Ukulele Song Lessons

Autumn Leaves Harmony (Chords)
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In this lesson we will be learning the chord progression to Autumn Leaves.

Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix
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In this lesson we will be learning Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix on the ukulele. Chords used are Em, G, Am, Bm, C, F, and D. Fun song to play on uke with some room for creative interpretation.

Daydream Believer
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In this lesson we will be learning Daydream Believer by The Monkees.  It is in the key of G making the chords used pretty familiar.  The challenge here is the quick changes that happen before the chorus. Otherwise pretty simple tune combining some fingerstyle technique with standard strumming



Sugaree by The Grateful Dead
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In this lesson we will be studying Sugaree by the Grateful Dead. The song is in the key of E major or B Mixolydian.  We will be covering the chord progression as well as the strumming pattern.



Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts
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In this lesson we will be studying Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts



Autumn Leaves Melody
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In this lesson we will learn the melody to the the classic jazz standard Autumn Leaves



Fur Elise
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Fur Elise is a great classical piece to learn for beginner to intermediate players.  It consists of just 2 fairly simple sections. The nylon strings of the ukulele make this a great fit!



Oh My Darling (Clementine) – Chord Melody
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In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Oh My Darling Clementine.  This is a great song to learn chord melody as the melody is fairly simple and just three chords are used, G, G7, and C.



Have You Ever Seen The Rain by CCR
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Have You Ever Seen The Rain is played in the key of C and uses open chords C, G, F, Am with some transitional chords in the chorus.  We will be covering the arrangement along with a couple strumming pattern options.



Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles
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In this lesson on Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles we will be focusing on the challenging rhythm aspect.  While the song is comprised of the same four chord harmonic structure throughout, it is the rhythm that drives the tune.  The four chords used are Dm7, Am, C, and G.



Hey Jude by the Beatles (Chord Melody Style)
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In this lesson we will be learning a fingerstyle, chord melody version of Hey Jude by the Beatles.  This will require a lot of different chord voicings to get the melody and harmony together.  Beautiful piece of music when you get it all down!



I Don’t Know My Name by Grace Vanderwaal
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In this lesson we will be learning I Don’t Know My Name by Grace Vanderwaal from America’s Got Talent. The song is simple from a chord standpoint being in the key of C. Chords used are C, G, Am, F.  There are 2 distinct strumming patterns and a free time breakdown.



Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
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In this lesson we will be learning the heavy guitar driven song Black Dog on ukulele.  We will cover all the guitar riffs and the vocal melody in the verses.



Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles
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In this lesson we will be covering Can’t Buy Me Love by the Beatles in its entirety including the guitar solo.  Other than the guitar solo this is a pretty easy tune with basic chords and strumming patterns.  Chords used are Em, Am, Dm, G7, C, C7, and F.



Dance Monkey by Tones and I
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In this lesson we will be learning Dance Monkey by Tones and I.  The song consists of 4 chords. The chords are F#m, E , D, and C#m.  The chords are played in the same progression throughout the entire tune.  Since there are no noticeable ukulele or guitar parts on the recording we have a lot of latitude to interpret the song on ukulele.



No Matter What by Badfinger
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In this lesson we will be learning No Matter What by Badfinger.  The song consists of basically 2 sections that repeat.  There are 2 guitar parts on the original recording and we have combined the 2 parts into 1 ukulele part containing the most recognizable lines.  The part includes a lot of melodic arpeggio play on the A major and Bm chords.  This will be the most challenging part of the song.  A well written song with great chord progressions and melodic lines.



Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood
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In this lesson we will be learning Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood.  Pretty simple from an arrangement and strumming perspective.  There are some time signature changes and timing concepts to watch for



Patience by Guns N Roses
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In this lesson we will be learning Patience by Guns N Roses.  Be sure to tune your ukulele down a half step to be in tune with the original recording.  The chords used are basic open chords for the most part, but apply a melodic line within.  The strumming pattern is pretty simple.



Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
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In this lesson we will be learning Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.   The most challenging part is the melodic chordal intro theme.  Other than the intro, it is mainly open chord strumming.  Remember to tune down a half step to be in tune with the original recording.



Put Your Head On My Shoulder (Chord Melody)
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In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Paul Anka’s Put Your Head On My Shoulder. Chord Melody is the arrangement of a song that includes both the melody and the harmony (chords).



Star Wars Theme Song
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In this lesson we will be learning the theme song to Star Wars.  This is a relatively simple, 2 part melody.



I’m A Believer by The Monkees
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In this lesson we will be learning I’m A Believer by The Monkees.  It consists of 3 or 4 chords in the key of G.  We will be using some different voicings for these chords to mimic some of the melodic structure in the song. Fun tune to learn!



