How to Play Baritone Ukulele Blues! (+ my favorite chord ever!)

In today's tutorial, I'll show you how to play baritone ukulele blues progressions! We'll look at a 12 bar blues in the keys of D, A, and E, and for the first time ever, I've made my own practice tracks for you to play along with! I'll also share my favorite chord, which I recently discovered how to play on uke!

Please take a moment to watch this excellent video on the origin and impact of blues music!!

00:00 - introduction
0:33 - what is a 12 bar blues?
1:54 - chords in the key of D
2:08 - suggested strum pattern
4:05 - D blues play along
5:20 - D blues scale and major scale
7:58 - A blues chords
8:25 - A blues scale and major scale
9:12 - A blues play along
11:04 - E blues chords
11:20 - E blues scale and major scale
12:00 - E blues play along

Chord diagrams and tabs for this lesson can be purchased at
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Are you getting started with your baritone ukulele? Here are some products that I find super helpful! (FYI, I get a small commission at no cost to you if you decide to buy through one of these links!)

-Snark tuner:
I wouldn’t buy one that says it’s for ukulele because we want one that has a guitar setting, since that’s what our tuning matches.

-Walker & Williams straps: or
These aren’t the exact same as my strap because they make them in limited qualities, but I LOVE my strap and would highly recommend W&W!

-Hercules ukulele stand, perfect for baritone:
Traditional floor stands often have trouble fitting a baritone, while this one fits any size instrument.

-D’Addario strings:
These are what I use because they were what the local shop had in! I’m not a string nerd, but I definitely like these!

-Baritone case:
This is the case I use. While I ADORE the more vintage-looking, hard cases, I’ve found that they just don’t have the same storage as this one. I use the pocket and inside compartment to carry cables, tuners, extra strings, batteries etc.

-Hard baritone case:
Now, if you don’t need the pocket, is there anything in the world more handsome than this case?! I don’t own one myself but if I needed a case for the aesthetic over the storage, I would buy this one.

-Baritone fly case:
Again, I do not own this, but fiberglass cases are great for if you need to fly with your instrument. Plan A should always be to keep your instrument with you, but if you are absolutely unable, this is the type of case many musicians use.

-Fishman amp:
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this amp. It’s perfect for solo performances where I’m playing and singing. I’ve only ever had 1 gig where it wasn’t sufficient, and that was outdoors and there was a waterfall between me and the audience. This is an incredible investment for solo performers, but I’ve also used it in many a small group setting.

-Music stand:
This is the stand I use, and to be completely honest there are things that annoy me about it. But here’s what’s priceless: the easy grip extender thing--I just squeeze and it moves freely. ALSO I will never go back to using a stand that doesn’t have the little metal clips to keep your music in place. Whether you’re playing outdoors or playing indoors with a strong fan, you’re going to regret buying a stand that doesn’t have the metal clips at some point!

-Cheaper music stand:
I don’t own this stand, but if you’re looking for a cheaper option, this may be a good place to start! With music stands, you always have to be careful about the weight you put on them. Try not to put large, heavy books on if possible.
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