If you’re anything like me, you have probably accepted defeat and faced the idea that maybe you aren’t meant to be musically inclined. We all hear about those people who magically pick up a guitar or sit down at a piano and teach themselves to be the next YouTube sensation pop star. And sometimes it’s straight up frustrating.
I’ve tried my hand at singing, piano, guitar and even the harmonica, all resulting in a white flag of defeat after a few weeks of never getting it right. But then I discovered the ease and comfort of the ukulele.
It’s smaller than a guitar, only has four strings, and allows you to play songs with your own style to it. I picked up a ukulele on May 7th, and by the night of May 10th I was playing my own version of “Drops of Jupiter” and “She Will Be Loved.” The versatility of chords is what makes this instrument so easy to play. You can play a song using only three chords as long as you’re brave enough to sing along with it, or you can get fancy with picking strings and learning the more complex chords.
In all honesty, I got a serious confidence boost from being able to learn something so quickly–and finally being able to make music after all these years! So give it a try. The Makala brand Uke is a great beginner’s piece, and is probably one of the best budget-wise. Plus they have custom shark and dolphin bridges to give you the extra beachy feel.
ukutabs.com is great for simplifying songs to the easier chords, allowing you to play songs you actually know and love.
You Are My Sunshine is the first song I learned, and was incredibly easy with only three chords.
After getting the hang of different strumming patterns, I began to learn songs like You and I by Ingrid Michaelson, and even Drops of Jupiter by Train. These three songs can all use the same strumming pattern (down, down, up, up, down, up), so they were very easy to catch on to, and you can also look up different YouTube tutorials to learn different versions of songs.
All of us at the Lala are avid supporters of spontaneity and trying new things, so give it a try and send us your videos! Happy strumming!