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.

If you’re not new to ukulele but know someone who is feel free to pass it along. It has a Creative Commons license so distribute it as you wish.

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  1. Jean Slavin December 23rd, 2015 2:14 am

    Thank you for this website! I have been reading a couple of books and they have been nothing as helpful as your site. Thank you so much! I had a breakthrough moment tonight. I love my little Uke! The happiest sound on earth. Thank you again!

    Best Regards,


  2. Woodshed December 23rd, 2015 7:45 am

    Jean: Thanks so much! That’s great!

  3. les matthews January 9th, 2016 11:48 pm

    I am considering buying a baritone uke (with pick up)
    but want to play it with GCEA strings, would love to hear recommendations please.
    Would solid wood be the way to go ?
    I am in australia
    cheers les

  4. Paul January 21st, 2016 4:47 am

    Two months into my first uke, it would be most helpful to have a 1 minute or longer strum only video or audio file with just the C chord to build up the muscle memory and timing. This would be great for strum patterns beyond DDDD and DUDU.

    Secondly how to transition between the 5 beginner chords would be great. They are C, G7, F, A, and G. Most videos show the chords but not how to slide fingers and anchor them to quickly and reliably move between chords. F to G transition and A to G7 are particularly challenging at the beginning stage.

  5. Paul January 21st, 2016 4:48 am

    This is for those with no guitar or other musical experience.

  6. Woodshed January 21st, 2016 9:21 am

    Paul: Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve actually got a half finished thing about changing between basic chords. F to G is a pain in the arse. I don’t know any tricks for that other than practice, I’m afraid.

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