Lesson Description

In the final lesson of Ukulele 100, Aldrine takes everything he has taught you so far, and brings it all together. He shows you how to mix up the rhythm to create a strumming pattern, he introduces you to singing and playing at the same time, and he walks you through your first full song.

0:15 Warm up

1:00 Mixing up the Rhythm

7:00 Chord Patterns & Strumming Patterns

8:00 Singing and Playing

9:00 Putting it all together

10:55 Wrap up & Review

Where to go from here:
Ukulele 101 - Next course of the Univeristy Classes
Basic Strum Course - Learn more about strumming
Essential Chords Course - Learn more chords
Music Theory - Learn about music theory.


  1. Nice to have beginner refreshers, even if I have been playing for quite some time..Raising a family {now grandpa} and still raising those keikis. looking forward to those picking licks I need to know. Mahalo Aldrine { Living in Oregon now} Aloha

  2. Hey Guys great lesson. I find it impossible to sing a different rhythm than what I’m strumming. I have 1 2 &3 4 in my head to keep the strum and if I try to sing u-ku-le-le-u-ku-le-le I find myself strumming straight 8th notes. Any suggestions? or is this a brain thing?


    1. Hey Scottb,

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

      -Kira (UU Staff)

  3. Hi. I joined UU underground about a year ago and have just renewed my sub. I became a bit dispondent, finding my strumming and timing too much of a hurdle. I have decided to start again from the beginning. I congratulate you on the new vamped courses. I am loving them, and I am taping my foot (the little foot in the video is perfect), counting and even a bit of singing so far. Fantastic!!

  4. I signed up with Ukulele Underground on 3 April 2017. Today I completed practicing Ukulele 100 (Lessons 1-5) thrice already and am beginning to enjoy playing the Ukulele.
    Aldrine is indeed a very patient teacher.
    From his lessons, I felt like a little child and Aldrine was teaching me how to hold a pencil, how to write the alphabets and also how to read the alphabets confidently.
    I now understand what is chord, and how to read notes.
    I am slowly beginning to learn and understand what is rhythm and what is strumming pattern too.
    However I am still having problem with chords changing.
    My right pointer finger does not synchronize with my left hand when I change chords. I am unable to change chords fast enough to play a song!

    1. Hey Bhukulele,

      Great job with your progress. We appreciate your kind words and are happy to be a part of your journey with the ukulele! Your right pointer finger doesn’t need to synchronize with your left hand, when you change chords. Switching chords will come faster with time and practice. You might want to check out these videos that can help with switching chords:
      Uke Minutes – How to Switch Chords
      Webcam Sessions – Better Changes with the Open Switch
      Essential Chords – Course
      The first two videos talk about how you can use an “open chord” or an “open switch” while you change chords. And the Essential Chords course will help you practice your switches.

      I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any more question. Keep up the great work!

      -Kira (UU Staff)

  5. I am having issues with my left hand in keeping the uke steady. For example when I’m playing a C chord should the base my first finger be on the neck of the uke? when I’m trying to switch to F or G7 I feel like the uke is constantly slipping on me. I’ve got large hands and fingers, not sure if that makes it tougher. Also using a tenor uke. Thanks.


    1. Hey Kevin,

      Here is a replay of a Live Lesson that might help. In this lesson, at around the 6:00 mark, Aldrine mentions a few concepts that could improve your slipping issue. He talks about gripping the ukulele with his right forearm, supporting the neck with the ball of his pointer finger while adding stability with his thumb. Aaron also mentions needing to use different parts of the palm for support, and Kahai talks about how supporting the uke with your right arm will make it easier on your left hand.

      Another video that might help, is Matt’s Webcam Session: Am I Holding my Uke Right? In this video, Matt talks about holding your uke in two general ways, and how you will eventually need to learn both. He also has some pretty large hands, so you can see how he makes it work.

      Hopefully you can use the information from these videos to help you experiment and find what works best for you. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, just let us know!

      -Kira (UU Staff)

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