Rock Songs Lessons

Tequila Sunrise - Eagles

Tequila Sunrise - Eagles

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Tequila Sunrise Lead

Tequila Sunrise Lead

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Atlantic City by Levon Helm / Bruce Springsteen

Atlantic City by Levon Helm / Bruce Springsteen

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Ex's and Oh's by Elle King

Ex's and Oh's by Elle King

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Wonderwall - Oasis

Wonderwall - Oasis

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Space Oddity - David Bowie

Space Oddity - David Bowie

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! [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYYRH4apXDo[/embedyt]

Song Difficulty: 4

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Creep by Radiohead

Creep by Radiohead

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Moondance by Van Morrison

Moondance by Van Morrison

In this lesson we will be learning Moondance by Van Morrison. Chords and strumming pattern are covered.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles