Why It’s Worth Joining a Ukulele Group

Joining a ukulele group is the perfect way to be motivated to practice, get social benefits, and hear music in genres that you’re not accustomed to.  Ukulele players are generally happy, laid back people who can be fun to talk to. And having a creative hobby as an adult has so many benefits, like increased happiness and growth. If you live in an area where there is a ukulele group near you, the best thing you could do would be to join it!


What are the benefits of joining a ukulele group

When you join a ukulele group, you can expect to get the following benefits:

1. You’ll be more motivated to practice because you’ll want to be able to play well at the next meeting.

2. You’ll get social benefits from being around other people who enjoy playing ukuleles.

3. You’ll hear music in genres that you’re not accustomed to, which will help broaden your musical horizons.

4. You’ll be able to make new friends who share your interest in ukuleles. 

5. You’ll learn a lot from your group members through their advice and experiences.

Going to your first jam

Whether you’re going to a meeting for the first time or have been attending for years, you might be surprised at what goes on in a ukulele group’s meetings. Here is what to expect when you go to your first meeting:

1. The leader will probably guide group members through a ukulele song in order to teach the chord progressions and strumming patterns.

2. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions, share your own songs with the group, or perform your favorite tune on any ukulele that you like (including electric ukuleles).

3. You might be given a sheet with the chords and lyrics to a song that will be featured at your next meeting. It’s a good idea to make sure you have extra notepaper handy in order to jot down the songs that sound most interesting to you.

4. You can always expect to hear a few well-known songs such as “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World,” so you’ll be sure to stay entertained.

Ukulele Jam at Park Blocks in Portland OR
Here I am hosting a Ukulele Jam at Park Blocks in Portland OR


If you can’t make it to your group’s next meeting, there are other ways that you can practice so that your group will be impressed with how much you’ve improved when you arrive at the next meeting:

1. If your group’s meetings take place in a friend’s or family member’s home, ask if you can come to their house and practice alone with your ukulele before the next meeting.

2. Buy sheet music and lyrics of songs that other members have played so that you can learn them on your own.

3. Work with a teacher or fellow musician to help you improve your ukulele skills.

How playing in a group helps improves your skills

There are many ways that playing with others can help improve your timing and rhythm:

1. You’ll be able to practice listening closely to the other instruments in the group so that you can make sure that your own ukulele playing fits well with the tempo of the song.

2. You’ll be able to learn new strumming patterns by listening to what other players are doing in real time.

3. You can listen for mistakes before you make them yourself, which will help you improve as a player more quickly.

4. You’ll be able to get feedback on your playing from other group members, which will help you improve faster than if you practiced alone. For example, maybe another member will play the same chord progression but in a different key or with a slightly different strumming pattern, and because of this variation you’ll find yourself improving.

How to find a ukulele group in your area

If you’re looking for a ukulele group to join, there are a few ways that you can go about finding one.

One way is to search the internet for “ukulele groups near me.” You can also check with your local music store or library to see if they know of any ukulele groups in the area.

If you already have some friends who play ukuleles, see if they know of any groups that you could join. Or, start your own group by posting a message on social media or online classifieds websites such as Craigslist or Kijiji.

No matter how you find a ukulele group, be sure to ask around and talk with various members of the group to ensure that you’ll feel comfortable and welcome at every meeting.

If one of your friends plays ukuleles and they’re willing to bring their instrument along, you can always start your own impromptu practice session. Though it’s not as fun without other members there, you’ll still be able to practice your ukulele skills and sing a few tunes.

If you make the decision to join a ukulele group, be sure to bring along your ukuleles and other related accessories to every meeting. This will make it easier for the leader of the group to teach you new songs and help you perform them at each meeting.

If you’re attending a meeting for the first time, come early and introduce yourself to everyone at the gathering. If someone else is hosting the event, be sure to thank them for inviting you and offering your assistance if they need it.

How to practice ukulele when you’re not at jams

Practicing ukulele when you’re not at jams can be difficult because you don’t have anyone to play with. Here are some tips for practicing on your own:

1. Listen to music. This is a great way to get inspired and learn new songs.

2. Watch tutorial videos online. There are lots of great tutorials out there that can help you improve your skills.

3. Practice regularly. It’s important to practice often so that you can improve your skills.

4. Find online communities or groups. There are lots of online communities and groups where people share ukulele tips and songs. This can be a great way to learn new things and meet other ukulele players.

5. Find a ukulele teacher near you.  Sometimes it’s easier to learn from a teacher in person. You can find ukulele teachers online or through an app on your phone.

Finding a Ukulele Group

If you want to find a ukulele group in your area, there are many ways that you can go about doing so. One way is by searching the internet using keywords such as “ukulele groups near me.” You could also try checking with local music stores or libraries for any information on nearby groups.  If you already have some friends who play ukuleles and know of any good places to join one, talk it over with them and see if they’ll bring their instrument along when playing together at home. Remember: no matter how you find a ukulele group, be sure to ask around and chat with different members before joining up! Don’t forget to bring all of your own gear (including instruments) every time you go to a jam session.


Joining a ukulele group can be a rewarding experience for anyone who has a love for music. Not only is playing the ukulele a fun and entertaining hobby, but being a part of a group can provide a sense of community and belonging. With a variety of groups available, from beginners to more experienced players, there is a place for everyone. Through group rehearsals, performances, and social events, members can improve their skills, learn new techniques, and create lasting friendships. Furthermore, being part of a group can boost confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment. Joining a ukulele group is worth considering for anyone who wants to enhance their musical abilities while building connections with others who share their passion for this unique instrument.

Ukulele groups are a great way to motivate yourself to practice, get social benefits, and hear music in genres that you’re not used to. We hope these tips help you find the perfect group for your needs!

If you happen to be in the Portland, OR area, you should come join my ukulele group, the Tigard Ukulele Group!

Learn More

Giant listing of ukulele groups UKULELE CLUBS AND SOCIETIES (gotaukulele.com)

How to start your own ukulele group How to Start Your Own Ukulele Group – Mahalo Music Mag

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