I discovered this ukulele chord chart in the forums of Ukulele Underground. It has been produced by Fred Sipe, who has kindly allowed Ukulele 4 Kids to host a free downloadable copy.
I think it is a super chord chart for kids of all ages. The chord positions are for standard GCEA tuning. It is clearly laid out over two sides. On one side there are three useful headings,
- ‘Ukulele Keys’, This shows the 11 basic ukulele chords in every major key.
- ‘Individual Notes’ for the first 12 frets of the fretboard are shown to help with learning individual notes.
- ‘Chords to Learn First’. Highlighted are the very first chords to learn – C, F, G & Am. These chords alone will allow you to play many, many songs.
On the other side of the chart are the root major chords, and variations of the root chord are shown.
There are more than enough chords on the chart to play thousands of songs over your lifetime.
It is available free to download in PDF format. You can also purchase a quality laminated copy for a very reasonable $4.95 US.
There are many cheap starter ukuleles that can be bought for kids if they are starting to learn to play. This review looks at the Mahalo U30G ukulele that comes in a range of colours. The colours certainly make them attractive to kids.
Trey (photo) who is 12 years old has written this review of the yellow Mahalo U30G he has been playing recently. He said, “It’s hard to keep it in tune, even after playing it for a couple of months. It doesn’t sound very loud, maybe this is because the strings are cheap ones. A good set of strings may improve the volume. But if you are going to buy a new set of strings you may be better off getting a better ukulele. It is still in one piece after eight weeks of playing, and no parts have fallen off. It does come with a bag to store it in.”
If you want to buy one it is going to cost you about $40 NZ.
Ukulele 4 Kids and Trey suggests buying a Makala Dolphin as your first ukulele might be the better ukulele to start with. Click here to read about the Makala Dolphin ukulele.
The Wiggles Ukulele Baby DVD is great viewing for kids. The Wiggles play a compilation of 21 songs within an island beach theme. The ukulele is one of the main instruments used. There is a lot of singing and dancing that all kids can join in. It certainly kept my young son dancing and singing, and dad had to join in too.
Who’s in the DVD? All four wiggles, Murray Wiggle, Jeff Wiggle, Anthony Wiggle and Sam Wiggle. There’s also Captain Feathersword, I think he is cool! Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wag the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Ringo the Ring Master. Also featured are special guests Daryl Somers and Rolf Harris. Rolf plays his wobble board, this took me back to my childhood, watching Rolf on television listening to his Australian accent.
There are musicians from around the world playing a variety of instruments. Note, there is no instruction on how to play the ukulele, and it isn’t played in every song.
The main feature lasts nearly 60 minutes. The special features last for nearly 30 minutes, so all up nearly 90 minutes of viewing. This should keep youngsters who like the Wiggles engaged, allowing mums and dads the time to have a quick cup of tea and a biscuit.
It’s rated ‘G’ or ‘U’ so it is suitable for anyone. Get it from your local library first, and if your kid(s) enjoy it expect to pay about $19 NZ for your own copy.
My favourite lyrics from the songs are a good way to finish this review are,
“You can play the ukulele daily.”
So you’ve been playing your cheaper Makala Dolphin ukulele for a while now and you’re wondering what type of ukulele to buy next. The Kala KA-15s ukulele is a great next purchase. Kody made the step up to this ukulele and it cost him a reasonable $99 NZ.
Kody shares the differences between his new ukulele and his old ukulele: “My new ukulele which is a Kala, model KA-15s is a lot lighter then my Makala Dolphin. It feels like it is made of a different wood and has a lot more room inside of it. The wood is also thinner compared to my other one. It has very different strings (quality Aquila strings, article to come soon), which along with the fact that inside it there is much more room, it makes my ukulele a lot louder as well as sounding nicer in general. I also find that it goes out of tune a lot less then my old ukulele. Overall I think that anyone who is an avid ukulele player and is willing to get a new ukulele should get this one because it is amazingly lighter, sounds better, and is much easier to tune.”