Ukulele 101 (2017)

1 Ukulele 101 – Week 1: Intro to Ukulele


In the first episode of Ukulele 101, we briefly cover the history of the ukulele, its point of origin, and the men responsible for its creation. Aldrine shows you the strings and notes of the ukulele and teaches you how to tune your uke. Then we learn our first chords and some basic strumming to […]

2 Ukulele 101 – Week 2: Basic Ear Training


On week 2 of Ukulele 101, we covered tuning by ear. Aldrine went over how to tune your ukulele to another instrument. He also demonstrated how to tune an ukulele using other strings as a reference. Aaron shared his ingenious way to figure out which note is higher. We also leaned a few more chords, […]

3 Ukulele 101 – Week 3: Strumming Patterns


On week 3 of Ukulele 101, Aldrine covers the basics of strumming patterns. He explains the fundamental mechanics of strumming, and talks about how to use the natural drop of the hand to achieve good form. You can’t have a discussion about strumming without mentioning rhythm. Aldrine defines quarter notes, eighth notes, down strums and […]

4 Ukulele 101 – Week 4: Right Hand Techniques


On week 4 of Ukulele 101, Aldrine goes over the fundamentals of two different right hand techniques. He begins by breaking down the movements involved in the roll, and emphasizing the importance of the wrist twist. He moves on to the basics of fingerpicking. Aldrine demonstrates a few fingerpicking patterns and explains how to use […]

5 Ukulele 101 – Week 5: Playing with Others


On week 5 of Ukulele 101, Aldrine focused on how to play the ukulele with others. He and Aaron demonstrated simultaneous playing, playing different parts, and how to lock up the rhythm when someone falls out of sync. Aldrine also discussed basic picking and how you can use it as a tool to improve jam […]

6 Ukulele 101 – Week 6: Review and Q&A


On this week’s mashup of Ukulele 101 and Thursday Live Lesson, Aldrine reviewed and elaborated on topics from the first 5 weeks of Ukulele 101. He emphasized the importance of good form, the value of ear training, and revisited right hand techniques as well as strumming patterns. Aldrine explained how all of these pieces tie […]

7 Ukulele 101 – Week 7: Chords, Chords, Chords


We are past the halfway point in Ukulele 101, and Aldrine wanted to dedicate this week’s lesson to Chords. First up, we take a look at Barre Chords and how to play them. Aldrine demonstrates a number of tips to help play barre chords. He then dives into the details, and talks about finger positioning, […]

8 Ukulele 101 – Week 8: Rhythm Ear Training


On this week’s lesson of Ukulele 101, Aldrine introduces an important rhythmic technique called the chunk. He explains the purpose of the chunk, and demonstrates how to do it. Then we focus on how to listen to music and translate the different beats into strumming patterns for the ukulele. This Week’s Topics: Overview 2:05 Week […]

9 Ukulele 101 – Week 9: Creating Strumming Patterns


On this lesson of Ukulele 101, Aldrine talks about how to create more complex strumming patterns using techniques like the roll and chunk. He introduces a simple concept for building different strumming patterns; take strums out, add techniques in. Aldrine also discusses the difference between 4/4 time signatures and 3/4, and goes over some common […]

10 Ukulele 101 – Week 10: Picking on the Ukulele


On this Lesson of Ukulele 101, Aldrine covers various left hand techniques. Using colorful imagery, he teaches you the slide, hammer on, pull off, and combinations of the three. Aldrine takes Q&A throughout the lesson, and finishes things off with some homework. Question: What do Mufsa, Super Mario, and Kiwis have in common? Watch the […]

11 Ukulele 101 – Week 11: Singing and Playing


For some people, singing and playing at the same time comes naturally, but for others it can pose as a challenge. On this lesson of Ukulele 101, Aldrine breaks down singing and playing into achievable steps. First he suggests talking in quarter notes while using a simple strum, eventually moving on to talking over chord […]

12 Ukulele 101 – Week 12: Review / Q&A


On our final week of Ukulele 101, Aldrine reviews the topics covered in the previous lessons. He discusses the importance of specific techniques, and how they can be used in application. Aldrine wraps up the review portion of the lesson with a little practice pep talk. He offers some advice on how to delegate your […]