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Kids Beginner Ukulele Class

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Lessons in This Class

15 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Parts of Your Ukulele

    • 3. How to Hold a Ukulele

    • 4. String Note Names & Numbers

    • 5. How to Read Chord Diagrams

    • 6. How to Tune

    • 7. C Chord

    • 8. Strumming Pattern 1

    • 9. Old Macdonald Had a Farm

    • 10. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

    • 11. F chord

    • 12. C-F Chord Changes

    • 13. Strumming Pattern 2

    • 14. The Wheels On The Bus

    • 15. London Bridge

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About This Class

Step by step beginner ukulele video course for your child aged 5+ to follow along to. They'll just need to grab their ukulele and jump right in. This course includes downloadable material to use while following along to the videos.

Some things they'll learn include:

  • How to hold the ukulele
  • Parts of the ukulele
  • String names and numbers
  • How to read chord diagrams
  • How to play 2 full chords
  • How to play 4 popular Nursery Rhymes
  • Easy Beginner Strumming Patterns

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1. Introduction: Hey, welcome. If you found this video, you're probably looking for some ukulele lessons for kids. And this is gonna be the perfect spot. What we're gonna do is we're gonna make it super simple so they can get playing right away at the very first day. What we're gonna do is we're gonna learn to different strumming patterns to different chords and four different nursery rhymes. And so what they could do is they can take that mash it all together, put a little bit of practicing, and they should be playing songs in no time. And definitely after the first day, they'll be able to play their very first song. Alright, guys. Well, I hope you're interested. And I hope you will follow through and go into the next video. All right. Thank you. 2. Parts of Your Ukulele: today, we're gonna be going over the parts of your ukulele. If you've never, ever picked up this instrument before, It might be a little bit confusing at first, so we're just going to kind of go over everything on here. So you know exactly what it's used for and what to do with it and everything like that. So the ukulele has three different sections, and it's very similar to you as a person. So your ukulele has a head and a neck and a body, And so let's go over each one of those sections individually, up here on the head of your ukulele, you're gonna have some things called tuning pegs. And so we don't have to worry too much about these. In the beginning, we will try to tune, or Ukulele is by ourselves yet. But these little sections up here, when you adjust them one way or the other, it's going to change the sound that you're string makes. And so that's what those were gonna be used for. Then, as we move down the number one thing that you're gonna want to remember is gonna be your frets. And so these air super important when you're playing, because each one of these little rectangle shaped spaces right here are called frets and frets are gonna be where you put your finger so that you can play your cords and your notes and anything like that. And so when you press your finger down on a stream in any one of those rectangles, it's gonna make a different noise so you can test that out and try it yourself and get the hang of it. So then it was We move on down or ukulele down here on the body. We've got a whole right here in this hole is just call a sound hole and it's used to reflect the sound up so that it's a little bit louder. So, for instance, if you strum your cord and that goes into that hole and sends out sound, and that's everything that we need to go over on the ukulele, I hope everything made sense and it makes a little bit more sense to you when you pick it up. Alright, I'll see in the next video 3. How to Hold a Ukulele: today. We're just gonna go over how to hold the ukulele. Sometimes when you're first starting out, it might be a little bit confusing and might not make a whole lot of sense. Sometimes you see people holding it down here and trying to press their fingers and trim it like this or they play it on the wrong side opposite side or anything like that. And so what you want to dio a good thing is you want to kind of rest the ukulele up against your body and then kind of take the crease in your elbow and just stick, stick it right there and just kind of press it up against your body just like that, where your thumb lands over here near your your sound, and then you're going to take your other hand, and you're just gonna kind of wrap it around the neck over here and you hold it like that and just go ahead and let up your figures Just strum on those strings like that. And that will get you a good idea what you're gonna need to do to hold the ukulele, right? All right. I hope that helped. I'll catch in the next video 4. String Note Names & Numbers: Hey, everybody, welcome back to our ukulele. Siri's Today is gonna be the third video that we're working on. And so if you watch the other two videos, you now know what the different parts are of the ukulele, and you know how you should be holding it today we're