Hot Ukulele How-Tos

How To: Play a simplified version of "Crazy G" on the ukulele

Want to play a simplified, slowed-down version of "Crazy G" 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 "Cra...

How To: Play a blues scale improvisation 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 blue scales improvisation. For more information, and to get started playing the blues on your own uke, watch this helpful how-to.

How To: Do a ska style strum 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 the ska strum on your ukulele. Once you get a hang of this technique you will be able to play some easy songs on the uke.

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: 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 "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 "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" on the ukulele

Learn how to play "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" on the uke 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 Christmas song on...

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 classical music 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, ukulele master, Gordon Mark shows us one of his techniques for playing classical music on his KoAloha ukulele. Once you get a hang of this technique you will be able to play some easy songs on the uke.

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: Strum "Hey There Delilah" 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 strum "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's on the ukulele. Once you get a hang of this beginner song you can impress your friends with this rendition of "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's on your uke.

How To: Play "Fly Me to the Moon" on the ukulele

Want to play "Fly Me to the Moon" 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 popular standard famously...

How To: Play "Top of the World" by the Carpenters on ukulele

Want to play the Carpenters "Top of the 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. Fo...

How To: Use 3/4-time strum patterns when playing 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 three-quarter time strums. For more information, and to get started playing 3/4 strum patterns on your own uke, watch this helpf...

How To: Play "Little Saint Nick" by the Beach Boys on ukulele

Want to play the Beach Boys' "Little St. Nick" on the 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...

How To: Play "Scarborough Fair" on the ukulele

Want to play "Scarborough Fair" (sometimes called "Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?") 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...

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 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on the ukulele

Want to play the "I'll Be Home for Christmas" Christmas song 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 repertor...

How To: Play "Oh! Susannah" on the ukulele

Ukulele Mike shows his viewers how simple it can be to play "Oh, Susannah" on the ukulele. According to Mike, "Oh, Susannah" is an old classic story song. This means that it is a song that has been handed down that tells a story and doesn't just throw words together because they sound nice.

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 Simon & Garfunkel's "El Condor Pasa" on ukulele

Would you rather be a sparrow than a snail? Learn how to play Simon & Garfunkel's version of "El Cóndor Pasa," a popular Andean folk tune, on your ukulele 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 reper...

How To: Strum in 3/4 time on 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 strum your ukulele in 3/4 time. Once you get a hang of this rhythm technique you will be able to play some easy songs on the uke.

How To: Perform a simple scale-based ukulele warm-up exercise

In this clip, you'll learn how to perform a simple scale warm-up exercise for the ukulele. 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 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: Play "Waltzing Matilda" on the ukulele

Want to play "Waltzing Matilda" 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 famous Australian bush balla...

How To: Play the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" 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: 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 "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" on the ukulele

If you want to play the song 'When Irish Eyes are Smiling' on Ukulele you should play the song at 3/4 time with a waltz feel. The strumming pattern you want to use is Down Down Up Down Up. First you start by playing a C chord, then switch to G7 and back to c. Now, start the next line of the song with G7 and then go to C and A7, D7 and end in G7. Play C over, to G7, C, C7 and F. Then go to D7, then G, then to D7 and end it G-G7. When you start the chorus you then play C, G7 and C-C7. Now play ...

How To: Play "Aint Got You" by Alicia Keys on ukulele

In this how-to video, you will learn how to play the song "Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys on the ukulele. You will need basic knowledge of chords and a tuned ukulele. First, play the chords C7, Bm, Am, and G7. Play this twice before playing G7, Bm, Em, Am, D. Repeat this for the verses of the song. Next, play G7, Am, Bm, and Am. Repeat this for the chorus. The next part involves you playing the chords G7, Am, Bm, C7, Bm, Am, G7, Am, and G7. Repeat this before moving back to the verse chord pro...

How To: Play Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" on ukulele

Want to play Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" 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 classic roc...

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 the "Frosty the Snowman" Xmas carol on ukulele

Want to play Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" 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...

How To: Play the Beatles' "Mother Nature's Son" on the ukulele

Want to play the Beatles' "Mother Nature's Son" 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 "Mother Nature's...

How To: Play "Close to You" by the Carpenters on ukulele

Watch this ukulele tutorial video to learn how to play the Carpenters' "Close to You" on ukulele. The instruction in this how-to video is very detailed and aimed toward intermediate to advanced ukulele players. You'll be playing "Close to You" beautifully in no time after you've watched this instructional ukulele video.

How To: Play "The Rainbow Connection" on the ukulele

Want to play "The Rainbow Connection" from the Muppet Movie 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 ...

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