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Kids 25 : Counting Stars by One Republic
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In this lesson we will apply the fingerstyle technique we just learned to a popular song called Counting Stars by One Republic. The chords used are C, F, G, and Am.

Kids 24 : Playing Fingerstyle
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In this lesson we will be learning a new technique called fingerstyle. In fingerstyle or finger picking we play the notes of a chord one at at time. This sound is a little more delicate or mellow sounding.

Kids 23 : Stitches by Shawn Mendez
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In this lesson we will be learning Stitches by Shawn Mendez. The song uses Am, G, C, and F chords. The strumming pattern will be the same throughout the entire tune.

Kids 22 : Music Theory and the G minor Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning a new chord, the G minor chord. We will also be covering some music theory, specifically the difference between a major and minor chord and how it sounds to your ear.

Kids 21 : Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
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In this lesson we will be learning Love Yourself by Justin Bieber. This will be a little more complicated rhythmically and in the arrangement. It will use 4 chords, C, G, Am, and F. We will also be learning a technique called muting.

Kids 20 : Best Day Of My Life by American Authors
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In this lesson we will be learning a new chord and applying that chord to the song Best Day Of My Life by American Authors.  The new chord we will be learning is D major.  The song uses just 2 chords, D and G.

Kids 19 : New Rhythm Patterns
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In this lesson we are going to be learning some new rhythm patterns that combine quarter notes and eighth notes.  These are common rhythms that you will see often in learning songs.

Kids 18 : Perfect by One Direction
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In this lesson we will be learning a popular song called Perfect by One Direction.  The song uses just 3 chords, C, F, and Am.  The strumming pattern is a simple eighth note pattern. Practice playing along with the Jam track.

Kids 17 : Reading Repeats
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In this lesson we are going to learn more about reading music and specifically how to read repeats.

Kids 16 : This Little Light Of Mine
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In this lesson we are going to learn This Little Light Of Mine and use all 4 chords we have learned so far.

Kids 15 : Note Values
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In this lesson we are going to learn about note values.  This refers to how long we play different types of notes and being able to identify them.

Kids 14 : Down By The Bay
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In this lesson we will be learning Down By The Bay and practicing reading the bars and beats. The song uses three chords, C, G, and F.

Beginner Ukulele

Basic Ukulele Knowledge
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In this lesson we will discuss types of ukuleles and become familiar with the parts of your ukulele. It is important to know basic terminology so that you can better understand the lessons and instructor.

How To Hold The Ukulele
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In this lesson we will learn how to hold the ukulele properly.

Tuning Your Ukulele
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In this lesson we will learn the names of the strings and how to tune the ukulele with an electronic tuning device.

How To Tune By Ear
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in this lesson we will be learning how to tune without the aide of an electric tuner. This is also known as “tuning by ear”.

Strumming Techniques
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In this lesson we will cover several techniques you can use when strumming the ukulele.

Proper Fret Hand Technique
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In this lesson we will learn how to properly play notes with our Fret hand or left hand.

Your First 3 Chords – C, F, and G
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In this lesson we will be learning our first 3 chords. C major, F Major and G Major. Chords are made up of 3 or more notes played at the same time.

Reading Charts and Lead Sheets
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In this lesson we will be learning how to read a chart (also referred to as a Lead Sheet) so you can easily follow along with songs.

Effective Strumming Patterns
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In this lesson we will learn a few common strumming patterns.

You Are My Sunshine
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In this lesson we will learn how to play the traditional song You Are My Sunshine. This is a simple song using the chords C, F, and G

The A Minor Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning the A minor chord. Also notated as Am or A-

Wagon Wheel
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In this lesson we will be learning Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show. We will be doing this song in the key of C. The original recording is in the key of A

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.

The D Major Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning the D Major Chord.

How To Read Tablature
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In this lesson we will learn how to read tablature. Tablature is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches. It is very common with string and fretted instruments.

