10 Killer Tips to Improve Your Ukulele Skills

Are you a ukulele beginner and want to improve your skills with this instrument?

Then you have landed in the right place!

In this guide, I will give you 10 killer tips to improve your ukulele skills in no time.

As we know, ukulele is very popular instrument these days. It is such a fun to learn and play this tiny instrument.

However, it takes time and practice to master any instrument. BUT, there are some tips and tricks always there that you can use to accelerate the process.

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These 10 ukulele practicing tips will definitely help you in learning ukulele in a short time.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the list.

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First off,

1. Set Your Goals and Objectives

Set Your Goals and Objectives

Setting goals and objectives is an essential step in achieving success in any field, and music is not an exception.

So, first off you should define your goals and objectives and then start the ukulele practicing.

Goals can be different for anyone. Like, if you want to learn ukulele just for fun then it’s not necessary for you to practice regularly.

But, if you want to become a professional ukulele player then you must practice it on daily basis.

So, the goals are different according to your needs.

I suggest, first identifying your purpose for learning ukulele and you will get your goal.

Now, you can divide your goal into short-term goals, such as the first one is to master the basic ukulele chords, mastering ukulele tabs etc.

Write dow your goals in a notebook and also write the time required to achieve the goal.

That’s it.

Now, you have long-term and short-term goals with approx time periods it’s time to go to the next tip.

2. Break Down The Challenging Parts of Song

Break Down The Challenging Parts of Song

When you are learning a song, you should first break down it into parts. That way you can learn the song faster.

It is overwhelming to learn the entire song all at once, especially if the song is difficult.

When you break down the song into smaller sections it actually makes it easier to learn. It allows you to focus on the challenging parts.

If the song has difficult chord progression, tricky rhythm patterns, or is full of slides, you can easily learn them by breaking down the song into sections.

Identify the challenging parts and break them down into smaller sections, such as for a solo you can break down into smaller phrases or licks.

In case of chord progression, you could break it down into individual chords.

Now that you have the knowledge of all the parts, you can practice them separately.

After learning all the parts you can jointly play all the parts.

3. Build a Regular Practice Routine

Build a Regular Practice Routine

Building a regular practice routine is essential for any musical instrument player.

Although, at first, It can be difficult to find spare time to practice, when you make it a regular habit it will help you stay on track.

Making a habit is a difficult task however with time, you will be habituated to it.

Here is my real story.

Recently, I decided to play Badminton daily morning at 5:30. But when I started, my body was forcing me to that I should leave it and go to bed.

However, with time and dedication, I put it into my daily routine and now my body is also habituated to Badminton practice.

You can do it.

Just start with a specific time each day for practice and stick to the schedule.

Also, keep changing things such as trying to learn new chord progressions, practicing a difficult technique, or working on a specific song.

This will keep your interest in practice.

But, don’t forget to warm up first.

If you want to learn ukulele for just fun then you can give only a short amount of time each day, but practice regularly.

And, if you want to master this instrument then you have to be dedicated to it.

4. Focus on Accuracy Not on Speed

Newbies often try to play ukulele at a faster speed. You strictly should not do it.

Focus on accuracy, not speed.

When you focus on speed over accuracy you may make mistakes, such as sloppy playing, and a lack of control over the music. So, I would always recommend prioritizing accuracy over speed.

You should first listen to the song in parts and focus on the notes, the rhythm, and the dynamics.

Then try to play the same thing at slow speed on your instrument. Make sure you’re playing each note accurately.

Avoid buzzing or missing notes. It’s best to use a metronome at slow speed to stay on beat.

With time you can gradually increase the tempo as you get more comfortable.

Try to hold your fingers properly and use the correct finger position. Using proper fingerpicking and fretboard techniques will help you to master the ukulele in a short time.

5. Practice Different Techniques and Styles Simultaneously

As I have told you above, if you practice the same thing daily, you will get bored soon. So, practice different techniques and styles simultaneously.

It is a great way to improve your playing and keep your practice sessions fresh and engaging.

You can try different playing techniques such as sliding, hammer on, chords, licks, and many more things on a daily basis.

Start with some warm-up exercises which should incorporate all of the techniques you want to learn.

