Uke Basics

The Emotional Value of Chords

By Jim D’Ville | From the Winter 2016 issue of Ukulele When I started on the ukulele, I could not identify the chord changes in a song simply by listening. I learned the changes from written materials. A more apt…

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Learn Jake’s Triple-Strum Technique

  By Greg Olwell In this video clip, Jake Shimabukuro demonstrates how to play a triple strum. It’s a fast, flashy strum, which he thoroughly and patiently breaks down into an easy-to-follow three-step motion. Jake originally filmed this lesson for…

A Guide to Four Basic Movable Dominant Chords

By Alec “Cheef” Poletsky Dominant chords are often used as “turnaround” chords on ukulele, usually appearing right before the major tonic chord (for example, in the key of C, you would have a G7 followed by a C major). A…

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