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Level 1


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I'm Yours

Jason Mraz

I had a lot of fun arranging this tune! The backbeat (slaps) absolutely make the arrangement stand out.

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Wipe Out

The Surfaris

'Wipe Out' features a memorable guitar hook and drum beat set in a 12 bar blues. Our arrangement was written to emphasize these two aspects. This is a simple and fun arrangement you can get down in an afternoon.

Level 2


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Here Comes the Sun

The Beatles

'Here Comes the Sun' is a classic Beatles tune and is absolutely perfect for the ukulele! This arrangement stays true to the melody and is a great tune for fingerstyle playing.

Level 3


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Fly Me to the Moon

Frank Sinatra

'Fly Me to the Moon' is a classic tune with a strong melody line that adapted well to the ukulele. I had a lot of fun with this arrangement and every time I play it I think of Bud Fox and Gordon Gekko!

Technique 101

This section will help you gain a thorough understanding of the technique used in the Ukulele Songs & Concept Lessons Series.

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How to Fingerpick on the Ukulele

While many other fretted instruments make use of different playing techniques, i.e. guitar and using picks, the ukulele was made for fingerpicking. Fingerpicking adds a warm tonal quality to your playing. This lesson is meant for the absolute beginner at fingerpicking.

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How to Add a Backbeat - Rhythm Playing Lesson

Adding a backbeat (slap) is one way to add a dynamic/percussive quality to your rhythm playing.

Backbeat Melody

Playing a Backbeat Plus Melody Together

This lesson will provide 8 exercises to help you learn how to tap a backbeat while you play a melody simultaneously.

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Proper Left Hand Form

In this lesson, we will be discussing proper left hand form when forming chord shapes and playing single notes.

Proper Right Hand Form

In this lesson, we’ll be going over a handful of ways to improve your right hand technique including hand position, strumming, and fingerpicking approaches.

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Right Hand Fingerpicking Technique

In this lesson, we will be learning two approaches for right hand fingerpicking.

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How to do Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs

Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs are great techniques to master because they add dynamics to your playing, while also cutting down on the picking work required by the right hand.

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How to do Right Hand Tapping

Tapping is a technique that was popularized in the ’80’s. This technique adds a unique and flashy characteristic to your playing.

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How to Travis Pick

Travis picking, named after Merle Travis, is a repetitive right hand picking pattern where the underlying chords continually change.

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How to Play with Feeling

One of the most popular questions from my adult students is “how do I sound like (insert player)”? Perhaps a better question to ask is, how do you express yourself through the music?

Left Hand Reach

Increasing Left Hand Reach

Increasing our ability to stretch further with our left hand creates the ability to play new chords and perform more demanding pieces.

Theory 101

This section will help you gain a thorough understanding of the theory used in the Ukulele Songs & Concept Lessons Series.

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How to Play a C Major Scale on Ukulele

The major scale is the parent, or root scale, in which every other scale is derived from. In modes, it is known as the first mode: Ionian.

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How to Read Tabs, Chord Graphs, & Chart Symbols

Learn everything you need to be able to read tabs and notation for ukulele.

Rhythm and Notation

Understanding Rhythmic Notation

In this lesson, we will learn the importance of understanding rhythmic notation to aide us in reading and playing ukulele tablature.

CAGED

Understanding & Applying the CAGED Method to Ukulele

The CAGED Method is a popular system used by many guitarists. The same concepts can be applied to ukulele, with one difference… we will be using: CAGFD.

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Understanding the 12 Bar Blues Form

Blues is undoubtedly one of the most popular forms of music to come out of America. The simplicity of blues is what draws people to it. With only 3 chords in a 12 bar blues, it has the power to move you.

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How to Practice the Correct Way to Get Results

Everyone knows practicing is the best way to improve, but why does it feel so unexciting? The reason is simple, you may be practicing the wrong way.

Stage Fright

How to Overcome Stage Fright

Learn 3 steps needed to help conquer your stage fright and become an incredible performing musician!

Why Copying is a GOOD Thing

One way to become a better ukulele player is to learn from others. In this article, we will examine why copying is a GOOD thing!

Extras

This section will contain free lessons on songs, solos, riffs, licks, and more!

Learn How to Play 3 Classic Rock Riffs on the Ukulele

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Learn How to Play 'Here Comes the Bride' on the Ukulele

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