The ukulele is a very user-friendly instrument due to it’s smaller size, simple configuration, and ease of playing. It’s not uncommon for students to be able to play simple melodies or complete songs after a few lessons. I have also found that the Ukulele is an excellent instrument for students ages 5-8 who might struggle learning guitar due to strength or fine-motor limitations. Additionally, Ukuleles are generally very affordable when compared to other instruments. This gives students a low-cost opportunity to jump into lessons and families the opportunity to gauge the commitment level and interest of their student.
Topics of Instruction:
First time students will learn how to cultivate strength, coordination, and dexterity in the left-hand through a variety of exercises, scales, and single-note melodies. They will also learn how to strum with their right hand using both a pick or their fingers.
Learning chords on the ukulele is a very reachable goal for beginning students. At the start of lessons students will learn chords that only require 1 or 2 fingers to start. As they continue they will become much more comfortable learning 3-4 fingered chords as well as chords that can be played higher up the fret-board.
Rhythm & Strumming
Whether using a pick or fingers we will study the common rhythm patterns found in traditional and contemporary music forms.
The ukulele is a very flexible instrument when it comes to learning songs. While generally associated with traditional Hawaiian music the ukulele can be used to play songs of any style or era. It’s not uncommon for my students to start learning simple songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and then move onto music that best reflects their current interests. Quite recently I’ve taught songs by Queen, Yes, and more recent artists such as Train or Jason Mraz.
Ukulele Songs I’ve recently taught:
|Somewhere Over the Rainbow|
|Hey Soul Sister by Train|
|Have it All by Jason Mraz|
|Riptide by Vance Joy|
|Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen|
|Roundabout by Yes|
|Dust in the Wind by Kansas|
|Fur Elise by Beethoven|
Getting started with Ukulele
Here’s all that you will need to get started with Ukulele lessons:
- Soprano Ukulele with a case/gig bag
- Ukulele tuner
- Guitar/ukulele picks
- Ukulele Method Book (not needed at the first lesson)
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