Rock Songs

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cassidy by The Grateful Dead
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The song is based in E and uses basic chords for the most part. The challenging part of this tune is the opening melody line played fairly high on the ukulele. Fun to play with the mix of chords and single note riffs.

Learning To Fly by Tom Petty
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This is an easy one. Just 4 open chords – F, C, Am, G. The song uses the same 4 chord progression throughout.

One by U2
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In this lesson we will be learning One by U2.  The song is in C and uses 4 basic chords, Am, D, C, and G.  We will be learning a basic version to play during the versus, but also an intro that tries to mimic the guitar played by the Edge.

With Or Without You by U2
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With or Without You is a simple 4 chord song.  Chords used are D, Dsus4, Bm, and G.  Using a simple barre on the 2nd fret, you can play the entire song without moving positions.  The strumming pattern is a simple straight 8th note pattern.

Whiskey in A Jar by The Dubliners
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In this lesson we will show you a very simple Irish folk song called Whiskey in a Jar by The Dubliners.  Just 4 chords and a simple strumming pattern in this one.

City Of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie
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City Of New Orleans is a fairly straight ahead tune but is done originally in the key of F#. This makes it a little more difficult because we will have to use mostly barre chords.  There are 7 chords total and uses a fingerstyle pattern.

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.

Bad Moon Rising by CCR
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Easy 3 chord song. All you need to know for this one is G, C, and D. For arrangement we just have a verse and chorus section that alternate.

Free Fallin by Tom Petty
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Great beginner song for ukulele. Just 3 chords and the arrangement never changes. Chords are F, Bb, and C

Twist and Shout by The Beatles
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Simple 3 chord song. The song is in the key of D and uses the chords D, G, and A. Ashley will be using some different barre chord forms rather than the typical open chords you might be used to.

Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
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Learn the iconic Roy Orbison song and its very recognizable opening riff on ukulele.  The song is based in A and contains mostly simple open chords.   

Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues
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Nights in White Satin is written in 6/8 time signature and requires relatively simple chord knowledge and strumming capabilities.

Mr. BoJangles by Jerry Jeff Walker
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Try this classic acoustic folk song adapted for ukulele.

Simple Man by Lynard Skynard
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Simple Man is an easy 3 chord song. The arrangement repeats through the entire song.

Yesterday by The Beatles (Chord Melody Style)
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In this lesson we will be learning Yesterday in chord melody style. Chord melody style is accomplished when both the melody and chords are played at the same time.

Cold Cold Cold by Cage The Elephant
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This song requires knowing Gm, F, Bb barre chord, and D. We will cover the chords for all the parts plus the strumming pattern.

House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals
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In this lesson we will be learning House of The Rising Sun. We will be learning a fingerstyle version as well as a strummed version. The chords used are Am, C, D, F, and E7.

Hound Dog by Elvis
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Easy 3 chord bluesy rock n roll tune. C, F7, and G

Knockin On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan
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Simple uke tune using just 4 chords. G, D, Am, and C. Applies the same chord progression throughout the entire tune

Moondance by Van Morrison
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In this lesson we will be learning Moondance by Van Morrison. Chords and strumming pattern are covered.

Creep by Radiohead
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Learn this easy 4 chord song by Radiohead. The chords used are G, B, C, and Cm. Some knowledge of movable barre chords is required.

Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
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In this lesson we will learn this classic Dusty Springfield song with a very recognizable intro riff.

American Pie by Don McLean
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Easy song with a lot of chords and arrangement.

Ripple by The Grateful Dead
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In this lesson we will be learning a folk / bluegrass tune by the Grateful Dead. The song’s intro is challenging in that you play the melody within the chord changes. This is common in folk and bluegrass. Once you get through the intro its smooth sailing. The song uses just 5 simple chords, G, C, D, Am, and A.

Tequila Sunrise – Eagles
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In this lesson you will learn how to play the Eagles song, “Tequila Sunrise.” This is a fairly simple song but it has quite a few chords. There is also another lesson that covers the solo separately.

Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King
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Ex’s & Oh’s is an uptempo pop-rock song that blends elements of alternative rock, blues rock, and rockabilly. Chords needed for this tune include Em, B7, G, D, C, and A.