Don’t Know Why by Nora Jones
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In this lesson we will be learning Don’t Know Why by Nora Jones.  The song is filled with all kinds of interesting chords from Maj7’s to Augmented.  It consists of basically two parts and a combination of strumming and fingerstyle.  Beautiful and challenging chord progression.



Heaven by Los Lonely Boys
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In this lesson we will be learning Heaven by Los Lonely Boys.  We will be covering the melodic intro in detail and the chord structure to the entire song.  The song consists mostly of two chords, Am and G.  Keep in mind, to be in tune with the original recording you need to tune down a half step.



Rainbow Connection by Kermit The Frog
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In this lesson we will be learning Rainbow Connection from the Muppets Movie.  The song is played in the key of A with a key change up a half step to Ab for the 3rd verse and chorus.  There are a lot of chords in this song, but the strum pattern is super simple.



Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette
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In this lesson we will be learning Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette.  Super simple from an arrangement standpoint with just two sections to learn, a verse and a chorus.  Chords used are G, C, Am, F, D, Bm, A, Bb.



I Get Around by The Beach Boys
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In this lesson we will be learning the Beach Boys classic I Get Around.  The song has a lot of chords because of the key change from G to G#.  The chorus is relatively simple playing straight 8th notes with relatively easy chords.  The verse is a little more complex with the sliding chords and riff.  Definitely worth the challenge!



Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young
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In this lesson we will be learning Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young.  The song is made up of 3 parts, main riff, verse, and bridge.  Fun song to play with the alternating main riff and lazy chord progression.  Strumming is a simple 8th note pattern.  Chords needed are D, Am7, C, G, A, and Gm7



Last Kiss by Pearl Jam
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In this lesson we will be learning Last Kiss by Pearl Jam. This is a great tune for beginners as it consists of just 4 basic chords throughout. The chords are G, C, D, and Em. The strum pattern is simple and the same throughout the tune.



Lights by Journey
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Lights by Journey is made up of basically 2 parts.  Neil Schon uses a lot of Hendrix style chords putting the 3rd on the bottom of a major chord to create a progression with some melodic lines mixed in.  We will attempt to accomplish this same concept as best we can with the 4 string ukulele.



How Great Thou Art
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The classic hymn How Great Thou Art is a simple chord progression for the most part. Chords used in the key of G are G, C, D, D7, Am, G7, and C#dim7. We will be covering the chords and the melody.



Jesse’s Girl by Rick Springfield
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In this lesson we will be learning Jesse’s Girl by Rick Springfield on ukulele.  Chords required for this song are D, A, Bm, G. F#, B, and Abm.



Lean On Me by Bill Withers
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Lean on Me by Bill Withers is a piano tune in the Key of C.  We are going to learn this on ukulele as close to the piano part as possible. This will require C, Dm, Em, F, and G7 chords



Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
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In this lesson we will be learning the simple reggae tune Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin. To make things a little more interesting for uke, Ashley will be showing you some chord inversions to use. Inversions are playing the same chord in a different place on the fretboard.



Shotgun by George Ezra
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Shotgun by George Ezra is a super simple song requiring just 4 chords that are played in the same progression throughout the entire tune.  Chords required are F, Bb, Dm, and C.



Sunflower by Post Malone
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In this lesson we will be learning Sunflower by Post Malone.  This is a pretty simple song consisting of just 3 chords with a simple strumming pattern.  The chords are D, G, and Em.



Never My Love by The Association
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In this lesson we will be learning Never My Love by the Association.  The song consists of a lot of chords and a few melodic riffs.  To be in tune with the original recording it will require a capo at the first fret or tuning your ukulele a half step up.



Memories by Maroon 5
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In this lesson we will be learning Memories by Maroon 5.  From an arrangement standpoint it is a simple progression and strumming pattern that repeats throughout the entire song.  However the song is in the key of B so we have to use mostly barre chords. Chords needed are B, F#, G#m, D#m, and E.



Ku-U-I-Po by Elvis
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In this lesson we will be learning the Elvis song from Blue Hawaii called KU-U-I-Po.  The song is made up of two sections, both with an easy swung 8th note strumming pattern.  The song is in the key of Eb so it requires mostly barre chords.



Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings
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This is a classic country tune written in 3/4 time signature.  The first half of the song is in the key of D and is made up of a I-IV-V chord progression.  Chords used are D, G, and A7.  The second half of the song shifts to the key of E.  The chords used here are E, A, and B7.

