Your first ukulele lesson

Hello everyone!

This is officially my first ever blog post, and so I thought that I would start off on a musical note (excuse the pun). Please note that I am not a professional, and only started teaching myself how to play the ukulele a few weeks ago. Anyway, let’s get started:

The ukulele neck should be pointing to your left hand (your left is your fretting hand and your right is your strumming hand). The strings are G, C, E, A from the top-most to the bottom-most.

Another thing you need to know is that the metal lines going down the ukulele neck are known as frets. In order to form chords, you will need to place your fingers on specific strings in specific frets. Below are three pictures showing how to play the G major, D major and C major chords. The four vertical lines are the strings, the horizontal lines are the frets and the black dots show where to place your fingers.

G chordD chordc-chord

 

If you play these chords in the progression (order) of G, C, G, D and strum in the pattern D D UU D U (D : down and U : up) you will be able to play ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison! The chord progression changes when he sings “And you..” all the way through the chorus. It goes something like this:

 C        D
And you
Chorus:
G                          Em
My brown eyed girl
C                 D
And you, my
G
Brown eyed girl

Other great songs to play on ukulele:

  • ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles
  • ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen
  • ‘The Moon Song’ by Karen O
  • ‘Something’ by George Harrison

I came across a cover of the last one, and really enjoyed it. Here is the link:

That’s all for today – hope it helped!

The Little Green Journal

 

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