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Ukulele Lessons

Lessons are available at my London studio...

…or online via Skype.

The ukulele has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with many rock stars now including ukulele in their repertoire. ‘Ukulele nights’ are springing up in pubs all over the country.

The ukulele is generally strummed or picked with the fingers. My ukulele lessons cover most styles, from beginner to advanced level.

You can play many styles of music on the ukulele, but very serious music doesn’t work so well due to the ‘cute factor’! It is generally used as an accompaniment for singers.

I have been playing and teaching the ukuele for many years. Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to work on.

In this video I demonstrate three different types of ukulele. If you enjoy the video, please ‘like’ or leave a comment on YouTube!

Topics covered

These are the topics covered in my ukulele lessons:

  • Posture – how to hold your ukulele properly!
  • Strumming with thumb & fingers
  • Fingerpicking and rolls
  • Songs and pieces
  • Chords
  • Ukulele for guitarists
  • Theory
  • Notation

Lessons for beginners

My beginner ukulele lessons will start you off with some basic chords, strumming rhythms and simple songs. We will learn how to read music notation in it’s various forms (standard notation, TAB, diagrams etc) as it becomes relevant to the music that we are playing.

The ukulele is easier on the left hand than the Guitar. This is due to the smaller stretches involved and the softer string material. It also has fewer strings (four instead of six). Some chords can be played with just one finger, meaning that you can start making music very quickly! Ukuleles are also cheaper than guitars.

Soprano ukulele

Concert ukulele

Tenor ukulele

Lessons for…

...experienced players

Do you already play the ukulele? I can help you to identify and improve areas of your playing that need attention.

I can also help you to take your playing in a different direction. Perhaps you have some specific ideas about what you would like to work on? Let me know how I can help.

...for guitarists

If you can already play the guitar, making the transition to ukulele is easy. You just need to learn a simple formula.

You already know the chord shapes, but will need to think about them in a different way. I can teach you how to do this.

Choosing a ukulele

Ukuleles come in five sizes; sopranino, soprano, concert (also called ‘alto’), tenor and baritone. I demonstrate the soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles in the videos on this page.

If you are new to the ukulele, I recommend starting with the concert ukulele. It is comfortable to get to grips with initially, but still retains its ‘cuteness’ by being reasonably small.

Ukulele lessons shopping list

  • Ukulele (I recommend a concert ukulele for beginners)
  • Guitar tuner
  • Padded gig bag or case
  • Music stand (optional)

See my Recommended Equipment & Services Page for further advice.

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