How To Become a Better Ukulele Player

how to become better at ukulele

As we all press on to become better at playing our favorite songs, whether it’s strumming away to “Hey There Delilah”, or fingerpicking “Frére Jacques”, we inevitably come to a point where we ask this question. I asked myself the same thing and with some research, I’ve found that there are quite a few things we can do. I compiled a list of things that will help you on the way.

How to be a better ukulele player? You can become a better ukulele player by learning techniques that will enhance your ukulele skills, such as strumming, fingerpicking, playing scales, using barre chords, and how to read music. These are the main areas you can work on to become a better ukulele player. Be sure to follow a daily practice routine to get the best results.

Most of us dwell on the thought that we would’ve been good at one thing or another if we’d made the time to practice.

Those piano lessons as a kid, the guitar that sits in the closet, or the language textbooks on the shelf all serve as reminders that we didn’t make the habit of practicing. You don’t want to make the same mistake with your new ukulele.

Read more

Ukulele Tuning Guide: How to Tune a Ukulele

how to tune ukulele tuning

So, you just got your hands on your first ukulele and chances are, unless you’ve ever tuned another stringed instrument before, you’re feeling pretty lost!

The awesome thing about the internet is that you’re just a click away from a wealth of information.

The not so awesome thing about the internet is that, well, now you have to sort through all of that information, deciphering between a bunch of different websites and piecing together what tidbits of knowledge work for you and what doesn’t.

Here, we’ve put together the most commonly asked questions about how to tune a ukulele so that you can stop digging for answers and finally start strumming your (tuned) uke!

In this article, I will cover:

Ukulele Tuning Basics
Using a Digital Tuner
Tuning with a Tuning App
Using an Online Tuner
Tuning the Ukulele by Ear or to Itself
Tuning by ear with a Piano

Ukulele Tuning Basics

The first thing to know about tuning ukuleles is that not all ukuleles are tuned the same way. If you have a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele, you’ll be using the same tuning method called GCEA tuning. However, if your ukulele is a baritone, you’ll be using another style of tuning called DGBE tuning.

Read more

25 Reasons to Play Ukulele (#8 is backed by Science)

reasons to play uke

What’s the first instrument that pops into your head when you think of Hawaii?

You probably think of the humble ukulele thanks to the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Although the song was originally recorded for The Wizard of Oz, Hawaiian ukulele player Israel Kamakawiwo’ole released his cover that has earned over 500 million views on YouTube.

There’s a reason why it’s nearly impossible to find someone who hasn’t heard his song. His beautiful voice complemented by the simplicity of his melodies touches everyone.

You may not think of the ukulele as glamorous, but this tiny instrument has wormed its way into the hearts of millions of people.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument but felt too intimidated, the ukulele can be your perfect match. Besides being undeniably charming, the ukulele has so much more to offer. Learning how to play ukulele is a blast!

In this article we’ll go over 25 reasons why I think everyone should take up the ukulele. I really believe the ukulele to be an instrument for everyone. And this would be regardless of age or whether or not you are musically inclined. So you could totally be 3 years old or 83 years old with or without musical knowledge or experience – and you’d still be a great candidate for the ukulele.

As I’ve stated before on my blog, If you want to learn how to play an instrument, the easiest one to get started with is the ukulele. There are so many types of instruments you can choose from, but there is something about the ukulele that makes it unique for those that want to start playing their first instrument. Even if its your second or third, it’s quite a cool instrument to pick up. It has become common, for example, for guitar players to pick up the uke. Many of them get so caught up with the ukulele that they end up spending more time playing it over their other instruments.

Here are 25 reasons why you should get intrigued and pick up a ukulele.

Read more

5 Steps to Sing and Play Ukulele At The Same Time

sing and play ukulele

Ever wondered how to sing and play ukulele at the same time?

Learning to sing and play ukulele at the same time takes some practice, but you’ll find that once you learn, it’s very rewarding and fulfilling!

Singing while playing is a whole other experience to express yourself.

Did you know that the ukulele descended from an instrument called the machete brought to Hawaii from the Portuguese sailors. The last queen of Hawaii, “Liliuokalani,” translated ukulele as, “Gift from afar”.

This gift is fun to play, but singing while playing it makes it an even more fun and exciting experience!

So we will go over 5 steps you can take to start singing and playing the ukulele at the same time.

But first things first…

Read more

11 Interesting Ukulele Facts You Should Know

ukulele facts

Do you play the ukulele?

If so, chances are you love your instrument more than you can describe. People who have been playing for years often consider their uke part of them!

But not everyone can know everything about this tiny instrument. In fact, there are plenty of fun facts about the ukulele you may have never even heard.

As a lover of the instrument, you have to make sure you know all that you can. Otherwise, you may never reach your full potential as an artist. Lucky for you, we’re experts on this topic and have combined some of the best fun facts out there. Read on for 11 facts every ukulele player should know.

Read more