Ukulele for Beginners – Play Your First Song Today


By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | January 30, 2018
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In the last few years, the humble ukulele has become one of the top-selling instruments in South Africa. They sound good, are incredibly portable, and easy to play; what’s not to love? In this Ukulele for Beginners lessons, you will take your very first steps in your musical journey. 

The ukulele makes an excellent gift for a loved one who has either never played an instrument before, or who already plays one and wants to try something new. You can even get a durable plastic one for younger kids. Are you considering a ukulele for one of your kids? This article will give you all the info you need to get started.

If you’ve already got a ukulele, the next step is to learn how to play it. What good is an instrument no-one plays? The nice thing is that the uke is an easy instrument to pick up. Both literally and in the learning to play sense.

If you work through the Ukulele for Beginners video below, you will learn to play “You are my Sunshine“, a great old Americano song. Now, like all instruments, the ukulele will take some time to master. But, you don’t need to worry about learning the uke in one day. All you need to do is move your fingers around and strum along. And while you might be a little distance away from mastery, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a song today.

Chords on the ukulele are not that tough, but you may struggle with the timing. The best thing to do is play along with the video. Just play the same section on repeat if you need to until you get it. It’s hard, but once you get it, there’s no better feeling.

A good tip to remember is to listen to the song a few times. To get a feel for a song you’re learning, it’s best to listen to it a few times on repeat.

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