Ukuleles come in a lot of sizes, use several species of woods, and will be built with a wide range of overall quality. When you’re buying your first or even second ukulele, you probably have more questions than answers. At the end of the day you want the best ukulele for you. So how do you sort through all of the different options? Let’s start by asking very common questions.
It’s incredibly common to have more questions than answers when you first pick up the ukulele. In fact, you’ll have questions throughout your entire ukulele journey. That’s part of the fun! Thankfully there are a multitude of resources to answer those questions (thanks for checking this one out!). We’ve gathered some of the most common questions about ukulele chords and put them in one place.
One of the immediate challenges when you learn to play the ukulele is tuning it. It can be a difficult thing to find the right note at the right pitch. No matter your skill level is, a ukulele that won’t stay in tune can be frustrating to play. This tends to happen more for beginners, and there are a few reasons why. Let’s take a look at the reasons your ukulele isn’t staying in tune.
Today, Jeff will teach you how to play I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. This is a great sing-along style ukulele tab arrangement following the original recording. The song was originally played in the key of B but Jeff transposed it to the Key of C to make the chords easier to play. Enjoy!
Close To You was originally played in the key of C. Jeff made some adjustments as he is following an interesting chord melody arrangements by Kiyosi Kobayashi. Kobayashi plays through the whole song using only the thumb of his right hand. Jeff made his own version by bringing in strumming and small edits to his playing. The song is considered a great beginner to intermediate level tune.
Why Should You Have A Case For A Ukulele? So the obvious answer here is protection. Whilst ukuleles are made out of quality woods, the wood is very thin. Even if it has a thicker finish on it, it’s still highly susceptible to scratches, dings, and holes. It only takes bumping it just the right way into the corner of something to ruin your day. Kind of like stubbing your toe.
Debunking 10 common ukulele myths.The more you delve into any topic, the more you realize just how many myths and misconceptions there are. This could do with the sheer volume of information we have today. Anyone can throw something out there on YouTube, social media, and even mainstream TV and it can be treated as fact. Even if it’s not. Let’s tackle a few of them and set the record straight.
What is the hardest thing to do on a ukulele? Most people would say that the hardest thing to do on a ukulele (or any instrument) is play fast. Like really fast. That seems to be the defining factor in how people perceive skill. When you look at players like Jake Shimabukuro, it isn’t his rhythm, melodic sensibilities, and style that stand out right away. It’s how fast he can play.
Wonderful Tonight is a ballad song written by Eric Clapton for Pattie Boyd. He was inspired to write whilst waiting for Pattie getting ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney’s annual Buddy Holly party. The song was included on Clapton’s 1977 album, Slowhand. We hope you enjoy learning this new song as you start the year. Happy strumming!
Ragtime is a musical style that originated in African-American communities. This type of music became the first African-American music to have an impact on mainstream popular culture. Ian Gardner came up with this little ragtime ukulele piece and it sounded really fun to play. Jeff made a simple video lesson on how to play it and we hope you enjoy and add it to your playlist.
“Island in the Sun” is a song by American alternative band, Weezer. It was included in the band’s 2001 self-titled album, Weezer. The song was well known for its catchy rhythm intro and easy-to-follow chords pattern. This is a really fun song to play on your ukulele. Jeff will teach you the chord patterns, techniques, and even the guitar solo. Have a go and learn how to play Island in The Sun!
Playing the ukulele in a group setting can be truly rewarding. You get to meet new friends, sing along with different people and will have the chance to elevate your skills by learning new techniques from more skilled members within the group. See if there’s a ukulele group near you. Checkout the list on this page.