Emmylou by First Aid Kit
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In this lesson we will be learning the song EmmyLou by First Aid Kit in the original key of F#. Chords used are F#, A#m, D#m, C and B.

Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
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In this lesson we are going to tune our ukulele down a half step so that we can play open chords and be in the original key of the recording. The song is simple only using 4 chords throughout. The strumming pattern is just half notes but leaves a lot of room for your own interpretation.

Me And Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon
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In this lesson we will be learning Me And Julio Down by The Schoolyard by Paul Simon.  The song consists of just 4 chords, A, E, D, and G.  The challenging part of this song is the rhythm.  There is a consistent 16th note strum pattern with dead notes that creates a percussive sound throughout.  There is also some Time Signature changes going from 4/4 to 2/4.

Malaguena
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In this lesson we will be learning the spanish / flamenco song Malaguena.  The song is played fingerstyle and is made up of basically 2 themes.  The song also gives us the opportunity to improvise a solo using a Phrygian Dominant scale. This musical piece sounds great on ukulele because of the nylon strings.  Learn the scale and sound like a spanish guitar virtuoso!

Just A Girl by No Doubt
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In this lesson we will be learning No Doubt’s Just A Girl. The song is in the key of D and we will be examining the main riff and the chord progressions.

Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs
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In this lesson we will be learning Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs. The song is in the key of B so it will require a lot of barre chords.  From a strumming standpoint it is pretty simple.

Shallow from A Star Is Born
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In this lesson we are going to learn the song Shallow as performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the movie A Star Is Born.  The song uses a fingerstyle method throughout.  The fingerstyle part is pretty crucial in the verse. Later in the song a strumming pattern can be applied. We will cover both a fingerstyle and strumming way of approaching the song.

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
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In this lesson we will be learning Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi.  The song consists of a I – IV – V (E, A, and B) chord progression for the most part.  The tricky part about this tune is Mitchell’s intricate rhythm playing.  She keeps her strum hand going in an 8th note fashion accenting and muting various strums.

Rocky Raccoon by The Beatles
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In this lesson we will be learning the Beatles’ classic Rocky Raccoon.  Just 4 chords in this one with a simple strum pattern and easy arrangement. The chords, while only 4, are going to played a little different in an effort to get the descending line cliche that happens on the original acoustic guitar. The chords are Am7, D7, G, G7, and C

Meant To Be by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha
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This tune by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha is a pretty simple tune with 5 chords. Chords used are G, Am, Em, C, and G/F#.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys
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In this lesson we will be learning the classic Beach Boys classic Wouldn’t It Be Nice.  We will be covering all parts including the melodic intro which is finger picked.  There are 10 chords used in this song but nothing too crazy.

High Hopes by Panic at the Disco
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High Hopes is a pretty simple tune for ukulele. The song consists of just 2 parts and a simple strumming pattern throughout.  The chords used are Bb, F, Dm, C, Am, A7, and Bm.

Valerie by Amy Winehouse
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In this lesson Ashley will teach you the song Valerie by Amy Winehouse. The song is in Eb and involves some interesting min and maj 7th chords.  The strumming pattern will also be covered

Dream A Little Dream Of Me
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In this lesson we will be learning an old jazz standard from Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong.  The song is in the key of C and involves advanced chords being the jazzy tune that it is.  Lots of chords in this one, but the strumming pattern is simple.  It lends itself well to the ukulele.

I Will Buy You A New Life by Everclear
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This hard rockin’ pop tune works pretty good on ukulele.  Its in the key of G.  The chords used are G or G5, C, Em, B, and C7

Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams
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In this lesson we will be learning the Hank Williams classic Lovesick Blues.  The song is in the key of F and uses 8 chords, mostly open chords but we do have a Bb barre chord. Watch out for the 2/4 measure that occurs a couple times in the song.

Ohio by CSN&Y
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In this lesson we will be learning Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. The song needs just 4 chords, D, C, F, and Gm7.  The song starts with a riff within the D, C and F chords using some hammer ons while strumming.  From an arrangement standpoint, the song is just 2 parts, verse and chorus.

The Joker by Steve Miller Band
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In this lesson we will be learning the Joker by Steve Miller Band in the original key of F.  The song is just 3 chords, F, Bb, and C. The intro and verses consist of a classic riff / melody line originally played on Bass.  The chorus is a simple arrangement of just the 3 chords strummed.

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
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Don’t Stop Believing by Journey is made up of 2 different sections, a verse and a chorus.  The song uses just  5 chords throughout, E, C#m, B, G#m, and A.  The verses are relatively simple with a light 8th note strumming pattern.  The chorus section has a bit more challenging rhythm applying chord stabs with dead note time keeping.

