The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for people of all ages to learn. Because of its simple operation and small size, it’s one of the easiest musical instruments to master.
People who are not already experienced in music, learning the ukulele can still be challenging, but like everything in life, the more you put into learning the ukulele the more you’ll get from it.
- Make it fun
The ukulele is a fun instrument both to learn and to play, but it does take a little effort. The best way to learn it, is to prioritise the fun aspects of it, such as sing and playing your favorite song together
- Select the right strings
Ukulele strings are determined by their thickness or gauge, the smaller ukuleles such as the Soprano or Concert ukuleles generally have lighter gauged strings, while larger ukuleles have thicker or heavier gauged strings to get the correct sound.
Placing the wrong gauge of strings on your ukulele can make it difficult to play properly and get the required sounds
- Tuning your ukulele
All stringed instrument need to be tuned by adjusting the strings to the right tension to produce the right sounds, Most ukulele’s are tuned to G-E-E-A pitches.
The old school idea was to tune by ear, but this can take a long time to master.
There are lots of apps on available on the net to help you learn this crucial step or you can download a tuner.
One of the simplest and most effective ways is to ways to tune your ukulele is to invest in an inexpensive electronic tuner that clips to your ukulele’s neck
Start out by learning simple chords
Many simple chords can be played on a ukulele some only require the use of one finger on the frets, to play a few simple tunes. Once you have memorized a few of the basic simple chords and become used to transitioning from chord to chord you can play many tunes
Learning chord changes helps build your finger brain memory which before too long will allow you to play without thinking about fingers and chords or where your hands are
- Pick your favorite songs
Once you have mastered a few simple chords, make an internet search for some of your songs and how to play them with your ukulele. Usually, the more popular are the songs, the more resources there are available on the internet to help you enjoy them and learn how to play them on your ukulele
Like all delicate musical instruments, you need to look after your ukulele by cleaning it to remove grime and the oil from your fingers that can coat the strings especially around the frets.
The whole body and neck of your ukulele should be wiped over using a good quality guitar polish and if possible keep it in a cloth ukulele bag. Moisture and leaving it in direct sunshine can distort the neck and body as well as contributing to is failing. But if you look after you ukulele it will serve you well for many years.