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Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs

Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Just A Girl by No Doubt

Just A Girl by No Doubt

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Shallow from A Star Is Born

Shallow from A Star Is Born

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Meant To Be by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha

Meant To Be by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha

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#.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Rocky Raccoon by The Beatles

Rocky Raccoon by The Beatles

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

Song Difficulty: 4

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Old Man by Neil Young

Old Man by Neil Young

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Remembering Sunday by All Time Low

Remembering Sunday by All Time Low

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Explaining Dynamics

Explaining Dynamics

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.
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You Were Meant For Me by Jewel

You Were Meant For Me by Jewel

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

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!

Song Difficulty: 4

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Leaving On a Jet Plane by Peter Paul and Mary

Leaving On a Jet Plane by Peter Paul and Mary

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Baby I Love You Way by Peter Frampton

Baby I Love You Way by Peter Frampton

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Transposing Songs to Different Keys

Transposing Songs to Different Keys

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.
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Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys

Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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The Joker by Steve Miller Band

The Joker by Steve Miller Band

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Ohio by CSN&Y

Ohio by CSN&Y

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Don't Stop Believing by Journey

Don't Stop Believing by Journey

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Emmylou by First Aid Kit

Emmylou by First Aid Kit

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Last Kiss by Pearl Jam

Last Kiss by Pearl Jam

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams

Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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High Hopes by Panic at the Disco

High Hopes by Panic at the Disco

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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The Number System

The Number System

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.
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I Will Buy You A New Life by Everclear

I Will Buy You A New Life by Everclear

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

Song Difficulty: 3

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Ukulele For Guitar Players

Ukulele For Guitar Players

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.
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Valerie by Amy Winehouse

Valerie by Amy Winehouse

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

Song Difficulty: 4

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Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Dream A Little Dream Of Me

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Yesterday by The Beatles (Chord Melody Style)

Yesterday by The Beatles (Chord Melody Style)

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.

Song Difficulty: 6

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