UkeVision - A Comprehensive Ukulele Course

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Getting Started

1 Indroduction to UkeVision 04:25

Welcome to UkeVision! This innovative new course is perfect for beginners or experienced players. Please check out our free lessons for a demonstration of this course!

2 Welcome to UkeVision 03:28

Welcome to UkeVision. In this course, we will be starting with the very basics of purchasing a ukulele, how to hold it, and how to tune it. If you are not a beginner, feel free to start this course after the purchasing, tuning, and holding lessons. 

 

I also give an overview of why I chose the songs that we use in this course. We use simple songs, folk songs, and children's songs because they are the best for teaching music. It is what they do. Try not to think of these songs as "too simple" or "too easy." The songs in this course are just simple enough to teach us the foundations of music and playing ukulele. I believe in these songs very much. 

3 Lesson 1 - Purchasing a Ukulele 25:15

Many people feel overwhelmed when buying music instruments. In this lesson, we break the process down and discuss the most commonly asked questions. In the first moments of the video, I give you my best answers to these important questions, and the rest of the video goes through an example shopping session where we buy a ukulele for an imaginary beginner. 

4 Review - Purchasing a Ukulele 02:04

You will find a checklist attached to this lesson. The items on that checklist are broken down into items that are required, recommended, and optional. And, in this video we discuss those items. This video will help anyone that decides to buy their ukulele in pieces instead of purchasing a bundle. Purchasing everything together in a bundle can be convenient, but it is not the only way! Buying the accessories separately can be fun, and it is a good way to get deeper into the world of ukulele.

5 Lesson 2 -What Options do I Have? 11:45

In this lesson, we will learn about the different types, sizes, and materials that can be used to make our ukuleles. We will discuss those differences, and I will give you my best advice on each choice. For most new ukulele players, I recommend a wooden concert ukulele, but you will see that we have many options to choose from. We also discuss books, picks, hangers, and more! 

6 Lesson 3 - Getting Ourselves Ready to Play Ukulele 05:05

When learning something new, it is very important to set ourselves up for success. This lesson teaches us how to get our practice space, sheet music, accessories, and most importantly our MINDS ready to succeed at ukulele. These may seem small details, but they could make the difference between playing the ukulele for a lifetime and quitting after a few lessons. Let's set ourselves up for success!

7 Review - Getting Ourselves Ready to Play Ukulele 05:03

In this lesson, we will review the following questions: What makes a good practice space?  Have you decided that you will become a ukulele player?   We also discuss this lesson's quick activity, experimenting with a few different practice spaces. Your bedroom may be the best option, but you might find a better place if you look!

8 Lesson 4 - Parts of the Ukulele 06:37

Here we take a detailed look at all the parts of our ukulele: Head, neck, body, strings, bridge, saddle, sound hole, fretboard, frets, fret wires, fret markers, nut, tuners, tuning pegs, headstock, strap pegs, and preamp. This information will become part of our vocabulary as we learn more about the ukulele.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Begin discussing the parts of the ukulele using the proper terms

9 Lesson 5 - How do I Hold the Ukulele? 02:48

Let's learn how to hold our ukuleles. In this lesson we learn how to do the "ukulele hug," which makes us use the correct arm position, and the "spicy meatball," which makes us hold the ukulele correctly with our left hands.

 

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Hold the ukulele with the correct left and right hand position, with our ukuleles pointing out to our audience.

10 Lesson 6 - What do We Call Each String & Each Finger? 02:16

This lessons teaches us the proper name for the ukulele strings and the fingers of our left hand. The strings can be referred to by thier string number or the pitch that they are tuned to. The fingers of the left hand are labeled with numbers 1-4.

By the end of this lesson students will be able to: Discuss the ukulele strings and left hand fingers with the correct numbers.

11 Lesson 7 - How to Tune Your Ukulele 21:01

In this lesson, we take a close look at how to use the tuning pegs to tighten the strings to the correct pitches to start playing our ukulele. We will also take a look at common mistakes and how to avoid them.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Begin the process of tuning their ukuleles.

12 Lesson 7 - Quick Tuning Example 03:04

This video is a short example of how to tune a ukulele.

13 Lesson 8 - Answers to Questions You Might Have 06:41

This video discusses our musical alphabet, and explains how to tune our ukulele strings to the proper G, C, E, & A notes.

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Tune their ukuleles to the proper pitches of G, C, E, & A.

14 Lesson 8 - Optional Tuning Help - One String Won't Stay in Tune 01:24

This video explains what to do if we can't get one of our strings to show us as "in tune" on your tuner.

15 Lesson 8 - One More Tuning Example 03:28

This lesson gives one more quick example of tuning a ukulele for those that are confused. You will also find examples of several tuned ukuleles at the end of the video. Compare these to your ukulele once you have it tuned to check your work.

Strumming

16 Lesson 9 - First Chord & First Song 12:33

This very important lesson will teach us three things: A interesting pattern, our first chord, and our first strums. This may seem like a lot, but if you learn the pattern at the beginning of the lesson, everything else will fall into place!

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Play our new pattern and attempt to strum a C Major chord.

