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How To: Repair a crack in a ukulele with hot hide glue

Cracked ukulele? Why not take a crack at its repair yourself? This tutorial demonstrates how to repair a simple cracked open seam with hot hide glue using the "percussion" technique—a method, which incidentally, will work for any wooden string instrument. For careful, step-by-step instructions, and to get started restoring your own damaged uke, watch this helpful how-to.

How To: Play common 4/4-time strumming patterns on the ukulele

There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free, high-quality uke lessons, like this one from YouTube's preeminent tropical tutor, Ukulele Mike. This particular tutorial provides a detailed, step-by-step overview of how to play a number of useful 4/4 time strumming patterns. For more information, and to get started playing quarter time strumming patterns on your own uke, w...

How To: Play "Has Anybody Seen My Gal" on the ukulele

Want to play "Has Anybody Seen My Gal" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing "Has Anybody Seen My Gal"...

How To: Play the Beatles' "Blackbird" on the ukulele

Want to play the Beatles' "Blackbird" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing "Blackbird" by Paul McCart...

How To: Play "The Charleston" by James P. Johnson on a ukulele

Want to play "The Charleston" by James P. Johnson on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's also a wonderful way to add to your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing "The Charleston" on your...

How To: Play the "Overworld" theme from Super Marios Bros. on the ukulele

Want to play the main theme from Super Mario Brothers on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Underground. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing the ...

How To: Play "Happy Together" by the Turtles on the ukulele

Want to play "Happy Together" on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing this great Turtles song, watch this...

How To: Play "Beyond the Sea (La Mer)" on the ukulele

Want to play Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For m...

How To: Play "What a Wonderful World" on the ukulele

Want to play "What a Wonderful World" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more in...

How To: Play "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars on the ukulele

Want to play "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars on soprano, concert or tenor ukulele? Learn how with this video tab, which presents a complete breakdown of the song's component sections, chords and strumming & picking patterns. For all of the details, and to get started playing "The Lazy Song" on your own uke, watch this free video ukulele lesson.

How To: Play "The Gambler" by Kenny Rodgers on the ukulele

Want to play "The Gambler" by Kenny Rodgers on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing "The Gambler" on your...

How To: Play Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" on the ukulele

Want to play "Secret Agent Man" by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing this ...

How To: Play Disney's "It's a Small World" on the ukulele

Want to play "It's a Small World" (sometimes known as "It's a Small World After All") on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to...

How To: Use Merle Travis-style picking on the ukulele

There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free, high-quality uke lessons, like this one from YouTube's preeminent tropical tutor, Ukulele Mike. This particular tutorial provides a detailed, step-by-step overview of how to use Merle Travis picking on the ukulele. For more information, and to get started Travis pickin' your own uke, watch this helpful how-to.

How To: Play movable barre chords on the ukulele

In this ukulele lesson, learn how to play movable barre chord shapes on a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele. With the uke, as with any other instrument, if you want to improve, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash with free, high-quality ukulele lessons like this one from Ukulele Mike Lynch. For more information, and to get started incorporating barre chords into your own ukulele playing, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play "Hey Soul Sister" by Train on baritone ukulele

Want to play "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train on baritone ukulele? Learn how with this video tab, which presents a complete breakdown of the song's component sections, chords and strumming & picking patterns. For all of the details, and to get started playing "Hey, Soul Sister" on your own baritone uke, watch this free video ukulele lesson.

How To: Play "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash on the ukulele

Want to play Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing "I Can See Cl...

How To: Pinky mute when playing the ukulele

In this clip, you'll learn how to get a clean single-strum sound when playing the ukulele by using pinky muting. If you want to get really good at playing the ukulele, it stands to reason that you'll need to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in high-quality video lessons like this one from the folks at Ukulele Underground. For more information, including a step-by-step overview, watch this free video ukulele tutorial.

How To: Play "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" by the Beatles on the ukulele

Want to play the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-...

How To: Play "What a Day for a Daydream" on the ukulele

Want to play the Lovin' Spoonful's "What a Day for a Day Dream" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your reper...

How To: Play "Bye Bye Blues" on the ukulele

Want to play "Bye Bye Blues" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing the jazz standard on your own uke, ...

How To: Play the Beatles' "All My Loving" on the ukulele

Want to play "All My Loving" by Paul McCartney of the Beatles on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing the...

How To: Play "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on the ukulele

This is a video tutorial that is showing its audience how to play and master the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on the ukulele. The first step is to grab your ukulele. Next you should play the following notes: C, G7, C, G7, A, Dm, Dy, G7. Then you will repeat this section of notes in tempo once again. Next you will play the following set of notes: F, A7, Dm. Then you can play F, and Ebdim, C, Cmaj7, C6, A6, G7, C7. Then finally end the song with the note G7. To fully play this song you m...

How To: Play a C major chromatic scale warm-up exercise on the ukulele

In this ukulele lesson, learn how to play a C major chromatic scale warm-up on a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele. With the uke, as with any other instrument, if you want to improve, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash with free, high-quality ukulele lessons like this one from Ukulele Mike Lynch. For more information, and to get started warming up with this exercise yourself, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Use a capo with your ukulele

Whether you play guitar or ukulele, or whatever instrument that actually uses a capo, being able to successfully use a capo is important for creating new sounds and new forms of amber for your chords. In this video you will learn how to use a capo to change the notes of the open strings to create new chords more easily up and down the neck.

How To: Play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" on the ukulele

Want to play the "Ode to Joy" theme (from Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral") on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For...

How To: Play "If You're Happy and You Know It" on the ukulele

Want to play "If You're Happy and You Know It" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing this classic chil...

How To: Play "Ehu Girl" by Kolohe Kai on ukulele

In this how-to video, you will learn how to play the song "Ehu Girl" on a ukulele. You will need a tuned ukulele and basic knowledge of chords. The song first consists of the chords C, F and G7. This will be repeated a few times. Move on to the chord progression Am, G, Am, and G. This is the part before the verse. Next, play the chords C, F, G7 into the progression C, F, G7, and Dm. Move on to G, Am, Am, Dm, and G7. The two progressions mentioned are the verses. Once this is complete, move ba...

How To: Play Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" on the ukulele

Want to play Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing this popular American s...

How To: Play Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" on the ukulele

Want to play the main riff from Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playin...

How To: Play "Me and Bobby McGee" on the ukulele

Want to play Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster's "Me and Bobby McGee" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started pla...

How To: Play a Bo Diddley beat on the ukulele

This how to video shows you how to play the Bo Diddley beat on a ukulele. You will need a tuned ukulele and basic knowledge of chords to do this. First, form a D chord. That is, place your fingers so that the first string first fret, second string first fret, third string second fret, and fourth string third fret are pressed. Use your right hand go up and down. Do not place your fingers all the way on to the fret. Only press down at the right times to create the beat. You will be making muted...

How To: Use the best ukulele strum in the world

Hit a plateau in your ukulele technique? Why not learn the Best Ukulele Strum in the (New) World? This free video ukulele lesson will get you started. In terms of discrete strokes, the strumming pattern can be described as follows: down, thumb, up down, thumb, up, down and thumb. For more information, and to get started playing the Best Ukulele Strum in the (New) World on your own uke, watch this helpful how-to.