Ukulele Lessons

You may have noticed this is my seventh post in the space of six hours. It’s all part of the overhaul of the site that will be taking place soon.

With over 1,000 blog posts on Uke Hunt and a bunch more in the other sections, it’s getting impossible for people to find what they’re looking for. So these posts are designed to guide people towards the stuff that they’ll find most useful.

The first set of ‘lessons’ are divided by difficulty with a couple more focusing on styles (fingerpicking – which needs a bit of filling – and blues).

If you’ve got a suggestion for a section or something that should be included in a section, let me know in the comments.

For Beginners


– How to read chord charts.
– Songs using only basic chords.
– Strumming technique.
– Essential equipment.

Click here for beginner lessons.

For Improvers


– Barre chords.
– Songs with more jazzy chords.
– How to get a good sound.

Click here for improver lessons.

For Intermediates


– To read tab.
– Useful licks.
– Guitar riffs for ukulele.
– Scales.

Click here for intermediate lessons.

For Advanced Players


– Advanced techniques.
– To combine single notes and accompaniment.
– How to make your own arrangements.
– Fingertwisting tunes.

Click here for advanced lessons.

Blues Lessons


– Blues scales.
– Blues licks and riffs.
– Solo blues tunes.

Click here for blues ukulele lessons.

Fingerpicking Lessons


– Basic fingerpicking technique.
– Fingerpicking tunes.

Click here for fingerpicking lessons.

View Comments


  1. Martim April 16th, 2012 11:51 pm

    Hey guys! im realy looking foward to buy my first uke, but i dont`t know wich! i thought about the Lanikai LU-21P, wich is a pineapple shape. is it a good choice, i mean, a good brand, shape and material?
    thanks a lot!

  2. Woodshed April 17th, 2012 11:41 am

    Martim: Yeah, that’s a good choice for a first uke.

  3. Fox July 6th, 2012 1:51 am

    Hey thanks…you guys rock! Just picked up the Uke a few months ago! Thanks for the tabs and the songs!!

  4. Woodshed July 9th, 2012 10:40 pm

    Fox: Thanks very much!

  5. Stewart November 11th, 2012 11:03 am

    I had my first ukulele lesson two weeks ago, to see if I would like the instrument, and now I’m hooked. Getting my first uke in two weeks time but am currently obsessed with reading about ukes on the internet, this is my favourite site. Thank you for all the work you’ve done here.

  6. Lady Dalston November 22nd, 2012 8:18 am

    I always wished I could play an instrument, tried a few, but at 4″11 not all were a good fit! So I bought myself ukulele for my 24th birthday and I am now well and truly addicted and play whenever I am home. Over the last few months I don’t know what I would have done without this site! Having proven to myself that I am in this for the long haul I am treating myself to your Ukulele for Dummies book so I can learn more! Truly awesome work!

  7. Woodshed November 22nd, 2012 11:58 am

    Stewart: Glad to hear it!

    Lady Dalston: Thanks so much! Really glad I could help.

  8. jema December 14th, 2012 6:48 pm

    Pretty good

  9. LORI FISCHER February 20th, 2013 4:24 pm

    Good Morning,

    Loving the site…might there be a place to drag and drop some of the songs we are learning, I find one from the list, print the tabs and chords and then when I want to work on it, I have to go back through the entire list to find it and do a “practice along” with the video.

    just a thought, be nice to keep all the great pieces together, like making a personal practice file.

    cheers, keep up the great work. Lori Fischer, Walla Walla, WAshington

  10. Woodshed February 20th, 2013 11:09 pm

    Lori: No, there’s nothing like that. Could you just bookmark the posts you’re working on? Or there’s a search box at the top right.

  11. Shawn March 28th, 2013 8:29 pm

    I just want to thank you for this site. This site and others like it have made it possible for me to learn how to play while living in the middle of nowhere. I love the ukulele and I hope to one day be able to raise its stature in this area. (North Georgia) Again, thank you for what you have done here.


  12. Woodshed March 29th, 2013 7:35 am

    Shawn: You’re very welcome! Thanks so much.

  13. Dave McGuire August 14th, 2013 5:56 pm

    Ive had guitars since I was 12 in 1959 but couldnever actually play. At 66 I decided to try a uke after reading your site. WOW I can actually play and really enjoy it. Your site is great and if you where british I would vote you in for a knighthood. Many many thanks and keep up the good work. sincere regards, Dave (UK)

  14. Lauren September 11th, 2013 10:01 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this information together! This is extremely helpful as I’m learning to navigate my first Uke.

  15. Woodshed September 12th, 2013 6:45 am

    Lauren: You’re very welcome!

  16. Azon March 25th, 2014 1:59 am

    Hi, I’m just new here. Picked up a ukulele after watching Shimabukuro’s vid. Love what you’re doing here dude!

  17. Randy April 25th, 2014 9:12 am

    I’m new here too. I’ve played bass & guitar for years & years. I just bought a nice new nylon string classical guitar a couple weeks ago & there was a ukulele looking all lonely near some electric guitars in the shop, so I bought it too (completely on a whim.)
    And of course, NOW I’ve temporarily sidetracked myself by messing around with the ukulele way more than I ever thought I would,… that reentrant tuning is ADDICTIVE!
    But MAN, does it ever feel weird when switching back to a guitar after a few hours on a soprano uke, the neck’s suddenly HUGE!
    End result – I’m having so much fun with the uke I’m now buying a nice tenor one (as placing the soprano alone with a full size guitar overnight didn’t encourage any offspring.)
    Thanks for the lovely website. =0)

  18. Woodshed April 26th, 2014 6:55 am

    Azon: Thanks!

    Randy: Glad you’ve come over to the dark side!

  19. Wicked June 24th, 2014 2:26 am

    Hello Woodshed!

    Thanks so much for these site! I am new to uke and I’ve been looking forward on learning to play this awesome instrument. Your eBooks and tutorials are great! Also bought your Dummie’s book. :)

  20. Woodshed June 24th, 2014 10:22 am

    Wicked: Thanks so much! I’m really glad you’re enjoying them!

  21. Alex August 30th, 2014 10:32 am

    Hi, thanks for great resources. I’ve our chested you’re books and am working through them. One quick question. Do you have any advice for me… I’m doing my wife’s head in just doing the chord progression and excess ices. I haven’t actually maned to learn any songs yet as I don’t really sing. I’ve been learning for the best part of six months but still have no basic songs to be able to play. Any tips to stop me from doing her head in with practice work??


  22. Woodshed September 1st, 2014 3:10 pm

    Alex: Definitely worth learning to play along with a few songs. Particularly ones your wife likes. And learning to read tab and playing some simples tunes. If that fails, new wife.

  23. eric January 8th, 2016 12:59 am

    thanks!This is extremely helpful as it allowed me to be able to play more songs.

  24. Woodshed January 9th, 2016 12:04 pm

    eric: Thanks very much!

  25. Richard January 31st, 2016 4:08 am

    Can anyone help please :I cannot see how to pay for the blues course using PAYPAL.
    Any tips appreciated.

  26. Woodshed January 31st, 2016 9:49 am

    Richard: Sorry about that. Gumroad are having some PayPal technical issues. In the meantime you can buy it with PayPal here:

    Note: The price is in GBP rather than USD.

  27. jan doran April 27th, 2016 7:58 pm

    is it possible to get the pdf in printed form as a booklet. (I purchased the uke strumming ebook)

  28. Woodshed April 28th, 2016 7:50 am

    Jan: Sorry, no.

Got something to say?