17 Three Chord Pattern 00:39

This pattern teaches us many things. It is a wonderful warm-up, it works as an exercise for the fingers of our left hand, and it teaches us our first chord (and two bonus chords that we will use later!).

18 Review - First Chord & First Song 06:56

In this lesson, we ask "Do the chord charts make sense? We will start using chord charts A LOT now that we have learned our C chord, so it is a good time to review this concept. Also, we will experiment with two "Quick Activities."

19 Lesson 10 - How to Read a Chord Chart 07:58

This video explains how to read and use chord charts. We will go over the details of how to place our fingers correctly, and we will explain exactly what we are looking at when we see a chord chart. We will also give a quick reminder of the numbers for the frets and fingers. 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

Understand the information that chord charts contain

Attempt to play chords using chord charts

20 Review - How to Read a Chord Chart 06:20

Learning all the number systems for ukulele can be confusing, so in this lesson we will review the numbers for frets, fingers, and strings. We will also do a "Quick Activity" that will have us teaching ukulele to others.

21 Lesson 11 - Introduction to Strumming 12:58

This lesson will teach us many of the details of how to do a proper strum. We will be introduced to both our thumb strum and our index finger strum. We will also learn where to strum on our strings and how hard we should play. We will also learn to avoid some common mistakes that beginners make.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Perform a basic strum (with the thumb AND the index finger)
  • Attempt to sing while strumming our ukulele

22 Lesson 11 - Thumb Strum Play-Along 01:48

This video is a play-along for our Thumb Strum. We will se an example, and we will get a chance to perform our thumb strum with a melody. 

23 Lesson 11 - Index Finger Play-Along 01:46

This video is a play-along for our index finger strum. We will se an example, and we will get a chance to perform our index finger strum with a melody. 

24 Review - Introduction to Strumming 05:22

Here we will review how to use our fingers to make a proper thumb strum and index finger strum. We will also do one "Quick Activity."

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Perform a proper thumb/index finger strum in the correct spot on the ukulele.

25 Lesson 12 - Proper Left Hand Technique 10:57

This video gives us an up-close demonstration of how to use our fingertips to play chords properly. Will will learn how to avoid some common mistakes that beginner ukulele players sometimes make. We also discuss a few helpful tips at the end of the video.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Play a proper C major chord using the tips of the fingers
  • Play a proper D major chord using the tips of the fingers
  • Play a proper G major chord using the tips of the fingers
  • Play a proper A7 chord using the tips of the fingers
  • Play a proper e minor chord using the tips of the fingers

26 Review - Proper Left Hand Technique 07:19

In this lesson, we will ask ourselves why we are using our fingertips for chords rather than using the pads of our fingers. We will also experiment with two "Quick Activities."

27 Lesson 13 - Wheels on the Bus with Thumb Strums 10:45

*Please print the sheet music for "Wheels on the Bus" before you begin* This lesson will teach us how to play "The Wheels on the Bus" using our new Thumb Strum technique. "Wheels on the Bus" is a traditional American folk song written by Verna Hills. 

28 Lesson 13 (in UkeVision) - Wheels on the Bus 03:16

*Print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Wheels on the Bus" with our new Thumb Strum pattern.

29 Lesson 14 - Mary Had a Little Lamb with Thumb Strums 16:21

*Print the sheet music for "Mary Had a Little Lamb" before you begin* This lesson will teach us everything we need to know to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with Thumb Strums. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is an English folk song.

30 Lesson 14 (in UkeVision) - Mary Had a Little Lamb 04:58

Please print out the attached chord chart for this song. This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on our ukulele with our new Thumb Strum pattern.

31 Lesson 15 - Skip to My Lou with Thumb Strums 11:39

*Please print the sheet music for "Skip to My Lou" before you begin* Here we learn everything we need to know to play "Skip to My Lou" using our new Thumb Strum pattern. "Skip to My Lou" is a American partner-stealing dance from the 1800's.

32 Lesson 15 (in UkeVision) - Skip to My Lou 03:46

*Please print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Skip to My Lou" with our new Thumb Strum pattern.

33 Lesson 16 - Common Chord Progressions 07:13

In this video, we explain a few "chord progressions" that are used throughout this course and throughout music in general. The three common chord progressions that we discuss here are:

  • I - V - I  
  • I - IV - V - I
  • I - vi - IV - V - I

 

34 Lesson 17 - This Old Man with Thumb Strums 22:57

*Please print the sheet music for "This Old Man" before you begin* This lesson will teach us what we need to know to be able to play "This Old Man" with Thumb Strums. "This Old Man" is an English folk song.

35 Lesson 17 (in UkeVision) - This Old Man 06:32

*Please print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "This Old Man" with our new Thumb Strum pattern.

36 Lesson 18 - Mary Had a Little Lamb with Index Finger Strums 13:53

*Please print the sheet music for "Mary Had a Little Lamb" if you need another copy* Here we learn everything we need to know to be able to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with Index Finger Strums. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is an English folk song.

