Learn to play "Vacation" by Dirty Heads on Ukulele

Download the Whiteboard (pdf)
Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials

This month's Whiteboard Request teaches you how to play "Vacation" by Dirty Heads. Chances are, you've been hearing this tune a lot lately. Coming in with only 4 chords and a simple strumming pattern, this song is pretty straight forward. Aldrine walks you through the chord changes and offers helpful tips to make the switches a little easier. He also explains how to incorporate left hand mutes into the upbeat strumming pattern. The original version of "Vacation" doesn't have a picking section, so Aldrine created one for you that follows the melody line.

If you're having trouble with those Left Hand Mutes, Matt recently did a Webcam Session that explains his approach to the technique. UU+ members: if you're struggling with the barre chords in this song, check out Ukulele 101 - Week 7: Chords Chords Chords. Aldrine shares lots of pointers to help you master these versatile chords.

Bonus Practice Videos:

Techniques Used in Lesson:


  1. Is a Whiteboard request something that’s requested by the subscribers? If so i have a tonne for submission 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *