Beginners Lessons

Interview With Phil Doleman and Ian Emmerson at Tenby Blues Festival 2016

Advanced Lessons, Beginners Lessons, Blues Ukulele, General, Intermediate Lessons, Interviews, Ukulele Festivals

Phil and Ian offer us insights into how they came to play the style of music for which they are renown in an informal atmosphere at the Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby. They go on to say where they see ukulele is going as an instrument in 2016 and tell us about their favourite songs from artists past and present.

Exercises for Improving the Left Hand Technique on the Ukulele

Beginners Lessons, Chords, General, Intermediate Lessons

The following exercises are to help you become more familiar with moveable chords and extend your dexterity down the neck of the fret board. Exercise 1 Finger an A chord without using your Index Finger. Now as you slide up the neck one fret at a time add the index[…]

  1. David Brindley: Really appreciate you taking the time to post this excellent and comprehensive tutorial. Phil Doleman's video on playing and pain…

    • Guv: Glad it helped David

  2. Claire Margetts: Changing my left hand position has enabled me to play the dreaded E chord at long last!

  3. Ivor Rathie: Hi. Just started the uku and your video on left hand improvement was great. I have a problem with my…

Peter Moss Ukulele Intros

Ukulele Song Intros by Peter Moss

Beginners Lessons, Chords, General, Intermediate Lessons, Jazz

Often when I visit ukulele groups both home and away, there is a tendency in groups of 20 or more, that a few participants will start straight into the song with no introduction and the rest catch up by the end of the first line. Whilst playing in a group[…]

  1. John: I have just joined a ukulele group after playing guitar for many years; I recognise exactly what you are saying…

Charlotte’s Rag a Ukulele Tutorial for Using Alternate Chord Shapes in C

Beginners Lessons, Chords, Fingerstyle Lessons, General, Intermediate Lessons, Performance, Ragtime Ukulele

Following on from my tutorial on finger stretching. I wrote this Ragtime piece to help me with using different chord positions in the key of ‘C‘. The video first shows the piece played at a relaxed speed followed by slow motion without altering the pitch for practice. I have also[…]

  1. Terry: Nice one John, perhaps we can try this one out at the Ukulele Festival of GB?

  2. Ukulele Song Intros by Peter Moss | Ukulele Tutorial: […] The intro in C can be seen here […]

  3. Kevin: Thank you for this. You have introduced so many ideas and techniques in a simple and entertaining way. Thanks again,…

Phil Doleman Explains the Circle of Fifths

Beginners Lessons, General, Intermediate Lessons, Practical Theory

What is it? The circle of 5ths is nothing to be scared of! It’s simply a diagram that includes every single musical note, once only. Why? Of course, you could just go around the circle in alphabetical order, but on this diagram we go round in the musical ‘interval’ of[…]

  1. Andrew Robinson: Excellent exegseis! You don't mention, though you could, that Father Christmas and Blanket Exploded give the sharps and flats as…

  2. Tony Casey: I bloody love you, Dole Philman!

Phil Doleman Gives Exercises on Alternating Thumb Style Ukulele

Beginners Lessons, Fingerstyle Lessons, General, Intermediate Lessons, Tabs

Alternate Thumb Picking A great way of fingerpicking a song without losing the rhythmic drive you get from strumming is by using alternate thumb picking. It’s based on ‘Travis picking’ on the guitar, where the right hand thumb provides a driving bassline, going back and forth between two notes of[…]

  1. Paula Paul: Good information! It would be easier to understand if I could see your right hand as you played.

  2. Tallula: I'm just starting out with my ukulele and this looks like exactly the video I need... but like the comment…