Challenge yourself. Try new things daily. Step out of your comfort zone and try new techniques or styles every day.

When you try new things daily, you will not get bored during practice sessions. Even it will be fun to learn new things.

You can watch YouTube videos or learn articles from my website to know about ukulele playing techniques.

6. Get Feedback from Your Teacher and Fellow Player

Get Feedback from Your Teacher and Fellow Player

You are practicing daily. BUT, you are not able to evaluate your progress.

Don’t worry, nobody can evaluate his own progress. That’s why examinations are conducted in schools.

But, what should a ukulele beginner do?

Well, the best way to evaluate your ukulele learning progress is by getting feedback from your teacher and fellow players.

It is an important part of learning to get feedback about your progress, which helps you improve your skills quickly.

Feedback from an experienced person such as a teacher or mentor is the best way to identify areas where you need to improve and get ideas to practice and also keep you motivated.

Fellow players also give you constructive feedback on your playing that you can use in your next practice sessions to improve yourself.

That’s why I always suggest my followers and readers join ukulele classes or local ukulele groups where you can play together.

You should always take notes about your feedback so that you can create a plan for further practice sessions.

7. Attend Jam Sessions with Other Instrument Players

Attend Jam Sessions with Other Instrument Players

Music is actually not a single person’s game. When you attend jam sessions with other instrument players, you will see how fast you are improving your playing skills.

Well, I know you would ask that there are single players performing on the stage, yet practicing in a group of instrumental players is great for a beginner to learn new things.

That way, you would get experience playing with other musicians which is one of the crucial steps to becoming a good instrument player.

You can ask around your local music community to find jam sessions. You can also ask in local music stores, cafes, and bars to get knowledge about local jam sessions.

Always attend a jam session fully prepared. Such as you should have a good quality ukulele and all necessary accessories.

Before starting jamming, first listen to them, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and get help in between.

8. Learn from Your Mistakes

It’s very true for any skill that if you learn from your mistakes you will improve your skill faster.

Making the same mistake always is not a good practice. So, learn from your mistakes and try to avoid them in the future.

Don’t worry, making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. But making the same mistake, again and again, is destructive.

So, When you make a mistake, take a moment and think about what went wrong. Was it a technical error, or your you forget a chord a rhythm, or a part of the melody?

Once you get the mistake, you are able to correct it. If you don’t know how to correct that, note it down and ask your mentor or teacher for the solution. You will get the right advice.

You can record your practice sessions and listen to them after the practice. Identify the areas where you have made that mistake and try to improve it.

9. Take Short Breaks During Practice

Take Short Breaks During Practice

Practicing for a long duration without taking a break causes different types of problems, such as strain in the hands, pain, and other kinds of problems.

So, I would suggest taking short breaks during your practice session to maintain focus and avoid burnout.

Taking short breaks will recharge you and maintain your motivation.

You can use a timer for 20-30 minutes while practicing. You must take short breaks after every 20-30 minutes of practice.

During the break, stretch your fingers, have a drink of water, and step away from your ukulele for a few minutes.

Now you are recharged to continue your practice session.

10. Record Yourself Playing Ukulele

Record Yourself Playing Ukulele

Last but not least, you should record yourself playing and watch the recordings after that to evaluate your progress.

Recording yourself playing is a great way to identify the areas that need improvement. It also helpful to track your progress over time.

You can use a good microphone and choose a quiet space to record the video with clean audio.

I insist on recording video over audio because for a performer playing style is also a big part of the performance.

When you record your video playing, you can evaluate your playing style along with your posture and other things and improve according to your needs.


Improving your ukulele playing skills takes time along with your dedication to the instrument and regular practice.

By setting clear goals, breaking down the challenging parts of the song, sticking with a regular practice routine, practicing in a group, and recording yourself playing are really helpful to progress faster.

The above tips will help you master the ukulele faster than ever.

Let me know in the comments if you know some other tricks to improve ukulele playing. I will add that to this article with your name.

That’s it.

Happy ukulele playing.


Gautam Roy is a recording engineer and a blogger from India. He loves listening music, playing Guitar and Ukulele, writing, and travelling. He is also an active investor and a successful entrepreneur.

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