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How to Play the Ukulele

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Rated 5 out of 5 by Pianolady from Very good instructions but I wish his uke was tuned the same way as mine.

Date published: 2022-11-12

Rated 5 out of 5 by KarenJ from I'm having so much fun with this! I had a lot of musical background in my youth, and when my brother bought me a tenor ukulele for Christmas, I tried learning through sheet music and YouTube. It didn't quite cut it. A uke has characteristics all its own. I bought this course on sale, thinking it would probably be a bit better than YouTube, but not expecting it to cover as much as it does. I had a bit of an issue at first with the fact that (a) the book and teaching is with tablature rather than standard notation and (b) it's assuming tuning to a low G, which is not how most ukuleles come standard. Once I got used to that, I really got into it. There were some errors in the books, which Great Courses is making right with an updated book. The first two or three lessons will be boring if you've had any music or ukulele exposure at all, but critical and necessary knowledge for a beginner. After that . . . it's challenging -- which it is supposed to be if you're really going to learn from it. The book / lessons cover a lot of things that you just don't get from a YouTube video, and might not even get in a few months of private lessons. It's not something you can just breeze through, it requires practice between lessons. But it's fun! And the instructor is quite knowledgeable -- he introduces enough music theory to elaborate on things in the lessons, but he doesn't bog you down in it -- there are certainly other resources available elsewhere if you want to get heavily into the theory, this is about learning to play this instrument. I'm not even halfway through the course -- I try to nail everything in a lesson before moving on to the next -- otherwise it would be frustrating when it gets to the advanced lessons. But I'm having a lot of fun with it, getting better every day, and can't wait to get to the advanced lessons.

Date published: 2022-10-27

Rated 3 out of 5 by MisterHIM from Started off with someone named Wes. ... Tried to place an order with Wes........a horrible customer representative. If he worked for me, he'd be walking home by now. Called again and placed my order with Chris who did a perfect job of answering my questions and taking my order. Wes almost made me make a personal commitment to never doing business with your company again.

Date published: 2022-10-11

Rated 2 out of 5 by FrustratedWasteoftimehelp from Frustrated and unable to go on I had hoped to learn the basics in this course so I could then go on to learn the popular songs I want to play. But all Ukulele Songbooks are presented in Standard Notation, which is never covered in this course (only tablature notation). So I have no idea how to proceed. None of what I've learned here, though good it is, can be applied to reading the songs in any of the Ukulele Songbooks. Do I start all over again trying to learn the uke by learning how to read Standard Notation? I wish the instructor would have at least addressed this so I wouldn't be at such a dead end now and unable to go on. Very frustrated.

Date published: 2022-10-08

Rated 4 out of 5 by Pappypap from Helped me in the way I had hoped. I am enjoying the course. It is moving me from being "just a strummer" to a higher level of expertise, which makes playing the uke a lot more enjoyable.

Date published: 2022-09-14

Rated 5 out of 5 by amy64 from Wonderful course! Great instructor! I just finished this course. (Actually, I just finished watching the last lesson - still need to learn that song. I really enjoyed Mike's teaching style. He is logical and methodical in the way he teaches. My ukulele has a high G string, but there were only a few places where I couldn't play what he was playing. I am a beginner, and have taken two other online uke courses, and enjoyed this one the most. I hope there will be another course to follow - it is the next best thing to being able to take lessons in person from him!

Date published: 2022-09-14

Rated 5 out of 5 by Djay from Ukule He is a great teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable.

Date published: 2022-09-12

Rated 1 out of 5 by Mark46 from Don't buy if you have a baritone Uke This course is only for Ukuleles that are smaller than a baritone Uke. The course info doesn't tell you that . It Should!! Unfortunately tuning and keys are all different

Date published: 2022-08-24


Dive into the magical world of this traditional Hawaiian instrument with Michael Poupko, professional musician and instructor. Let Michael’s 20-plus years of playing and teaching music take you from musical novice to master the uke in the 24 easy lessons of How to Play the Ukulele. Come along as he shares with you the skills you need to explore the voice of the ukulele for years to come.


