Lesson For A New Uke Player

A friend of mine got a uke for Christmas and asked me to put a lesson together for her. This was my outline, I thought I’d share.  (more…)


Anchor Finger

I created this exercise for my mother in law, who is new to the uke, and it occurred to me that I should post it here too.

When I start teaching someone who has never held a ukulele before I show them a C chord… 1 finger, 1 string, 1 fret strum. What could be easier! Now that they’re hooked I add Am (same formula) and then challenge them with F… which they inevitably find not impossible.

The last hurdle to mastering the holy grail of uke chord combos though, is not so easy. With a C, Am, F and G you can play 80% of the rock covers out there. But that G chord… 3 fingers, 3 strings, unfamiliar hand position… transitioning there from other chords… sad face.