37 Lesson 18 (in UkeVision) - Mary Had a Little Lamb with Index Finger Strums 05:15

*Please print out the attached chord chart if you need another copy* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with our new Index Finger Strum pattern.

38 Lesson 19 - Hokey Pokey with Index Finger Strums 09:19

*Please print the sheet music for "Hokey Pokey" before you begin* This lesson will teach us everything we need to know to play "The Hokey Pokey" with Index Finger Strums. "Hokey Pokey" was originally a British folk dance.

39 Lesson 19 (in UkeVision) - Hokey Pokey 04:12

*Please print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Hokey Pokey" with our new Index Finger Strum pattern.

40 Lesson 20 - Happy Birthday with Thumb & Index Finger Strums 14:25

*Please print the sheet music for "Happy Birthday" before you begin* Here we demonstrate how to play "Happy Birthday" with both Index Finger Strums & Thumb Strums.

41 Lesson 20 (in UkeVision) - Happy Birthday 00:57

Please print out the attached chord chart if needed. This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Happy Birthday" with our new Index Finger & Thumb Strum patterns.

42 Lesson 21 - This Old Man with Index Finger Strums + Thumb Strums 13:00

*Please print the sheet music for "This Old Man" if you need another copy* Here we learn everything we need to know to play "This Old Man" with a combination of Index Finger Strums and Thumb Strums. "This Old Man" is an English folk song.

43 Lesson 21 (in UkeVision) - This Old Man 02:42

*Please print out the attached chord chart if you need another copy* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "This Old Man" with both our Index Finger Strum and Thumb Strum patterns.

44 Quick Tip - Transposition 03:40

This video explains the basic concept of transposition, and explains why we will be learning two different versions of the song "This Little Light of Mine." One of these versions centers around the C major chord, and we say that one is "in C major." The other version centers around the F major chord, and we say that one is "in F major."

45 Lesson 22 - This Little Light of Mine (C Major) with Index Finger Strums 23:27

*Please print the sheet music for "This Little Light of Mine (C Major)" before you begin* This lesson demonstrates the details of the song "This Little Light of Mine (C Major)" "This Little Light of Mine" is a gospel song.

46 Lesson 22 (in UkeVision) - This Little Light of Mine (C Major) 04:46

*Please print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "This Little Light of Mine (C Major)" with our new Index Finger Strum pattern.

47 Lesson 23 - This Little Light of Mine (F Major) with Index Finger Strums 16:21

*Please print the sheet music for "This Little Light of Mine (F Major)" before you begin* Here we learn how to play "This Little Light of Mine (F Major)." This is the same song that we just learned in C major, but we are now playing it in a different "key." "This Little Light of Mine" is a gospel song.

48 Lesson 23 (in UkeVision) - This Little Light of Mine (F Major) 04:39

*Please print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "This Little Light of Mine (F Major)" with our new Index Finger Strum pattern.

49 Lesson 24 - Transposing Down by the Riverside 06:40

In this lesson, we introduce the song "Down by the Riverside." We will also learn about the concept of transposing, and we will discuss learning some more advanced chords. I demonstrate the concept of transposing, which will give us a preview for other four videos attached to this lesson. 

50 Lesson 24 (in UkeVision) - Riverside in C Major 03:00

*Please print the sheet music for "Down by the Riverside (C Major)" before you begin* Here we will be learning "Down by the Riverside" in the original key of C major. "Down by the Riverside" is an American spiritual.

51 Lesson 24 (in UkeVision) - Riverside in F Major 02:55

*Please print the sheet music for "Down by the Riverside (F Major)" before you begin* Here we will be learning "Down by the Riverside" in the transposed key of F major. "Down by the Riverside" is an American spiritual.

52 Lesson 24 (in UkeVision) - Riverside in G Major 02:40

*Please print the sheet music for "Down by the Riverside (G Major)" before you begin* Here we will be learning "Down by the Riverside" in the transposed key of G major. "Down by the Riverside" is an American spiritual.

53 Lesson 24 (in UkeVision) - Riverside in D Major 02:40

*Please print the sheet music for "Down by the Riverside (D Major)" before you begin* Here we will be learning "Down by the Riverside" in the transposed key of D major. "Down by the Riverside" is an American spiritual.

54 Lesson 25 - More Strumming Patterns 12:49

This video introduces a few new strumming patterns that go beyond the thumb strum and the index finger strum. I will give an example and an explanation of each. 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Attempt to perform the Island Strum
  • Attempt to perform the Reggae Strum
  • Attempt to perform the 6/8 strum

Remember that attempting these patterns DOES NOT mean that they will be perfect. This lessons works as a introduction to some patterns that are more advanced. You are not expected to master these at this point.

55 Review - More Strumming Patterns 08:34

This lesson introduces us to the Island Strum, the Reggae Strum, and the 6/8 strum, three patterns that we can practice and add to our ukulele playing moving forward. We will also take a look at two "Discussion Questions" and two "Quick Activities."

Fingerpicking

56 Lesson 26 - Let's Learn our First Fingerpicking Pattern! 10:10

This lesson will review fingerpicking and our first fingerpicking pattern, the Thumb Drop. 

