Hot Ukulele How-Tos

How To: Play "Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema)" by João Gilberto on the ukulele

Want to play "Girl from Ipanema" by João Gilberto on the ukulele? Learn how with this video tab from Glen Rose of Jazzy Ukulele, 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 "Girl from Ipanema" on your own uke, a song made famous by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, watch this free ukulele jazz lessons.

How To: Play "You Are My Sunshine" on the ukulele

Want to play "You Are My Sunshine" 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 standard, watch thi...

How To: Play "Hotel California" by the Eagles on the ukulele

Want to play the Eagles' "Hotel California" on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson. 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 "Hotel California" on your own uke, wa...

How To: Play the ukulele version of Michael Jackson's song "Billie Jean"

Want to play Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson. 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 "Billie Jean" on your own uke, watch t...

How To: Strum a rumba rhythm on the ukulele

The ukulele is a beautiful and unique stringed instrument that is perfect for the traveling musician because it is so portable and relatively inexpensive. The ukelele is a version of a small guitar that originated in Hawaii. In this tutorial you will learn how to play a rumba rhythm on the ukulele. First you will learn the technique for a slap, then the rumba pattern. The slap should sound for the same duration of each strum on the ukelele. Once you get a hang of this technique you will be ab...

How To: Play the LocoRoco theme on the ukulele

The videos in this two-part video ukulele tutorial series demonstrate how to play the LocoRoco theme song on the ukulele with a clawhammer picking style! If you are already familiar with the clawhammer style, then skip to part 2 to get straight to the song. For more information, and to get started playing the LocoRoco theme song on your own ukulele, press play!

How To: Play "This Little Light of Mine" on the ukulele

To play 'This Little Light of Mine' on the ukulele you first will need to start with the chord G progression. Start playing this at the lyric Light and then switch to the chord G7 on the verse shine. On the next line, play the chord C at the verse light and then on the word shine play the chord G. Now, while singing the same lyrics now play the G chord at light and switch to Em at the word shine. Now on the ending verse at, 'Shine, Shine, Shine' play the chords G, D7 and C-G! You can take a G...

How To: Play George Formby style banjo uke

If you are a beginner, you should find this very useful. Learn how to get started in GF uke style by learning two basic techniques. First the split stroke, which is the foundation for most of the other GF style strokes, and secondly the thumb roll (or "triple"), which adds a bit of extra interest. Even though these are just two of the techniques, when used together, they can sound fantastic.

How To: Play "Dust in the Wind" on the ukulele

Want to play "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas 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 "Dust in the Wind" on y...

How To: String or restring a ukulele with a tie bridge

In this clip, you'll learn how to string up a uke with a standard tie-style bridge. If you want to get really good at playing the ukulele, it stands to reason that your instrument will need strings on it. Happily, the Internet is awash in high-quality video lessons like this one from the folks at Hawaii Music Supply. For more information, including a step-by-step overview, watch this free video ukulele tutorial.

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 "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys on the ukulele

Want to play "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys 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 early Bea...

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 "Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes)" on the ukulele

Want to play "Autumn Leaves" 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 information...

How To: Play CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" on the ukulele

Want to play Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising"? See how it's done with this free video ukulele lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and it chords. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the ukulele, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Bad Moon Rising" on your own ukulele, take a look!

How To: Play "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash on the ukulele

Want to play "Folsom Prison Blues" by country great Johnny Cash on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson. 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 "Folsom Prison Blu...

How To: Play the Ukulele with right and left hand techniques and exercises

So you just bought your Ukulele but you have never played one before, you don't know what to do with it except make it sound like a cat being strung across..., won't go into too many details, you get the point. In this video you will learn the anatomy of the Ukulele as well as the string letters and some basic right and left hand technique to get you acquainted with your new Uke!

How To: Play "Please Please Me" by the Beatles on the ukulele

Want to play "Please Please Me" by 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 Beatles' "Plea...

How To: Play "California Dreamin' by the Mamas & the Papas on the ukulele

Want to play "California Dreamin'" (also known as "California Dreaming") 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 ...

How To: Play "The Hukilau Song" by Jack Owens on the ukulele

Want to play "Hukilau Song" 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 tropical standard, watch t...

How To: Play "Somewhere over the Rainbow" on the ukulele

The ukulele is a beautiful and unique stringed instrument that is perfect for the traveling musician because it is so portable and relatively inexpensive. The ukelele is a version of a small guitar that originated in Hawaii. In this tutorial you will learn how to play "Somewhere over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World" like Iz. Once you get a hang of this beginner song you can impress your friends with this rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World" on your uke.

How To: Play "Tonight You Belong to Me" on the ukulele

Want to play "Tonight You Belong to Me" 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 song (famou...

How To: Play a Spanish piece on the ukulele

The ukulele is a beautiful and unique stringed instrument that is perfect for the traveling musician because it is so portable and relatively inexpensive. The ukelele is a version of a small guitar that originated in Hawaii. In this tutorial you will learn how to play Spanish piece on the ukulele. Once you get a hang of this beginner song you can impress your friends with this easy Spanish song on your uke.

How To: Play "59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" by Simon & Garfunkel on ukulele

Want to play "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" 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 "Love Story" by Taylor Swift on ukulele

If you want to play 'Love Story' by Taylor Swift on ukulele you should first start with making sure you have your ukulele standard tuned to G, C, E and A top to bottom. You will use the chords C, G, Am and F. These are the chords that are use basically through the entire song. Only at the end is a Bm chord thrown into the song. The strumming patter is Down Down Up, Up Down Up. Play this for each of the chords. You can also pick within the chords if you like this. This is the intro. For the ve...

How To: Play "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 on ukulele

Want to play U2's "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" 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 thi...

How To: Play arpeggios on the ukulele

In this clip, you'll learn how to incorporate arpeggios into your uke playing. 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 "You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson on ukulele

Want to play the Ingrid Michaelson's "You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson. 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 "You and I" ...

How To: Play "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on ukulele

Want to play John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson. 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 John Denver's signature so...

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 the Adam Sandler song "I Wanna Grow Old With You" on ukelele

The ukelele is a great little instrument that is easy to learn, sounds good, and is portable. How much better could it be? They work especially well for covering pop songs, since they're very simple and catchy, which is the essence of the ukelele. This video will teach you how to play the hit song "I Wanna Grow Old with You," made famous by Adam Sandler at the end of The Wedding Singer, on ukelele.

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: Strum the Chords to "Over the Rainbow" Like Israel Kamakawiwo`ole (IZ)

In this tutorial I give some basic instructions on how to plug and strum the chords to the song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" as it is played by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole (Bruddah IZ). Basic chords are introduced with the strum pattern as used by the artist, followed by a progressive demonstration on how to do the strumming to get the rhythm. The strumming pattern is demonstrated for low-G strung ukulele as well as for standard tuned ukulele (re-entrant, high-G).

How To: Use a "chuck" strumming pattern when playing 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 uke lessons, like this one from Ukulele Live, which make the task not only easy but fun. This clip, in particular, demonstrates how to chuck when playing the ukulele.

Prev Page