Last Christmas, we purchased our son, then almost 6 years old, a Ukulele. He had expressed an interest in learning to play.
We wanted to get him one that was more than just a toy, thinking it would have a better sound and encourage him more to play.
We purchased everything needed on Amazon. We bought the Ukulele, which came with a tuner, case, and cleaning cloth), and a DVD on how to play. Here are the links to what we bought…
He played with it a little at first. When school started, we decided to make it a part of his regular studies. We got out the DVD. I would watch it with him and create a practice schedule to go along with that lesson. This way, he knew what to practice every day.
I did not pressure him to practice. I wanted this to be something that he did on his own and I wanted him to enjoy it and want to learn.
He started practicing for about 15 minutes a day. We started with learning the sounds and notes of each string. By doing this, he can play each string and tell if the Ukulele is in tune or not.
Then he learned how to tune it using a tuner.
Next, we added some chords that he practiced every day. The Ukulele course is great at teaching the chords and they learn a song from the beginning. This helps to motivate them to keep at it! They are not just playing exercises, but really playing something that they recognize from the beginning.
After the week of practice, he would play the practice sheet for me and then if he was playing those chords and songs without problems, then we went to the next lesson and the practice sheet for that week listed things that he needed to continue to work on from the previous lesson and then we added chords and songs from the new lesson.
By lesson 6, he was searching for Ukulele songs on YouTube and teaching himself chords and songs!
It is amazing to see how far he has come and so fast. Now, he wants to learn the Harmonica!
If you decide to purchase the Ukulele Course DVD listed here, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know and I will share my lesson plans that I created to go along with the course.