Learn Ukulele with James Hill

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What is Uketropolis?

Uketropolis is where learning lives: online ukulele lessons for everyone. James Hill provides world-class courses, teacher training and a supportive community. Scroll down for free lessons or take our amazing $1 beginner ukulele course today!

 

Uketropolis Courses

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60+ minutes of beginner ukulele lessons with James. Learn to strum a song, pick a melody, read music, and more. All yours for a dollar. Yep, just $1.
Level: Absolute Beginner

FULL COURSE FOR $1

"Fantastic! Perfect for any beginner."
- Aaron V., Student

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60+ minutes of video instruction. Learn to strum a song, pick a melody, read music and more. All yours for a dollar.
Level: Absolute Beginner

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"Awesome! This is exactly what I needed."
- Jake, Ready, Steady, UKULELE! Student

Ready for a Boost?

Go beyond beginner in 10 Online Ukulele Lessons with the magic of Chord Twins. Learn blues, jazz, and Hawaiian music fast! A fun, easy way to move beyond the "beginner's plateau" of ukulele playing.
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

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"This gives me hope. I was going through so many contortions trying to learn basic stuff!  This is a great way to get started. Thank you."
- Magda D., Booster Uke Student

Go beyond beginner in 10 Lessons with the magic of Chord Twins. Learn blues, jazz and Hawaiian music fast! A fun, easy way to move beyond the "beginner's plateau."
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

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"This gives me hope. I was going through so many contortions trying to learn basic stuff!  This is a great way to get started. Thank you."
- Magda D., Booster Uke Student

Ukulele, Wild and Free

Fingerstyle, clawhammer, bluegrass, bottleneck slide and flatpicking. Learn six classics of the Americana tradition with play-along backing tracks, step-by-step video tutorials, printable sheet music with TAB, a virtual fretboard and much more. Giddyup!
Level: Intermediate

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"With only 4 strings, imitating banjo and guitar is a challenge but your techniques prove that 4 strings are enough!"
- Bryan H., Americana Ukulele Student

Fingerstyle, clawhammer, bluegrass, bottleneck slide and flatpicking. Learn six classics of the Americana tradition with play-along backing tracks, step-by-step video tutorials, printable sheet music with TAB, a virtual fretboard and much more. Giddyup!
Level: Intermediate

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Join the Band!

Music is more fun when we play together. ukuLOUDLY isn't just a band, it's your band... and it's free to join! Every few weeks, James Hill chooses a song from Uketropolis and arranges it in a wild and surprising way. Then, members of ukuLOUDLY get to play on the recording! It's free, fun and a great way to connect with other ukulele players.
Level: All Levels

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"I've been wanting to be part of a band for a while now. I can't wait to start!"
- Nicola M., ukuLOUDLY Member

Join the Band!

Music is more fun when we play together. ukuLOUDLY isn't just a band, it's your band... and it's free to join! Every few weeks, James Hill chooses a song from Uketropolis and arranges it in a wild and surprising way. Then, members of ukuLOUDLY get to play on the recording! It's free, fun and a great way to connect with other ukulele players.
Level: All Levels

JOIN FOR FREE

The Art of Solo Ukulele

Playing melody, harmony and rhythm at the same time is the ukulele's greatest magic trick. Learn the secrets of chord-melody from James Hill with this online ukulele course and connect with students from around the world.
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

TAKE 3 FREE LESSONS

"Finally, a course that teaches ukulele like it's a real instrument!"
- Louise C., The Ukulele Way Student

Master the art of chord-melody: play melodies and chords at the same time! Learn the secrets of "solo" ukulele from James Hill and connect with students from around the world.
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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"Finally, a course that teaches ukulele like it's a real instrument!"
- Louise C., The Ukulele Way Student

Ukulele Jazz

Fall in love with jazz as you learn 12 famous jazz songs with over 40 video lessons with James. Variable-speed backing tracks included with notation, TAB and chord diagrams. Now available in both standard tuning and baritone tuning!
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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"I so appreciate your creativity and simple explanations."
- Caroline, Ukulele Jazz Student

Fall in love with jazz as you learn 12 famous jazz songs with over 40 video lessons with James. Variable-speed backing tracks included with notation, TAB and chord diagrams.
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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"Finally, a course that teaches ukulele like it's a real instrument!"
- Louise C., The Ukulele Way Student

Baritone is Beautiful

Baritone Ukulele Jazz invites you to explore jazz on your baritone uke! 12 famous jazz songs with over 40 video lessons with James. Variable-speed backing tracks included with notation, TAB and chord diagrams. Save on both tunings with the Jazz Ukulele Bundle!
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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"I'm enjoying this course more and more. I've heard, sung and played these jazz songs, but this course is bringing them alive!"
- Sherri, Baritone Ukulele Jazz Student

Baritone Ukulele Jazz invites you to explore jazz on your baritone uke! 12 famous jazz songs with over 40 video lessons with James. Variable-speed backing tracks included with notation, TAB and chord diagrams. Save on both tunings with the Jazz Ukulele Bundle!
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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"I'm enjoying this course more and more. I've heard, sung and played these jazz songs, but this course is bringing them alive!"
- Sherri, Baritone Ukulele Jazz Student

Extreme Ukulele

Go where no uke has gone before with this out-of-the-box course. UkuleleX takes you to the outer limits! Transform your uke into a drum machine and learn how a pair of chopsticks can turn the world of ukulele upside down.
Level: Extreme

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"Amazing... out-of-the-box. You should really check it out!"
- Aldrine Guerrero, UkuleleUnderground.com

Go where no uke has gone before. UkuleleX takes you to the outer limits! Transform your uke into a drum machine and learn how a pair of chopsticks can turn the world of ukulele upside down.
Level: Extreme

TAKE A FREE LESSON

"Finally, a course that teaches ukulele like it's a real instrument!"
- Louise C., The Ukulele Way Student

Teaching Resources

Uketropolis supports ukulele teachers worldwide with fun, effective resources and training. Learn more

Peace Like An 'Ukulele

Happy Birthday to Uke

Celebrate every student, every year! 12 fun arrangements of the world's most famous song with backing tracks and sheet music.

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C Salutation

Ukulele in the Classroom

Tried-and-true music literacy program by James Hill and J. Chalmers Doane. Three sequential levels. Backing tracks and instructional videos available.

FREE E-BOOKS
Ukulele Funbook

Ukulele Funbook

A kids' activity book full of puzzles, games and crafts. Learn while you play and play while you learn! 

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Meet Your Teacher

One of the foremost ukulele players and teachers of his generation, James Hill has helped thousands of ukulele players reach their goals.

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MEET JAMES

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