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.
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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)
Editor and Co-Founder
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!
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.
Thank you, Mo
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