Learn to Play the Ukulele in 5 Minutes

Learn to Play the Ukulele in 5 Minutes

If this lesson is too short for you and you would like more explanation, check out the Ukulele 101 course.

In this lesson we’re giving you the run down on what to do if you’re a brand new ukulele player with a brand new ukulele. This includes tuning your brand new ukulele, learning your first basic strum, and finally playing a few chords.

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  • thank you sooo much! Playing a uke has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,but always believed it was super hard..
    Now because of you,a Mom in cold north Quebec has got herself her 1rst Ukulele!!
    Yay!

  • Hello!

    Funny enough, like Juliette I’m another mom up north in Canada… but it’s warmer here on the “Wet Coast” (west coast, haha)! Shout out to my Canadian friends! Whoo!

    I’ve dreamt of playing ukulele since they were taught in school about grade 4… but I moved and changed schools so never go to learn it.

    But 30 years later that ‘itch’ came back, and now – armed with a beautiful uke to play – I’m learning! But what am I missing?! So many things..

    THEN, I came across Aldrine singing and playing “Moves Like Jagger” and was amazed!

    Many thanks for having these lessons available. I can’t tell you how excited I am and how rewarding this already is!

    Mahalo – spread the uke love!

  • My new favourite website! I’m gonna be rocking the ukulele in no time! :D

  • Hey! I’m not the only mom who is attempting to learn an instrument for the first time. This guy is awesome. Happy Strumming

  • I used to play when I was a kid. But know I am in my forties, and getting back into it. And being in a wheelchair, it gives me something to look forward to, and that I can do. Thank You for such a wonderful site.

  • I am a Mom in my forties, and am so excited on learning to play the ukulele. He gives very good lessons. Thankyou so much…..

  • Thank you so much! You actually managed to show me – most of youtube can’t – how to strum properly!! THANK YOU!

  • Thank you very much, i just have my first ukulele last nite at penang world music festival. Try to learn………

  • Ha, ha all you Canuck moms, thought I was the only one…maybe its being stuck in the house all winter long going crazy with cabin fevered kids that strumming the uke takes you to a warmer place for a few moments that seems to appeal to us:) I started playing my kids toy uke so I could play you are my sunshine (my sons favourite), and now I’m a full on uke freak…this site is great…have fun everyone! Strummin’ along in Calgary:)

  • I am 85 years old. Lived in Hawaii 9 years– 57-66 Have a 1957 Kamaka Ukulele but never have learned to play..So it’s now or never. My son sent me your website, and I am thrilled..can learn in secret and then Big Surprise!!! My favorite Hawaiian song is Pua Carnation. Jere

  • Am a very new beginner; still struggling with fat fingers! have benefitted greatly from this website! And waves to Jere. I taught my mom (80) to knit last month. I hope yr Big Surprise goes well!! will now go listen to Pau Carnation!

  • Hey buddy!
    Loving the lesson! I am 18 and from Australia. I have hands that have been described ones of a 12 year old :/ Always wanted to play a guitar but couldn’t quite do it :S So now with my new blue ukulele, I hope to learn.
    I appreciate these videos! Promise to practise everyday! My fingers are aching haha :D
    ~Skye

  • I have purchased a baritone ukele. Do you provide lessons for this?

    Fist time ukulele guy.

    • You can actually just tune your baritone ukulele to standard G-C-E-A tuning and follow along with all the lessons. The only difference between baritone and tenor ukuleles (other than size) is the tuning. Baritones are tuned like the bottom four strings of the guitar while standard ukulele tuning is like the bottom 4 strings of a guitar with a capo on the 5th fret. so the chord shapes are all the same, they just produced different chords. If you don’t want to tune your ukulele up, you can watch guitar videos and the chords will be the same.

  • Goodness! I haven’t spent more then 5 minutes on this site and already love it! I think this site could actually help me and that slaps a huge smile on my face. Lol :)

  • is it better to have a metal stringed ukelele????

  • Im a 12 year old boy in Lancashire, Great Britain and I always struggled playing the ukulele but after this 1 video I now play like a pro
    Thanks

  • Mahalo for your website Aldrine, I’ve alway dreamed of learning how to play the uke…many thanks for the lessons. Love your website, it is now favorite!

