The Ukulele Series

Cover Photo

Table of Contents

  1. Overview of the Series
  2. Song Lessons (Grouped by Technique and Difficulty)
  3. Technique Lessons

Overview of the Series

This is the Ukulele Series. it is a smooth progression of song lessons that are a path to getting started strumming a stringed instrument. we will gradually build our skills until we can play anything. the lessons are not always full song lessons. sometimes I just teach parts of songs, riffs and the most important things you need to learn to get better at playing music.

if you really want a smooth logical path, I created a thing I call the Yellow Brick Road. it is a very specific sequence through the songs, for building riffs and other techniques you need to learn. certain songs will appear in the sequence more than once. thats because at first I teach a simple version of the song. and later a more advanced version. as long as you enjoy this path, you should keep following it. and anytime that you feel that you have the skills and the confidence to tackle a song thats outside of the series, you should go for it. also, if you just want to learn all the levels of just one song that you are on, you could do that too.

I teach every song in multiple levels, and mixed these up to create the Yellow Brick Road. the important thing to realize is that there’s more than one path through the series, and you should use the one that inspires you the most.

here are a couple more thoughts. you’ve probably heard that it’s all about that Bass. well , this is on the other end of the spectrum. it’s all about that Uke (yes treble). chortle, guffaw.

the Ukulele, in a way, is a simplified guitar. only 4 strings, and an open tuning. it’s kind of like a treble guitar. if you take a guitar, and remove the 2 biggest strings, and then put a capo on the 5th fret, you have almost the same tuning as a Ukulele. (the only difference is that the G string, is tuned an octave higher on a Ukulele.) our Ukuleles are tuned to open C tuning. and we will be learning songs in the key of C. this is to keep it nice and simple to start off. think of it as from C to shining C. 🙂

and another thing my fine fellow Ukulele-ists, the Ukulele is an awesome incredible instrument all on its own. but it can also be a great instrument to learn in preparation for learning to play the guitar. the guitar can be challenging to get started on, when you are brand new to it. wouldn’t it be awesome if there was an instrument that could help you ease into it a little? oh yeah, there is. it’s called a Ukulele. 🙂

Song Lessons

Part 1 Three Chord Songs

Part 2 Introducing G

Part 3 Songs to Learn New Chords

Part 4 Songs to Practice Muting

Part 5 Fast Songs

  • Riptide – Vance Joy
  • Hey Soul Sister – Train
  • Count On Me – Bruno Mars
  • Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men (Chorus Riff)
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii
  • Stay With Me – Sam Smith
  • Lime in the Coconut – Harry Nilsson
  • Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  • Sugar – Maroon 5
  • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • March To The Sea – Twenty One Pilots
  • Someone To Lava – Disney
  • Over The Rainbow Chorus – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Lime in the Coconut #2 – Harry Nilsson
  • The Judge – Twenty One Pilots
  • I Don’t Know My Name – Grace VanderWaal
  • I Make My Own Sunshine – Alyssa Bonagura
  • Count On Me – Bruno Mars
  • Riptide – Vance Joy
  • Little Talks Chorus – Of Monsters and Men
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Sing – Ed Sheeran
  • Hey Soul Sister – Train
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii

Technique Lessons

Ukelele part begins at 10:08 of this video

The Yellow Brick Road

The Songwriter’s Grooves Project – How to Sing and Play Guitar at the Same Time in As Many Ways As Possible