Im Yours by Jason Mraz
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In this lesson we will be learning Im Yours by Jason Mraz in the key of C. The song requires the chords C, F, G, Am, and D.

The A Major Chord
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In this lesson we will the A Major Chord and how it relates to the D and G chords.

Major and Minor Chords
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In this lesson we will be studying the difference between Major and Minor chords. Specifically we will be introducing a Dm and Gm chords.

E Major and E Minor Chords
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In this lesson we will be learning E major and E minor. Theses two chords shapes are movable shapes. This means you can move them up and down the neck and it will always be a major or minor chord.

Finding Notes on the Neck
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In this lesson we will be learning about the 12 notes used in music and how to find them on the neck of your ukulele

Single Note Picking
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In this lesson we will learn some basic single note picking methods. This technique will be applied when playing melodies.

The Major Scale
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In this lesson we will be learning the Major scale. The Major scale is very important in the world of music theory and understanding basic chord theory and harmonic structure. It is the building blocks of music.

Finding Chords Using the Major Scale
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In this lesson we will be learning the formulas for building major and minor chords anh how to use the Major scale to find these particular notes.

Basic Major Scale Harmony
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In this lesson we will be learning about chords and how they relate to the major scale within a certain key.

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.

Dead Notes
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In this lesson we will be learning about dead notes and the technique for playing them on the uke. Dead notes are often referred to as “chanks”or “scratches”.

No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley
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In this lesson we will be learning No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley. The song uses basic open chords and is a great song to apply the dead note or “chank” technique that we have just learned.

Movable Major and Minor Barre Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning an movable Major barre chord based off of the A Major open chord shape. We also learn a movable Minor barre chord based off of the Am open chord shape. Knowing these chords will allow to play any Major or Minor chord.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie
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In this lesson we will be applying our Major and Minor Barre Chords in this tune by Death Cab For Cutie.

Ukulele Barre Chords
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In order to play many songs it is important to learn some ukulele barre chords. In this lesson we will be learning a movable Major barre chord based off of the A Major open chord shape. We also learn a movable Minor barre chord based off of the Am open chord shape. Knowing these chords will allow to play any Major or Minor chord by simply shifting the position and moving up and down the frets.

Skills

Beginner Strumming Pattern 1
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In this lesson we are going to cover a very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

Beginner Strumming Pattern 2
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

Beginner Strumming Pattern 3
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

Beginner Strumming Pattern 4
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

Beginner Strumming Pattern #5
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming. For the last segment in this series we will be studying a pattern with a dotted quarter note rhythm.

Constant Strumming Technique
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In this lesson, I will show you a constant strumming technique in great detail. This is very effective for maintaining a steady groove and tempo while being able to play complex strumming rhythms.

Strumming patterns in 6/8 Time
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In this lesson we will study strumming patterns in 6/8 time signature.  This time signature is popular in folk and Irish music, but you will also come across it in other genres.  Ashley will cover how to count in this time and some specific strumming patterns you can use.

Rasgueado Strumming
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In this lesson we will study an advanced strumming technique often used by flamenco guitar players.

Shuffle Strum
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In this lesson we will study the shuffle strumming technique. The shuffle is a rhythm pattern used in blues, jazz, and rock n roll where eighth notes are played but alternated by long and short lengths. In the lesson we will use the shuffle pattern in a C blues progression.

The Roll Strum
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In this lesson we will learn the roll strum technique. This strumming technique can be use to accent and embellish strumming patterns.

How To Play Sharp and Flat Chords
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In this lesson we will study how to play chords that are sharp (#) or flat (b).  Specifically we will be learning how to take the basic chord shapes and move them around to make a chord sharp or flat using a barre chord

I IV V Chord Study
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In this lesson we will study the very popular I, IV, V chord progression.

Review Of All Major Chord Shapes
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In this lesson we will be doing a review of all the Major chord shapes we have learned thus far and how they relate to the open chords.

