Five Steps to Ukulele Blues Mastery

Step 1: Wake up in the morning and feel around for your shoes.

Step 2: Learn the chords C, F and G7. Play four bars of C, two bars of F, two bars of C, a bar of G7, a bar of F and two bars of C. Repeat.

Step 3: Noodle around with the blues scale.

Step 4: Learn the BB King blues faces.

Step 5: Read How to Play Blues Ukulele.

OK, you knew that was coming. If you haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, you can buy it here.

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  1. Nelson October 29th, 2008 9:08 pm

    Got the faces down!

  2. Emily October 29th, 2008 9:41 pm

    “noodle around”…I’ll have to use that more often.

    I also learned to use the word “biscuit” in place of bottom or butt around storytime kids. My “magical ukulele” and I made an appearance at another library today. I’m turning into quite a rock star in the early literacy arena.

  3. zym October 29th, 2008 10:47 pm

    “..woke up about 11,
    with hair like Brian May…”

  4. ukegorilla October 29th, 2008 10:53 pm

    Buy “How to Play Blues Ukulele”! It’s so great and packed with cool riffs and all the info you need to play the blues, except the faces.

  5. Woodshed October 30th, 2008 9:59 pm

    Nelson: Then you’re 3/4 of the way towards blues legendariness.

    Emily: Biscuit/butt. That’s just asking for confusion.

    zym: I’m supposed to be the hardest man on the estate (or something like that).

    ukegorilla: Thanks very much!

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  7. David Barnes November 3rd, 2008 4:32 pm

    If you find it limiting to only play blues in C, try this:

  8. Woodshed November 5th, 2008 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the link, David.

  9. Alice April 15th, 2009 12:52 am

    I did step two, and it actually made me smile it sounded so snazzy!

  10. Woodshed April 15th, 2009 9:53 pm

    Alice: You’re a fully qualified blues player now!

  11. David Barnes May 14th, 2010 4:30 pm

    You forgot to tell us how to write a blues song.

    1. Find something sad.

    2. Write a line about this bad situation.

    3. Add another line that rhymes with the first line (if you can’t think of one, just sing the first line again)

    4. Add another two lines that don’t need to rhyme with anything, but tell people what you’re going to do about it.

    5. Add in the chord changes.

    Play it.


    1. [C]I feel so bad, my woman’s gone
    2. She run and [F] left me on my [C] own
    3. But I’m gonna [G7] call up her best [F] friend
    4. And get her [C] round

    Then add some words like “dogone” and “well y’know” around the place, keep adding verses that tell the story, and you have a blues song.

  12. Woodshed May 15th, 2010 6:14 pm

    David: Haha! Foolproof system.

  13. Joshua January 27th, 2011 2:28 pm

    what is a bar?

  14. David Barnes January 27th, 2011 5:08 pm

    If you’ve never been to a bar you’re never going to understand the blues.

    (A “bar” in this case just means going “1-2-3-4”. So 4 bars means count to 4, 4 times. Try listening to a blues song and counting “1-2-3-4” to it and you’ll get the gist.)

  15. Joshua January 27th, 2011 9:02 pm

    for me i live the blues and been in quite a few bars =D but thanks! i thought it was 2×4
    i’m gonna listen to some muddy waters right now :)
    also i have another question;
    is a cool blues solo but don’t know what to do with it does it go well with step 2?

  16. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 9:56 am

    David: Thanks (but curse you for stealing the joke I was going to do!).

    Joshua: Try switching C to D, F to G and G7 to A7.

  17. Slim Symes March 22nd, 2012 2:54 am

    The variations are endless but I am still blue!
    I need tabs for Steam roller blues, I mean Elvis covered this song!

  18. Mal Chilvers March 26th, 2012 7:14 pm

    Can you recermend ukulele for playing the blues around the £200.00 -£350.00 please

  19. Woodshed March 26th, 2012 7:51 pm

    Mal: Ponos are good at that price.

  20. Jeanie August 10th, 2012 4:43 am

    I think your BB link is broken. I keep getting the strangest re-directs. The other faces are great though :}

  21. Albert October 30th, 2012 9:34 am

    BB King’s face is the hardest step, no doubt.

    I have played blues on my guitar since ages. Why not on the uke? I’ll have a try.

    Thanks Woodshed

  22. Woodshed October 30th, 2012 3:48 pm

    Albert: Thanks. Hope you enjoy it.

  23. Michelle February 6th, 2016 5:57 pm

    I have been wondering what makes a song a blues song? is it the sad words or the scale used. Often in the 12 bar blues there are no sharps and flats. Is it based on strumming, picking styles or ? How do I know a song is a blues song. What is it’s unusual aspect? I’m lost.

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