Learning Online

So … you’re looking for some lessons with the convenience of learning from home?

The Internet is awash with online uke lessons. There are excellent tutorials on YouTube.

Online lessons

Pineapple Pete’s Uke School (http://www.ukeschool.com/index.html) provides advice on all things uke ‘n think of, and simple uke lessons as well.

Ukulele Underground  (www.ukuleleunderground.com) has been going for a while so there are a lot of lessons up there, but they’re all quite easy to follow. Be warned though if you’re on a low bandwidth, they’re mostly videos so you might chew through it spending a lot of time there! Could even be worth increasing your Internet plan

Ukulele Hunt (http://ukulelehunt.com/2008/04/02/posts-for-first-timers/) While not really lessons, he has some posts about how to read chord charts and tabs, buying your first ukulele, and a category of Ukulele 101 posts.

Michael Lynch (http://www.ukulelemikelynch.com/YouTubeChannels.htm) Look at his Ukulele Lesson Videos playlist for some great lessons that start at the basics (tuning to C) and progress from there.

Michael Madden (http://www.youtube.com/user/reyalpeleluku) has written a book, Make Your Own Ukulele Chord Solos, and supports it with a series of accompanying videos on YouTube.

Peter McMeel, UketopiaBUS teacher (http://www.uketopiabus.com/), who provided our beginners’ workshops at Coorparoo uke jams in previous years, offers lessons via Skype.

Play Ukulele By Ear,  (http://www.playukulelebyear.com/) Jim D’Ville’s blog, is dedicated  to all things geared to learning to play the ukulele by ear.


3 Easy Songs You Can Fingerpick On the Ukulele Today  (http://www.ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-fingerpicking-nursery-rhymes/)

This compilation of four video lessons shows how to fingerpick three easy, popular songs on the ukulele. An excellent starting point for beginners.

Ukulele Blues Fingerpicking Lesson: Pattern #1 (http://www.ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-blues-fingerpicking-lesson-pattern-1/)

The 12 bar blues is one of the most influential and popular musical structures of the last 100 years. This lesson looks at a very versatile fingerpicking pattern that sounds great for the blues.

Ukulele Blues Fingerpicking Lesson: Pattern #2 (http://www.ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-blues-fingerpicking-lesson-pattern-2/)

In a continuation of the last lesson, this fingerpicking pattern fits perfectly with the blues and is versatile enough to work with a variety of other songs.

How to Fingerpick Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (http://www.ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-fingerpicking-lesson-how-to-play-hallelujah/)
Songsheets (sub-menu item, ordinary web page)