57 Review - Let's Learn our First Fingerpicking Pattern! 06:13

Here we will take a close look at the concept of fingerpicking and our first fingerpicking pattern, the Thumb Drop. We will examine two "Discussion Questions" and experiment with two "Quick Activities."

58 Lesson 27 - Thumb Drop Practice on 3 strings 20:10

This video works as addition practice and explanation for the new thumb drop technique that we recently learned. 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Perform the three string thumb drop 

59 Review - Thumb Drop Practice 06:39

In this lesson, we will look at three "Discussion Questions" that will help us understand our Thumb Drop pattern. We will also try two different "Quick Activities" that will help us perform our Thumb Drop more comfortably. 

60 Lesson 28 - Are You Sleeping? with Thumb Drops 05:20

*Please print the sheet music for "Are You Sleeping" before you begin* This lesson will teach us what we need to know to be able to play the song "Are You Sleeping?" with our new Thumb Drop pattern. "Are You Sleeping" was originally the French fok song, "Frère Jacques."

61 Lesson 28 (in UkeVision) - Are You Sleeping? 00:43

*Please print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This lesson will show us how to play the songs "Are You Sleeping" with our new Three String Thumb Drop pattern. 

62 Lesson 29 - I've Got Peace Like a River with Thumb Drops 10:23

*Please print the sheet music for "I've Got Peace Like a River" before you begin this lesson* This lesson demonstrates how to play the song "I've Got Peace Like a River" with our new Three String Thumb Drop fingerpicking pattern. "I've Got Peace Like a River" is an American gospel song.

63 Lesson 29 (in UkeVision) - Peace Like a River 02:15

*Please print out the attached chord chart before you begin* This lesson will show us how to play the song "I've Got Peace Like a River" with our new Three String Thumb Drop pattern. 

64 Lesson 30 - Boom Chucks 06:02

This lesson explains and demonstrates a new fingerpicking pattern called boom chucks. We will explain which fingers play which strings, how to move our hand/wrist, and how to play this pattern fast and slow. 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand how boom chucks work
  • Attempt to play boom chucks
  • Perform boom chucks at a slow, practice tempo

65 Lesson 31 - Hokey Pokey with Boom Chucks 04:28

*Please print the sheet music for "Hokey Pokey" if you need a new copy* This lesson teaches us how to play the "Hokey Pokey" using our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern. "Hokey Pokey" was originally a British folk dance.

66 Lesson 31 (in UkeVision) - Hokey Pokey 03:35

*Please print out the attached chord chart if you need a new copy* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Hokey Pokey" with our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern.

67 Lesson 32 - Wheels on the Bus with Boom Chucks 04:49

*Please print the sheet music for "Wheels on the Bus" if you need a new copy* Here we learn how to play "The Wheels on the Bus" with our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern. "Wheels on the Bus" is a traditional American folk song written by Verna Hills. 

68 Lesson 32 (in UkeVision) - Wheels on the Bus 03:17

*Please print out the attached chord chart if you need a new copy* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "Wheels on the Bus" with our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern.

69 Lesson 33 - This Little Light of Mine (C Major) with Boom Chucks 18:07

*Please print the sheet music for "This Little Light of Mine (C Major)" if you need a new copy* This lesson shows us how to play the song "This Little Light of Mine (C Major)" with our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern. "This Little Light of Mine" is a gospel song.

70 Lesson 33 (in UkeVision) - This Little Light of Mine (C Major) 04:27

*Please print out the attached chord chart if you need a new copy* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "This Little Light of Mine (C Major)" with our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern.

71 Lesson 34 - This Little Light of Mine (F Major) with Boom Chucks 15:55

*Please print the sheet music for "This Little Light of Mine (F Major)" if you need a new copy* This lesson will teach you how to play the song "This Little Light of Mine (F Major)" with our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern. 

72 Lesson 34 (in UkeVision) - This Little Light of Mine (F Major) 04:25

*Please print out the attached chord chart if you need a new copy* This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play "This Little Light of Mine (in F Major)" with our new Boom Chuck fingerpicking pattern.

73 Lesson 35 - More Ways to Fingerpick 08:40

This lesson introduces us to three new ways to fingerpick. These are three more advanced patterns that we can practice and incorporate into our playing moving forward. The three fingerpicking patterns mentioned here are the three string pluck, thumb-index-middle picking, and thumb-index-thumb-index picking. 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Perform the three string pluck fingerpicking pattern
  • Attempt the thumb-index-middle fingerpicking pattern
  • Attempt the thumb-index-middle-index pattern

74 Review - More Ways to Fingerpick 08:02

This lesson will use several "Discussion Questions" and "Quick Activities" to review the three fingerpicking patterns we learned about last lesson. 

Playing Melodies

75 Lesson 36 - The Details of Reading Tab 12:46

Here we take a look at a brand new way of reading sheet music. It is call "tab," and it is a very different and very handy way to read music. It is quite different from traditional (or standard) music notation, and it is going to help us to play melodies and chord melodies.