Review of All Minor Chord Shapes
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This lesson is a review of all the Minor Chord shapes we discussed so far and how they relate to the open Minor chords.

Dom 7 Chords
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In this lesson we will learn a dominant 7 or Dom7 chord in the form of a movable barre chord.

Another minor chord shape
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In this lesson we will learn another useful minor chord shape that is movable up and down the neck.

Dom7 Movable Barre Chord
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In this lesson we will learn another movable Dom7 Barre Chord.

Major Movable Barre Chord
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In this lesson we will learn another type of movable Major Barre Chord. This type is based off of the C major open chord shape. It can easily be moved up the neck to make other major chords

The Pentatonic Minor Scale
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In this lesson we will learn the Pentatonic Minor scale. The scale can be used as a foundation of improvisation for rock, blues, and pop music.

Major Pentatonic Scale
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In this lesson I will show you the major pentatonic scale that you can use to improvise melodies and jam with major chord progressions.

Major Pentatonic Scale
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In this lesson I will show you the major pentatonic scale that you can use to improvise melodies and jam with major chord progressions.

Time Signatures
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In this lesson Ashley discusses reading time signatures in basic music notation. In writing music on paper, time signatures are used to measure the pulse of the music.

Basic Note Lengths
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In this lesson we will be learning about basic note lengths and reading rhythm in written music notation.

Counting Time
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In this lesson we will be discussing how to count time.

The Anatomy of a Song
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In this lesson, I want to talk about various types of song forms, their parts and how they fit together. Every wonder what a “bridge” is? Hopefully this lesson will answer some of those questions.

The Number System
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In this lesson we will be studying a system of understanding chords in a different way. It involves taking the chords and converting them to numbers or roman numerals.  This system is important and useful because you can take the numbers of chords and easily apply them to changing keys. And it also provides an easy way to communicate musically with other musicians.

Transposing Songs to Different Keys
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In this lesson we will be learning how to transpose songs to different keys.  We will use and analyze the song Meant To Be as an example.  Bryan originally did the lesson in the key of G and Ashley will be demonstrating how to transpose to the original key of Bb. This concept can be applied to anything and can be especially useful to change the key of songs to match your vocal range.

Explaining Dynamics
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In this lesson we will be discussing dynamics and how they are marked on a chart or tab, and also how to use them to make an impact on the song.  We will be using the song Natural Woman as an example to explain dynamics.

Explaining Dynamics
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In this lesson we will be discussing dynamics and how to use them.  We will also cover how dynamics are notated in sheet music and charts.

Musical Harmony – V to I Chord Progression
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In this lesson we will be talking about musical harmony. Through the analysis of music we can notice tendencies and we call this music theory.  Specifically we will study the fundamental music theory idea of the V to I chord progression.

Blues Changes
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In this lesson we will learn a simple 12 Bar Blues chord progression

Ukulele For Guitar Players
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In this lesson Ashley will be discussing the similarities between ukulele and guitar.  For guitar players learning ukulele this is a great lesson to study.

Basic Finger Picking
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In this lesson we will learn some basic finger picking techniques. Fingerstyle is the technique of plucking or picking the strings with the individual fingers of your strum hand. This allows for more intricate piece of music combining harmony (chords) with a melody line. Fingerstyle often involve playing the notes of a chord individually instead of strumming.

Ukulele Fingerstyle Lesson
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In this lesson we will learn some basics of ukulele fingerstyle. Fingerstyle is the technique of plucking or picking the strings with the individual fingers of your strum hand. This allows for more intricate piece of music combining harmony (chords) with a melody line. Ukulele fingerstyle often involve playing the notes of a chord individually instead of strumming.

Improvisation 101
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In this lesson you will apply the pentatonic minor scale in C to improvise over a standard blues progression. This is a simple introduction to musical improvisation on the uke. So have fun with it!

