Ukulele

How To Tune A Ukulele


First Ukulele Notes

Ukulele Open Strings – fact sheet

QUIZ: Ukulele notes quiz 1 – pdf

 


Some easy tunes (TAB notation only)

The Old Orchard – pdf

 

Dandelions – pdf

 

Popcorn Pop – pdf

 

Merry-Go-Round – pdf

 


Songs with easy TAB notation and easy chords

Ode To Joy – pdf

An excerpt from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, arranged for ukulele by Alison Rowley. You can watch the tune here – the strumming is, obviously, dubbed over the top!

 

Old Joe Clark – pdf sheet music

 

Scarborough Fair – pdf sheet music

 


Songs with the new strumming pattern “d-du-udu”

That’s: down……. down up……. up down up

 

Bring Me Sunshine – pdf

Bring Me Sunshine was written in 1966 by the composer Arthur Kent, with lyrics by Sylvia Dee. Please sing along!

 

Surfin’ USA – pdf

Surfin’ USA contains lyrics by Brian Wilson set to the music of “Sweet Little Sixteen”, written by Chuck Berry. You can watch the strumming here – the tune (in the second half of the video) is, obviously, dubbed over the top!

 

Any Dream Will Do – pdf

Any Dream Will Do was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Please sing along!

 

How To Train Your Dragon – pdf

An excerpt from the soundtrack to How To Train Your Dragon by John Powell, arranged for ukulele by Alison Rowley. You can watch the strumming here – the tune is, obviously, dubbed over the top! The TAB tune is quite tricky but the 5th, 7th and 10th frets (and sometimes the 12th one too) should be marked on your ukuleles – have a look for the dots on the top or side of your fretboard!


Songs with other strumming patterns

Skye Boat Song – pdf with chords and TAB

Strumming three beats in a bar: d-dud-


Ukulele Chords

Groups Of Ukulele Chords – this fact sheet contains a reminder of how to play the most common ukulele chords. Each row contains a group of between 3 and 5 chords that work well together, so pick a row of chords to practise and mix the chords up to form your own ‘chord sequence’. Then if you’re really keen you could even write your own song!