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

Ukulele Chord Charts For Beginners and How To Understand Them

Need to know how to play ukulele chords? What are the chords in the 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 chord chart that’s relevant to you (use the left-handed one, if you play left-handed though many left-handed people choose to play right-handed, which is another story that you can read about here).

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 = Chord Grid… 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 these chord charts with other peoples, 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.

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

If you’ve enjoyed this, here are some more posts of ours that might help:

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

Updated on 25/9/2019.

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

What notes do I tune my ukulele to?
All ukuleles (except for baritones) strings are tuned to the notes (from nose to knees) G, C, E, A. If you play piano, C = middle C and the others are the ones above middle C in that octave. If that makes no sense, C note is the lowest. This will feel odd if you’ve not heard it before, as we grow up listening to the guitar, and the guitar strings (from knees to nose) get lower in pitch. Not so with ukulele, which has what’s known as ‘re-entrant tuning’. Played ‘open’ (that means not pressing your fingers down on any strings) and strumming, these notes make either the chord of C6 or Am7.

Re-entrant tuning:
Standard ukulele tuning is known as ‘re-entrant tuning’, which means it re-enters the scale again on the G-string (da dum tss), so doesn’t move lower in pitch from knees to nose. This is true for different sizes of ukulele including (smallest to the largest size, more on size later) sopranino, soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles, which are all tuned in this way using these notes.

Tuning your ukulele using a tuning device:
If you’re new to music, you’ll probably need assistance. In short, it works better in noisy environments and tends to be more accurate. I recommend you get a clip-on ukulele tuner. I mean, 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 or with other ukulele players. The ukulele is a very social instrument, so I recommend you get a clip-on ukulele tuner. It works by detecting the frequency of vibrations of your ukulele to tell you which note it is and is usually accurate, so long as the batteries are charged.

If you don’t (yet) have a clip-on ukulele tuner, then grab yourself one of these*:

   

Here is our Amazon Affiliates shopfront, with lots of other ukuleles and accessories to choose from. In the interests of transparency, we are part of the amazon referral scheme so if hundreds or thousands of you buy based on links you clicked via us, we may make a few pence. In the unlikely event that millions of you click, we may make a few pounds. If you’ve found this information useful, please share it around liberally, as we like the idea of this unlikely instance.

Here’s a cringey old video of me, to help you to use it for the first time:

Other tuning options:
Historically, for sopranino, soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles, there is an alternative traditional English tuning – to the notes A, D F#, B. When played open, this gives the chords of either D6 or Bm7.

Baritone ukuleles are tuned to D, G, B, E. Bass ukuleles are tuned E, A, D, G.

For all stringed instruments, there are endless options of tunings, not only the notes themselves but also the frequency (more on that later). You can tune up how you like, but each time you change the tuning, the chord shapes can be different, and it might be trickier to find music that has the correct chord shapes to play along harmoniously with other people.

Tuning your ukulele by ear:
If you’re musically trained, or find it easy to pitch match, you might want to tune-up by ear.

If you’ve enjoyed this, here are some more posts of ours that might help:

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.

*in the interests of transparency, we are part of the amazon referral scheme so if hundreds or thousands of you buy based on links you clicked via us, we may make a few pence. In the unlikely event that millions of you click, we may make a few pounds. If you’ve found this information useful, please share it around liberally, as we like the idea of this unlikely instance.

Updated on 25/9/2019.