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Hey UUers!

It's the most wonderful time of the year for ukulele & have we got a LOT of holiday goodness in store for you to practice & to keep those ukulele playing fingers nice and toasty! In the next couple weeks, we'll have a total of 4 seasonal songs for you to learn - including a new UU+ Solo song, a Whiteboard Request lesson, and even Matt Dahlberg will chime in with a solo tutorial of his own!

But first up, here's a very special episode of Uke Lessons to kick it off right. Learn the chords, strumming pattern, and picking to Mele Kalikimaka, the Hawaiian Christmas song made famous by many artists including Bing Crosby and featured on movies such as L.A. Confidential and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Be sure to play along with the Play-Along video and stay tuned right here for more fun Christmas tutorials coming up soon! And if you're eager to jump right into the holiday spirit, here's a list of all our past December songs for your learning pleasure:

Uke Lesson - The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)
UU+ Solos - The Christmas Song (Solo Arrangement)
Uke Lesson - Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)
UU+ Solos - Jingle Bell Rock (Solo Arrangement)
Uke Lesson - White Christmas (Irving Berlin)
Uke Lesson - What Child Is This? (Solo Arrangement)
Uke Lesson - Winter Wonderland
Uke Lesson - Let It Snow!

Have a wonderful December, practice hard, and keep strummin'

-UU Staff


  1. I love your video. Do you happen to have an accompaniment track for this song. I love the arrangement and the sound, but would like to play it for our Christmas concert and need the background track.


  2. Hi. Thank you for the tutorial. I think I can manage the strumming but the picking is another story! I would like to learn the picking pattern for this song. Is there a way to show it slower, with visuals…? Thank you

    1. Hi, thanks so much for being a part of UU! In the tutorial video (the main video at the top of the page), Aldrine explains how to do the picking step-by-step in sections (the Picking explanation starts at around the 04:56 mark in the tutorial video). If you know how to read TABS, the Mele Kalikimaka Picking TAB sheet is also available for you to download and print out to help you learn the picking at your own pace as well. And, with all of the videos, you can always click on the little gear icon on the lower right hand corner of the video player and choose a different playback speed. That way you can use the Tutorial video or the Play-Along video and play back at a slower speed, if you want to follow along. Hope that helps & if you have any questions, you can always contact us! Mele Kalikimaka

      1. Thank you for replying. I really appreciate it. I will go ahead and try your suggestion. Again, thanks a bunch! Happy holiday to your team!

  3. I enjoy your lessons so much. You also have a very nice voice! Thank you so much for all you do for us Ukulele players!

  4. Thank you so very much for giving us all these wonderful Christmas songs to learn. I can’t wait to get started. Maybe I’ll be able to play them all by Christmas – oh, next Christmas I should have said. 🙂 I know all our countries have special Christmas Carols but maybe you can include an Australian one next year. I promise you, they are quite different!

  5. Dear Aldrine and UU people
    Thank you very much for this Lesson. Right now we work on this X-mas piece with our Uke Teacher in Germany.
    But to have this picking is some thing special makes me probable, maybe (practising will be the key, for sure) to a soloist in our group:–)) Hehe
    Mele Kalikimaka a me Hauoli Makahiki hou
    Aloha Ingeborg

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