Instructors: Marcy Marxer

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Welcome to Peghead Nation's Beginning Ukulele course.

by Marcy Marxer
September 30, 2014

This course is designed with the absolute beginner in mind. I'll lead you through chords, strums, left and right hand strengthening exercises and answer the most frequently asked questions. Most importantly, we'll follow a step-by-step program to make sure your musical knowledge base is solid. All this while we're having fun playing the ukulele! What could be better? Let me know how you're doing with the course and if you have any songs requests. 

- Marcy

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Posted by on
Hi Marcy,
I am having such a great time with your lessons. Love the songs you have chosen, especially “Keep in the sunny side” . So beautiful!
Thanks for putting this together. Looking forward to continuing to learn with this. I have met the most amazing people with my uke.
Kind regards, Lynn
Posted by on
Hi! Just joined today. I'm so excited to get started. I'm basically self-taught. I've gotten to the point that I can read tab and strum chords/basic patterns, but I really want to learn picking and chord melody. I'm sure I picked up a lot of bad habits so hopefully I can fix them.

Posted by on
Thanks Marcy for the direct link to buy Big Bill Broonzy's CD!

I'm actually trying to find info on how-to play a uke left handed - my Mom is now interested and I'd love to treat her to a membership here
Can you direct me to the lesson (not that I mind scrolling through them either ! LOL)

H Gale
Posted by Scottnyg on
Lynn, baritone uke is generally tuned a fourth lower than a standard Uke, which means that if you play the chords in Marcy's lessons, they will sound a fourth lower than her uke. Standard uke tuning is G C E A, baritone uke is D G B E, which is the same as the top four strings of a guitar, which is probably what the salesperson meant. This is helpful information for guitar players, but not generally for beginning uke players. You could put a capo on the fifth fret of your baritone uke to make the strings match the pitch of Marcy's uke. But all the shapes in her lessons will work on your baritone, they'll just sound lower. Hope that helps.
Scott Nygaard
Editor and Co-Founder
Peghead Nation
Posted by on
I am so confused. I bought a baritone use and have been practicing along with your use lessons. Are the strings and cords the same for a baritone use and a uke? The store where i bought my baritone use also sold me a song book for a guitar, which shows cords with six strings. I think the salesperson told me the cords were the same for the baritone use as the guitar, which after taking your lessons is not the case. HELP!!! Thanks, Lynn
Posted by Marcy Marxer on
Hi, Mo,
The songs you mention are all great. The Iz Kamakawiwo’ole versions of "What A Wonderful World" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" use different chords and words than the original versions. Brother Iz did things his own way and everything he played and sang was beautiful. If you're playing through the original charts you might be surprised that they're very different. We can compare the versions in future lessons.
Here's a link to the official Iz version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow from his record company.
And here's the original version sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard Of Oz.
Both are great!
Posted by Marcy Marxer on
Hi Antonio,
Thank you for your note. In the 1950s it was common to play ukulele with a felt pick. I use several kinds of picks including plastic. The tone varies drastically depending on the type of pick. Many players have a long thumbnail on their left hand and use it like a pick. The choice of picks is totally up to your tone tastes.
I usually play with fingers but use a pick or fingerpicks depending on the song.
I hope this answers your question.
Posted by on
Love the lessons with Marcy. Can you recommend music for more songs, I.e. "what a wonderful life", "Don't worry, be happy" and of course, "somewhere over the rainbow". I 'm loving the songs I've learned so far, but would like to try a few more.
Thank you, Mo
Posted by on
Hello Marcy, thank you for your efforts in putting this lesson set together. I am enjoying going through the first few videos. I have never picked up a ukulele until today, but I am noticing that I get a much better tone if I use a pick to strum with. I know that you mentioned one person who has done very well while using a pick, but I am worried in case I meet up with problems later on by not using my fingers to strum with. Could you give me any advice please? Thanks again. You have a happy smiling face and it's fun to go through the course. Antonio.
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