Improvising Using Chord Tones
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In this improvisation lesson, we will talk about the importance of using notes that are part of the chord to anchor your improvised melody to the chord changes of the music.

Major Pentatonic Improvisation
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In this lesson we are going to start improvising using the C major pentatonic scale. Bryan helps me do this by playing some chords while I go through the major pentatonic scale and show you how it sounds. Now you can try this using the provided jam track.

Hammer On and Pull Off Articulations
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In this lesson we will study an articulation technique referred to as hammer on’s and pull off’s.

Ukulele Song Lessons

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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!

Perfect by Ed Sheeran
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In this lesson we will be learning a ukulele version of Perfect by Ed Sheeran.  The original recording is done in G# so I have chosen to use a capo to make it easier and use less barre chords. If you do not have a capo you could simply play it in G.  Chords used are G, Em, C, D, Dsus4. Most of the song is strummed until you get to the instrumental transition. This part incorporates some intricate arpeggio finger picking.

Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
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This tune is straight ahead from a strumming standpoint. All down strokes in eighth not pattern.  Since the original recording is mainly piano, its a little tricky transposing to ukulele.  To accomplish this we will be using some sus chords and different barre chords.

Sound Of Silence (Anna Kendrick)
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In this lesson we will be studying the Anna Kendrick version of Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.  The version is virtually the same but is in a different key.  This version uses a fingerstyle technique and some challenging chord fingerings.

Feel It Still by Portugal The Man
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Feel It Still requires knowing some barre chords. In the intro and versus we play a simulated bass line single note pattern. The strumming pattern is relatively simple

Malibu by Miley Cyrus
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In this lesson we will learn Malibu by Miley Cyrus. We will be using a fingerstyle method for much of the song. We have transposed this for ukulele from a live acoustic version of the song. To play the song in the original key it will require a capo at the first fret and knowing G, Em, Bm, Am and C.

Say You Wont Let Go by James Arthur
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In this lesson we will adapt the song to ukulele by playing the 4 chords in a strumming pattern. You will need to know and be able to play some barre chords to play it in the same key as the original recording. The chords used are Bb, F, Gm, and D#/Eb.

Happier by Ed Sheeran
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Just 3 chords needed for this one! Am, F, and C, all beginner chords. I will be showing you 2 ways to play this song. One way that best emulates the original guitar part and one way for beginners to strum along.

Cups by Anna Kendrick (from Pitch Perfect)
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Learn this easy 4 chord tune from the movie Pitch Perfect. It requires knowing just a few easy beginner chords. C, F, G, and Am

24 Frames by Jason Isbell
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24 Frames is a simple song with a simple chord structure. Easy to play on ukulele in the key of G.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carol King
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In this lesson we will learn this classic tune by Carol King as performed by the Shirelles in the 50’s hit.

Kokomo by The Beach Boys
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Kokomo is written in the key of C and uses 8 chords. Most of the chords are open chords. The verse makes use of a falling chromatic line within the chords chosen that creates this “beachy” mood. Very genius arrangement!

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.

Better Together by Jack Johnson
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The intro to this could be a little challenging with its syncopated rhythm. Once you get past that the song is relatively easy.

Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
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Dock of the Bay requires knowing several chords including G, B,B7 C, A, E, D, and F. The challenging part about this tune is the strumming pattern and getting the pushed timing of the rhythm.

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran
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Learn this easy Ed Sheeran tune using just 4 chords

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.

Hallelujah – Chord Melody Version Part 1
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In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Hallelujah Chord Melody Version Part 2
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In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Part 2

Love Me Tender – Chord Melody Version
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In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Love Me Tender by Elvis.

Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor
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In this lesson we will learn the ukulele version of Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor. The song uses 3 chords throughout the entire tune. G, Am, C. The strumming pattern is the challenging part with its use of dead notes.

We Dont Believe Whats on TV by Twenty One Pilots
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Lot of chords and a more difficult strumming pattern in this one. Other than that a pretty straight ahead tune.

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.