going to go over the different strings and a good saying to help you memorize the notes of them and so eat. There's four strings on your ukulele and and the fourth string is on the top, and the first string is gonna be on the bottom. And so just think of it like you're go. You're walking up the stairs so the bottom stair is going to be your 1st 1 thing, your 2nd 1 your 3rd 1 and your 4th 1 And so you're gonna need to know the note names on your ukulele when you want to get ready to tune it. And so your ukulele is gonna be G C E O. K. So the A is on the bottom and the G is on the top and a helpful saying to get your memorizing that is get crazy every afternoon and you just take the first letter of each one of those words. And I don't get you the note for that string 5. How to Read Chord Diagrams: Hey, today we're gonna go over how to read a core diagram. If you're looking to court diagrams, that might seem super confusing at the beginning. But what it's gonna be is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. So if I hold up my ukulele and you're looking at your core diagram and the ukulele, what it is is the chart shows your ukulele sitting up just like this so you'll see, like the 1st 3 frets here and the string starting from there. And so if you're looking at your C chord, for instance, you'll notice that your C chord has a little dot right here in this Spratt. And if you were looking like your F chord, you'll notice that there's a dot here in the second fret or in the first fret on the second stream and in the second fret on the fourth string. And so that's how you read it. So you've got a string, your top one all the way to the bottom, and then each one of these sprints and everything that you see appear is closest to the head and down. We'll get closer to the body. I hope that helps 6. How to Tune: Hey, welcome back. Today we're gonna learn how to tune. Are you cool A lease? So tuning your ukulele can be kind of difficult And it could be kind of boring in the beginning, but it's super crucial to being able to get good sound out of your ukulele. And so to start us off, it's important to have something called a tuner. And if you don't have one just like this, you can always look up an app or anything like that online and find one there. And so what we're gonna do is we're going to get this clipped to our ukulele and I'm gonna explain a couple things. So when in music, when you're starting the music alphabet has a couple letters that you're gonna need to know . And so what we do is we're gonna go from a to G and then between those are gonna be something called Sharps. So what it is, I'll just tell you the whole alphabet so you can get kind of an idea, and it's best to write this down so you have it somewhere to follow back on. So what we do is we go a a sharp B C c sharp d de sharp e f sharp g g sharp and then we looped back around to the again. And so what? You'll notice when you're you can. Looking at your tuner is you'll notice if you look accord, it's our string. It's going to show you a letter on your ukulele. And so, if you remember in the beginning, what we did was we were learning are are saying that went with her ukulele in. So the saying was, Get crazy every afternoon and all you need to do is you need to take the first letter of each one of those words, and that's what you'll tune it to with your tuner. So to start us out, the 1st 1 that we're going to need is a g forgets. And so mine is actually showing that it is an f sharp. And so to get from a G from an F sharp, we have to go up because we go F f sharp g. So in order to go up we tune are we take our little to new pagan. If you need a little bit of help, you just take followed the string up and see which one it matches too. And so for this one, what we're gonna do to get from that f sharp to Aguilas, we're gonna turn it up. And to do that, we turn it away from us. So I'm gonna pluck it. And there we go on minus perfect right now. And so if it's in the red or it's in the yellow, then you're gonna need to make an adjustment. You're gonna want it to be just exactly on the blue for this. So we've got RG next. We need to know, go to a C. And so right now, mine is that a c sharp. And so to get from a C from a C sharp to a C, we're actually gonna need to go down. And so to go, down we go the opposite of what we did last time. We're gonna turn it towards us. So mine is right on Next we go e and mine is perfect. And the last one we've got is an A and mine is actually at an a sharp right now. So to get to an A because we got get crazy every afternoon I'm gonna go down from my a sharp. And then all you want to do is just want to go back through at the very top and just make sure that everything is exactly where it's supposed to be. And then you ready to play. All right, I'll see in the next video. 