Old Man by Neil Young
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In this lesson we will be learning Old Man by Neil Young. From a chord standpoint it is pretty easy. The song is in the key of G so we need, G, F, C, Am7, D and also a Dmin9 for the intro.  The challenge here is going to be getting the rhythm and groove.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
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Crazy Little Thing Called Love is in the key of D. Chords needed are D, G, C, Bb, E, E7, A7, and F  The intro and verses use a D to Dsus4 type riff with a swing feel.  The chorus is played with a triplet feel making the rhythm a bit tricky.

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
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In this lesson we will learn Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.  The tune is played fingerstyle in the key of Eb. Because of the key the song requires the use of a lot of barre chords up a little higher on the neck.

Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
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Mary Did You Know
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In this lesson we will be learning the Christmas tune Mary Did You Know.  The song is in Em and uses the chords Em, D, Am, B7, c, and G.  The song is played with an arpeggiated fingerstyle.

Respect by Aretha Franklin
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In this tune we will be studying Respect by Aretha Franklin.  Its in the key of C.  The key thing in grasping this tune is getting the rhythm and strumming pattern.

Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
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Don’t Worry Baby is a simple tune from an arrangement standpoint.  However, because of the key (E) and the key change up to F# it requires the use of a lot of barre chords.  Great practice for barre chords and learning the theory behind the key change.

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
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In this lesson we are going to learn the Christmas tune All I Want For Christmas Is You.  Easy song from the standpoint of chords being in the key of G.

White Christmas by Elvis
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In this lesson we will be learning the Elvis version of White Christmas. The tune is in the key of D and has a repeating 2 part arrangement.  To imitate the Elvis version we have incorporated a riff like pattern in the strumming.  Otherwise pretty straight ahead song.

Deck The Halls
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In this lesson we will be learning a version of Deck The Halls in the key of D.  The only chords used are D, A, E, and G.  The trick here is getting the quick chord changes at the end of some of the measures.

Piano Man by Billy Joel
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In this lesson we will be studying a uke version of Billy Joel’s Piano Man.  The song is in 6/8 and in the key of C.

A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
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In this lesson we will be learning A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin.  The song is in the key of C.

You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
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In this lesson we will be learning a ukulele version of Jewel’s “You Were Meant For Me”. The song is in the key of G and uses C, Cadd9, G/B, D, Amin7, Bm, G, and Em.

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
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In this lesson we will be learning Wish You Were Here on ukulele! The song is in the key of G so the chords are fairly easy.  We need to know G, Em, C, D, A, Am.  The song is constructed of just 2 parts.  The intro and verses.  The intro consists of a chord progression with little melody lines sprinkled in.  The verse is just a series of chords. Great song and fun to play on ukulele!

Leaving On a Jet Plane by Peter Paul and Mary
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In this lesson we will be learning Leaving on A Jet Plane.  Some new chords you may have not run across yet. Chords are Amaj7, D6, F#m, Bm, C#m, A, D, and E.

Halo by Beyonce
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Halo by Beyonce is a relatively simple tune to play on ukulele because of the easy 4 chord arrangement throughout.  The entire consists of just 1 bar of each of the 4 chords A, Bm, F#m and D.

Baby I Love You Way by Peter Frampton
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In this lesson we will learn Peter Frampton’s Baby I Love Your Way.  The song is in the key of G.  We have G, C, D, Am, Em,E, and D/F#.  The strumming pattern is pretty consistent throughout the tune with some slight variances in the line cliche in the intro.

Cake by Melanie Martinez
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Cake by Melanie Martinez is played in Fm.  We need to know an Fm, C, Ab, and Db.  To avoid the barre chords you could move it down a half step and start on Em. But the original recording is definitely Fm.

Remembering Sunday by All Time Low
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In this lesson we will be learning Remembering Sunday by All Time Low.  The song offers the opportunity to learn some new ways to play some chords higher up on the neck.  The strumming pattern is the same throughout the song except for the B section or Pre Chorus that plays straight 8th notes.

Girls Like You by Maroon Five
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For this tune we need to know C, G, Am, and F. The entire song follows this chord arrangement.  The challenging part of this tune is playing the melodic guitar line on ukulele.

Madness by Muse
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In this lesson we are going to cover a uke version of the Muse song Madness, a recording made up of heavy synth and bass.  The trickiest part of this tune is the rhythmic element.  The chords used are Bb, Eb, Gm, Fsus4add9, and Fadd9.

Maggie May by Rod Stewart
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In this lesson we will be studying the basic chord structure to Rod Stewart’s Maggie May.  The song is performed in the key of D which makes for pretty easy chord fingerings on ukulele.  The chords you will need to know are D, A, G, Em, and F#m.  There are basically 3 sections to the song, a verse, solo section, and intro/outro.

