Improver Ukulele Lessons

Following on from the beginner lessons, you’re rocking through the easy chords, have your strumming down and learnt some fundamentals. In this section we’ll kick it up a notch with some more advanced chords.

Step 1: Barre Chords

Barre chord playing tips
Barre chords and inversions
– Songs with barre chords:

Ingrid Michaelson – You and I
I Heart You Online
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Step 2: Polish Up Your Technique

Get good tone
10 ways to play an E chord – get to grips with the most loathed chord on the ukulele.

Step 3: Learn Some Jazzy Chords

Songs with fancy diminished chords, 6 chords and other oddities:

Flight of the Conchords – Mermaids
Priscilla Ahn – Way Back Home
Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love with Me
Erika Eigen – I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper

Extra Credit: Learn the fundamentals of chords, which chords go together and why in my ebook How to Play Ukulele Chord Progressions.

Step 4: Make Sure You’ve Got a Decent Uke

To get this far you’ve shown some dedication. If, like me, you started on a really crappy ukulele, you’ve earned yourself a nice uke. Kala make some nice ukuleles and Lanikai both make good ukuleles at reasonable prices.

By now you’ve probably read quite a bit about the ukulele so take a look at ten things you hear about the ukulele that might be bollocks.

Now you’ve got your chord chops down head over to the intermediate section to get stuck into tabs.

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