7. C Chord : Hey, everybody, welcome back to our ukulele. Siri's Today we're gonna be going over our very first chord. So for now, we should know the different parts on her ukulele. We should know how to hold it. And we should know the different string names and numbers. So we've learned how to read our core diagram. Now, we just need to put it into effect on the ukulele so we can learn our very first chord. So when you're looking at your core diagram, it's going to show you that we're not going to do anything in this first fright here, this second friend. But we're going to be playing R C Chord in this third fret here. So what we're going to dio is we're gonna take our there are third finger, and we're gonna place it on this bottom string here the a string and hold that down. And so what you want to do is you want to practice getting it to where you're not sitting on the on the little metal brackets like that, or too far back. It doesn't make a good sound. So you're gonna want to be right there in the middle is closer you can get without sitting on top of it. And so for this court, it shows you that each one of these strings have to be strummed to get the secret. So what we'll do after we get our finger held down there were just gonna stroll all the strings, okay? And so what? I would recommend doing this getting used to tapping your foot while you do your down strums. And so go ahead and discount toe four. Because the music we just count before and then we recount before again. So what you want to do is just take that some of yours and just go. 12341 do three. And then I would just practice that until it sounds good and you get comfortable doing it. All right. I'll see in the next video. Good luck. 8. Strumming Pattern 1: Hey, everybody, today we're gonna take on our first strumming pattern. So if you're just beginning, you just gonna want to take a very simple, basic strumming pattern. And it's just going to consist of all down strums. So if we take our C chord and all we're going to do is we're just going to do each strum on a down And so the count for that would be one, 234 And so 1234 when you practice that with your C chord and then again with your f chord, where you'll put them both together. All right, good luck. 9. Old Macdonald Had a Farm: Hey, everybody, welcome back to our ukulele theories today. We're gonna be putting our C chord to use in. Old MacDonald had a farm. And so what you're gonna do want to do is you're gonna wanna have this paper printed out in front of you are pulled up on your computer, anything like that, Just so you can have ah, good reference for which, for how to play the song. And so what we're gonna do is this whole song is going to be played on C chord, and I'm gonna kind of break it down into sections for us so that it's a little bit easier to follow along. I'll play it for you first, so you get an idea for how it sounds and then we'll work on it together. So I'm gonna start on the C chord and it's going to go like this. I'm gonna count to send a four before I start. One, 234 MacDonald had a farm e and on that farm, he i e uh, with move here in Mu Mu There, here, a move, their move everywhere. And that's gonna be this song, and you can always pick any animal that you want. All right, so let's go and break it down. If you look at the top line, you're gonna have a couple slash marks that are over a specific word. And all that is telling you is that that's where you're going to do your down strong that And so let's go ahead and get onto our C chord. And what we're gonna do is we're going to start with the downstream on old. We're going to skip Mick and down Sturman Donald Damn. Stroman had skip a and down from on farm sound like this. Make Donald next. We're gonna downs from both ease and an o. E. I think you have a down from there in the middle when you're not singing much of anything. Okay, we go. And on that farm, he had a you know, same thing on the e ao e and all That's the same you just all together. It sounds like this old make Donald E on on that farm. He e a, uh, thought this word switches up. All we're gonna do is we're just going to strum on whatever noise the animals making the first time. So for this example. We're using a cow, so the sound's gonna be muumuu. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go with, uh, blue here, and that's the only stream that you do on that line. And you do that one more time for the next line because it's the same thing, and, uh, move there. This time we switched it up again. We say here a move. They removed everywhere. Uh, two on. Then you would start right into the next one. So let's go ahead and play altogether and we'll play it with one mawr animal sound justice . So you can see how you would keep playing it into the next the next animal. All right, so all kind of sin and one to three poor Oh, make Donald had a e on that army. You with muumuu here, Move there. The removed they removed everywhere of a low Make e I, uh, on that he had a big e with going Kieran twinkling their paranoia. They're annoying everywhere way and that is how you would add different to animals and keep the song going. I hope that it helped you and with a lot of practice, you will get it down. I'll catch in the next video for a different song. 10. Row, Row, Row Your Boat : Hey, welcome back to our You could lately theories. So with a lot of practice, you've probably gotten through old MacDonald had a farm, and today we're going to use our C court again for row, row, row your boat. So it's gonna be the same Exact concept is the previous song. And what we're gonna do is if you have your she printed out or in front of you on your computer, anything like that. It'll help you get through this song a little bit better. And so what