FREE Beginner Uke Course

This basic ukulele course is designed especially for beginners but should also be helpful for anyone who needs to expand their basic knowledge of playing ukulele. All of the lessons are free and include 19 songs covering 5 common keys (C, F, G, A, and D) and more than 20 different basic chords.

Please note that it’s not necessary to master each song before going to the next. If you’re a beginner, with a little practice you should be able to play along with the SLOW versions of songs with the chords shown. Start at the beginning and work your way through since some lessons build on what was learned in previous lessons. Don’t worry about being able to play along with the NORMAL TEMPO versions. With time and practice you will be able to play them with no problem, but in the beginning just learn the basic chords and play along with the slow versions so you can gain an understanding of the different chords, keys, and rhythm that is taught.

I’ve broken the 31 videos of the course down into 8 different sections, with each section containing several videos. The menu below will take you to the section of your choice and there is a link included at the bottom of every section that will bring you back to this main menu.

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Section I – Introduction

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction
  • Lesson 2 – Holding & Strumming
  • Lesson 3 – Notes, Chords, and Keys
  • Lesson 4 – Introduction to Chords
  • Lesson 5 – About the Songs

Section II: Key of C

  • Lesson 6 – Key of C
  • Lesson 6a – My Dog Has Fleas
  • Lesson 6b – Oh Susanna
  • Lesson 6c – Big Rock Candy Mountain

Section III: Key of F

  • Lesson 7 – Key of F
  • Lesson 7a – Mountain Dew
  • Lesson 7b – A Beautiful Life
  • Lesson 7c – Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Section IV: Key of G

  • Lesson 8 – Key of G
  • Lesson 8a – Do Lord
  • Lesson 8b – Simple Gifts
  • Lesson 8c – When the Saints Go Marching In

Section V: Key of A

  • Lesson 9 – Key of A
  • Lesson 9a – Hard Times Come Again No More
  • Lesson 9b – Church in the Wildwood
  • Lesson 9c – The Crawdad Song

Section VI: Key of D

  • Lesson 10 – Key of D
  • Lesson 10a – My Old Kentucky Home
  • Lesson 10b – Banks of the Ohio
  • Lesson 10c – What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Section VII: Minor Chords

  • Lesson 11 – Minor Chords
  • Lesson 11a – Shady Grove
  • Lesson 11b – House of the Rising Sun

Section VIII: Waltz Time (3/4 time)

  • Lesson 12 – Waltz Time (3/4)
  • Lesson 12a – Amazing Grace
  • Lesson 12b – Down in the Valley

11 Comments

  1. Salvatore
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 11:57:23

    sono un sessantenne principiante e credo che questo corso sia fantastico. Grazie

  2. admin
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 18:08:56

    Grazie Salvatore! Sono contento che si stanno trovando le lezioni utili!

  3. Ross
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 18:10:24

    Nothing there!

  4. admin
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 22:44:44

    Ross… To access the videos click on one of the section headers such as “Section I — Introduction” and it’ll take you to that section.

  5. Judy
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 09:22:59

    Hello, I have learned to play “Church in the Wildwood”. When I was showing my son and daughter that it was in the key of A, they both said something about tuning the uke to play in A. Then I was really confused! I looked up info about tuning ukulele and read about standard tuning. I have only tuned ukulele in this way. I thought this was the only way.. I read if playing with other musicians you may need to tune differently.. Can you shed light on this? I practice everyday and have been playing a little over a year, but play basic stuff, nothing fancy and by myself. I just enjoy playing around with it, and have not studied to be a master musician! I feel very ignorant! My son made it sound like if a song is in the key of A, instrument should be tuned to A… ? I don’t understand. Are you suppose to tune your instrument to different keys or will standard tuning allow you to play songs in different keys? Sorry so long!

  6. admin
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 22:19:38

    Hi Judy… It’s possible to tune differently but it’s not necessary or even desirable when it comes to the uke. All of the songs you will learn from me are in “standard” tuning, which is GCEA. For a song in the key of A you would just play chords that fit into that key, just like I teach you in the course. That’s not to say it can’t be done in other ways, but your best bet is to stick with the standard tuning and learn chords in that tuning. If you happen to play with other musicians, most of them know that their own instruments needed to be in standard tuning as well, so if they play an A chord on a guitar or whatever, you’ll play an A chord on the ukulele. The chords will be formed differently on different instruments but the same notes are used. Hope that doesn’t confuse you. Just play and have fun! As long as you’re in tune you’ll be fine.

  7. Judy
    Jan 19, 2016 @ 06:23:32

    Thank you for your reply! Yes, that simplifies it for me!!! Thanks, again!

  8. Linda Gahr
    Aug 26, 2016 @ 16:09:15

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  9. Richard Hefner
    Aug 27, 2016 @ 06:05:36

    Hi Linda… Glad you’re finding the ezFolk site helpful. Everything’s free and no donation is necessary. I’m just glad when somebody is able to use the information shared here. Happy picking!

  10. Frank Scott
    Sep 10, 2016 @ 10:48:47

    Hello,
    I am really confused. Can you explain the major differences between the different ukulele models? Soprano, Tenor, Baritone and which one you use in your lessons and if a person has a different type like maybe the Baritone how they could still play along with your music?

  11. Richard Hefner
    Sep 10, 2016 @ 20:33:05

    Hi Frank… I’m using a soprano in these lessons. The soprano, concert, and tenor generally can all be tuned in the same tuning I used in the lessons (GCEA) but the baritone is in a different tuning (DGBE) so you can’t do these lessons in the same way if that’s what you’re using. You might consider getting one of the smaller ukes and learning on that. You can apply all of this to the baritone, but keep in mind the chords will have different names if you do that. Hope that’s not too confusing!

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