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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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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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Madness by Muse

Madness by Muse

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Maggie May by Rod Stewart

Maggie May by Rod Stewart

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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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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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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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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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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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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Friend Of The Devil by The Grateful Dead

Friend Of The Devil by The Grateful Dead

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Just a Friend To You by Meghan Trainor

Just a Friend To You by Meghan Trainor

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Budapest by George Ezra

Budapest by George Ezra

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!

Song Difficulty: 4

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Proud Mary by CCR

Proud Mary by CCR

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Passenger Side by Wilco

Passenger Side by Wilco

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Halo by Beyonce

Halo by Beyonce

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Cake by Melanie Martinez

Cake by Melanie Martinez

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Chord Melody)

Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Chord Melody)

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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How To Play Sharp and Flat Chords

How To Play Sharp and Flat Chords

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
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My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Amazing Grace (Chord Melody Style)

Amazing Grace (Chord Melody Style)

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

Song Difficulty: 5

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Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow

Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow

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

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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