Mike Jackson’s Instant Play Ukulele Method

This system is simple but it works! It helps you remember where to place your fingers and makes your chord changes much quicker.

  1. Set up your Ukulele by placing a set of sticky coloured paper dots from a newsagency, or office supplier, on the fretboard as shown in the diagram. You’ll need red, yellow and green dots.
    Ukulele Chords
  2. Place your Fingers
    Place your third finger on the red dot – you have made the C chord.

    Place your first finger and second finger on the yellow dots – you now have the F chord.

    Leave your first finger on its green / yellow dot and place your second and third fingers on the green dots as shown – this is the G7 chord.

  3. Practice Chord Patterns
    Try repeating these chord patterns with 4 strums on each chord. If this is difficult, play the pattern with 8 strums on each chord, then four strums , then 2 until your chord changes are fluent. If a particular chord change is giving you trouble, slow down your strumming and practise only that change until you are comfortable with it.
    Chord Chart
  4. Colour the Chord Names to Match
    Circle the chord names in Mike Jackson’s Uke ‘n Play Ukulele, Uke ‘n Play Ukulele for Kids or Uke ‘n Play Supa Easy with appropriately coloured highlighter pens:

    C = Red, F = Yellow, G7 = Green and you’re set to go!

UKE’N PLAY UKULELE for Absolute Beginners – Lesson 1

UKE’N PLAY UKULELE for Absolute Beginners – Lesson 2

UKE’N PLAY UKULELE for Absolute Beginners – Lesson 3

UKE’N PLAY UKULELE for Absolute Beginners – Lesson 4

UKE’N PLAY UKULELE for Absolute Beginners – Lesson 5

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