we're gonna do is we're gonna get onto our C chord like we did before. And so it's kind of just learning to keep the beat if you just play, even without many words would still sound good. So you just want Teoh mix that up with some words that you can get some songs. So for row, row, row your boat, I'm gonna go ahead and play it for you one time, and then we will work our way through it. So it's gonna be 23 Go your bow, Jaitley Down the stream Merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream All right, so let's work through the top part. What we're gonna do is we've got our C chord and we're gonna do one down Sherman row, another down Sherman row, Another one on Roe. Nothing on your and a down from on a boat. It should sound like grow your bow just like that. Then we're gonna do a down from on gently on down Skip the and stream and then we'll have another one cause stream kind of exaggerates a little bit, so we'll have another one at the end there. So it's gonna say you lied down the stream And then for every single merrily that we say we do a damn strong Barely. Verily, verily, verily, this one we go Life, nothing on ISS down, Sherman blood Nothing on a down from on dream and then a downstream at the end. After you say dream so say my foot is but a dream altogether That's it. Sound like to three. Four Throw your boat gently down the stream Merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream And that is it. Good luck on practice. I'll see you for the next video 11. F chord: Hey, everybody, welcome back Today we're gonna be learning our second court in this series, and we're gonna put it to use in some other songs as well. And so this one's gonna be a little bit more difficult than the 1st 1 because we're actually gonna be using two fingers instead of one. And so if we take a look at our core diagram, we can see that this court is going to be in our first friend in our second friends. So let's go ahead and take our first finger and we're gonna count up from the bottom. We're going to skip our first string and we're going to stick our finger on our second string there. And so that's gonna be the first part of our cord. And for the next part, we're going to take our second finger and we're going Teoh, count up from our 1st 2nd third and we're actually gonna put our finger right there on the fourth string. And then we're gonna go ahead and just try to strum that E O might be a bit of a stretch when you're first starting out. If you get a little bit of rattle probably because that second finger right here is hanging out on this third string. It's probably sitting too close to it and just leaning on it to mention, so you'll probably get that rattle at first. But you just got to kind of just that finger to where it feels right, and it doesn't make that sound just like that. And so that's why you want to be practicing your C chord with your third finger. So then, when you switch between these two chords, your third finger is pretty much already laying right there on that third fret for you. So go ahead and just practice, trying to strum that F chord until it sounds really good, and then I'll catch in the next video to see how to work it with the C chord. 12. C-F Chord Changes: everybody. Welcome back Today we're gonna put our F court and R C chord together so we can get ready to play some songs with it. And so what we're gonna do is we're gonna do practicing, changing between chords, and so we'll start with our C chord if you just want to get your third finger on that front right there. And if you have been playing your c chord with your first finger, you're definitely gonna want to be practicing playing your C chord with your third finger for this. So it's a little bit easier for you to change. So what we're gonna do is we're going to do four strums on R C Chord and then we're going to do four strums on R F Chord. And so we're gonna practice change in between that. And so what I recommend is that if you're having to pause a lot between your changes, you're probably gonna want to slow down a little bit. So don't try to play really fast like on and then have to stop and pause and then get to your f chord. You're gonna wanna be it at a slow, steady, consistent be until you get it down. We'll go ahead and try that out, so I'll count into four, and then we'll do it one to three, four, 234 than switch 1234 That switch back 1234 than switch 234 And that's what you want to dio back and forth until it gets comfortable for you to switch between those two chords. And so don't feel discouraged if it the very beginning. That's a little bit hard to change because it is going to be hard to change. But if you keep practicing this about five minutes a night, back and forth, it'll come easy to you, all right. And so I'm gonna show you another example of the F chord in case it's too hard for you right now. You're hands are a little bit too small, and so what you can do. Instead of adding that second finger, you could just play with your first finger on that second string in that first fret. So you just all you do is you just don't add this second finger up here yet, and if that's a little bit easier for you, go ahead and try that. And then when it becomes more comfortable trying to add that second fingers that you can play the full chord. So let me play an example to show you how it would be. You play your C chord. 