  • I played the ukulele for basic accompaniment for a year and didn’t do much for the next two years. This week, however, I resolved to get into ukulele playing seriously. How great to learn from Aldrine with all this abundant and well-organized material! I feel lucky to find this website.

  • I play it back wards

  • All this time I thought strumming was done by the thumb! Even on the guitar! No wonder I was having such a hard time strumming my Ukulele. Such a simple problem with a simple solution. Thank you!

  • Hello from Spain! Thanks for the online help. I just bought a uke, but it is a soprano uke and it is supposed to be tuned in A-D-bF-B. I tuned it instead of along my notebook (which came in the box), according to the lesson. My C is a bit itchy and doesn’t sound that good. Should I go back to the soprano ukelele tuning and go along with your lessons, or tune it A-D-bF-B and try elsewhere?
    Thank you anyways, it seems like you make it really easy and enjoyable. Cheers!

  • I’m a busy salesperson and really wanted to get back into playing an instrument again. With traveling, a piano or keyboard was not very practical at all! I bought my first ukulele today! Found your website online and am thrilled!!

  • Your T-shirt is disturbing, LOL.

  • I really like the lessons, and the design of the site in general is beautiful. Very inspiring!

  • Thanks so much for this! It’s really easy to learn to play the ukulele!

  • im a begginer…i dnt understand g..c..d..e..?? more confusingly wats that G7….where do i get info abt tat..should i buy a book…pls tell me..i have a pact should learn it within a month…

  • To Borja from Spain:

    Standard tuning for a soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele is G-C-E-A (Remember it easy with the phrase “Good Cats Eat Ants” …. It doesn’t make any sense, but you won’t be able to forget it!). It sounds like the lesson book that came with your uke is geared towards what is often referred to as Vaudeville, Canadian, or D tuning. Each string is tuned higher by two semi-tones (two frets) which should show up on your chromatic, or D tuning setting, digital tuner as A-D-Gb-B. (Gb is the same note as F#). I don’t
    know why you have the second string noted as bF. A flatted F would be the note E, the same as in standard tuning. Standard ukulele strings can be tuned to either G-C-E-A or A-D-Gb-B. The choice is yours. In the U.S.A. most lessons, chord charts, etc. use the standard tuning. With correct tuning your uke will sound much better once the strings have settled in.

    Gil from New York

  • To dineshglitz, a ukulele beginner:

    As a beginner, I too had a lot of questions about how to play the ukulele. Go slow and don’t get discouraged. The best way to have fun while learning is to find a few songs that you would like to strum to (and maybe sing along with) that have only three or four chords. The keys of C and G will probably be the easiest to start with. The standard tuning for your ukulele is G-C-E-A. The C string is the 3rd string and also the thickest. The A string is the first string and is the thinest and sounds the highest.
    For more help and info explore the Ukulele Underground site and then also checkout the Top 50 Ukulele links (Ukulele Underground is at the top of the list) at the following website: http://www.boatpaddleukuleles.com/top50/

    Gil from New York

  • MrSouleater12345

    I play guitar and i just recently went to hawaii to visit some friends so i decided to get a 75$ uke and discovered i couldn’t play but then one of the friends that i was visiting knew how ant taught me twinkle twinkle little star and then i saw this website and it helped a lot. Thanks!

  • 20+years guitar playing, and been building cigar box guitars for a couple years too. Needed to branch out and try something new. Awesome website and great material!! Love your teaching style- and loving my uke!

  • This is great – bite size sessions are really easy to follow – Thanks from the Wirral UK

  • hii this really helped me!

  • still cant play the ukulele then again im only in yr 6

  • Can i just ask i watched the be up and running in 5 mins out of the box video, i am left handed do i just turn the uke around and tune it the other way or are the strings different would it need restringing altogether? Unfortunately stumped at the first hurdle :-( thanx in advance

  • G’day from Sydney, Australia! Thank you so much for your lessons, I am loving learning the ukulele with you! Keep up the good work!

  • I am currently waiting to pick up my ukulele. This video will help me a lot! Thank you!

  • Hey, thanks for this. ‘m just learning the ukulele and this helps

  • I have a baritone uku, is the tuning still the same?

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