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Hey UUers!

Here we go, as we slide on into September, it's another episode of Uke Lessons! This month we bring you a full ukulele lesson for Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes". You asked for it, so we deliver! It's got a super catchy intro riff, a simple steady strum, and enough chords to keep you on your toes. Once you get them down, be sure to check out our "Banana Pancakes" Ukulele Play-Along and play along! And as always, if you've got questions, we're always here for you.

Stay tuned for some cool stuff coming up this month including new merch in the UU Merch Store as well as announcing the winner for the August 2011 "Ambassadors of Ukulele" Give-Away Contest!

Keep that uke music going! Take what's left of the summer and stir it into your coffee cup of ukulele goodness. Drink it all in, uke players. Drink it all in.

-UU Staff


  1. Hello! I love your detailed lessons. Great website and tutorials.
    I am very new to the ukulele…What songs would you recommend for an absolute beginner?

    1. Hey Krista!

      Thank you for being a part of the Underground! Most of the songs in the Song Library are easy enough for any beginner to tackle, given enough patience and practice. So for absolute beginners, it would be best to get your fundamentals down first, that way you can take on pretty much any song you want – for that, check out the beginner courses in the Video Library (I’d recommend “Your First Ukulele Course” and “The Ultimate Beginner DVD” Web Version to get you going). After that, The Essential Chords Course will help you to master all of the basic chords that you’ll encounter (around 80% of all of the chords you’ll ever encounter in simple songs), and increase your finger strength, dexterity, and speed in chord switching. From there you should be able to attempt any simple song at all, even ones that aren’t on our website – just find a song that you like, look up the chords online and play along. And as always, if you have questions or need anything at all, just send a message (my email is aaron(at), we’re here for you!

      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

  2. Thanks so much. Got my son an Uke for his first birthday but I steal it when he’s asleep at night and try to learn. Thanks from an Irish Uke playing Mom 😛

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