Michael Poupko

If you stick with me throughout this course, you will have the skills and tools to learn countless songs on the ukulele. I don't know about you, but I find that pretty exciting.


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Our Music Institute

Michael Poupko is a professional musician, teacher, producer, composer, and recording engineer. He is the director and owner of Our Music Institute in Northfield, Illinois. He plays dozens of instruments but is most proficient in ukulele, guitar, and electric bass. He received his BA in Jazz Guitar Performance from Roosevelt University and then began his teaching career in 2001. He served as the director of North Shore Music Institute from 2010 to 2019.

Michael’s original music and collaborations have been heard worldwide on NBC, FOX, BBC, Discovery, Travel Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, DIY Network, and more. Notable programs and movies include Dateline NBC, Design on a Dime, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Made in America, Rehab Addict, So You Think You Can Dance, and New in Town.

Michael has performed professionally in North America, Europe, and Africa with such artists as Frankie Avalon, Jeff Mauro, and Jim Peterik. Along with bandmates and other collaborators, he has shared bills with Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, the Wailers, Soul Asylum, Cracker, Fishbone, Blind Melon, and Victor Wooten. He has also performed in theatrical productions of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Hair, and Footloose. In 2004, Michael’s band, Punsapaya, received an award for Best Rock Album at the Chicago Music Awards. The band was also nominated three times for Best Rock Performer.

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01: The Musical World of Ukulele

Master musician and teacher Michael Poupko advises that this course does not require any musical experience, just a desire to play the ukulele. Learn general navigation of the uke, tablature, and tuning, all in this first video lesson. Your journey to the music of the islands begins right here.

21 min

02: Learning Your Way around Your Ukulele

After a thorough review of the material from Lesson 1, expand your understanding of tablature and add frets and finger placement to your complement of skills. Michael will take you through several short exercises with clear graphics and patient repetition before sending you off to practice your new skills with the course companion workbook.

12 min

03: Six Starter Chords for Ukulele

Play along as your personal instructor guides you through fingering charts and six starter chords on your uke. Add a metronome to keep the beat, and this lesson will have you practicing the chords and chord progressions necessary to access hundreds of easy songs on your ukulele.

21 min

04: Strumming Techniques for Ukulele

With several basic chords under your belt, it is time to turn to strum patterns to bring it together. Practice several chord progressions, then a variety of strum combinations. Finally, play along as you master “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “One, Five or Six to Four.”

17 min

05: C Major Scale and Melodies for Ukulele

Following some independent practice time, return to your lessons to learn about major scales and a little more music theory. He supports you through your next assignment—playing the C Major scale—and translating your knowledge into picking notes in the melody for two songs, including “Ode to Joy.”

20 min

06: Playing a Ukulele Melody with Chords

The more you practice, the faster you will improve. If you put in the time this week, you will be ready to move on to this 6th lesson. Combine what you learned in Lessons 1–5 to play a chord melody for both the songs you have been learning. This lesson represents a real jump in your musical skills, so take the time you need to bring it all together.

19 min

07: Ukulele Chords in the Key of G Major

Practice, practice, practice. Repeat. With graceful attention to the specific details of his craft, your master musician takes you into the key of G Major, opening up the world of traditional Hawaiian music, including your first song in G, “Aloha Oe.” Revisiting several earlier strum patterns, you now apply them to the new chords you have added for G.

16 min

08: G Major Scale and Melodies for Ukulele

With Michael’s patient support and your emerging skills, you will learn the G Major scale, allowing you finally to play the melodies for “Aloha Oe” and “Drifting. ” Use your metronome to help you keep the beat and take all the time you need to practice before moving on from here.

17 min

09: Playing with Suspended Chords for Ukulele

Although the material is increasingly complex, the individual skills you need to work on remain clear and straightforward. In this lesson, you will learn suspended cords in both G and C major and make both a little more fun with melodic embellishments. Follow along in your workbook to practice the novel composition “In the Air.”

18 min

10: Starting to Fingerpick Your Ukulele

After several lessons that focused on the left hand—chords and chord progressions—turn back now to work with the right hand, developing your skills at fingerpicking. This will allow you to play individual notes in a sequence rather than only chords, lending depth and character to your musical presentation.