1234 And then you just switch this finger here. 123 four on the back. 234 Them back, Teoh. Three more and you can practice that. All right. I'll see in the next video for our very first song with our FNC cord. 13. Strumming Pattern 2: Hey there. Welcome back today we're gonna take on a little bit of a harder from a pattern than our original One of all down strums 234 And today, what are strumming pattern is going to be is we're gonna add in one up strum And so when you do an upstream, you counted as an and so you go one to 34 and and so that's gonna be we're gonna have that upstream at the very end of our strumming pattern. So I'll Countess in and I'll show you how to do it and we'll go from there. One, 2341234 And 1234 And 1234 And okay. And that just gives it a little bit more flavor. So it's not all on the down streams. All right, I'll see in the next video 14. The Wheels On The Bus: everybody Welcome back to our ukulele. Siri's Today is gonna be a very first song that we play with the F and C chord. The song that we're gonna be working on is the wheels on the bus. So if you have this printed out in front of you or on your computer than we are ready to go So this song you're going to see starts on our F chord. And so if you're not playing the full one that it's gonna look like this. And if you are playing the full one that it's gonna look like this. And so I'm gonna go ahead and play the full one for the song. But you can do whatever you're most comfortable with, so I'll play just the very first part of it cause it's the same rhythm all the way through , no matter what section you add or anything like that. So it's gonna sound like this one, 23 for the wheels on the bus Go round and round found and round and round the wheels on the bus go round. And so what it's gonna be is will start on our F chord here and we're gonna skip will sing into it the wheels on the booth and and so wheels, bus round, round. And basically, that's kind of the same thing that you keep. Then you're gonna switch to your C chord annual strong on around skip and and round again. So it goes like this starting on f, the wheels on the bus go round and round. Then we switch around and then you switch back to f around on. You do the same thing, the wheels on the go, and got switched to your C and it's gonna be all the When you say that, get ready to switch back to that because you're going to strum on town. Okay, so let me try a four year old quick just so you can play along with you. Ready? We'll start all kind of stand. And one, 23 for the wheels on the bus. Go round and round, switch round, draft, switch around the wheels on the bus, go round and round, switch, do switch and that's a would play it. And you can do that for every single section, and then you'd step back in. And if you were gonna add, that's not a horn for the next one and the beat be beep. So we'll go start on their f again. So I'm gonna ended on the last line of what we just did. And then I'm gonna go into the next section so you can see how you could add them together . So be all the town the born on the bus goes Bee bee beep Switch to see being B B, switch back to F B B B Stay there. This goes be rape switch to see all switch toe just like that. All right. Good luck working through it. Take your time. If it doesn't come out perfect, it will get there. All right, I'll see in the next video. Good luck. 15. London Bridge: everybody. Welcome back to our Siri's today we're gonna be learning another song with our F and C chord. So have you been practicing the wheels on the bus than this one should come to you? No problem, because it is very, very similar. So I'll play it for you one time, and then we'll break it down into sections and we'll work through it. So we're going to start on F just like we did for the wheels on the bus Countess in. And One, 23 four, London Bridge is falling down, falling. Falling them on the bridge is a lean down. I they The only difference in this one is we do have something called arrest. An arrest is going to be where you pause in a beat. All right, So, for instance, we have four beats, and for this one, we're gonna be silent and just kind of let it sit and play out for the last beat. So it would sound like this if we were gonna play 123 She do breach, which is perfect, because then it gives us a little bit more time to get to those different chords. So start out, we'll go ahead and we'll get on f And it's gonna be a little bit faster strumming too. So we're gonna go way Should have four strums for the London Bridge and bridge is on the bridge And then we do three for falling down Lean down and this is where you take that rest And that's great cause it gives us time to get to our C chord for the next Falling down on Ben Rest And you're gonna go back to that f court lean and then we do it again, Then bridges falling good and switch to your C and you're gonna go to strums on each word way. Go back to our F and we do a strong for Les De and one more after lady and then rest for that last beat. All right, so let's go ahead and play it together one to three blood calling down, following and way. And that's gonna be a good luck, guys, a lot of practice and this will be perfect for you.