Lesson Description

Welcome to UUU 100! In this first lesson, Aldrine will guide you step by step on your journey to getting started with the ukulele. You'll learn how to properly hold your ukulele, the basics of strumming, your first chord and your first song. Let's jump right in!
Lesson 1 of Ukulele 100 is available to everyone. To watch Lesson 2, please log in to UU+.

1:45 The anatomy of the ukulele

3:10 How to hold your Ukulele

8:00 How to strum

11:00 Practice strumming in time

15:35 How to keep rhythm steady

19:25 How to play your first chord

24:25 Whole notes

26:20 How to play your first song

Optional Learning Tools:
Empty Plastic Bottle
Egg Shaker / Pill Bottle


  1. I did lessons 2-5 thinking I didn’t need this lesson. I just went back and decided to do it so that I’d have completed the whole first set of 5 lessons. I’m glad I did. It corrected some things that I was doing wrong. Now the uke feels more comfortable and is not sliding down my thigh. Also, my hands do not feel as cramped up. Thanks, Aldrine!

  2. Great first lesson. I’m borrowing a friends ukelele and taking your lessons to see whether or not I think my elementary school music students with autism might be able to play this instrument. Stay tuned!

    1. Hey Sylvia,

      A D F# B, is pretty standard tuning in Canada. To follow along with the lesson here, it would best to re-tune your uke to G C E A. If you don’t have a tuner, Aldrine shows you how to tune by ear in Ukulele 101: Week 2. If you have any more questions, just let us know.

      -Kira (UU Staff)

  3. I found this video so very informative. Even though Ive been playing for just over a year, I still gained a lot of knowledge from your video, and hopefully corrected quite a few things I was doing wrong. Looking forward to lesson 2. 🙂 Thanks Aldrine

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