16 min

11: More Ukulele Fingerpicking Patterns

The real measure of a lesson is in its application. Can you take the fingerpicking skills you learned in Lesson 10 and apply them with greater verve and increased complexity to new chord progressions and even a song? Yes! Let Michael show you how it is done.

15 min

12: Ukulele Chords in the Key of D Major

Although you do not need to understand music theory to play the ukulele, Michael shares a little bit about the circle of fifths in this lesson as he teaches you chords in the key of D major. Practice the D, G, G7, A, and A7 chords, then wrap up with chord progressions and a fun rhythm - the Bo Diddley Beat.

15 min

13: D Major Scale and Melodies for Ukulele

Develop facility with the D major scale, both forward and backward, and then practice the scale pattern exercise in your workbook until you have it mastered. Finally, conquer the original “D Ditty” song melody as Michael accompanies you with the chords. Remember to listen to what you are playing—music is, after all, about the sound!

14 min

14: The Feel of Time Signatures on Ukulele

After 13 lessons focused on chords and scales, we now turn to another essential component of music—rhythm. Most of what you have tried so far has been in the 4/4 time signature. Today, step up and learn two new time signatures, 3/4 and 6/8, and practice the songs “Amazing Grace” and “Moonset” in your workbook.

18 min

15: Introduction to Minor Keys on Ukulele

With two new time signatures and two new songs under your belt, now we consider the minor keys. If you have some musical background, Michael’s explanation of the uses of chromatic and diatonic scales will resonate with you. If not, you will still enjoy learning about minor scales and two new songs using them.

14 min

16: Twelve-Bar Blues on Ukulele

Perhaps you have heard it called a 1/4/5 progression or the 12-bar blues progression. That is on tap for today in the keys of C, G, and D Major. Wrap up the lesson with a darker A minor 1/4/5 blues progression and a new strum pattern.

15 min

17: Blues on Ukulele with Pentatonic Scales

After some practice with the 12-bar blues chord progression, discover the C minor pentatonic scale and use it to add a melody or riff to the mix. With patience and time, Michael supports you one measure at a time until you are riffing right along with him to “Green Blues.”

14 min

18: Ukulele Songs with Sliding Chord Shapes

Make simple chord progressions sound a little more exciting with sliding chord shapes. Picking in G major and sliding G minor up and down the fretboard, learn the techniques you need to play “Easy Peasy.” Practice until you have it down, then return for your next lesson.

16 min

19: Chords, Melody, and Fingerpicking Combined

Now that your skills have developed, we will revisit an earlier, traditional Hawaiian song, “Aloha Oe.” Not only will you practice an instrumental chord melody arrangement that you can play along with Michael, but later in the lesson, you can learn a self-sufficient solo version that sounds complete all by itself.

16 min

20: The Freedom of Ukulele Barre Chords

Listen as your expert begins this lesson by playing the same barre (also spelled “bar”) chords that you will learn today. By stretching your fingers and skills, you can use barre chords to make moveable shapes that quickly transition from one fret and chord to another.

14 min

21: Ukulele Songs with Movable Chord Shapes

Today Michael Poupko takes you from practice to application with several songs using the barre chords and other moveable shapes from the previous lesson. Using strum patterns that you have learned, practice applying your new skills to increasingly complex compositions. Make sure you take breaks as your hands get used to this new practice.

15 min

22: Latin Groove for Ukulele with C Minor Scale

Take your learning to the next level in this lesson with a Latin, Bossa Nova style rhythm. Efficient motion as chords are formed will help to increase speed without sacrificing precision. Practice moving smoothly through complex progressions, plucking and strumming alternately to hear how the tone changes even as the rhythm remains the same.

15 min

23: Percussive Strumming for Ukulele

Each lesson offers new challenges, but with a little practice, you are ready to learn some funky new riffs. Would you believe that the ukulele can also be used as a percussive instrument, like a drum? Deaden the strings with your left hand, and let your right hand take flight in a percussive groove.

