How to play a ukulele

Would you like to learn how to play a ukulele? This article will guide you on the steps you need to follow when playing the instrument. Ukuleles are of different types and the sound depends on the model. You should select the best type for you. There are four types of ukuleles.
Soprano – It is the most common ukulele. Soprano has a small size and produces a classic ukulele sound. This kind of ukulele is mostly preferred by beginners. It has a length of 21’ and has 12-14 frets.
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The concert/ alto ukulele – It is bigger than soprano. It is 23’ long and consists of 15-20 frets. People with larger hands find it ideal to play as compared to soprano. Concert ukulele has a fuller sound than soprano.
Tenor ukulele – Tenor ukulele is slightly bigger than the concert ukulele. It is 26’ long and consists of more than 15 frets. This type of uke can reach more notes since it has an extended fretboard.
Baritone Ukulele – This is the largest of all and measures 30’, Baritone has more than 19 frets. You can tune it just like the four strings guitar and this makes the two instruments to be similar.  Due to its size, it loses the classic sound of ukulele but if you want full and vibrant music, this can be a good option.

UNDERSTANDING THE CHORDS

UNDERSTANDING THE CHORDS

1.    Learning the basics of chords-  Chord is when you play different tones at once creating a harmonic sound. To do this, you can use your left hand to hold down strings at the same time. Learning how to play chords is easy, you will be given the string number, particular finger you should use to create each sound and the fret number.
2.    Primary major chords- Most of the chords are formed when 3 or more notes are played together with the distance in the first and second notes being2 steps apart. A major chord is linked with cherry or happy music.
When playing a C major chord, put your ring finger on the fourth string on the third fret.
To play F major chord, place your index finger on the second string of the 2nd fret.
To play a G major, put the index finger on the 3rd string of the 2nd fret, the middle finger on the fourth string on the 2nd fret and the ring finger on the 2nd string of the 3rd fret.
To play A major chord, place your index finger on the third string of the 1st fret and the middle finger on the first string of the 2nd fret.
To play D major chord, place the middle finger on the first string of the 2nd fret and your finger on the second string of the 2nd fret then place your pinky finger on the third string of the 2nd fret.
To play E major chord, put your index finger on the fourth string on the 1st fret, the middle finger on the first string of the 2nd fret then your pinky finger on the 3rd string of the 4th  fret.
3.    Understanding the basic minor chords – These are three or more concurrently played notes where the distance in the 1st and 2nd notes are three half-steps. They are considered sad or gloomy sounding as compared with the major chords.
To play A minor chord – put your middle finger on the first string of the 2nd fret.
To play E minor chord, place your index finger on the fourth string of the 2nd fret and the ring finger on the 3rd string of the 4th fret.
To play a B minor chord, bar the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings with your index finger by grasping them all together on the 2nd fret and hold the first string down on the 4th fret using your ring finger.

PLAYING THE UKULELE

To play a ukulele, the first thing you need is, of course, a ukulele. However, for beginners, I always advise to buy a cheap one to test your passion. Maybe after a few days go, you are not interested in ukulele anymore, you’ll not throw a fistful of dollars to the garbage. Take a look at best ukulele for the money article to get one for you. Now, time to practice.
1.    Practice your timing- After learning the basic notes and chords, combining them together may look simple, but you need a little timing. This is to enable your music sound melodic and cohesive. It’s nice to have a good rhythm.
Maintain a pace of your strumming pattern can be challenging at first as you learn how to change your left hand quickly between the chords and notes. To improve your timing, try to avoid breaks between finger adjustments.
When playing, count in 4s’ to enable you to maintain a beat while strumming.
You can use a metronome if you have challenging strumming on time. It is a small electronic device which sounds off little clicks at a steady rate; this allows you to pace your strumming so that it can match. You can change the speed it plays to suit your comfort level.
Start with a slow, steady rhythm to avoid making mistakes.
Try to practice on the regular basis - For you to be an expert uke player you don’t need to have the talent all you need is a lot of practice. Set 20-30 minutes for this daily.

CONCLUSION

How was the article? Have you liked it? It is my hope that now you know how to play a ukulele. As we have seen, these are very simple instruments and if you follow the above steps. It will be very possible to train yourself instead of booking lessons for the same. Remember to keep practicing what you have learned. You can also look for a machine that is suitable for you according to your level of skills. Anything else you would like to add? Feel free to post in the comments section. You can also share with your friends so that they can also learn.

Sources

http://www.wikihow.com/Play-the-Ukulele
http://liveukulele.com/lessons/for-beginners/
http://playitdailyukulele.com/category/how-to-play-ukulele/
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-ukulele-beginners-z10

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