Uke for Xmas? Read This!

When I got my first ukulele, I was completely clueless. This was in those dark, long forgotten days before the internet had been discovered. I didn’t even realise that the strings weren’t supposed to go thickest to thinnest and restrung it.

But you can save yourself from the social disgrace I experienced. I’ve put together a free mini-ebook covering the basics that every first time uke owner needs to know. Here’s what it contains:

Five Things to Know
Five Chords to Learn
Five Patterns to Strum
Five Songs to Play
Five Websites to Visit
Five Things to Get Free
Five Things to Buy
Five Videos to Watch
Five YouTube Channels to Subscribe to

You can download it free by clicking here:

So You Just Got Your First Ukulele (PDF)

And get playing by following the beginner ukulele lessons.

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  1. Grateful Fred December 24th, 2013 12:06 pm

    Thanks for a great eBook. I just wish I’d hasd something like this when I got my first ukulele. Great recommendations and links too. Brilliant.

    Colin (aka. Grateful Fred)

  2. Woodshed December 24th, 2013 12:07 pm

    Grateful Fred: Thanks very much! And Merry Christmas!

  3. Jinx December 25th, 2013 12:27 am

    Thanks!! I did get a book of AC/DC songs for Uke, and then I had to get a Uke to play the songs on. Your page is getting me going so I can rock out!

  4. Woodshed December 25th, 2013 10:59 am

    Jinx: Thanks! Happy rocking!

  5. Ron Smith December 30th, 2013 2:49 am

    Thanks for all your great work over the year .
    I found a gem in your Xmas post, connected to Wilfierd Welts web page ,download his Celtic ebook and sound great for any novice players like me and just a lovely sound.
    All the best to you and yours for the New Year from New Zealand
    Ron Smith

  6. Woodshed December 30th, 2013 8:03 am

    Ron: Thanks very much! All the best for 2014.

  7. Mike Afflerbach January 27th, 2014 1:40 pm

    Thanks for your great website….I am working through the ebook and some of your tabs and chords. I do have a question about a notation I have seen elsewhere–like on this Cake transcript of Mexico

    What is going on (or should be going on) where there is a chord with a “E7/B” or a “Am/G” or a “F/C”? Do I play the first chord and then the other quickly? Do I have a choice?

    I know this sounds dumb, but I thought you are the one to ask.

    Thanks in advance,

  8. Woodshed January 28th, 2014 8:14 am

    Mike: Those are slash chords. They’re not ukulele chords (it’s usually a sign that someone copy/pasted the guitar chords). I wrote about them here:

    In short, the first part is the actual chord and the second part is the bass note.

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