14 min

24: Combine Your Ukulele Skills: “The Doozy”

Bring it all together in the final lesson of this course in a song that combines all the skills and techniques you have learned thus far. Picking and strumming, major and minor chords, progressions, percussions, and melodies, “The Doozy” is a challenge, but by now, you know that you are absolutely up to it. Enjoy!

15 min

How to Play the Ukulele - Learn to Play from Scratch for Beginners, Tutorial Tutorial, Chords

Before learning to play the ukulele, you need to choose the right instrument. A distinctive feature of its varieties is its size. There are such ukuleles:

  1. Soprano - have the smallest body, reaching 53 cm in length, with 12-14 frets.
  2. Concert - different sound, louder than the previous type.
  3. Tenor - has a large body, so it produces a low sound.
  4. Baritone - has the largest dimensions among all ukuleles: body length is 76 cm.

Preparing for training

When choosing an instrument, you should pay attention to the material: cheap models are made of plywood or pressed wood, therefore they produce a sound of poor quality. Because of this, a beginner may lose motivation and interest in classes.

A good ukulele is made from real wood: its frets do not deteriorate from playing, and the strings are located exactly 5 mm from the fretboard.

Ukuleles are tuned as standard - GCEA, that is, "sol" - "do" - "mi" - "la". At the 4th string, the sound belongs to the same octave as the previous three - this seems unusual to guitarists. The ukulele is tuned from the 1st string; all the rest should sound without going beyond the octave.

The correct positioning of the ukulele is important - it is pressed against the chest with the help of the right forearm. The tool body rests against the elbow bend. To check the correct position, it is worth moving your left hand away from the neck: the ukulele will keep the position unchanged. The left hand should wrap around the bar with the thumb and 4 fingers.

Striking ukulele strings should be closer to the neck and slightly above the rosette. When the brush moves down, the nails should touch the strings; up - the fingertips slide along the strings.

How to Play the Ukulele - Instructions for Beginners

Basic Chords

Once your fingers are calm on the strings, it's time to start learning chords. They are major and minor. To get your fingers accustomed to the ukulele, you should play them in a different order.


There are two types of ukulele tuning:

  • standard - with it, the strings line up in this way: "sol" - "do" - "mi" - "la". Thanks to this, you can play the same songs that are played on a regular guitar. The difference in sound between the instruments lies in the bottom note - unlike a guitar, the thickest ukulele string does not produce the lowest sound;
  • guitar - suggests the following order: "mi" - "si" - "sol" - "re". The ukulele sounds just like a normal guitar.


Simple scales are played with the fingernails or pads of the thumb and forefinger. Gradually, playing the ukulele will switch to playing with a pinch, folded with two fingers.


There are major and minor. To play it on the ukulele from scratch, use the middle, index and thumb. The pentatonic scale resembles the plucking of the strings on a classical guitar in the manner of execution: the thumb is busy on the lower strings, and the middle and index fingers pluck the upper ones.

The ability to play the pentatonic scale is useful when you need to play a composition where two notes fall on one string.


Played with a pinch or index finger. They strike down with the nail of the index finger, up with its pad. The effort should be calm, but moderately strong. Fight on the ukulele is practiced on chords. Additionally, one learns to play independently with the left and right hand.


These ukulele lessons help your fingers pick the strings independently. It is necessary to remember the arrangement:

  • thumb plays fourth string;
  • index - on the third;
  • nameless - on the second;
  • little finger - on the first.

All strings should sound even, smooth and clear.

Tips for beginners

Before learning how to play the ukulele by yourself from scratch, you need to pay attention to seating, especially posture. A straight back, the correct position of the instrument, the position of the hands are the necessary conditions for the game to evoke positive emotions and give results. And this plays an important role in maintaining the motivation of an aspiring musician.

It is good to use the ukulele tutorial, including video tutorials. Here they teach how to choose the right instrument, demonstrate playing technique, offer tabs and chords.

Choosing the right tool is important. Most often, a soprano is selected as a ukulele for beginners - such a guitar is also called a children's guitar. It is small, light and easy to carry. It is necessary to choose an instrument on which the strings are clamped without difficulty and produce a beautiful sound.

