Ukulele for Parents & Caregivers: Drum Collection

Before You Start: Practice tips

  • As a beginner, or when learning any new material, you can keep your practice sessions short. Just 5-10 minutes a day is perfectly adequate for building new skills.
  • That said, practice as regularly as you can. Every day is ideal, but 4-5 days a week will work, too. I recommend attaching it to some other regular daily habit if you can.
  • Warm up with exercises that work just one layer of music-making: for example, practice any new chords with Ready-Set-Go on your left hand, or strum along to a song or video without singing or chording.
  • Finally, don’t underestimate practicing without your instrument, wh
  • ether as part of your practice, or in moments of your everyday life. The most helpful exercises in these instances are: 1) visualize your chord changes and/or move your left hand like you would if you had your instrument; and 2) audiate (sing in your head) the songs you’re learning. While these skills / exercises don’t take the place of practice, they can help keep your brain thinking about it between practice sessions and help you develop other skills more quickly.

Two-chord songs: key of f

  • Biddy Biddy
  • Rig a Jig

Two-chord songs: key of c

  • Hello Song

  • Biddy Biddy
  • Rig a Jig
  • Strum Pattern Review

Three-chord songs: key of c

  • Hello Song
  • John the Rabbit
  • Standard v. Swing Beat (Strumming)

Four-chord songs: key of c

  • Hello Song
  • Because I Sing

Key of d

  • Clap Your Hands (Standard strum)
  • Clap Your Hands (March strum)
  • Roll Over
  • Goodbye Song
  • Calypso Strum / Everybody Loves Saturday Night
  • This Train
  • She Sells Seashells (Standard Strum)
  • She Sells Seashells (Fingerpicking)
  • Arroró, mi niño