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How to Play the Ukulele for Beginners | Tutorial + Best Ukulele Covers



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- Hey guys! I'm Marissa.

- I'm Brookie.

- And today we're gonna be teaching

you guys how to play the ukulele.

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- So in this video,

we're gonna teach you how to do some easy songs,

some strumming patterns,

some basic chords,

and tuning.

- Tuning.

- Tuning.

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- I have this ukulele for Christmas

probably three years ago.

- And then okay,

so I was really jealous of her ukulele.

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I wanted one. - She wanted one.

- I was really jealous of her ukulele

so the next Christmas I got my own ukulele.

- Yep. But blue.

- But blue.

- And we have this wall,

have our ukulele, the piano and some records.

Like a little music station,

so that's where we like to hang it up,

we got the hooks on Amazon.

This is the ukulele brand that I have

and it is a Soprano ukulele.

- And I have a Penguin brand

and I have no clue what it is.

- And this definitely fits her personality,

and my personality,

the blue and the brown. - It's definitely...

like a different... - It's a different sound.

Which is kinda weird, but...

- Both of our ukulele's are actually Soprano.

- But there's different kinds.

You can get a bigger one, an Alto one,

- Yeah.

- Just depending on how you sing I guess.

- Which we don't sing.

Oh no.

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♪ I don't know my name ♪

♪ I don't play by the rules of the game ♪

♪ So say I'm trying ♪

♪ Just trying ♪

♪ Ooohhh ♪

♪ Aaaahhhh ♪

♪ Aaaahhhh ♪

- We don't sing.

Oh no.

- So first things first,

we need to learn how to tune the ukulele.

- Mine is really really out of tune.

- And mine is not.

So this is how we do it.

We go over to the piano and tune it.

Here we go.

So it goes G, C, E, A

You can come up with an acronym for that.

- G!

- G, Good,

Cats,

Ever,

After.

I don't know.

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(piano and ukulele tuning sounds)

So that's pretty good.

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That one is not.

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- [Brookie] You're making it worse.

- Okay, that's good.

And then I go C...

Oh boy.

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Oh my goodness.

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Then, A.

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Okay, I think we have it.

So you just play middle C,

right here is where you want to play.

G,

C,

E,

A.

♪ My dog has fleas ♪

Grandma taught me that.

- Love you.

- There are some tuning apps out there,

but if you have a piano,

it's much more handier.

Cause you have it right there.

- If you don't have a piano,

you can get an app.

- So yeah.

- Just look up ukulele tuner and you'll find it.

Next thing we're gonna cover is...

Cords! - Woo!

So there are four basic cords.

C.

♪ C ♪

- G.

♪ G ♪

- A.

♪ A ♪

- And F.

♪ And F ♪

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- So C, G, A, F...

A, F.

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- So you know Grace VanderWaal,

she came so famous,

that was the first song we learned.

- We ever learned.

- And it's literally those chords.

- There's so many songs that have those

four basic chords in it,

even there's YouTube videos that are four chords

in 50 songs,

so if you guys want to you can sing along,

you can play the ukulele,

and use those four chords.

But if you want to get more advanced,

there's definitely more chords out there.

- Like E Minor. ♪ E Minor ♪

- D is really hard.

It's like... - Oh yeah.

Or like a B... - Oh no, B's...

(ukulele playing)

- But today we're going to be focusing on

those four basic chords because this is definitely

a beginner video.

- And if you like these types of videos,

give it a thumbs up and comment on Instagram,

like whatever stuff you want to do with ukulele.

So the easiest chord of all of them is C.

You put your third finger on the third fret

of the chord A.

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- There's two different ways to do G.

Brookie does it the different way...

- I go like this.

- Which is how most people do it.

I think it's easier from C to G,

if you just go like this and put your middle finger up.

This is how I do G.

First finger second fret of A.

Middle finger on the second fret of C.

And then third finger is kinda like staggered

on the third fret of E.

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That's G.

- And then I do it like that

- [Marissa] She has her two fingers up.

- Yeah.

- I think it's easier to transition from C to G

and then to A if I have my... yeah.

- It's not that hard people.

The easiest way to get chords down

is just practicing them over and over.

It was kind of hard at first but you just,

I mean C is easy, but then just (mumbles)

- The hardest transition for me was C to G.

- Same.

- But going from one chord to another chord,

it's kinda hard.

So just practice.

Sit in your room for hours just strumming the chords.

- So probably the second easiest one is A.

You put your middle finger on the second fret of G.

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There you go.

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- As you can tell, it sounds different from the ukuleles.

Play yours.

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- Yours is more soft.

- Okay now for the last one

from A to F

you keep your finger there

and then you play the third string.