Hawaiian guitars are developed by Lag, Hora, Korala. When buying a ukulele, it is worth buying a case for comfortable carrying.

Common mistakes

Among the typical mistakes that ukulele players make are:

  1. Incorrect holding. In addition, the beginner stoops, so he quickly gets tired, and due to the illiterate position of the guitar, the game turns out to be unsatisfactory. The main criterion for the correct setting of the instrument is the ability not to hold it with your left hand.
  2. Rhythm detection. A metronome will help with this. You should not chase the pace: you need to start playing slowly, gradually increasing the pace.
  3. Moderation. Some beginners are in a hurry to learn songs. To perform compositions, you must definitely play chords on the ukulele - the more, the better.
  4. Discipline. Success comes to those who practice daily. It takes patience to develop the right playing skills.
  5. Using a guitar pick. This leads to damage to the ukulele strings. This instrument requires a felt pick designed specifically for the ukulele.

Answers to questions

Is it necessary to take ukulele lessons from a professional? Lessons with a teacher are required if the musician plans to play the instrument professionally. If the task is to play for yourself, you can do without a teacher.
Is the ukulele difficult for beginners? No, the tool is not complicated.
What are the parts of a ukulele? Body, neck, frets, head, pegs, four strings.
How to tune a ukulele? You can use special Internet services or purchase a ukulele tuner - a sample of the sound of each string. Sometimes a piano or a synthesizer is taken as a guide.
Do I need to check my ukulele tuning before playing? Mandatory, because the strings can be weakened, and the sound will be different.

To summarize

The ukulele, or ukulele, is a four-string instrument that looks like a guitar. He has several varieties from soprano to baritone, which differ in size and sound. Before playing the ukulele, a novice musician needs to choose the right instrument for himself and understand its design and structure. The main thing in learning is patience and discipline: over time, the musician will be able to perform any melody.

Guitar fight. 12 main types of guitar fighting.

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  • 1 Introductory Information
  • 2 Boy on the guitar - schemes and types of
  • 3 battles on the guitar for beginners
    • 3.1 Boy Six
    • 3.2 Boy Eight 9000 9000. Blatnoy fight
    • 3.5 Tsoi fight
    • 3.6 Vysotsky fight
    • 3.7 Spanish fight
    • 3.8 Rosenbaum fight
    • 3.10 Country
    • 3.11 Walse battle
    • 3.12 Chechen battle
  • 4 Jupporting strings on the guitar
  • ,0005 5 Perebilios on the guitar
  • 6 types of interruptions
  • 7 Beautiful interruptions

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is the first thing that every guitarist masters. It is in this way of sound production that the vast majority of Russian and foreign songs are played. If you learn the chords of a composition, but do not learn the fight, then the song will not sound the way it was originally intended. In addition, this method of playing will help to diversify your own compositions - you will know how to beat rhythmic patterns, how to set accents, and also form musical texture. This article will help you understand how to play a fight on the guitar, and will also show the main types of this game technique.

Guitar fight - diagrams and types

This paragraph should start with the very definition of the term "guitar fight". In essence, this is a play on the rhythmic pattern that is present in the song. Initially, the songs were performed without a clear rhythm section, so the musicians had to set their own accents. It was then that the main types of fighting on the guitar appeared. They highlight the weak and strong beats, set the tempo of the composition, and help to play it smoothly.

Accordingly, there are as many fights on the guitar as there are rhythmic patterns - an infinite number. However, there is a list of basic ways to play in this way, by learning which you can play almost any song. - stroke up. An alternative option presented in this article is drawings with arrows. With the help of such a scheme, you can immediately understand the style of the stroke and the game.

Below are 12 of the most common guitar strokes used by various artists or genres of music. Each of them is given a brief annotation and a game scheme.

Beginner Fighting Guitar

Fighting Six

This is the most basic and simple stroke type. It is with him that all guitarists begin, and even professionals use it in their songs.

Fight eight

This is a more complicated way of playing with a stroke, but it sounds much more interesting than the already bored "six". This method consists of eight beats, and beats an interesting rhythmic pattern.

