This lesson covers the different methods of ʻukulele fingerpicking with the right hand. Much of the following content can be found in greater detail, with tablature and beautiful step-by-step pictures in my book, Right Hand Technique For ʻUkulele. It’s a 59 page PDF download of everything I know about picking and strumming the ʻukulele. Also [...]
I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I ran across an ʻukulele website. Someone somewhere was providing songs for me to learn for free! I strummed my brains out, trying out all the possibilities that were available.
Now, all these years later, I’m grateful to be able to provide a similar experience for other budding players. Because of it I’ve connected with people from across the globe and have been part of the ʻukulele web scene for almost 12 years.
ʻUkulele Learning Materials
There are almost 300 pages of lessons and info available here. It’s a lot to sort through so let me give you the run-down of how things are (mostly) organized:
The best of my teaching materials have been turned into books or PDF downloads and are available in the Store – including ʻUkulele Chord Shapes, which has sold over 2,500 copies. My albums of original ʻukulele music are also available for listening!
If you’re learning how to play the ʻukulele, you’ll want to check out the many pages of lessons I’ve created. These cover all skill levels and the index page can be found via the link.
Chord charts can be downloaded here if you’re not sure how to hold a certain shape.
The ʻUkulele At A Glance
- Hawaiian Pronunciation: oo-koo-le-le and spelled with an ʻokina (ʻ) – like this: ʻukulele
- English Pronuciation: you-ka-lay-lee
- Four Strings, though sometimes five, six, or eight
- Usually Tuned: GCEA, ADF#B, or DGBE
- Range: about two octaves for a high-g soprano and 2-3/4 octaves for a low-g tenor
- Origin: Hawai’i, from the melding of the Portuguese braguinha and rajão
The ʻukulele comes in many forms with more emerging all the time. Its signature small look and happy sound have garnered it fans from all around the world and more join the ranks every day.
It’s a simple and straightforward instrument that appeals because of its low entry price (in money and also time spent learning). But despite that, I believe we’ve only scratched the surface of the possibilities the instrument has to offer.