Ukulele Underground University

1 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 […]

2 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 […]

3 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 […]

4 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 […]

5 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, […]

6 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 […]

7 UUU 100 Lesson 1


Welcome to UUU 100! In this first lesson, Aldrine will guide you step by step on your journey to getting started with the ukulele. You’ll learn how to properly hold your ukulele, the basics of strumming, your first chord and your first song. Let’s jump right in! Lesson 1 of Ukulele 100 is available to […]

8 UUU 100 Lesson 2


In lesson 2 of this series, Aldrine introduces a new chord called “A” minor. Using the C chord from lesson 1 and the Am chord, he demonstrates how to switch between chords cleanly. Aldrine also introduces the half note, and uses both half notes and whole notes to practice switching chords and keeping time. 0:15 […]

9 UUU 100 Lesson 3


In this lessons, Aldrine introduces the “F” chord and talks about how the arches of the fingers form this chord. He also shows you an exercise that will help to play this new chord. Aldrine introduces another new type of note, called the quarter note, and using everything we’ve learned so far, we play a […]

10 UUU 100 Lesson 4


In this lesson, Aldrine shows you another chord and introduces another type of note. He modifies the chord exercise from last lesson, and he teaches you a new song to practice everything you have learned so far. 0:20 G7 Chord 2:00 Chord Exercise 4:20 Chord Switching 9:25 Eighth Notes 11:05 Up-strums 13:20 Practicing Rhythms and […]

11 UUU 100 Lesson 5


In the final lesson of Ukulele 100, Aldrine takes everything he has taught you so far, and brings it all together. He shows you how to mix up the rhythm to create a strumming pattern, he introduces you to singing and playing at the same time, and he walks you through your first full song. […]

12 Intro to Baritone Ukulele


In this webinar, we tackle what is sometimes referred to as the black sheep of the uke family; the baritone ukulele. Aldrine aims to clear up some of the misconceptions and confusion surrounding the baritone uke. We start by covering the history of this unique instrument and we explore its strengths as well as its […]

13 Deconstructing Chord Melodies


In our first ever live webinar, we cover the often misunderstood technique of chord melodies. Aldrine kicks things off by defining exactly what chord melodies are. He uses Row Row Row Your Boat to demonstrate how to incorporate basic chord melodies into a song, and explains how highlights can be used to tell a more […]

14 How to Hold Your Ukulele


We’re always trying to improve our UU+ service and provide more options for people to learn to play the ukulele. We brought our friend (and past student) Matt Dahlberg on to help teach his method of strumming. Enjoy! In this lesson, Matt teaches you his approach to holding the ukulele. This is part one of […]

15 Strumming Essentials


We’re always trying to improve our UU+ service and provide more options for people to learn to play the ukulele. We brought our friend (and past student) Matt Dahlberg on to help teach his method of strumming. Enjoy! In this lesson, Matt teaches you his approach to proper strum technique and getting comfortable with strumming. […]