The ukulele is an often under-rated instrument that was popular during the early 20th century. Sadly, due in part to cheaply made “junk” and toy ukuleles, as well as its novelty use, the ukulele began to take a back seat to other stringed instruments. However, this one-of-a-kind instrument is experiencing a current increase in popularity, due to factors such as an influx of well-made instruments, and the ability to view good uke performances on sites like YouTube. Although it is a fairly easy instrument to learn, you can use it to make truly beautiful music. After seeing for yourself what a ukulele can do, you may want to give it a try. There are several reasons that a ukulele is a great instrument for beginning musicians to learn, including:
If you play guitar, it is easy to play the ukulele. You can learn how in a very short time.
The ukulele is the simplest instrument to carry and travel with, due to its light weight and small size.
There is an abundance of guitarists around, but playing the ukulele will help you to stand out in a crowd, offering something different and unique.
The uke is like a 4-stringed guitar, which makes it easier to learn, as well as having fewer chords to master. Also, the uke does not require the heavier finger pressure that a guitar does.
It’s a great stepping-stone to learn many stringed instruments. Once you master the ukulele, it’s easier to transition to the guitar, bass guitar, and more.
Once you have learned the common chords for the ukulele, you can begin to play songsEddie_Vedder_Ukulele_Songs.jpg and sing along. The next step is to find some ukulele sheet music for beginners. Sheet music can be a great help, as you will be able to use it to learn ukulele tabs, chords, melodies and lyrics. Online music stores, such as Sonifly.com and sheetmusicplus.com.com offer a variety of ukulele sheet music for beginners. You can find almost any ukulele sheet music available, and simply download and print it right from your home computer. Some great titles to start with are:
Ahi Wela/ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
“Here Comes The Sun” by Jennifer Pefri
“Honolulu Bay” by The Sunday Manoa
“Wai ‘alae” Traditional
If you are in the mood for some more mainstream music, you might like:
“Black Magic Woman” by Santana
“Dreaming With a Broken Heart” by John Mayer
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
As you can see, finding ukelele sheet music for beginners is easy if you know where to look. The ukelele is becoming a fun, popular way to make music that people love. So, pick up aukelele, and try your hand at it, or dust off your grandpa’s old uke up in the attic, and see what you can create!