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  1. Hey, how you doing? Justine here!
  2. Today we're gonna do a
    lesson on getting started on a Ukulele.
  3. Great fun little instrument these are.
  4. I’ve only been playing a few months but
    it’s really really good fun.
  5. If you play a bit of guitar, the skills
    kinda transfer over pretty easy.
  6. That's kind of a cool thing!
  7. And if you’ve never played a musical
    instrument before
  8. it’s a nice little starter one this one.
  9. It's got nylon strings so it's
    easy on the fingers.
  10. The chords are pretty simple to play.
  11. Small, portable - great for parties you know
  12. it’s a really good little instrument
  13. In this lesson I want to show you
  14. how to tune that thing,
  15. how to hold it, how to strum it
    and I show you
  16. four really simple chords
  17. and give you some progressions to put
    those chords in
  18. so you can play some tunes.
  19. That’s the aim of our little lesson today.
  20. So first thing, getting your Uke in tune.
  21. Really really important, nylon
    strings tend to go out of tune a bit.
  22. So I would recommend getting something
    like a clip on tuner
  23. or something that is there all the time.
  24. So you can tune up really quick you know
  25. rather than having to get a tuner out and do
    all of that sort of stuff.
  26. Either a little clip-on tuner.
  27. This particular Uke has a built-in
    tuner,
  28. This is a Maton Ukulele
    Australian Guitar Company
  29. makes great instruments all around
    you want to check them out its Maton.
  30. Maton.com.au is their website.
  31. If your looking for a uke this is a great one.
  32. Doesn’t matter what one you do this one as
    I should mention is a concert size Uke.
  33. There's a soprano Uke which is a lot
    smaller - same tuning.
  34. Although sometimes they tune the
    smaller ones up a tone from what
  35. I'm going to show you. And there is
    a couple of bigger ones as well
  36. this one is a concert one if you want
    to get one of this size.
  37. So the tuning is C, oh sorry, G, C, E, A

  38. and it seems to be commonly called
    when I looked it up “My dog has flees “
  39. I don’t know where they get that name from
  40. But you can hear that the fourth string
    which is the one closest to the ceiling
  41. is actually the highest note.
  42. So it’s kinda high - low - getting higher
  43. It’s going from the top down okay you
    know I mean physically down
  44. The string closest to the floor is the
    one I call the first string
  45. So first string, second string, third
    string and fourth string
  46. So from the ground it would be A, E, C
    and G
  47. and from the ceiling down G, C, E, A. Okay?
  48. Now like I said I really recommend
    that you get a tuner
  49. If you don’t have a tuner
  50. I'm gonna play the notes for you now so
    you can tune up
  51. So, this would be the top
    string or string four. It’s the note G.
  52. Okay, and now to the third string just
    the note C. It’s the lowest note on the Uke
  53. And to the second string which
    is the note E
  54. And now to the first string, the
    one closest to the ground, the note A
  55. Okay, so when you pick it up and strum it.
  56. “My dog has flees” that’s what you
    want to be hearing. Okay.
  57. So that’s first really important thing
    getting your Uke in tune
  58. Second thing - holding the Uke. Now
  59. It makes sense to me that you should
    be stable not supported by this hand
  60. so that means I have to support
    it with this hand
  61. But just supporting it with this hand
  62. and leaving this one free means
    I've got to hold it so tight
  63. I can't strum very freely and that’s
    no good
  64. and if I just support it with this hand
    then I can’t change chords

  65. So really it’s a bit of balancing act where
  66. Some of the weight of the neck is held
    by your hand that is fretting the chords
  67. which is quite different to guitar
  68. On guitar you would never be
    holding the neck
  69. The neck should just be completely stationary
  70. and it does make changing
    chords a little trickier
  71. when you have to support
    the neck a little bit, Okay?
  72. and otherwise it’s just your
    forearm kind of holding the Uke down
  73. I have seen a few people talk about
    being able to hold the Uke like that
  74. and play quite freely but I haven't been
    able to get it together that quickly
  75. so it might be difficult for you too
  76. one thing I do find - especially for the very
    first time - I just rested the Uke in my lap
  77. like it was a guitar and now my strumming
    hand feels quite free
  78. and I’m not going to hold the
    neck up so much
  79. So you might want to try that as well
  80. Doesn’t really matter whichever
    way you really want to do it.
  81. you going to be holding it up
    quite high it's not like a guitar
  82. where you would be playing it right down
    on your lap that feels pretty weird
  83. So going to have it a little bit further up
  84. So it really is what’s comfortable for you
  85. If I was going to play it standing up
    I would almost certainly use a strap
  86. It’s so light and small you could
    use a bit of string
  87. It wouldn’t be big deal
  88. So generally, you’re just using you’re
    forearm to hold the Uke against your body
  89. and a little bit of support from the left hand.