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Yeah, those are the four basic chords everyone.

Now we're going to piece all those chords together.

Play along with us if you want.

Pause the video and go get your ukulele.

Ready, set, go.

C.

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G.

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A.

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F.

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One more time.

C.

♪ C ♪

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G. ♪ G ♪

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A. ♪ A ♪

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F. ♪ F ♪

- Oops.

C.

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G.

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A.

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F.

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C.

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G.

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A.

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F.

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- Now is kind of the tricky part.

Something that takes a lot of practice is

strumming pattern.

The most common strumming pattern is

down, down, up,

up, down, up.

So this is what it sounds like.

This is pretty much what we're doing.

Down, down, up.

Up, down, up.

Even if you are kind of more experienced

in the ukulele world, - It's still hard.

you can try muting.

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- I don't get how she does that.

Do you hear it.

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- It's like putting your arm down, but...

- I don't get it

- You can watch another video for that.

The basic strumming pattern is,

Down, down, up.

Up, down, down.

Down, down, up.

Up, down, up.

Down, down, up.

Play along!

Down, down, up.

Up, down, up.

Down, down, up.

Up, down, up.

Down, down, up.

Up, down, up.

Down, down, up.

- So if you do it too hard, it will just...

Down, down, up.

It sounds really weird.

And if you do it too soft, it's like...

- But sometimes I do like to alter the pressure,

it's like...

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- (mumbles) Some people do it with like their finger.

It just depends on how you like strumming too.

- You can strum with your pointer finger

which is what I do.

- I do it a really weird way.

I use these two fingers.

- It's really weird.

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- I don't know.

- You just have to figure out what works best for you.

But my finger is like a loose...

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- And Grace VanderWaal...

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- She kinda like, use your middle finger,

your thumb.

I started out using my thumb.

Cause I didn't know how to work my other fingers.

- One of our favorite apps to use,

learning a song, or...

- There's literally any song on this app,

and you can get the chords and the words at the same time.

- It's awesome.

It's called Tabs.

It is this one right here.

It's called Tabs.

We just used it and you can type in your favorite song.

So on the app it has all of the chords that you need

for the song and then you have the words

and if you don't know one you can click on it

and it will tell you how to play it.

It has the words so you can sing along.

So you can get comfortable with playing the chords

that you can look at a chord

and know how to play it already.

So this is "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley.

Very basic chords but you kind of have to learn

how to transition.

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♪ Falling in love with you. ♪

- You're singing the harmony now.

- Yeah.

- Okay, we literally can't do harmony

because she can't stay in her lane!

You're plugging your ears?

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- I can't do it without.

♪ Wise men say ♪

♪ Only fools rush in ♪

♪ But I can't help ♪

♪ Falling in love with you ♪

♪ Shall I stay ♪

♪ Would it be a sin ♪

♪ I can't help falling in love with you ♪

- Okay.

That took a million tries.

Unnecessary tries.

That is the first song that we like to play.

Second song is "You Can Count On Me" by Bruno Mars.

♪ Count on me like one two three ♪

♪ I'll be there ♪

♪ And I know when I need it I can count on you like ♪

♪ Four three two ♪

♪ And I know when I need it I can count on you like ♪

♪ Four three two ♪

♪ I'll be there ♪

- This one is "Riptide" by Vance Joy.

And this is very simple.

♪ I was scared of dentists and the dark ♪

♪ I was scared of pretty girls ♪

♪ And starting conversations ♪

♪ All my friends are turning green ♪

♪ Lady, running down to the riptide ♪

♪ Taken away to the dark side ♪

♪ I wanna be your left hand man ♪

♪ I love you when you're singing that song ♪

♪ And I got a lump in my throat cause ♪

♪ You're gonna sing the words wrong ♪

♪ Stay in bed but it feels just a little ♪

♪ Your lipstick stains on the front lobe ♪

♪ Of my left side brains ♪

♪ I knew I wouldn't forget you ♪

♪ Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo ♪

♪ The way you move ain't fair you know ♪

- Okay so don't judge our singing

because we didn't practice.

And we're not like singers,

we just like do it for fun.

So don't judge us please.

So that is how we like to play the ukulele.

It is so fun.

Just get a friend together and sing together

and play the ukulele together.

- Christmas is kinda coming up! You know.

- So maybe you want to get a ukulele.

So that is the end of our video.

Hope you guys learned something.

Hope you guys get inspired to play the ukulele

because it's so fun.

- And hopefully you guys like it

because we want to do more of these videos

- Yeah and it's really easy to learn

so just try it out.

And they're not that expensive either,

at least I don't think.

Thank you guys so much for watching

and we'll see you next time.

- Bye!

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