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Ukulele Lessons: Fundamentals

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Learn from Grammy-winning artist Daniel Ho as he helps you pick up ukulele at your own pace.

Pick up the ukulele at your own pace. Follow Grammy-winning artist Daniel Ho as he shows you how to change chords, read standard music notation, and approach music theory concepts like the major scale, intervals, and harmony. Explore the surprising range of this fun little instrument by practicing movable chords and left-hand mute strokes for reggae and soul, trying out the blues shuffle rhythm, and strumming Hawaiian tunes. To help you practice what you learn, he shows you how to play a fiddle tune, "Solider's Joy," and the beloved island standby, "Aloha 'Oe." He wraps up with a performance of his own; watch as he performs "Bicycle Holiday" and "Living in Paradise."


  • Welcome
1. Getting Started
  • Know your uke
  • Reading tablature
  • The notes on the fretboard
2. Strum, Strum, Strum
  • Your first chords
  • Changing chords
  • Play some real songs
  • Spice up your strumming
  • More chords more chords
  • Minor chords
  • Waltz time, 3/4
  • Right-hand tools and techniques
3. Reading Standard Music Notation
  • Rests
  • Dotted half notes
  • Natural notes on the 1st string
  • The C major scale
  • Eighth notes, of course
  • Dotted quarter notes
  • Sharps and flats
  • Accidentals in a key signature
  • Ties
  • Navigating a musical map
4. Theory without Fear
  • The major scale is your measuring stick
  • Intervals are your building blocks
  • Harmony and chords
5. Old-Time Ukulele and Backing Up Fiddle Tunes
  • Strum patterns and a tune in G
  • Accenting the backbeat, the E and E7 chords, and "Sally Ann" in A
  • Fiddle tune form and "Soldier′s Joy" in D
6. Old School: The Swingin′ Ukulele
  • How to swing
  • Sixes and sevens and chords
  • The circle of 5ths progression
  • The triple strum
  • The triple burst strum
7. Rocking Out the Uke
  • The syncopated strum
  • Adding percussion with mute strokes
  • Moveable chord forms, or how I learned to be my own chord dictionary
  • Using moveable chords, left-hand mute strokes, reggae, and soul
8. Taking It Home: Island Style
  • "Aloha ′Oe"
  • New strums
  • Hula for Ho′opi′i
9. Ukulele Blues
  • The 12-bar blues
  • The blues shuffle rhythm
  • The minor pentatonic scale
  • Transposition
  • Transposing the blues and the minor pentatonic scale
  • Blues in a Minor Key
10. Introduction to Fingerstyle
  • The right-hand position
  • Arpeggio pattern t, i, m, a
  • Middle and ring fingers together
  • Fingerpicking in 3/4
  • Alternating thumb pattern t, i, t, m
  • Conclusion
  • End credits
Bonus Movies
  • Daniel Ho’s ukuleles
  • *Bicycle Holiday* performance
  • *Living in Paradise* performance

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