Sign Of The Times by Harry Styles
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In this lesson we will learn this Harry Styles tune using just 4 chords.

Purple Rain by Prince
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Learn Purple Rain by Prince. The tune has just 2 sections that repeat throughout. It makes use of some major chord extensions with the 9th interval

Breakdown by Jack Johnson
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In this lesson learn Breakdown by Jack Johnson

Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
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Learn Lover Yourself by Justin Bieber. Good lesson for beginners. We have transcribed this from Eb to key of C so that you can use common beginner chords.

Fast Car by Tracey Chapman
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In this lesson learn Fast car with its ghostly introduction riff

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.

You and I Ukulele Chords
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In this lesson we will learn the You and I ukulele chords. The song, written by Ingrid Michaelson, makes use of chords such as a dom7 chord shape, sus4, and diminished chords.

Stitches by Shawn Mendes
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In this lesson we will learn Stitches by Shawn Mendes. The song is in Db and uses 4 chords. Mostly barre chords.

Shut Up And Dance With Me by Walk The Moon
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Learn this straight ahead pop tune by Walk The Moon. To be in tune with the original recording you will need to use a capo on the 1st fret.

Best Day of My Life – American Authors
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In this lesson you will learn the two chords and several banjo riffs for the American Authors song “Best Day of My Life.” The ukulele does a fine job of imitating the banjo used in the original recording and is a fun song to play.

Summertime by Ira Gershwin
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In this lesson, we will head into the jazz territory with a great Gershwin song from show Porgy and Bess (1934). This song features more complex chords and patterns and is a great introduction to jazz on the uke.

Happy – Pharrell Williams
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In this lesson I’ll show you how to play the uke version of Happy, by Pharrell Williams. It has some cool chords and a riff with some more advanced strumming rythms.

Love Song – Sara Barielles
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In this lesson, I’ll you how to play the uke version of the love song that Sara did not want to write for her record company…. There are quite a few chords in this one. And they switch pretty quickly in the verse. You might find this a bit more challenging to make the chord changes.

Stay With Me by Sam Smith
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In this lesson we will be learning Stay With Me by Sam Smith.

Blank Spaces by Taylor Swift
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In this lesson we will be learning Blank Spaces by Taylor Swift.

Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
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In this lesson we will be learning Hey There Delilah. We will be applying a finger style technique for this lessons

Angel by Jack Johnson
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In this lesson, learn the song Angel by Jack Johnson.

Parachutes by Ingrid Michaelson
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Easy uke tune. Just 4 chords and a strumming pattern.

Stand By Me by Ben E. King
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Easy 4 chord tune with the added recognizable bass line adapted for uke.

Count On Me – Bruno Mars
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Here’s a pretty song by Bruno Mars that goes well on the uke, Count On Me.

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
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In this lesson, I will show you how to play All About That Bass on the uke, which is an instrument that Meghan Trainor herself plays a lot. Its fairly simple and I include some of the melody for those wishing to get a bit more involved.

Title – Meghan Trainor
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Meghan Trainor’s debut album is called ‘Title’ and the title track is also ‘Title’ and it happens to be played on the uke when she does acoustic performances. So, here it is! Please note that this version is in a lower key than the one on her album. This is the live acoustic version.

1 2 3 4 – Feist
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In this lesson, I will show you how to play Feist’s song 1 2 3 4. Originally on the banjo, it works nicely on the uke.

River by Joni Mitchell
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In this lesson we will be learning River by Joni Mitchell

Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
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In this lesson we will be learning Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield.

Ukulele Lady
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In this lesson we will be learning Ukulele Lady. This tune is a classic that has been performed by many artists such as Bette Mitler and Arlo Guthrie

Tonight You Belong To Me
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Learn this old tune re done by Eddie Vedder. Great ukulele song!

La Vie En Rose by Edith Pilaf
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House Of Gold by Twenty One Pilots
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This tune uses basic open chords. The trick here is the fast strumming pattern.