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of ukulele tab

76 Review - The Details of Reading Tab 06:41

Here we review the basics of reading tab, and we ask two "Discussion Questions" to help our understanding. We will also experiment with writing our own tab in two "Quick Activities." Attached to this lesson, you will find blank tab that you can use for writing down your own tab melodies and compositions.

77 Lesson 37 - Hot Cross Buns Melody 03:31

Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Hot Cross Buns" before you begin* This lesson will teach us how to play the melody to "Hot Cross Buns" on our ukulele using Thumb Drops. "Hot Cross Buns" in an English folk song.

78 Lesson 38 (in UkeVision) - Hot Cross Buns Play-Along 01:05

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Hot Cross Buns" with our new melody picking technique. 

79 Lesson 39 - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Melody 13:14

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" before you begin* This lesson will show us how to play the melody to the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on our ukulele using Thumb Drops. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is an English lullaby.

80 Lesson 39 (in UkeVision) - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Play-Along 03:02

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" using Thumb Drops.

81 Lesson 40 - C & F Major Scales 08:30

This lesson demonstrates and explains two scales that we will use throughout this course, C major and F major. We will break down each one and show how they are performed on our ukulele. 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand how scales are played on the ukulele
  • Begin practicing scales on their ukulele

82 Lesson 41 - Amazing Grace Melody 09:09

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Amazing Grace" before you begin* Here we demonstrate the melody to the song "Amazing Grace" on our ukulele using our new Melody Picking Technique. "Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn.

83 Lesson 41 (in UkeVision) - Amazing Grace Play-Along 00:34

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Amazing Grace" with our new Melody Picking technique. 

84 Lesson 42 - Ode to Joy Melody 12:43

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Ode to Joy" before you begin* This lesson will show us how to play the melody to the song "Ode to Joy" on our ukulele using our Melody Picking technique. "Ode to Joy" is a famous melody that was used by Ludwig van Beethoven in the fourth movement of his Ninth Symphony, which was completed in 1824.

85 Lesson 42 (in UkeVision) - Ode to Joy Play-Along 01:18

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Ode to Joy" with our new Melody Picking technique. 

86 Lesson 43 - When the Saints Go Marching In Melody 10:18

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "When the Saints Go Marching In" before* This lesson shows us how to play the melody to the song "When the Saints Go Marching In" on our ukulele using our new Melody Picking technique. "When the Saints Go Marching In" is a jazz song that was originally a Christian hymn. 

87 Lesson 43 (in UkeVision) - When the Saints Go Marching In Play-Along 02:25

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "When the Saints Go Marching In" on our ukulele with our new Melody Picking technique. 

88 Lesson 44 - Melody Picking Lesson 06:42

This lesson provides an explanation and demonstration of a new kind of fingerpicking called melody picking. We will discuss how this is different from thumb drop picking, and we will learn how to avoid common mistakes. 

89 Lesson 45 - Musette Melody 11:36

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Musette" before you begin* Here we learn how to play the melody to the song "Musette" on our ukulele using our new Melody Picking technique. "Musette" is a short harpsichord piece written by Johann Sebastian Bach, and it was originally published in his "Notebook for Anna Magdelana Bach.

90 Lesson 45 (in UkeVision) - Musette Play-Along 01:41

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Musette" on our ukulele with our new Melody Picking technique. 

91 Lesson 46 - Fur Elise Melody 12:07

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Fur Elise" before you begin* This lesson demonstrates how to play the song "Fur Elise" on our ukulele using our new Melody Picking technique. "Fur Elise" is a short piano piece by Ludwig van Beethoven that was originally called "Bagatelle No. 25."

92 Lesson 46 (in UkeVision) - Fur Elise Play-Along 02:04

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Fur Elise" on our ukulele with our new Melody Picking technique. 

93 Lesson 47 - Air Melody 19:45

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Air" before you begin* In this lesson we learn everything we need to know to play the melody of the song "Air" on our ukulele with our new Melody Picking technique. "Air" is a songlike piece written for an instrument or voice. This "Air" was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

94 Lesson 47 (in UkeVision) - Air Play-Along 01:40

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Air" with our new Melody Picking technique. 

95 Lesson 48 - Happy Birthday Melody 06:20

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Happy Birthday" before you begin* Here we learn how to play the melody to the song "Happy Birthday" using our new Melody Picking technique. "Happy Birthday" is a traditional American song, and one of the most recognizable melodies in the english language.

96 Lesson 48 (in UkeVision) - Happy Birthday Play-Along 01:03

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Happy Birthday" with our new Melody Picking technique. 

97 Lesson 49 - Row Row Row Your Boat Melody 09:05

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Row Row Row Your Boat" before you begin* This video demonstrates how to play the melody for the song "Row Row Row Your Boat" using our new Melody Picking Technique. "Row Row Row Your Boat is an English language folk song.

98 Lesson 49 (in UkeVision) - Row Row Row Your Boat Play-Along 00:57

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Row Row Row Your Boat" with our new Melody Picking technique. 

99 Lesson 50 - Jingle Bells Melody 12:31

*Please print the sheet music for the melody of "Jingle Bells" before you begin* This lesson will teach us everything we need to know to play the melody to the song "Jingle Bells." "Jinglle Bells" is a traditional American holiday song.

