Welcome and congratulations on becoming a Learn to Play member! First, we'll get you going by showing you around the page, but the bulk of your time on Learn to Play will probably be spent in our video lesson collections which are taught by our expert LTP teachers and divided into three easy to navigate sections: Chords, Technique, and Songs. Feel free to jump around and learn at your own pace—but most importantly, remember to have fun!
Tune & Stay in Tune
Before you can play your ukulele you need to know how to tune it! Learning how to stretch your strings is vital in ensuring your ukulele stays in tune and a brand new uke can take up to one to two weeks before it begins to hold its pitch so you will need to tune it often during that time. Things like warm weather and changes in temperature can cause your instrument to go out of tune so before you play, watch this video to learn how to tune and stay in tune.
How to Hold Your Ukulele
Holding your ukulele correctly is very important in optimizing the amount of support and accessibility necessary to comfortably play your uke, luckily it's not very hard! If you have a larger ukulele like a tenor or baritone resting the bottom of the uke on your leg is acceptable to add support. If it feels uncomfortable or wrong when trying to hold your uke, it most likely is. Try to assume the most correct position you can but also find what works best for you!
Kala Tuner App
Whether in the studio or on the go, quickly tune your ukulele with the Kala Chromatic Tuner App. This video will give you an overview of how to use the app and get your uke in perfect tune. Download on the App Store or Google Play today!
In the upcoming Learn to Play lessons, we'll be referencing specific numbers for each fret, string, and finger. This way you'll be able to put together chords just by listening to instruction, instead of needing to see the chord formation—and you'll get the most out of each lesson. Here we've drawn the position of a C chord, which you can make by placing your third finger on the first string on the third fret. On ukulele we count the strings from bottom to top.