Getting Started on the Ukulele: A Beginner's Guide

Welcome to the wonderful world of the ukulele! Whether you're a total beginner or just looking to brush up on your skills, you've come to the right place. As a passionate ukulele teacher and group leader, I'm excited to share some tips and resources to help you get started.

Why Learn the Ukulele?

The ukulele is a fantastic instrument for people of all ages and backgrounds. It's relatively easy to learn, portable, and incredibly fun to play. Plus, it has a warm, inviting sound that can instantly lift your spirits. Whether you're 7 or 70, there's no better time to pick up the ukulele!

How to Tune Your Ukulele

Before you start playing, you'll need to make sure your ukulele is in tune. Thankfully, there are some excellent free apps available to help you with this. Here are a couple of my favorites:

These apps are user-friendly and great for beginners.

Learning Ukulele Chords

Learning chords is an essential part of playing the ukulele. Here are some apps that can help you identify and practice chords:

Find Ukulele Songs

Now that you’re tuned up and have some chords under your belt, it’s time to play some songs! You can find a wide variety of songs suitable for beginners in my 1000-page songbook available at This extensive collection has something for everyone, and it's a great resource to keep you motivated and engaged.

Beginner Ukulele Songs

Here are a few classic beginner songs that are easy to learn and fun to play:

  1. "You Are My Sunshine" – Simple chords and a familiar melody.
  2. "Riptide" by Vance Joy – A modern favorite with repetitive chords.
  3. "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen – Beautiful and iconic.
  4. "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" – Perfect for younger learners.
  5. "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley – Easy and uplifting.

Join a Ukulele Group

If you're near Arklow or Wicklow, why not join one of our ukulele groups? The Arklow Ukulele Players and Wicklow Ukulele Players are always welcoming new members. It's a great way to meet fellow ukulele enthusiasts, learn new songs, and have a lot of fun!

Book Ukulele Lessons

If you're interested in taking your ukulele skills to the next level, I offer personalized lessons. Check out for more details.

Happy strumming!