100 Lesson 50 (in UkeVision) - Jingle Bells Play-Along 00:57

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the melody to "Jingle Bells" with our new Melody Picking technique. 

Chord Melodies

101 Quick Tip - Ukulele String Layout 01:19

This Quick tip explains the unique layout of the ukulele, which is unique because it does NOT follow the standard Low>High pattern that many other stringed instruments follow. This is a good thing for ukulele players, because it allows us to play chord melodies very effectively. 

102 Lesson 51 - What is a Chord Melody? 02:56

This video provides a detailed description of chord melodies and gives examples of how they are different from plain melodies. 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between a melody and a chord melody

103 Lesson 52 - Auld Lang Syne Chord Melody 14:31

*Please print the sheet music for the chord melody of "Auld Lang Syne" before you begin* This lesson demonstrates how to play the chord melody to "Auld Lang Syne" on our ukulele using chords and melodies. "Auld Lang Syne" is a popular English song and poem.

104 Lesson 52 (in UkeVision) - Auld Lang Syne 01:02

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the chord melody for "Auld Lang Syne" on our ukulele using both chords and melodies.

105 Lesson 53 - Amazing Grace Chord Melody 11:29

*Please print the sheet music for the chord melody of "Amazing Grace" before you begin* This lesson shows us how to play the chord melody to "Amazing Grace" on our ukulele using both chords and melodies. "Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn.

106 Lesson 53 (in UkeVision) - Amazing Grace 00:57

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the chord melody for "Amazing Grace" on our ukulele using both chords and melodies.

107 Lesson 54 - Jingle Bells Chord Melody 17:58

*Please print the sheet music for the chord melody of "Jingle Bells" before you begin* This lesson shows us how to play the chord melody to "Jingle Bells" on our ukulele using both chords and melodies. "Jinglle Bells" is a traditional American holiday song.

108 Lesson 54 (in UkeVision) - Jingle Bells 01:13

This play-along video is in UkeVision. It will show us how to play the chord melody for "Jingle Bells" on our ukulele using both chords and melodies.

Bonus Content

109 Thank You 03:25

Thank you all very much for choosing me to be your instructor and for choosing UkeVision to be your method. I appreciate you all. Please accept these bloopers as a thank you. I wish you the best in your musical career as you take what you have learned here and move forward. Thank you again.

110 Common Mistakes 07:04

This video explains a few of the mistakes that beginners make, and gives advice on how to avoid them. Here are the 7 mistakes we discuss in this video:

  • Underestimating how hard it can be to tune your ukulele and giving up
  • Trying to strum with a stiff wrist
  • Trying to play with a lazy posture
  • Skipping over the musical knowledge (theory) and going straight to playing songs
  • Only learning exactly what a teacher tells you to learn
  • Only practicing once a week instead of making music every day
  • Fingerpicking without allowing their fingers to follow through

111 Bonus Song - Hush Little Baby 01:28

*Please print the sheet music for "Hush Little Baby" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “Hush Little Baby” using our Thumb-Index-Thumb-Index fingerpicking technique. "Hush Little Baby" is a traditional American lullaby.

112 Bonus Song - Go Tell Aunt Rhody 00:57

*Please print the sheet music for "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” using Thumb Strums. "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" is an English folk song.

113 Bonus Song - Kookaburra Melody 01:05

*Please print the sheet music for "Kookaburra" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the melody to the song “Kookaburra” using our Melody Picking technique. "Kookaburra" is a Australian nursery rhyme.

114 Bonus Song - Little Red Caboose 01:22

*Please print the sheet music for "Little Red Caboose" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “Little Red Caboose” using Index Finger Strums. "Little Red Caboose" is an American Children's Song.

115 Bonus Song - London Bridge 02:24

*Please print the sheet music for "London Bridge" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “London Bridge” using our Thumb-Index-Thumb-Index fingerpicking technique. "London Bridge" is an English singing game.

116 Bonus Song - Looby Loo 01:40

*Please print the sheet music for "Looby Loo" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “Looby Loo” using a 4-finger picking pattern that goes from Index finger > Thumb/Middle/Ring finger. "Looby Loo" is an English children's song.

117 Bonus Song - Mulberry Bush 01:08

*Please print the sheet music for "Mulberry Bush" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “Mulberry Bush” using our Index Finger strums. "Mulberry Bush" is an English folk song.

118 Bonus Song - Oh My Darlin' Clementine 01:22

*Please print the sheet music for "Oh My Darlin, Clementine" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “Oh My Darlin' Clementine” using our Boom Chuck technique. "Oh My Darlin' Clementine" is an American western folk ballad.

119 Bonus Song - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 02:33

*Please print the sheet music for "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” using Index Finger Strums & Boom Chucks. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is an American Christian spiritual song.

120 Bonus Song - We've Got the Whole World 01:01

*Please print the sheet music for "We've Got the Whole World" before you begin* This bonus UkeVision lesson demonstrates how to play the song “We’ve Got the Whole World” using both Thumb Strums & Index Finger Strums. "We've Got the Whole World" is an American spiritual song.

