Uke Tips

What is Concert Pitch?

Ever wondered why you need to have the numbers on your ukulele tuning device (if you have a multi-instrumental one, that is) at 440? It’s because the current Concert Pitch of A is 440Hz. To save confusion when playing with others, we all want our instruments to sound in tune with each other. To do that, …

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How to play ukulele left handed

I’m right-handed. I don’t want anyone to think I’m implying that I’m left-handed, as I’m not. This blog originated in 2014 because I care about my students’ well-being and ease of playing. When I first started teaching in 2009, I did a lot of anecdotal research on this subject. Luckily, I know a lot of left-handed ukulele players, both …

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E chord

Ukulele E Chord ‘Support’

[this does not offer any real support but, hopefully, it’ll provide a welcome short break and distraction] If you’re too young, international or cool to remember or know about Ebeneezer Goode, the 90’s rave song that entered the charts by The Shamen, please, check out this video: As you can see, this guy was definitely …

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YouTube Ukulele Lesson Hacks

YouTube has a vast array of free ukulele lessons to Learn To Uke using videos. Admittedly, the quality varies, greatly. What if you find a tutorial you like but the instructor only goes through it once, and it’s a bit too fast for you to follow? There are a number of tools you can use …

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how to tune a ukulele

How to tune a ukulele

The notes to tune your ukulele to are G, C, E A. The C is the lowest of them all. You can remember that by thinking ‘Good Cooks Eat Anything’, ‘George Clooney Eats Apples’, Green Cats Enjoy Abrading, or think of your own swear words that make up a mnemonic you’ll remember. Using a chromatic …

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What’s a metronome? Will it help my ukulele playing? – Ukulele Practise Tips

A metronome is a practice tool that produces a steady pulse (or beat) to help musicians keep time accurately and stay at the same tempo for the entire song. The pulses are measured in beats-per-minute (BPM). Most metronomes are capable of playing beats from 35 to 250 BPM. If you’re using a mobile phone, you can use a free …

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