So You’ve Just Got Your First Ukulele

I’ve written a mini-ebook as a bit of an introduction to the ukulele aimed at people who got a new ukulele for Christmas. It’s free and released under a Creative Commons License. So you can email it people, let people download it on your site, print it out and hand it round to people – so long as you keep the content as it is.


1 Five Things to Know
2 Five Chords to Learn
3 Five Songs to Play
4 Five Websites to Visit
5 Five Things to Get Free
6 Five Things to Buy
7 Five Videos to Watch
8 Five YouTube Channels to Subscribe to

You can download it free here:

So You Just Got Your First Ukulele

I pinky swear I won’t pass your email on to anyone else and you won’t get any spam. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a beagle in my eye.

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  1. zym December 17th, 2008 8:10 pm

    Great Stuff Al, How do you find the time to do stuff like Eat & Sleep? :D

    If you have Windows Vista there is a handy metronome you can stick on the sidebar

  2. Joseph Hoh December 17th, 2008 8:19 pm

    Hey Al,
    Thought you might like to know if you haven’t already found out–Under the heading APTuner your paragraph sentence is unfinished.

    No need to post this. It’s FYI only.

    Cheers and thank you for Ukulele Hunt.

  3. Woodshed December 17th, 2008 9:09 pm

    zym: I didn’t realise that. I got rid of the sidebar as quickly as I could.

    Joseph: Thanks. I didn’t know about that. Should be fixed now.

  4. zym December 17th, 2008 9:30 pm

    to be fair, the side bar IS rubbish. I know about the metrodome because the person i bought my current PC from had one on there

  5. David Barnes December 18th, 2008 10:05 am

    This is brilliant. Thanks Al, I will share widely.

  6. Woodshed December 18th, 2008 10:23 am

    zym: To be fair, Vista is pretty rubbish all round.

    David: Thanks very much! Before you do, there was an issue with some of the links in the early. There’s a new,fixed version up now.

  7. Donnie Bubbles December 18th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Alistair – Brilliant, again! Thought I was past the beginner phase but I still learned things from this little eBook!

    PS – I thought Vista was rubbish too until I bought a computer built for it with 2GB of ram – now I wouldn’t go back. Said the same crappy things about XP years ago….


  8. Nohealani December 18th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Mahalo a nui loa for this!!! I purchased my very first ‘ukulele last month and am very, VERY excited to start learning some things. This beginner’s guide will be invaluable, I’m sure. :o)

    Malama pono!

  9. Woodshed December 18th, 2008 10:00 pm

    Donnie: I’ve heard rumors that Microsoft are ditching Vista and starting over again.

    Nohealani: Hope you find it useful.

  10. Emily December 18th, 2008 11:23 pm

    Man could I have used this last year! I can still use it, though. Thanks for all the great links. It’s getting saved to my flash drive as soon as I can find it…

  11. Woodshed December 19th, 2008 8:06 pm

    Emily: Sorry I’m a year late with it! I really should have thought of it last year. I didn’t connect the idea that people would be getting ukuleles with the fact they’d turn up here on Christmas Day looking for info.

  12. parrskool December 27th, 2008 1:21 pm

    What a useful site !
    Can you help with my quest ?
    I am looking to buy (in the UK) a decent Concert Uke. Price rangs £75 to £120.

    I have had a look at what’s on the UK web (Mahalo to Kala) ….. I am intrigued by the “Fluke”. What would you suggest ??

  13. Woodshed January 2nd, 2009 5:19 pm

    parrskool: I can highly recommend the Ashbury Concert Koa (although it’s slightly above your price range). It’s my favourite general use ukulele. Easy to play, sounds good, well put together.

    I have a Fluke as well, but I much prefer the Ashbury.

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  15. kirsty June 5th, 2010 4:34 pm

    um just to ask….if I tune my ukulele to GCEA does it matter what aquila strings i buy? ie. i know i need soprano but low g…high g i dont get

  16. Woodshed June 6th, 2010 11:35 am

    Kirsty: For standard tuning, get the high-g strings.

  17. Mei June 30th, 2010 10:51 pm

    I have this book for Ukulele that says to tune it to BF#DA. Is it just because it’s old?

  18. dabin August 15th, 2010 11:09 pm

    okay, so, what program do i open the download thing in?

  19. Gordon December 25th, 2010 7:42 am

    This is what I have been looking for ever since i saw Ukulele Ike.
    George Harrison’s fave instrument? I see the millions of things that Can be done, and the scores of tunes to play with one or two variations, amazing!
    Thanks So Much and Merry Christmas, as we said when I was a kid. This is Nice, very Nice!


  20. Woodshed January 1st, 2011 12:42 pm

    Gordon: Thanks and a belated merry Christmas to you too.

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