121 Technique Review - Thumb Strums (1 per beat) 00:46

Here is a demonstration of the Thumb Strum. Use it as review, practice, or a warm-up.

122 Technique Review - Three String Thumb Drop 00:39

Here is a demonstration of the Three String Thumb Drop. Use it as review, practice, or a warm-up.

123 Technique Review - Three String Pluck 00:37

Here is a demonstration of the Three String Pluck. Use it as review, practice, or a warm-up.

124 Technique Review - Island Strum (with Thumb Strums on Beat 1) 00:35

Here is a demonstration of the Island strum with a thumb strum on beat 1. This is not a technique that we spent time on in the body of this course, rather it is a new technique that you can incorporate into your playing moving forward. Use it as review, practice, or a warm-up.

125 Technique Review - C Major Scale 00:43

Here is a demonstration of the C Major scale. Use it as review, practice, or a warm-up.

126 Technique Review - F Major Scale 00:52

Here is a demonstration of the F Major scale. Use it as review, practice, or a warm-up.

127 Intro to Chord Glossary 03:11

Welcome to our ukulele Chord Glossary. Here we have 20 videos explaining the 20 most common chords on ukulele. Each video will explain how to:

  • place your fingers in the proper position for the chord
  • switch between the chord and other chords you will often find with that chord
  • build alternate versions of that chord
  • play a 3-string or barred version of that chord

You can refer to this chord glossary for any chords in this course that you have trouble with, or any chord that you find elsewhere.

128 C Major 10:39

Everything you need to know about the C Major chord!

129 G Major 10:04

Everything you need to know about the G Major chord!

130 F Major 12:05

Everything you need to know about the F Major chord!

131 D Major 12:40

Everything you need to know about the D Major chord!

132 A minor 07:33

Everything you need to know about the a minor chord!

133 A Major 09:05

Everything you need to know about the A Major chord!

134 D minor 07:05

Everything you need to know about the d minor chord!

135 Bb Major 08:10

Everything you need to know about the Bb Major chord!

136 D7 10:01

Everything you need to know about the D7 chord!

137 G7 07:27

Everything you need to know about the G7 chord!

138 E minor 12:17

Everything you need to know about the e minor chord!

139 E7 05:09

Everything you need to know about the E7 chord!

140 A7 11:02

Everything you need to know about the A7 chord!

141 B minor 07:57

Everything you need to know about the b minor chord!

142 C7 07:41

Everything you need to know about the C7 chord!

143 B Major 07:44

Everything you need to know about the B Major chord!

144 E Major 11:38

Everything you need to know about the E Major chord!

145 Eb Major 10:19

Everything you need to know about the Eb Major chord!

146 F minor 12:18

Everything you need to know about the f minor chord!

147 G minor 08:21

Everything you need to know about the g minor chord!

148 Ukulele Repair - New Strings 26:24

This video shows the process of attaching a new set of strings to your ukulele. If you still need to remove strings from your ukulele, you can watch our other video on that topic or just cut them off with scissors. Once removed, this demonstration will take you through the process of tying your new strings to the bridge on the body of the ukulele, then attaching them to the tuners on the head of the ukulele.

149 Ukulele Repair - Tuning Brand New Strings 10:33

Tuning brand new ukulele strings can be quite confusing. When we first put new strings on, they are so loose that they barely make a pitch when we play them. We often have to turn the tuning pegs dozens of times before the string gets tight enough to play pitches in the correct register. Then we can begin the real tuning process. This video goes over all these details. *NOTE* the process we use here is the same on you will use to replace just one string if it breaks and you need to replace and tune it.

150 Ukulele Repair - Removing Strings & Replacing Tuners 11:49

This video shows how to make a few repairs to your ukulele. We begin by taking the strings off the ukulele by hand, without cutting them. We loosen them enough to untie the knots and remove them by hand. Then we remove the old tuners. In the case of this ukulele, the tuners had broken tuning pegs. We then replace the tuners with a new set made of 100% metal. See our other ukulele repair videos for information on putting new strings on your ukulele.

151 Ukulele Chord Chart 00:00

This document provides charts and UkeVision photos of:

  • All 12 major chord
  • All 12 minor chords
  • All 12 7th chords

Course Description:

This course contains everything that a beginner would learn his or her first two years of private ukulele lessons, a value of several thousand dollars!

 

This course includes:

  • EVERYTHING you need to buy to get started!
  • 150 HD videos!
  • More than 18 hours of lessons!
  • Professional audio and video quality
  • 51 total lessons
  • 33 different songs in 10 different styles
  • Over 50 pages of sheet music & review documents
  • 40+ support documents
  • 37 page chord chart included
  • 20 discussion questions and 18 quick activities
  • Chord glossary with lessons on the 20 most common chords
  • One of the largest music courses on Lernsys

 

What will we learn:

  • How to buy your first ukulele
  • How to tune your ukulele
  • Over 30 songs
  • How to hold the ukulele
  • Many kinds of strumming
  • Many kinds of fingerpicking
  • Picking melodies
  • How to read tab
  • How to play chord melodies
  • Counting rhythm
  • 2 major scales
  • Transposition
  • How to practice
  • Videos on ukulele repair and string replacement

 

Target Audience:

  • This course is intended for beginning ukulele player, grades 3-9, but I have used this material to students from 6-65!

