Ukulele is a pretty easy way to change your world


The chords for this sweet tune are here — and hopefully if you can master that you’ll get luckier than Steve Martin.

Personally I am terrible. Terrible-terrible, but I try to play a little every day. I have never really played a musical instrument before and, as a big music fan, it seems miraculous and wonderful to me that I can produce any actual music no matter how bad it is.

A friend of mine told me lately that she was chatting to a incredibly talented violinist about learning to play. She said to him that she wished it was easier but when she tries it feels like she has 6 thumbs on each hand. He said to her “for the first two years of playing, your instrument is the master. After that, if you are practising every day, you start to become the master.”
I’m sure this applies equally to the ukulele and when it’s really sucking I try to remind myself that I am doing the necessary legwork. I like that you can get good at something just by doing it every day, even if it is incredibly, incredibly slow.

My top five favourite Ukulele links:

1. A very useful ukulele chord chart.

2. All the chords you need to “entertain” your family and those extra special friends for hours and hours (and here they are grouped by difficulty). This whole site in general is a gold mine for ukulele players, beginners and fanatics alike.

3. Ukulele Underground

4. and for a little inspriation: Stop motion crochet critters singing along with ukuleles.

5. And one of my very favourite youtube clips: Ra Ra Rasputin performed by the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra – love it.

Also! Added bonus – I just discovered this extra one today. It looks like it has the ability to drive everyone else in the house crazy, but it does indeed look pretty fun: Ukulele Beatles Fun