How to Sing and Play Uke at the same time // Ukulele Tutorial

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*** SEE BELOW FOR ALL 6 LESSONS in Cynthia’s Beginner Ukulele series***

Aloha uke friends!
A lot of you have been asking for this, so here it is – my recommendations for learning how to sing and play uke at the same time. I guide you through these steps using Stand By Me.
STEP 1: Just Sing (without playing)
STEP 2: Sing and Airstrum
STEP 3: Speak the words and strum
STEP 4: Sing and Strum Super Sloooow

Hope this is helpful! Practice makes better. 🙂

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thank you! happy singing and strumming!


BEGINNER UKULELE LESSON PLAYLIST – these 6 lessons build on each other and are meant to be learned in order
Lesson #1: Three Little Birds – Basics
Lesson #2: I’m Yours – Backbeat Strum
Lesson #3: Don’t Worry Be Happy – Swing Strum
Lesson #4: Stand By Me – Island Strum
Lesson #5: Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Picking Island Strum
Lesson #6: Brown Eyed Girl – Mixed Strums
Bonus: How to Strum the Ukulele

Full Playlist:


For beginner uke players, I recommend a concert (if you are a smaller person) or tenor (for bigger/taller people or former guitar players). Sopranos are often cheaper but can be more difficult to learn on since they’re smaller.
Kohala concert: (if you spend less than this, the uke might sound like a toy)
Kohala tenor:
Makai concert:
Makai tenor:
Makai tenor:
Islander concert:
Islander tenor:

TUNER: Everyone should have a clip-on tuner – they work by vibration so they’re more accurate than phone apps.
I like this one: Snark SN-2

DAILY UKULELE: If you’re looking for a book of songs, the Daily Ukulele is a great resource for classic and traditional songs, including Beatles and jazz standards. Daily Ukulele

Plenty of chord charts online as well!


39 thoughts on “How to Sing and Play Uke at the same time // Ukulele Tutorial

  1. citadelpariah says:

    Thanks for doing this, it has been my biggest hang up.

  2. Obby Obnoxious says:

    I find it hard to understand why an incredibly gifted and attractive lady,
    such as yourself, wears a flower behind your right ear. How could it be
    possible you are single? If you ever visit Australia I’d be absolutely
    honoured to take you out to coffee/tea/bickies anytime! By the way, your
    lessons are great! I still consider myself a total beginner but slowly
    improving with your expert and kind tuition. My little yellow Makala
    Dolphin is getting a great workout!

  3. Avery Mayer says:

    Can you please please please do a tutorial on Andra Day’s Rise Up? I love
    that song and really want to learn how to play it :)

  4. evitatada says:

    thnx cynthia, this is great 🙂
    for easy access practice (again & again)…
    02:20 – STEP 1: Just Sing (without playing)
    04:12 – STEP 2: Sing and Airstrum
    08:05 verse – 09:05 chorus – STEP 3: Speak the words and strum
    11:10 – STEP 4: Sing and Strum Super Sloooow

  5. Daniela M N Teixeira says:

    Hi! I was trying to sing and strum exactly this song this week ! I loved
    the video and I will practice like you teached! I’m learning how to play
    uku with your videos ! You are a great teacher , very dedicated , easy to
    understand and you play and sings wonderfully . Congrats and THANK YOU !
    (Daniela, Brazil)

  6. Petra Behlau says:

    Your lessons are great ! Thank you ! :)

  7. maria paula gonzales says:

    such a great video!!! just what i needed

  8. the mighty pork chop says:

    hope you dont mind me playing along on the bass !! great advice great
    player , jamie uk

  9. Thank you so much. I enjoy your lesson and beautiful voice…

  10. Ajay Rawat says:

    You’re an awesome teacher; spot on! I started playing uke learning from
    your videos and really love seeing the improvements! 🙂 Thanks a ton!

  11. You are the best Ukulele teacher!!! Your videos are so helpful

  12. Lisa Skywalker says:

    That video helped so much. I started learning ukulele with your tutorials
    and always was like “oh damn how to hold the strum rhythm when i begin
    singing.” I was a bit frustrated :’D

  13. the mighty pork chop says:

    well i finally yeilded, i bought a tenor ukuele, an oscar schmidt, by
    washburn,model ou53 £140 uk, pounds, not sure what that is in dollars,
    broke the a string trying to tune it for first time, :(, but i guess you
    live and learn, looking forward to playing it

  14. God! Just finished this one as my first sing and play song after your
    previous tutorial. Hell of hard practice. Thanks a lot!


    I’m so glad to find your channel 🙂 I’m learning a lot
    Thank to you!

  16. I seriously love your channel so much. Thank you for helping people learn
    the Uke in such fundimental way of learning. You are an excellent teacher.
    When I watch your videos I almost feel like you are talking to me like I am
    in class with you. You rock ! thank so much!

  17. czechmate011 says:

    Love this thanks for all you do,

  18. Thank you! I’m struggling with singing and strumming at the same time.

  19. hippiedreadz4life says:

    This helped my out so much!! Your awesome!

  20. tom brandon says:

    great tutor now I have moved on to the ukulele keep up the good work////.

  21. Ilkay Isik says:

    You’re the best uke teacher on youtube. Thanks Cynthia!

  22. Doyeon Lim says:

    Glad that I found your tutorial! Thank you!

  23. poocky100 says:

    I find talking as opposed to singing at first works well. Then once you’re
    able to speak the words you can add the melody

  24. Leila Ching Aquino says:

    thanks, Ms. Cynthia! you’re the best.

  25. vicki robertson says:

    Best teacher of Uke by far

  26. Nurbibi Rafik says:

    uau… ever. Top!!!!!

  27. Fannie Blais says:

    I really enjoy your videos! I learned so much since the beginning… thank
    you for everything!

  28. I actually hum the sing while playing..kinda works

  29. jessa mae macaraeg says:

    Hi! I was able to learn playing ukelele for just 1 day. Thanks for your
    easy-to-follow tutorials. I really enjoy this new hobby.

  30. Brian Corr says:

    Great lesson – the best uke teacher on YouTube

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