Space Oddity – David Bowie
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In this lesson we will learn the ukulele version of David Bowie’s first hit from 1969, Space Oddity. It’s actually quite pretty on the uke so enjoy!
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Atlantic City by Levon Helm / Bruce Springsteen
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In this lesson you will learn hot to play a song written by Bruce Springsteen as it was played Levon Helm and The Band. It uses just 4 chords with a basic arrangement.

Tequila Sunrise Lead
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In this lesson you will learn how to play the solo from the Eagles tune, “Tequila Sunrise.” This is the lead part that occurs in the middle of the song.

Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles
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Simple tune with 4 chords. E, A, B, and F#m. The strumming pattern is pretty much the same throughout.

Rebel Rebel by David Bowie
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This tune consists mostly of a riff based out of D and E. Other chords used are A and Bm.

Honey Pie by The Beatles
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Great tune for ukulele with its old ragtime feel. Lots of chords in this one but nothing terribly difficult.

Yer So Bad by Tom Petty
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In this lesson we will be learning Yer So Bad by Tom Petty.  This tune uses basic uke chords – Am, D, G, C, Em.  Strumming pattern is pretty much the same throughout

All Apologies by Nirvana
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In this lesson we will be learning a ukulele version of Nirvana’s All Apologies.

Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles Part 2
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Here Comes The Sun Continued

Here Comes The Sun ukulele by The Beatles Part 1
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This Here Comes The Sun ukulele arrangement is an interpretation of the Beatles classic attempting to combine the most recognizable parts from the original recording. To do this we have to combine strumming with single note picking.

Love Me Tender by Elvis
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In this lesson we are going to learn Love Me Tender in a chord melody style. Chord Melody is the technique of playing both the melody and chord structure at the same time.

Yellow – Coldplay
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Learn Coldplay’s break out first hit, Yellow.

Wildflowers by Tom Petty
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Learn Wildflowers by Tom Petty.  This great acoustic tune transfers nicely to the ukulele.  Relatively easy to play.

The Scientist by Coldplay
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In this lesson, learn to play The Scientist by Coldplay.

We’re Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes
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In this lesson we will be learning We’re Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes. This song uses just 4 simple chords, G, C, D, and A.

The Weight by The Band
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In this lesson we will be learning The Weight by The Band. Easy tune in the way of chords, but does have a somewhat challenging single note lead intro.

Wonderwall – Oasis
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In this lesson, I will show you the uke version of Oasis’s ‘Wonderwall’. The chords in this version are approximations for the guitar chords chosen to best represent the harmony and sound of the original.

Me and Bobby McGee – Joplin
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In this lesson, I’ll show you how to play all the chords for Janis Joplin’s ‘Me and Bobby McGee.’ This includes the key change and outro jam section.

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
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Learn how to play this classic Neil Diamond tune. Relatively simple song with just a few chords in key of B

Harvest Moon by Neil Young
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In this lesson we will be learning Harvest Moon by Neil Young

Hotel California by the Eagles
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In this lesson we will be learning the classic Hotel California by the Eagles. This tune uses finger picking technique in the intro.

Imagine by John Lennon
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In this lesson we will learn Imagine by John Lennon. This song makes use of another good finger picking technique.

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
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In this lesson we will learn Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead. Fairly simple tune applying mostly open chords.

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
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In this lessons we will learn Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi. The intro involves finger picking technique. The chords in the verse and chorus are basic open chords.

Soul Sister by Train
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In this lesson we will be learning Soul Sister by Train. Please note that this tune requires an alternate tuning that will be demonstrated in the lesson.

Fire and Rain by James Taylor
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In this song study lesson we will be covering James Taylor’s Fire and Rain. Great tune with some sing note picking melody lines in the intro.

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
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In this lesson we will be learning the classic Eric Clapton tune Wonderful Tonight. In this song we will be applying the single note picking technique and also be learning how to bend strings. The chords for this song are basic.

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
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In this lesson we will be learning Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. This song makes use of G, C, D, and Em chords as well as a nice melody line in the intro.

Let it Be by the Beatles
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In this lesson we will be learning Let It Be by the Beatles. The song uses C, F, G, and Am chords.