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Hey all you awesome uke players from across the land! It's time for another episode of UKE MINUTES!

Have you ever wondered, "What is a good way for me to practice my scales AND warm up my ukulele-playing fingers at the same time?" If so (or even if not) - we've got you covered! In this episode of Uke Minutes, Aldrine breaks down his prescribed "Scales Exercise I" - so you can warm up those fingers in style.

This warm-up is based on Major Scale theory, so if you need a quick refresher on Major Scales (or are excited to learn them for the first time) check out Uke Minutes 8 - Major Scales.

For Scale Exercise I, here is what you do:
Step 1: Take any major scale and number the notes from 1-8.
Step 2: Play the notes in this order - 1,3, 2,4, 3,5, 4,6, 5,7, 6,8
Step 3: Play the notes in this order - 8,6, 7,5, 6,4, 5,3, 4,2, 3,1
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3, starting slowly and eventually gaining speed.

Try it out and, as always, tell us what you think in the Forum!

And remember to nominate your favorite Uke-playing people and ukulele videos for the 2008 Ukulele Underground Awards (which is steadily approaching)! Check out the categories and start nominating HERE.

Mahalo & Aloha,
-UU Staff

What Should I Learn Next?
"Scale Exercise II"
"Left Hand Exercise I"


  1. I have been playing songs for a few months but felt I had stopped learning anything and my skills were not improving. I have just spent half an hour on your lesson and feel motivated now to get faster. I love you scale exercise .

    1. Hey Susan! Thanks for the awesome comment – if you have any questions or need absolutely anything at all, feel free to leave comments on the videos or email us directly at uumerch (at) and we’ll do our best to help you out and answer any questions that you may have. Keep strummin’!

      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)
      p.s. Your comment posting skills are perfect – comments on UU are approved manually on our end to keep everything spam-free! So your comment may not show up for awhile, but it will definitely be read and posted!

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