Ukulele Flash Mob – London

So… we just heard about the latest…

Ukulele Flash Mob – in London!

It’s due to happen tomorrow! If you’ve been before, they’re repeating Waterloo Sunset, as a few people were confused with the directions last time, so make sure you know where to go and get there early to be ready to play with the ukulele flash mob, in London! Have you registered?  You really ought to, they’re such a lot of fun!  All you have to do is register your place via their website, and you should receive an email back from them shortly afterwards. (Check your junk mail if it doesn’t arrive.)
Here’s the link to register – http://ukuleleflashmob.com/

There are a few videos floating around, but here’s the only official one we could find, from last year when they did it on the Lions in Trafalgar Square, in London.

There are some photos too, see here.

Right… off to memorise the words to Waterloo Sunset, and get ourselves ready for tomorrow!  Hope to see you there for a strum!

Happy Easter! Easter Ukulele Songs?

We’ve been thinking about what would be an appropriate list of Easter Ukulele Songs for today.  What would be a good list of Ukulele  Easter Songs, or should that be ewe-kelele Easter songs?  Given the weather, maybe a touch of ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ or ‘Make Me Smile’?  If you’ve got a sweet tooth, maybe ‘Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’ or if you’ve spent a fortune on expensive eggs, perhaps ‘Price Tag’.  If you’re celebrating with  religious people, go for ‘I’m a Believer’ or ‘Daydream Believer’.  If you’re travelling to see family or friends, maybe a spot of ‘King of the Road’.

Whatever you decide to play, you can grab any of those ukulele songs we mentioned in the free Ukulele Wednesdays songbook – click here to see how to get a copy.

Right.  It’s time to get on with cooking the roast and gorging on Easter eggs.  That’s what today’s all about, surely?  Whatever you end up doing, be sure to have a great day!

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Mozart Egg with Uke in Prague

How To Understand Ukulele Chord Charts

Need to know how to play ukulele chords?  Want them specific to songs you are learning?  When you’re first starting out, it’s best to stick to major, minor and 7th chords as they’re the easiest  to play.  Please download one of these free ukulele chord charts first, and then read on…

Ukulele Chord Chart for Absolute Beginners

Left Handed Ukulele Chord Chart for Absolute Beginners

Now you’ve got the one that’s relevant to you (use the left handed one, if you’re left handed and want to play left handed, though many people choose to play right, but that’s another story, and you can read about it, here) and then take a look at it.

If you put the headstock to the top of the sheet, by the title of the page, look at the diagrams, next to your fretboard.  The blobs in the diagrams show you which bits of  the ukulele fretboard to put your fingers on.

Ukulele Fretboard next to Ukulele Chord Chart… Put the ukulele next to the page, and the blobs show you where to put your fingers.

 

Within the blobs, there are numbers.  They show you which finger to use.  Your fingers are numbered, like this:

Index/pointer = 1
Middle – 2
Ring = 3
Little/pinky = 4

 Following so far?  Now, here’s how you make a C chord:

Where to put your finger for the C chord

Please share this chord chart with others, and make use it yourself.  If you want to start putting this into practice by playing songs rather than abstract chords, grab yourself a free songbook, with a few hundred popular songs in it, what are you waiting for?  Get yourself along to the Ukulele Wednesdays website and get a copy of their free .pdf book.

More blogs to help you:

How to play the G chord, here.

See how to play Bb chord on the ukulele, here.

How to play the E chord, on the ukulele here.

Do you want 6 basic strum patterns to get you going? See more here.

If you’re in London, UK, you’ll learn this in our courses. Book your course to join us in London.

If you’re not, please support us on Patreon so you can get access to all our upcoming online tutorials and challenges.

How to tune your ukulele

How to tune your ukulele:  Grab a clip on ukulele tuner!

Ukulele Tuner - tune to the notes G C E A

For (smallest to largest size) sopranino, soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles, the ukulele strings are tuned to the notes (from nose to knees) G, C, E, A.  All ukuleles (except for baritones) are tuned in this way using these notes. Played ‘open’ (that means not pressing your fingers down on any strings, and just strumming), this makes the chord of C6 or Am7.

For the same sizes as above, there is an alternative traditional English tuning – D6/Bm7 – A, D F#, B. Baritone ukuleles are tuned D, G, B, E and bass ukuleles are tuned E, A, D, G. For all stringed instruments, there are also other lesser-known tunings. You can tune up how you like, but each time you change the tuning, the chord shapes are different, and it might be trickier to find music that has the correct chord shapes.

 

If you’re musically trained, you might tune up by ear. If you’re new to music, you’ll probably need assistance. You can get a free app on your phone to help you to find which note each string is tuned to, but they aren’t great if you’re in a noisy environment with other ukulele players. As the ukulele is a very social instrument, I recommend you get a clip on ukulele tuner, which works by detecting the frequency of vibrations of your ukulele to tell you which note it is. In short, it works better in noisy environments and tends to be more accurate.

Here’s a video to help you to use it for the first time:

If you don’t (yet) have a clip on ukulele tuner as it says in the video, then grab yourself one of these:

   

Have you already got your ukulele, here are some recommendations, here.

How to play the G chord, here.

See how to play Bb chord on the ukulele, here.

How to play the E chord, on the ukulele here.

Get a free ukulele chord chart (and help with how to read it) from here.

Do you want 6 basic strum patterns to get you going? See more here.

If you’re in London, UK, you’ll learn this in our courses. Book your course to join us in London.

If you’re not, please support us on Patreon so you can get access to all our upcoming online tutorials and challenges.