  90. The first thing you want to get sorted out,
    is just how you going to hold it
  91. Now strumming - normally with Uke
    you strum with your first finger
  92. There are other techniques, you
    could do fingerstyle and all sorts of stuff
  93. To start off with you want to be
    just using your first finger
  94. and interestingly you strum kind of around
    where the neck meets the body of the Uke
  95. It’s not like a guitar where your back here
  96. it’s more here
  97. Now I recommend just starting off,
    just doing four down strums
  98. with your first finger
  99. and then get used to doing some up
    strokes and
  100. make sure your fingers not getting caught
    in the strings
  101. and going down, up, down,
    up, down, up, down, up
  102. A really common kind of pattern
    could be like
  103. one, two, and three and four, down - down
    up - down up - down, that kind of a pattern
  104. Works really great on the Uke
  105. But there’s lot s of different kind of
    strumming patterns
  106. you can use - like on the guitar
  107. that's one of the things you
    want to be studying as you progress
  108. is learning different strumming patterns
  109. and different ways of playing them
  110. To start of with, don’t feel stress
  111. just first finger strumming around
    the joint of the neck
  112. and the body of the Uke strumming
    it up and down
  113. That’s all you need to really be
    worrying about
  114. To start off with
  115. So let's get to a close up and check
    out your first four chords
  116. The first chord where looking at
    is a C chord
  117. And all we need to do to play a C chord is
    to put our third finger
  118. in the third fret of string one
  119. The string one is the one
    closest to the ground. Okay?
  120. so - open , open, open, third fret
  121. This is a C chord
  122. Okay. Very very easy
  123. Okay now the really really easy
    one - A minor
  124. All we need to do is put that
    second finger
  125. in the second fret of the top string
    or string four
  126. Okay. So it's second - open - open - open
  127. Just make sure your second finger
    is not laying over
  128. and muting the third string
  129. Nicely using the tips of your fingers
  130. that would be an A minor chord.
  131. C
    (plucking the chord)
  132. Am
    (plucking the chord)
  133. From A minor we can get to F really easy
  134. I know the F chord on guitar is a
    bit of nightmare. But on the Uke,
  135. all you do is to start with A minor
  136. you put your first finger down
    in the first fret of the second string
  137. and you leave your second finger down
  138. You got second fret, open, first fret, open,
    and we got an F chord.
  139. Okay, so start with the first finger
    first fret, second string
  140. second finger, second fret, fourth string
  141. The one we got that's an F Chord
  142. Okay and the last chord we look
    at today is this one
  143. and this one is a G chord. I can
    here some of you guitar players say
  144. no it’s a D chord! Well, it looks like a
    D chord but on the Uke its a G chord
  145. open, first finger is going in the
    second fret of the third string
  146. third finger is going in the third
    fret of the second string
  147. and the second finger is going down
    in the second fret of the first string
  148. Okay, first finger,
  149. second finger
  150. third finger
  151. (plucking G chord)
  152. Okay, this is a G chord
  153. So we got
    C
  154. Am
  155. F
  156. G
  157. (plucking C, Am, F ...)
  158. I recommend doing that as a little exercise
  159. to getting used to those chords,
  160. C
  161. Am
  162. F
  163. G
  164. and back to
    C
  165. Just using those four chords that
    we learned, there are hundreds
  166. and I actually mean hundreds of
    songs that you can play
  167. Now all you want to do is to start
    off learning some chord sequences
  168. I cant teach you the actual
    songs and name them
  169. because the I get into copyright
    problems, I got to get clearances
  170. it gets all complicated
  171. So I'll put a list of songs upon
    the website, okay
  172. and use this particular chords because
    I can get away with that.
  173. So the first really common chord sequence
  174. that you going to get
  175. is going from the C chord
  176. to the G chord
  177. to the A minor
  178. and to the F
  179. C
  180. G
  181. Am
  182. to F
  183. I’m using my thumb here just because
    it's really easy for me to hold the Uke.
  184. and kinda strum with my thumb.
    You probably want to use your first finger
  185. (strumming with first finger)
  186. Okay. C, G, A minor, to F, okay
  187. This chord sequence is used so much it's insane
  188. You might have seen the Axis of Awesome
    doing these little four chords
  189. in a medley of different songs that used it
  190. So this is that chord sequence right
  191. So if you want to dig that video out and
    check out all the songs that they do
  192. Again you can google it and I'll put a list
    up on my website
  193. that chord sequence, actually called
    a 1-5-6-4..Okay, 1-5-6-4
  194. that’s the name of chord sequence
  195. But there’re others even the
    chord sequence I’ve showed
  196. you at the beginning there’s
    lots of songs that use this
  197. having this 1 chord - the C, the A minor, F to G
  198. Hundreds,maybe, it cant be a hundreds
    but there’s lots and lots of songs
  199. that do use that chord sequence
  200. So that’s what I would recommend for the Uke, to start. If you going to get started on the Ukulele
  201. Rather than trying to learn to learn loads
    of different chords,
  202. and any sort of fancy stuff, check out
    those four chords
  203. get really comfortable with them
    and confident with your strumming
  204. Once you got
    that together that’s kinda of the thing
  205. you need if your playing on a party or whatever
    you want to have a good repertoires of tunes
  206. that are really easy. That you can play
    if you had a couple of beers
  207. It’s not going to stress you, not kinda
    get complicated you know
  208. That’s what I recommend to
    starting off with on the Ukulele
  209. I’m going to say I’m planning more lessons,
    some Uke songs and some
  210. more videos and some more complicated chords
  211. but as I said for getting started on
    the Uke you got enough to get yourself going
  212. So, have fun on that fantastic
  213. I really really enjoying the Uke
  214. It's such a laugh.
  215. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do
  216. and I'll see you for plenty
    more lessons very soon
  217. Take care of yourselves!
  218. Bye-bye.