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Cassidy by The Grateful Dead

Cassidy by The Grateful Dead

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Learning To Fly by Tom Petty

Learning To Fly by Tom Petty

This is an easy one. Just 4 open chords - F, C, Am, G. The song uses the same 4 chord progression throughout.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Free Fallin by Tom Petty

Free Fallin by Tom Petty

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

Song Difficulty: 2

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Bad Moon Rising by CCR

Bad Moon Rising by CCR

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Silent Night (Chord Melody)

Silent Night (Chord Melody)

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley (Part 2)

Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley (Part 2)

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

Song Difficulty: 5

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

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

Song Difficulty: 4

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Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley (Part 1)

Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley (Part 1)

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

Song Difficulty: 3

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Better Together by Jack Johnson

Better Together by Jack Johnson

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

Song Difficulty: 3

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Twist and Shout by The Beatles

Twist and Shout by The Beatles

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hele On To Kaui by Iz

Hele On To Kaui by Iz

Learn this traditional Hawaiian song as performed by Iz.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

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.   

Song Difficulty: 3

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24 Frames by Jason Isbell

24 Frames by Jason Isbell

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

Song Difficulty: 2

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carol King

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carol King

In this lesson we will learn this classic tune by Carol King as performed by the Shirelles in the 50's hit.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hanalei Moon (Traditional Hawaiian)

Hanalei Moon (Traditional Hawaiian)

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho

Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Kokomo by The Beach Boys

Kokomo by The Beach Boys

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!

Song Difficulty: 4

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You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry

You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Mele Kalikimaka Chords

Mele Kalikimaka Chords

In this lesson we will be learning the chords to this Hawaiian Christmas classic.
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American Kids by Kenny Chesney

American Kids by Kenny Chesney

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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One by U2

One by U2

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Strumming patterns in 6/8 Time

Strumming patterns in 6/8 Time

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.
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How He Loves by David Crowder

How He Loves by David Crowder

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!

Song Difficulty: 2

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Danny's Song by Loggins and Messina

Danny's Song by Loggins and Messina

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Musical Harmony - V to I Chord Progression

Musical Harmony - V to I Chord Progression

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.
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Sound Of Silence (Anna Kendrick)

Sound Of Silence (Anna Kendrick)

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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City Of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie

City Of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles

Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Blue Christmas by Elvis

Blue Christmas by Elvis

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Mele Kalikimaka Melody

Mele Kalikimaka Melody

Learn the melody to this Hawaiian Christmas classic
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Whiskey in A Jar by The Dubliners

Whiskey in A Jar by The Dubliners

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Hurt by Johnny Cash

Hurt by Johnny Cash

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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With Or Without You by U2

With Or Without You by U2

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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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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