How to Play Ukulele in 14 Days teaches you all the foundational skills you need to play your favorite songs—or even to write your own—on the ukulele. From basic chord shapes and strumming techniques to how those chords fit together to form the progressions heard in the biggest hits in pop, rock, country, folk music, this ukulele method book will help you learn ukulele quickly. And it can be used with a Concert, Tenor, or Soprano ukulele.
- Major Chords
- Minor Chords
- Seventh Chords
- Strumming Patterns
- Fingerpicking Technique
- Major Scales
- Muted Strums
- Roll Strokes.
Plus, all of the examples are presented in an easy-to-read and understand “tab” notation system, so you don’t have to be able to read music!
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HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Granted, 60 minutes of practice per day can seem daunting to some, especially if you are unaccustomed to practice sessions lasting longer than 20–30 minutes. And that’s OK! Just because the book is structured to teach you ukulele in 14 days doesn’t mean you have to follow the program precisely. On the contrary, if you have, say, 20 minutes to devote to the book each day, then simply extend each lesson to a three-day practice session. The material is there for you to use, whether you get through the book in 14 days or 40.
While the 14-day plan is the goal, it’s probably unrealistic for some. The important thing is to stick with it, because the material in this book will have you playing the ukulele with confidence and credibility. How quickly just depends on the amount of time you’re able to spend on getting there… (section continues in book)
MAJOR CHORD (1:00–0:50)
The first—and arguably easiest—chord you’ll learn to play on the ukulele is C major. Place your ring (3rd) finger on the high A string at the 3rd fret. Press down just enough to sound the note, and then strum all four strings in a downward motion, using your right hand’s thumb. This example uses half notes, so count two beats per strum; that is, while counting “1–2–3–4,” you’ll strum on beats 1 and 3 in each measure.
MINOR CHORD (0:50–0:40)
Like the C major chord, the A minor (Am) chord also requires just one finger. For this one, place your fret hand’s middle (2nd) finger on the G string at the 2nd fret. Press down just enough so that the fretted note sounds clearly. Then strum all four strings in a downward motion, again using your right hand’s thumb and in a half-note rhythm.