Learn to play!

The ukulele is arguably the easiest musical instrument to learn to play, well enough to have fun. If you want to be great at it, it takes a bit of talent and years of dedicated practice just like other musical instruments, but you can switch on the fun with an ukulele, very quickly. Below we’ve listed several links to pages where you can get instruction. We’re lucky enough to call many of these talented musicians our friends and several of them perform at venues and music shows around the globe! Check ’em out.

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel

From Craig and Sarah’s website:

Craig and Sarah have been showcased around the world for their teaching and performances. From the Western US Reno ‘Ukulele Festival to the Eastern US Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway, to The ‘Ukulele Festival of Great Britain (UK) and to the Cairns Ukulele Festival (AUS), they have made their mark in their ability to connect with people of all levels. With Craig’s 10 years of experience and Sarah’s 7 years (as of 2015), both have become Festival favorites. Their joy for teaching shines through in every private lesson and workshop that they do.

Many ‘ukulele players may already know Craig from his two master class workshops on UkuleleUnderground.com.

Whether it’s your first instrument or your fifth, you’ll love learning the ‘ukulele! Feel free to contact us about Skype/Facetime or in person lessons (in San Diego)!

Photo: Craig Chee photography


Brett McQueen

Brett’s Ukulele Tricks began with a free 41-page digital ukulele lesson book called Your First Ukulele Lesson and Then Some. Since then, over 50,000 people (including me) –from kids as young as 6 years old to adults as old as 92 years old–have downloaded the book and learned how to play the ukulele!

Your First Ukulele Lesson and Then Some is a complete crash course beginners guide to playing the ukulele. You learn things like:

  • How to properly tune, hold, and strum your ukulele
  • The most essential “must-know” ukulele chords
  • How to play 3 extremely versatile strumming patterns
  • How to play “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad”

The lesson book is completely free. You can get it by visiting Brett’s site at www.ukuleletricks.com.

Jim D'Ville

Jim D’Ville is a performer, instructor, world traveler and funny guy. His website, Play Ukulele by Ear, is a another great resource for learning to play ukulele. He’s got some terrific books and DVDs and he blogs about his ukulele exploits. Be sure to check out his “3-Chord Club” it’s great fun and really teaches you to listen to what you’re playing instead of staring at music sheets trying to memorize chords.

He teaches you to tune by ear using a pitchfork, explains the mysteries of major scale intervals and solfege syllables and even delves into the mysterious circle of fifths. Sounds complicated and designed for advanced players but Jim makes it valuable to players of all levels. I’ve taken two of his workshops, have two of his instructional DVDs and one of his books.