Rehab – Amy Winehouse
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This is the hit song by Amy Winehouse all about Rehab.

What I Got by Sublime
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In this lesson we will learn a simple 2 chord song that uses a finger picking technique.

Blame It On Me by George Ezra
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This is a great tune by British artist George Ezra. Pretty simple tune for the uke.

I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith
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A great tune from British artist Sam Smith.

Superheroes by The Script
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In this lesson we will be learning Superheroes by the Script

Riptide by Vance Joy
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In this lesson we will learn Riptide by Vance Joy. A pretty simple open chord song that translates well to uke.

Pompeii by Bastille
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In this lesson we will learn Pompeii by british artist Bastille.

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
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In this lesson we will learn Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. Easy 3 chord tune for beginners

All Of Me by John Legend
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This lesson requires the knowledge of movable major and minor chords.

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
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Learn how to play Thinking Out Load by Ed Sheeran. This lesson requires knowing movable major and minor chord shapes.

Your Song by Elton John / Ellie Goulding
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In this lesson we will be learning Your Song by Elton John. This lesson also applies to the Ellie Goulding version. Both versions are in the same key and we have taught the lesson in the original key of the song.

Oh Cecilia by Paul Simon and the Vamps
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This is an easy 3 chord tune by Paul Simon. We have taught the lesson based off of the Vamps version.

When Im Cleaning Windows by George Formby
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In this lesson we will be learning When Im Cleaning Windows by George Formby

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
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In this lesson, I’ll show you the four chords needed to play Pumped Up Kicks. This is a simple lesson that should have you playing this song in no time. Enjoy!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
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In this lesson we will learn the classic version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow as arranged by “Iz”.

What A Wonderful World
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In this lesson we will be learning What A Wonderful World, the classic Louie Armstrong tune. The lesson covers the arrangement made popular by “Iz”.

Rude by Magic!
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In this lesson we will be learning Rude by the Canadian band Magic! The song uses barre chords and has a reggae feel.

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.

Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
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In this lesson we will be learning Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson.

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.

Dr. What – Charliesocoollike
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In this lesson, I will show you how to play the “Dr. What” song by the youtuber Charliesocoollike. This song uses some barre chords but is fairly easy to play.

Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
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The Gotye song, ‘Somebody I Used to Know’, was a huge international hit. Its a great song for the uke and this lesson will walk you through the chords and some of the single note lines from the record.

Care – Bribry
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Here is a simple pop song from Bribry in the key of C.

Black Horse and a Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall
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Here’s the hit song from KT Tunstall – Black Horse and a Cherry Tree made famous by her performance on Jools.

The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
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Here’s a song from Ingrid Michaelson who plays a lot of ukulele but this song does not have a uke in the original recording. Anyhow, its a great tune to play on the uke.

Lucky – Mraz Caillat
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In this lesson, I’ll show you the duet between Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat called ‘Lucky’.

Like A Star – C Bailey Rae
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Here is the Corinne Bailey Rae hit, Like A Star that goes well on the uke.

Missing – EBTG
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This lesson is on the song Missing, by Everything But the Girl from the 90’s. Its a very simple set of changes that have a couple variations in each section.

Island In the Sun by Weezer
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In this lesson we will be learning Island in The Sun by Weezer. The song uses mostly open chords and follows a simple arrangement.

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
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In this lesson we will be learning Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. This song makes use of a new chord called a diminished chord.

The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
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In this lesson we will learn the Bruno Mars song The Lazy Song. The song makes use of several major and minor chord shapes we have recently learned as well as a Dom7 chord.

Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
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This is a song study lesson of Can’t Help Falling in Love. We will be using many barre chords and Dom7 chords.

You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
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In this lesson we will learn You and I by Ingrid Michaelson. This song makes use of some new chords such as a new dom7 shape, sus4, and diminished chords.

