The ukulele has become a hugely popular instrument in recent years. In 2013, sales of ukuleles jumped by over 50% having already hit over a million units sold in 2012.
The reason that the ukulele is so popular is that it is one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play.
Indeed, you only need to learn a few chords to be able to play a number of hugely famous songs.
So read on as we look at 7 great ukulele songs that you can learn to play in no time.
1. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
The first song in our list is an absolute classic but is incredibly easy to learn. In fact, you will only need to know three chords.
The first chord you need for this song is D. To play a D chord you just need to hold down the top three strings on the second fret. If you have small hands, it’s easy enough to use one finger for each string. If you have big hands and a small ukulele, some people prefer to press down all three strings with the same finger.
The next chord as C which is even easier; you hold down the third fret on the bottom string only. The final chord is a G, which is the second fret on the second and fourth strings and the third fret on the third string. Guitar players will recognize this shape as how you play a D chord on the guitar.
Once you can play those three chords, you can play the whole song. The simplest pattern to play is two D chords, two C chords, and four G chords. Repeat this pattern for the verse and the chorus. You’ve just learned your first song!
2. “Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
This song only needs three chords, and you already know one of them.
The first chord for this song is C, which we’ve already learned. Next up is A minor, which also only needs one finger. This time it holds down the second fret of the top string.
To play our final chord, F, you need to hold down the second fret on the top string, and the first fret on the third string. Here is a top tip: when you play the A minor chord, use your middle finger to hold down the top string. When you go from playing A minor to playing F, you can leave that finger where it is and use your index finger to hold down the third string.
Once you’ve mastered these chords, the song is really simple. Eight lots of C, eight lots of A minor, eight lots of F and eight lots of C. This pattern repeats throughout the whole song, for the verse and the chorus.
3. “Someone Like You” – Adele
We already know all the chords we need for this next song.
This beautiful ballad by Adele uses four chords compared to three for our first two songs, but is still very simple to play, as the pattern repeats throughout the song.
We start off with four lots of C, then four lots of G, four lots of A minor and finally four lots of F. Keep repeating this pattern for the verse, bridge, and chorus. Once you have the pattern mastered you can experiment with different strumming patterns until you find one that you like.
4. “Let It Be” – The Beatles
Those same for chords are all you need to be able to play this beautiful song from The Beatles.
This one has a slightly more complicated pattern though. For the verse, you would play as follows: C, C, G, G, Am, Am, F, F, C, C, G, G, F, F, C, C. Play this pattern twice.
The chorus has a slightly different pattern: Am, Am, G, G, F, F, C, C, C, C, G, G, F, F, C, C.
5. “You’re Beautiful” – James Blunt
The same four chords are all you need here too.
The verse is C, C, C, C, G, G, G, G, Am, Am, Am, Am, F, F, F, F and then repeat the whole thing again. The chorus is F, F, G, G, C, C, C, C played twice. Then you play F, F, G, G, C, C, Am, Am, F, F, G, G, Am, Am, Am, Am, F, F, G, G, C, C, C, C.
6. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
You’ve guessed it. It’s the same four chords for this classic too.
And the beauty of this song is that it’s the same pattern over and over throughout the whole song. Eight lots of C, eight lots of Am, four lots of F, four lots of G, eight lots of C. Before you long you’ll be able to play this one without even thinking.
7. “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
We’ll need one final chord to be able to play this song: D minor.
To play D minor, hold down the second fret of the top string with your third finger, the second fret of the second string with your fourth, and the first fret of the third string with your index finger.
The pattern for the verse is C, C, G, G, Am, Am, Am, Am, Dm, Dm, C, C, G, G, G, G. Repeat that whole thing again. The bridge section is Am, Am, F, F, C, C, C, C (played twice) then Am, Am, F, F, C, C, G, G, Am, Am, F, F, G, G, G, G.
Finally, for the chorus, we have the following pattern: C, C, G, G, Am, Am, F, F, C, C, G, G, C, C, C, C. Repeat it all again, and you’ve learned the whole song.
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