taylor Swift’s “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Peruse Todd Downing’s YouTube channel for a slew of quality ukulele tutorials with enough details to stave off those pesky “what’re the chords!!" or "hey, dude, what’s your strum pattern” first comments.

Bonus entertainment: he sings (quite well) while calling out chord names or strum change-ups — at the same time! (occasionally barely holding back quite a laugh at the absurdity himself)

For this song he’s going with: C  G  Dadd4  Em7:

C: 0 0 0 3
G: 0 2 3 2
Dadd4: 0 2 2 0
Em7: 0 2 0 2

His is one of the most approachable instructional styles you’ll encounter; like your older brother’s cool friend that spends a few minutes showing you how to play before they head off to the mall for an Orange Julius and other foreign and unimaginably great adventures.

(most of Todd’s tutorials are keyboard and guitar, plus YouTube search is “meh”, so paging through is best way to find his uke tuts, such as how to play Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown” and many more)

Want an alternative version? Watch Drew Chadwick’s performance.

(by tdowning11)

Tagged: Taylor Swift Todd Downing lessons uke ukulele tutorials

  • 10th
  • July
  • 2012
Pluckin’ Strummers Host Jim D’Ville’s “Play Ukulele by Ear” Workshop, Saturday, July 14th

We’ll start as usual at 10:00 (quick picks). Come early if you’ve questions for Tooch. Starting at 10:30 we’ll have a visit from Jim D’Ville. He’ll be giving his Play Ukulele by Ear Workshop

Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:30am
Cost: $25 per person
Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1 (All Levels-74 minutes)
Get the most out of your ukulele experience by learning to Play Ukulele By Ear. This entertaining and informative workshop will give you the tools you need to tap into your innate musical abilities. Playing by ear is easy, fun, and it will propel your understanding of how music works to a new level. This workshop will make you a better listener and student! All skill levels welcome, however, knowledge of basic chord shapes (C F G7) is helpful.
(via PluckinStrummers)

Pluckin’ Strummers Host Jim D’Ville’s “Play Ukulele by Ear” Workshop, Saturday, July 14th

We’ll start as usual at 10:00 (quick picks). Come early if you’ve questions for Tooch. Starting at 10:30 we’ll have a visit from Jim D’Ville. He’ll be giving his Play Ukulele by Ear Workshop

Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:30am

Cost: $25 per person

Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1 (All Levels-74 minutes)

Get the most out of your ukulele experience by learning to Play Ukulele By Ear. This entertaining and informative workshop will give you the tools you need to tap into your innate musical abilities. Playing by ear is easy, fun, and it will propel your understanding of how music works to a new level. This workshop will make you a better listener and student! All skill levels welcome, however, knowledge of basic chord shapes (C F G7) is helpful.

(via PluckinStrummers)

Tagged: uke ukulele lessons classes PlayByEar Jim D’Ville

  • 9th
  • July
  • 2012
Reminder — today is last day to sign-up for the (free) UKULE-ALONG at the Music Center, downtown Los Angeles!
Hang loose and play along with adult learners just like you! Experience SIX different ukulele music styles – traditional Hawaiian, blues, instrumental, pop, Tin Pan Alley, and Latin music.
(via Music Center | Ukule-Along)

Reminder — today is last day to sign-up for the (free) UKULE-ALONG at the Music Center, downtown Los Angeles!

Hang loose and play along with adult learners just like you! Experience SIX different ukulele music styles – traditional Hawaiian, blues, instrumental, pop, Tin Pan Alley, and Latin music.

(via Music Center | Ukule-Along)

Tagged: uke ukulele lessons tutorials Los Angeles