Friend Of The Devil by The Grateful Dead
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In this lesson we will be covering the Grateful Dead tune Friend of the Devil.  The tune actually lends itself well to the ukulele with its heavy stringed instrument sound.  The song was performed in the key of G making for easy open chords on uke.  You will need to know G, C, D, and Am.  The intro, with its descending bass line, will be played fingerstyle.

Just a Friend To You by Meghan Trainor
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In this lesson we are going to learn this ukulele song by Meghan Trainor called Just a Friend To You.  The song is pretty straight ahead with basic chords in the key of C. We will be learning a new version of an Am chord.

Amazing Grace (Chord Melody Style)
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In this lesson we will be studying a chord melody version of Amazing Grace.  In chord melody we play both the chords and the melody requiring some more complicated chord voicings.  The version is played in the key of C

Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow
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In this lesson we will be studying Sheryl Crow’s Strong Enough.  The song involves part fingerstyle and part strumming.  It is written in 3/4 time signature and uses the following chords, D, G, Bm, A, Em, and C

My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
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My Sweet Lord is a challenge on ukulele because of the key that it was originally played in.  To match that key it requires almost all barre chords on the ukulele.  And if that was not challenging enough there is a key change in the song! So we have to learn all these barre chords for the 2nd key as well.  Great song to learn to expand your knowledge of chords on the uke.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Chord Melody)
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In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken.  Chord melody style involves playing the chords and melody at the same time.  This can be tricky and challenging but very rewarding when accomplished.  This particular song is a great one to try this style as it is not too difficult and involves a repeating melody pattern. Chords used are just G, C, and D open chords.

Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
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In this lesson we will be learning Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones.  The song is in the key of G and pretty straight ahead.  Chords used are G, Am, Bm, D and some variations of the D such as sus chords.

Budapest by George Ezra
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In this lesson we will be studying George Ezra’s Budapest.  The chords used are simple open chords G, C, and D.  The challenge here is getting the groove right!

Willin by Little Feat
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In this lesson we will be learning the Little Feat song Willin. The song is in the key of G and uses a lot of different chords.  In the chorus there is some interesting time signature changes.  Chords are G, Dadd11, Em, D, C, Am, and Bm.

American Kids by Kenny Chesney
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In this lesson we will be learning American Kids by Kenny Chesney on ukulele.  The verse is in the key of Em and uses Em, Bm, C, and G.  The rhythm is unique and offers a challenging strumming pattern.  The chorus switches to the relative G major using the same chords.  Great song and fun to play.

Proud Mary by CCR
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In this lesson we will be learning Proud Mary by CCR.  The arrangement is simple and consists of the chords C, A, G, F, D, and Bm.

How He Loves by David Crowder
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In this lesson we will be learning How He Loves by David Crowder.  Just 4 chords in this tune.  C, Am, G, and F.  The song is 6/8 time and we will be covering the strumming pattern as well. Great tune for beginners!

Passenger Side by Wilco
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In this lesson we will be learning Passenger Side by Wilco.  The tune is played in the key of C and uses C, Csus4, F, Am, and G.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
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We are going to be learning this song in the key of Gm because of the simplicity of the chords on uke.  The original Beatles recording is in Am.  You can play in Am by simply using a capo at the 2nd fret.  There are a lot of chords in this because of the verse being in G minor and the chorus being in G major.

Danny’s Song by Loggins and Messina
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In this lesson we are going to study a ukulele version of Danny’s Song by Loggins and Messina.  Since it is played fingerstyle on guitar in the original version we are going to transpose this fingerstyle as well for ukulele.  We are also going to cover a strumming pattern that you can play in the choruses or even the verses if you choose.  The chords used are D, Bm, E7, A, C, and G.

You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry
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In this lesson we will be studying the Chuck Berry tune You Never Can Tell.  Just 2 chords in this one, G7 and C.  We will study the intro, the chords, and the melody line. On the C chord we will be applying a Rockabilly style lick.

Mele Kalikimaka Melody
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Learn the melody to this Hawaiian Christmas classic

Blue Christmas by Elvis
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Blue Christmas is in the key of E and requires the following chords, E, A7, B7, F#7, and A#dim7. The lesson covers a simple strumming version.

Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles
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For this song you will need to know a G, Am, A7, D, Em, C, E7, Bm, and B7.  Some of these are barre chords.  The trickiest part about this tune is the rhythm pattern in the intro and breaks.  But , nonetheless a great song to learn on ukulele.