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Ukulele Resources

There are lots of ukulele resources out there. Here are some I like.

Chords

Ukulele Helper is my favorite chord finder. It includes alternate fingerings for any chord; it covers C tuning, D tuning, baritone tuning, and any other tuning you care to make up; you can use it in reverse to figure out what chord a given fingering corresponds to; it has a left-hand mode. It's amazing.

If you're looking to download and print a chart of the most common chords, UkuChords has got you covered. I've got the giant poster version on my wall.

For slashed chords, head on over to Ukulele Chords.

Songs

Every ukulele player should know about Doctor Uke. He has arrangements for more than 2,500 songs, and each is presented both with and without diagrams at each chord change. His arrangements tend to be pretty and jazzy, and sometimes this makes them more challenging to play than other people's. But sometimes they're easy, and, anyway, stretching is how we improve.

Also good is Richard G's Ukulele Songbook, with more than 1,300 songs. These are formatted so that each takes up only one page, so you don't need to flip them when you're partway through.

Ultimate Guitar is primarily geared toward the titular six-string instrument, but chords are chords, and you can find most songs there. It also has a transposition feature, so you can play in any key.

Jim's Ukulele Songbook is more than 2,500 pages long. It's meant for viewing onscreen; it's fine for tablets, but you don't want to print the entire thing out. It comes in a number of variations, including chord diagrams for left-handed ukes, baritone ukes, and left-handed baritone ukes. There are also individual pages for each song, where you can transpose the chords.

The San Jose Ukulele Club has about 600 songs. Most of them include tempo markings.

The Berkeley Ukulele Club offers about 175 songs.

On the local front...the Jersey City Ukulele Meetup songbook is an eclectic hodgepodge of about 90 songs. Most of them are cribbed from sources named above, though several of them have been tweaked, and there are a few original transcriptions. This is hardly worth linking to, but the person who assembled it also made this website, and they're abusing their power. (It's sad, really.)

The NYC Musicians, Singers & Songwriters group has their songbook available for download—either as a whole, or by individual song—in both guitar and ukulele variants. There are about 100 songs.

Information and Lessons

Ukulele Hunt is a clearinghouse of ukulele information, including songs, tips, reviews, and more. You might enjoy its post on "10 Ways to Play an E Chord on the Ukulele." (Though, protip, most of the time you can just use an E7.)

There's also Play Ukulele By Ear, which has lessons, tips, and articles. And Ukulele Magazine has a website.

If you prefer video lessons, you might like EzFolk. Or Cynthia Lin's Ukulele 101 for beginners, or her other lessons and tutorials on YouTube. Or Ukulele Mike. Or Ukulele Underground.

Buying a Ukulele

The best way to choose a ukulele is to try them out yourself, and the top local choice for that is The Uke Hut in Long Island City, Queens. Ukuleles of every size and type!

If you're in Jersey City, check out Metropolis Music.

If you'd rather not leave your house, pretty much every discussion of online retailers comes back to Mim's Ukes and The Ukulele Site, and for good reason.

Online Communities

The Ukulele Underground Forum has discussions, advice, and contests, not to mention a marketplace for secondhand ukuleles.

While Reddit gets a bad rap for, well, being Reddit, r/ukulele doesn't suck.

You also might like the UKE-Connection of the NorthEast, USA & Canada group on Facebook.

Offline Communities

I mean, that's what the calendar is for.