La Bamba
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In this lesson we will be learning La Bamba by Ritchie Valens. This song uses the chords C, F, and G. While the chords used in the song are simple, the strumming pattern can be a bit challenging. You can always simplify the strumming pattern by just playing simple quarter note down strums.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.   

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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#.

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.

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.

Hurt by Johnny Cash
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Pretty simple tune with 4 chords. Am, C, D, and G.  The intro is finger picked arpeggios, while the chorus is straight eighth note strumming.  From an arrangement standpoint, it is just 2 parts, a verse and a chorus.

Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
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Learn the adapted ukulele version of this Garth Brooks classic.

Mama Tried by Merle Haggard
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In this lesson we will be learning Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried. The song uses 4 simple chords. There is a finger picking intro and outro.

Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band
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Learn Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band. Just 3 chords needed for this popular country tune.

Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
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Die a Happy Man is a soulful country tune by Thomas Rhett. It has a distinct guitar line in the verse that we have transcribed for ukulele. The rest of the tune uses basic chords.

Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet
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Learn this classic Jimmy Buffet tune. Easy 3 chord progression with a nice melody line intro.

Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
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Just 3 chords in the raucous country romp.  Em, Bm, and B7

If I Die Young – The Band Perry
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In this lesson you will learn the pop country song If I Die Young by the Band Perry. Fairly simple tune.

Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
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This is a simple four chord tune great for beginners.

Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho
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Learn this classic from famous Hawaiian artist Don Ho. The song is relatively easy but is written in the key of Eb making it require several barre type chords. The song also includes a key change from Eb to E.

Hanalei Moon (Traditional Hawaiian)
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There are many versions of this song by many different performers. We will be learning the song in the key of G. It will require 7 chords most of which are open chords.

Hele On To Kaui by Iz
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Learn this traditional Hawaiian song as performed by Iz.

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.

Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley (Part 2)
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This is part 2 of Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley.  In this lesson we will be covering the single note guitar lines.

Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley (Part 1)
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In this lesson (Part 1) we will be covering the chords to this Bob Marley reggae tune. The song is in C minor.

Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
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Very easy tune and suited well for ukulele. Just 3 chords needed for this one. A Major, D Major, and E Major

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.

Hello Dolly by Louis Armstrong
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Learn the old ragtime tune Hello Dolly by Louis Armstrong. There are a lot of chords in this tune. The song lends itself well to the ukulele.

San Francisco Bay Blues
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In this lesson we will learn San Francisco Bay Blues. This blues / ragtime tune has been played by many artists. This lesson follows the Eric Clapton arrangement

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.

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

Silent Night (Chord Melody)
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In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Silent Night. Chord Melody involves playing the melody and harmony together making for one complete piece. In other words “solo”. With chord melody fingerings are often very different and more complicated.

Ode To Joy (Chord Melody-Solo)
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In this lesson we will be learning the classical tune Ode To Joy in chord melody fashion.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mele Kalikimaka Melody
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Learn the melody to this Hawaiian Christmas classic

Mele Kalikimaka Chords
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In this lesson we will be learning the chords to this Hawaiian Christmas classic.

O Holy Night
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Learn the chord progression for O Holy Night. The chords are played fingerstyle in an arpeggio fashion. Two simple finger picking patterns will get you through the entire song. The chords are mostly simple beginner chords in the key of C

Ukulele For Kids

Kids 1 : Intro
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In this short introduction video we will briefly discuss appropriate practice for your child and the importance of having a reliable tuner.  This video is intended for both the child and the parent.  There are certain aspects of learning the ukulele that may require assistance from the parent, most notably tuning.

Kids 2 : Music Fundamentals
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Before we start playing our ukulele we need to talk about some music basics.  In this lesson we will discuss the difference between a low note and a high note. We will also discuss the three basic fundamentals that make up music.  Those three things are melody, chords (harmony), and rhythm.

Kids 3: Basic Ukulele Knowledge
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In this lesson we will learn the parts of the ukulele. Learning the parts of the instrument is important so we can communicate ideas in the lessons.  We will also teach you how to hold the ukulele.

