Have you ever dreamed of playing the ukulele? Whether you want to play the ukulele for your family and friends, plan to be a professional performer, or just love playing music, this course is a great place to start. No prior music experience is needed. You will learn the fundamentals of music and the basic skills necessary to play a wide variety of music styles. Your guide will take you through each step of this journey towards becoming a skilled ukulele player and musician.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of ukulele basics by describing the elements of music, explaining the parts of the ukulele, describing tuning a ukulele, and playing open strings on the ukulele.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of playing melodies using tablature by explaining the five practice principles, describing left-handed skills on the ukulele, reading and playing ukulele tablature.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of strumming chords on the ukulele by describing chord diagrams, explaining changing between chords, and describing chord quality.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of advanced ukulele skills by playing a scale on the ukulele, creating new music through improvisation, and describing classical guitar influences and impacts on ukulele players.
Module 01 Let’s Play Ukulele!
Module 02 Playing Melodies Using Tablature
Module 03 Strumming Chords on the Ukulele
You will need a playable ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor) and a way to record and submit a video performance to your instructor. Because of the differences in tuning, baritone and bass ukuleles are not appropriate for this course.
A ukulele is “playable” if it is the correct size for the ukulele player, is easy to press the strings down against the frets, and plays in tune up and down the fretboard. There are three common types of ukuleles: soprano, concert, or tenor. If you do not already have a ukulele, you may want to seek the advice of an experienced ukulele player, a ukulele teacher, or your local music store.
Most ukuleles are strung for right-handed players, so that the right hand plucks the strings and the left hand presses the strings down against the frets. Many left-handed ukulele players play right-handed ukuleles. Many ukulele players and teachers recommend that left-handed students try playing on a right-handed ukulele when first learning. However, most ukuleles can be restrung for playing in a left-handed position if necessary.
This course is taught using a right-handed ukulele. Students choosing to use a left-handed ukulele will need to adjust accordingly.