Lesson Description

In this lessons, Aldrine introduces the "F" chord and talks about how the arches of the fingers form this chord. He also shows you an exercise that will help to play this new chord. Aldrine introduces another new type of note, called the quarter note, and using everything we've learned so far, we play a new song.

0:20 F Chord

0:40 Arches

2:50 Chord Exercise

5:50 Switching between chords

8:15 Quarter Notes

12:40 Pop Tarts Song

17:25 Review


  1. Hello
    These are great videos – really enjoy it. I have a quick question – When I lift my finger to change cords, it makes a song – not sure if this is normal or if I am missing something??
    Any advice?

  2. Incredibly useful lesson for me! I’ve always had issues with the rhythm, even when was taking guitar lessons, but Aldrine is so clear that I feel that I can overcome all my problems. Really happy!

  3. I am 62, and my arms and fingers are not that flexible, so I bought a strap and it makes it too much easier. But still have problem tapping, it is just “another thing to do” and I dont feel it help any. Still I am a good student and do as I am told and hopefully my body will grow into it.
    I LOOVEE the videos, and the 2 weeks I had ukulele just learning from youtube was wasted, no I restart from beginning and it is Slooooovly improving. Thanks.
    Greeting from Stavanger Norway.

  4. Beautiful lesson and I really enjoyed! I really want to eat these pop tarts 🙂 to sing each note of chords and to memorize each sound so that all together: tapping + left hand + right hand + vocal; really very nice lesson, thank you

  5. Hi Aldrine or whoever can help me. 🙂

    When I lift and put my “chord” on each quarter note, the head wants to drop down even though i am using what i learned in the first lesson on holding the uke. I watched the Thursday live lesson answering techgenies question but I still seem to have the problem. Any suggestions? Is the sending a video option available? How do I do that? Thank You 🙂 Katelin

    1. Hey Katelin,

      We would love for you to send in a video. There are couple of ways you can do so. First, if you are available during the Office Hours (at 2:15PM HST on Thursdays) it’s a great way to show Aldrine what you are having trouble with, and he can give you immediate feedback. Your other option is to send in a video, either send it to us directly or post it to the Student Review UU+ Forum . We will take a look at it, and get back to you with some tips. If you pick this option, most people will upload the video to youtube, and then copy paste the link into the form. You don’t have to use youtube, you can use google drive or anything else that you are comfortable with.

      I hope this helps! We are looking forward to your video.

      -Kira (UU Staff)

  6. This was exactly what I needed. Have always struggled with chord changing and finger placement. The exercise in this lesson is perfect!!!!

  7. Aldrine,

    When I lift my fingers to change chords, the neck of the uke twists and moves. I have a bit of arthritis that makes the use hard to hold but I think I might be gripping too tight or…not tight enough. I am struggling to get the left thumb in a comfortable position. I have large and long fingers. Any suggestions.


    1. Hey Techgenie,

      Aldrine answers you question in this week’s Thursday Live Lesson. He goes over your question right at the start, about a minute in. If you have any more questions and would like them answered in this format, you can leave you questions here, and catch Aldrine’s answer either live, or on the replay which is usually posted sometime the following day.

      -Kira (UU Staff)

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