Here are some great source for ukulele blues licks.

Playing the ukulele outside of its traditional genre lends a new sound to some great tunes. In particular, blues music benefits from the ragged sound offered by the uke.

In some ways the juxtaposition of the often jaunty sounding uke versus the downbeat blues is a genre all of its own. Without the bass strings of the guitar, playing ukulele blues licks requires a different technique so we’ve sourced some of the best sites to help you master this style on your uke.

Blues-kulele Video Course
Of course I would be remiss to not tell you about my own video course teaching the basics of blues on the ukulele. Wander over here and take a look…

Blues kulele rectangle

EZ Blues Riffs on This YouTube Playlist

This YouTube playlist offers a whole host of lessons on how to play the uke. This first clip, presented by Ukulele Zen master, Stuart Fuchs, is a useful way to start learning some easy ukulele blues licks. With over 50 clips to watch through, this is a great way to start getting a feel for just what you can achieve with your ukulele.

Ukulele Hunt

This post in the Ukulele hunt blog features a host of useful links within the site to learning blues scales, riffs and tunes as well as a link to an ebook. The book is priced at $17 and we haven’t had a chance to review it yet but the contents look comprehensive, covering strumming variations, slides, bends and vibrato as well as tips on improvising.

Ukulele Underground

This ukulele tutorial site has a great repository of lessons some of which you have to pay to access but this link will take you straight to the free Uke Minutes 57 clip which covers easy ukulele blues licks and solos. Don’t forget to click on the links for Uke Minutes 51 ‘Blues Ukulele Chords’ and Uke Minutes 56 ’12-bar blues’.

Ukulele Tricks

Part of a three tutorial series, this lesson shows you how to master blues fingerpicking and is backed up by both videos as well as tabs to help you get the hang of it. Ukulele Tricks is a useful site to pick up some free lessons and resources but they do offer paid lessons if you want to get access to more advanced techniques all in one place.

Uke 4U

On this site, run by ‘Friendly Fred’, there is an excellent blog post showing you how to play some easy ukulele blues licks, including some in a 12 bar pattern. There are video clips to help you get these licks down as well as a soundcloud file that you can play along with.

Bendigo Uke Group

Once you have mastered the techniques you will, no doubt, want to play some more. Bendigo Uke Group have put together this post with some more licks and riffs you can try out.

Az Samad Lessons

This post with fifty blues licks demonstrated by guitar, ukulele and music teacher, Az Samad, is accompanied by video clips that will have you jumping in to play along with in next to no time.

So, there you have it some great links to help you master this unusual sound for the ukulele. Don’t forget to let us know if you have any other hot tips for mastering blues licks on ukulele.

Danno Sullivan
Danno Sullivan

Founder of ”Play It Daily” Ukulele, co-founder of the Ukulele Union of Boston, and spreader of good cheer.