 

Course Goals:

  • To provide an innovative and enriching music education
  • To have students performing many songs in many different ways on their ukulele
  • To learn through many different syles of music, including folk, jazz, classical, spiritual, holiday, and hymn

 

Course Requirements:

  • Ukulele
  • Tuner
  • Folder for sheet music
  • Metronome (recommended)
  • Music Stand (recommended)

           

Songs you will learn:

  • Happy Birthday
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Amazing Grace
  • Ode to Joy
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • When the Saints Go Marching In
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • We've Got the Whole World
  • Fur Elise
  • Skip to My Lou
  • This Old Man
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Down by the Riverside
  • Are You Sleeping
  • Peace Like a River
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Musette
  • Air
  • Row Row Row Your Boat
  • Jingle Bells
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Hush Little Baby
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • Kookaburra
  • Little Red Caboose
  • London Bridge
  • Looby Loo
  • Mulberry Bush
  • Oh My Darlin' Clementine

 

  • Teacher: Lance
  • Areas of expertise: Music Education, Ukulele Education, Ukulele Performance, Trumpet Education, Trumpet Performance, Composition, Audio Recording/Editing, Video Recording/Editing
  • Education: Masters of Music Education, Gordon College 2018; Bachelor of Music Education, University of Michigan 2009
  • Interests: The biggest interest I have in my life is my family. I have a wonderful wife and two terrific children, ages 4 and 2. As a family, we like to travel, read, play board games, cook, play video games, build legos, and be good to each other. Outside of family, I rock climb, exercise, travel, and teach private lessons.
  • Skills: I have a minor in trumpet performance from the University of Michigan, and I have been playing trumpet for over 25 years. I am a member of Hobo Chili, a professional ska-punk band that performs regularly around New England. We have performed all over the US East Coast, from Maine to Miami. I am also a member of the ROMA Band, an Italian marching band out of Massachusetts that has been performing for over 100 years!
  • Associations: I am a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Revere Teachers Association. I am also a current member of the two bands I listed above, Hobo Chili and the ROMA Band.
  • Issues I care about: Education, Music, Family, Friends, Technology, Being good to each other

I have been teaching music for more than a decade, and there is nothing I would rather be doing. Making this course has been one of the biggest projects I have ever worked on, but I am so happy to be sharing this ukulele knowledge with students all over the world. I have taught and had success with every lesson in this course, and I feel confident that any student that takes this course will develop a solid foundation of ukulele technique and musical knowledge. And I hope that "UkeVision" gives you chance to learn an instrument that you will play for the rest of your life.

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Key

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Key

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Review of Lesson 1 - Purchasing a Ukulele

Review of Lesson 3 - Getting Ourselves Ready to Play Ukulele

Lesson 4 *ANSWER KEY* Parts of the Ukulele Quiz

Lesson 6 *ANSWER KEY* What Do We Call Each String & Each Finger?

Lesson 7 *ANSWER KEY* How to Tune Your Ukulele

Review of Lesson 9 - First Chord & First Song

Review of Lesson 10 - How to Read a Chord Chart

Review of Lesson 11 - Introduction to Strumming

Review of Lesson 12 - Proper Left Hand Technique

Lesson 14 *ANSWER KEY* Mary Had a Little Lamb (Thumb Strums)

Lesson 16 *ANSWER KEY* Common Chord Progressions

Lesson 19 *ANSWER KEY* Hokey Pokey (Index Finger Strums)

Lesson 20 *ANSWER KEY* Happy Birthday (Thumb & Index Finger Strums)

Lesson 22 *ANSWER KEY* This Little Light of Mine (C Major - Index Finger Strums)

Lesson 24 *ANSWER KEY* Transposing Down by the Riverside

Review of Lesson 25 - More Strumming Patterns

Review of Lesson 26 - Let's Learn our First Fingerpicking Pattern!

Review of Lesson 27 - Thumb Drop Practice

Lesson 28 *ANSWER KEY* Are You Sleeping? (Thumb Drops)

Lesson 30 *ANSWER KEY* Boom Chucks

Lesson 33 *ANSWER KEY* This Little Light of Mine (C Major - Boom Chucks)

Lesson 34 *ANSWER KEY* This Little Light of Mine (F Major - Boom Chucks)

Review of Lesson 35 - More Ways to Fingerpick

Review of Lesson 36 - The Details of Reading Tab

Lesson 39 *ANSWER KEY* Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Melody

Lesson 40 *ANSWER KEY* C & F Major Scales

Lesson 44 *ANSWER KEY* Melody Picking Lesson

Lesson 45 *ANSWER KEY* Musette Melody

Lesson 47 *ANSWER KEY* Air Melody

Lesson 50 *ANSWER KEY* Jingle Bells Melody

Lesson 51 *ANSWER KEY* What is a Chord Melody?

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