You’ve purchased this cool little instrument, now what? In this post I’ll show you how to hold it plus a simple strum and a few chords.
The tuning for most ukuleles is GCEA. Here’s a tuner you can use.
If you’re not using a strap, hold the uke against you like I’m doing in the photo. I’m using the inside of my right arm to press the ukulele against me. In my left hand rests the neck. (Reverse all of that if you’re playing left-handed.)
If you want a strap, here’s an example of one that fits on the sound hole and around your neck:
Or you can get one that fits on each end, like a guitar strap:
This video will give you more details:
Now it’s time to learn some chords! Look at each of these diagrams that represent the top of the ukulele. The dots are your fingers.
Here’s a C:
Here’s a G7:
The numbers refer to your fingers. The C chord is played with your third finger (or ring finger). The G7, with your first finger, second and third finger.
Here’s how you play “Jambalaya.” In this video I’ll review the chords above and show you a strum pattern: Down down up down down up (or DDU DDU)
In this video I cover the same strum but with “Leaving on a Jet Plane”:
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