Kids 4: How To Tune the Ukulele and First Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning how to tune your ukulele with an electronic tuner.  It is very important to tune the ukulele correctly so when you play chords it sounds right.  Once the ukulele is tuned we will be showing you how to play your first chord, the C major chord.

Kids 5: The F Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning a new chord, the F Major chord.

Kids 6: Wheels On The Bus
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In this lesson we will be learning our first song using the C and F chords.  The song we are learning is one we are all familiar with, Wheels On The Bus.

Kids 7: The G Major Chord
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In this lesson we will be reviewing the chords we have learned so far and learning a new chord called the G or G Major chord.

Kids 8: You Are My Sunshine
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In this lesson we will be taking the 3 chords we have learned so far and playing a song called You Are My Sunshine.

Kids 9 : Individual Notes and Names
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In this lesson we are going to learn about the individual notes and the names of the notes.

Kids 10 : Mary Had A Little Lamb
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In this lesson we will be applying the individual notes we just learned to the song Mary Had A Little Lamb.

Kids 11 : Am Chord and 8th Note Strumming
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In this lesson we are going to learn a new chord called an A minor chord.  We will discuss the difference between major chords and minor chords.  In the second part of the lesson we will be learning 8th note strumming.

Kids 12 : Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
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In this lesson we are going to learn Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.  The song is relatively simple and we will be applying the 8th note strumming pattern we just learned and using C, G, and Am chords.

Kids 13 : Rhythm Basics and Reading
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In this lesson we will be discussing more about rhythm.  Specifically we will be covering 4/4 time signature, bars and beats, and how to identify them.

Kids 14 : Down By The Bay
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In this lesson we will be learning Down By The Bay and practicing reading the bars and beats. The song uses three chords, C, G, and F.

Kids 15 : Note Values
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In this lesson we are going to learn about note values.  This refers to how long we play different types of notes and being able to identify them.

Kids 16 : This Little Light Of Mine
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In this lesson we are going to learn This Little Light Of Mine and use all 4 chords we have learned so far.

Kids 17 : Reading Repeats
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In this lesson we are going to learn more about reading music and specifically how to read repeats.

Kids 18 : Perfect by One Direction
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In this lesson we will be learning a popular song called Perfect by One Direction.  The song uses just 3 chords, C, F, and Am.  The strumming pattern is a simple eighth note pattern. Practice playing along with the Jam track.

Kids 19 : New Rhythm Patterns
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In this lesson we are going to be learning some new rhythm patterns that combine quarter notes and eighth notes.  These are common rhythms that you will see often in learning songs.

Kids 20 : Best Day Of My Life by American Authors
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In this lesson we will be learning a new chord and applying that chord to the song Best Day Of My Life by American Authors.  The new chord we will be learning is D major.  The song uses just 2 chords, D and G.

Kids 21 : Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
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In this lesson we will be learning Love Yourself by Justin Bieber. This will be a little more complicated rhythmically and in the arrangement. It will use 4 chords, C, G, Am, and F. We will also be learning a technique called muting.

Kids 22 : Music Theory and the G minor Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning a new chord, the G minor chord. We will also be covering some music theory, specifically the difference between a major and minor chord and how it sounds to your ear.

Kids 23 : Stitches by Shawn Mendez
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In this lesson we will be learning Stitches by Shawn Mendez. The song uses Am, G, C, and F chords. The strumming pattern will be the same throughout the entire tune.

Kids 24 : Playing Fingerstyle
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In this lesson we will be learning a new technique called fingerstyle. In fingerstyle or finger picking we play the notes of a chord one at at time. This sound is a little more delicate or mellow sounding.

Kids 25 : Counting Stars by One Republic
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In this lesson we will apply the fingerstyle technique we just learned to a popular song called Counting Stars by One Republic. The chords used are C, F, G, and Am.

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