Did you find a shiny new ukulele under your Christmas tree yesterday and now don’t know how to get started playing? Here are 5 great resources to give you a jump start on having fun with your new instrument without spending any (much) money.
1. Ukulele Underground is the best and most active community for ukulele fans, players and enthusiasts on the net. Aldrine and his crew offer up free high quality instructional videos every couple of week and the online forums are the best place to ask questions songs, instruments, etc. You can even sign up for virtual classes.
2. YouTube should be an obvious destination, but I’m going to mention it anyway just to emphasize that you can find video tutorials for almost any tune you can think of. Want to learn to play Smoke on the Water on your uke? No problem!
3. Uke Hunt is another favorite destination of mine. Al Woodshed offers a great selection free TABs and chords for popular songs. He also has a growing library of How-to eBooks for beginners and advanced players. The songs are offered in TAB and include an MP3 and a video demonstrating the tune as well.
4. Dominator tabs is a site for intermediate players and beginners that need some inspiration. Dominator offers TABs for quite a few Jake Shimabukuro and James Hill tunes. If you don’t know who either of these guys are, you need to go to YouTube right now and search on their names. Do it. Now!
5. Curt Sheller’s All Things Ukulele page is the place to go for ukulele history and links to all sorts of interesting ukulele related sites including clubs, festivals, TAB sites, and free eBooks.
Now that you have all this good info, go play that new instrument!