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10 Color Chord Uke Video Tutorials for Beginners

10 Color Chord Uke Video Tutorials for Beginners

When I opened Singalong Shop last year in Nashville, TN, I stocked 12 color chords thinking they’d last me from August to December. They lasted me ONE WEEK. Woah. A total favorite!

When I opened Singalong Shop last year in Nashville, TN, I stocked 12 color chords thinking they’d last me from August to December. They lasted me ONE WEEK. Woah. A total favorite!

Teachers and parents, are you wondering what the best ukulele for beginners is? One of my favorites to recommend is the Color Chord Ukulele made by Kala. I’ll share more about other favorite ukuleles another time!

Let’s dive in to what makes the Color Chord so special. It’s affordable (around $38), basically indestructible, waterproof, and simply brilliant.

Quick Facts about the Color Chord:
Ukulele size: soprano, the smallest size
Number of strings: 4 strings tuned to G, C, E, A (check out the Kala tuning app for more)
Design: you can use gel pens to color on it!
Color coding: the colorful arrows on the neck of the uke correlate to the four most popular song chords for easy playing. Did you hear that? ARROWS!

Color Chords

These four chords will help you navigate almost any song you want to play so I like to start here with C, F, G, and Am, short for A minor.

Once you memorize the chord colors, how do you play the chords? To play a chord, you’ll place your left fingers on the arrow(s) on the neck. For example, the C chord is a red arrow. To make a C chord, you place a finger of your left hand (most people use the “3” finger, the one between your middle and pinky) on the red arrow and strum with your right hand. Voila! C chord!

Check out these colors and then look at the below photo of the neck of the ukulele. Notice how some of the chords have more than one arrow? That means you’ll need two or even three fingers to play the chord.

The colorful Waterman ukuleles behind the Color Chord are the same instrument but without the coding system. Life hack: you can use sticky dots from an office supply store to create the color system.

The colorful Waterman ukuleles behind the Color Chord are the same instrument but without the coding system. Life hack: you can use sticky dots from an office supply store to create the color system.

Ukulele in the Classroom

At last year’s Teacher Summit in Nashville, I taught ukulele and Color Chord ukes were included in registration.

The educators who attended LOVED learning on an instrument and I felt proud to see a room full of teachers quickly become a room full of musicians!

A few music educator friends of mine have classroom sets of the color chords for their students. The dream.

About these video tutorials: I’m an official Kala artist, so I’m totally partial to their ukes. But the reason I’m a Kala artist goes beyond me loving their instruments. They are an incredible team of NorCal humans (originally based in Hawaii) who have helped me develop a series of video tutorials to share for FREE with you! They literally flew to Nash, helped me shoot these, and edited them all to be an easy-to-learn guide for beginners. I can’t thank them enough for their support and I hope these videos are helpful to you.

Ready to learn? Check out my Video Tutorials to learn how to tune, strum, and play lots of songs on your color chord ukulele!

Cover reveal of my debut picture book STUDIO: A PLACE FOR ART TO START

Cover reveal of my debut picture book STUDIO: A PLACE FOR ART TO START