The accent is also placed on every third beat. In other words, there are eight movements, but in one cycle of these movements there will be only two accented strikes. This forms an unusual rhythm, which can be unusually beaten.

Fight Four

Another simple guitar touch, the most standard of all.

thug fight

Not exactly a stroke in the usual sense. In terms of playing style, it is very similar to country music, but there are differences. Its main feature is the alternate change of bass notes - due to which an interesting melody and a kind of "dancing" are formed.

Boy Tsoi

This stroke got its name from the famous artist Viktor Tsoi, who often used it in his songs. This way of playing is notable for its speed, so in order to play it correctly, you will have to practice.

Vysotsky's fight

Just like the stroke above, this one was often used by Vladimir Vysotsky. It is a slightly modified version of the thug battle.

Spanish fight

This is one of the very first types of stroke, which came from the homeland of the guitar - Spain. It is a “figure of eight”, where for each first downward blow you need to use an interesting trick - rasgueado. It is performed in this way - you need to quickly hit all the strings with all your fingers in turn, throwing out a kind of "fan". This is the most difficult part of this fight, however, after some time of practice, the technique should not cause any problems.

Rosenbaum fight

Another type of stroke that took its name from the name of the artist who used it most often. This is another modified version of thieves combat. It swapped up and down strokes after the thumb pulls the bass string, and added an additional upstroke with a shifted accent (Bass is pulled along with the index finger, the index finger pulls the first 3 strings up) . That is, the first part of the stroke looks like this: bass string - up - mute - up, and the second part: bass string - up - mute - up. It turns out a very peculiar pattern, different from the standard thieves stroke.

Reggae fight

And this is a more interesting kind of stroke - because it is due to it that an interesting rhythmic structure of reggae compositions is formed, and otherwise it will not work to give them the right mood. It is played exclusively downwards, occasionally making an upward movement with the hand to increase the dynamics - most often at a chord change.

At the same time, every first blow in it is made on muted strings - and every second - on clamped ones. Thus, a weak beat is highlighted, in which reggae music is most often played. The section contains more detailed schemes of the game.

Country Fight

A stroke characteristic of American folk music. It is also a modified version of the thug fight. It consists of two parts: in the first, you pull the lower bass string - fifth or sixth - and then move your fingers down the rest of the strings. After that, you pluck another bass string - fifth or fourth - and move up and down the rest of the strings. This needs to be played very quickly, because the country music itself is dynamic and has a high tempo.

Waltz fight

Stroke characteristic for "waltz" music and songs written in 3/4 rhythm (one-two-three) - as it is clear from the name. The fight has different options for plucking, picking or picking with alternating bass strings. The main task here is to keep an even rhythm without slowing down the tempo, which is just given from the first notes and shakes the whole composition. The game itself is simple, but has complex execution schemes that require perseverance and patience.

Chechen fight

Type of stroke characteristic of Chechen folk music. This is a sequential movement of the hands up and down, while the first two blows are made in one direction, and all subsequent ones - with an emphasis on every third blow. The result should be the following: hit-hit-hit-hit-ACCENT-hit-hit-hit-ACCENT, and so on.

An important point in learning to how to play guitar is to understand how to mute the strings. It is used to add accents and to help the guitarist navigate the rhythmic pattern of the song. This technique is performed very simply - while playing with a stroke in some strokes with your right hand, press the strings so that they stop sounding - a characteristic ringing clap will be heard, which will highlight the weak part of the song.

An alternative way to play the guitar is to pick. This is the name of the technique during which the guitarist plays music in the form of a sequence of individual notes, rather than sounding chords. This allows you to diversify the melody of the composition, its harmony and flow. A lot of classical and modern works are performed by enumeration.

There are also several standard picks that are often used by guitarists of all skill levels. They are named based on the number of strings involved in them, and similarly to guitar fights: "Four", "Six" and "Eight". At the same time, the order of the strings in them can vary - and the four notes of the first enumeration can be played either sequentially from the third to the first string, or the second can sound first, then the third, and only then the first - it all depends on your imagination.

Of course, the standard types of picking sound good anyway, but experienced guitarists who have mastered this technique move away from them, writing their own patterns and rhythmic patterns.

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