Like so many who have gotten their first Ukulele, I quickly loved mine. It is a Bailando 23 Inch Concert Ukulele, Natural. It arrived in mid July and came with a case, digital tuner, and a strap (but not button). Since I have little musical background and a poor singing voice - my wife was skeptical. But I thought it would be something new to do with retirement, and a few folk songs might come in handy for storytelling. The Uke is an instrument that is easy to love. Most songs have simple chord progressions. And there are all sorts of strums to add variety.
I got a number of books, and started learning chords and building calluses on my fingers. I also got an instruction book, and several books of Folk and popular songs and hymns and one with Chords. I am still waiting for the music stand I ordered weeks ago - it will help a lot since it is hard to be in a good playing position with a book in my lap.
What was surprizing to me are all the internet resources for a new Ukulele player. There are all sorts of Youtube lessons and song demonstrations. And Tabs with chords and notes are available for all sorts of songs. I can find chords doe many of the hymns we sing at Church on Sunday. There are folk songs and popular songs and some have easier Chords as well.
The recent resurgence of interest in the Ukulele has resulted in many Ukulele Clubs, Groups and Jams where Ukulele players gather and strum and sing together.
On line Resources for Songs, Chord and Tabs
Ukulele Guides Guides and resources to learn playing the ukulele, how to take care of your beloved instrument and much more. Some guides are directed to more new ukulele players, while others are for more advanced players. Guides are divided in three categories. "How To's" explain how to do something, e.g. tuning your ukulele. "Guides & Information" include general information about the ukulele, e.g. the history and its parts. The final category "Tips" are shorter articles,
Cathy's Chords Arranged in levels of difficulty, adding chords from level to level. Songs in pdf format.
AZ Chords Guitar chords and tabs, guitar pro, bass tabs, drum tabs, ukulele. Arranged by Artists. Song links to Amazon Music.
Ultimate Guitar has a lot of ukulele tabs, as well. It has about every song imaginable out there for tabs and chord charts, you can transpose it to whatever key you want, and you can usually find tabs for every member of your band. Really cool site.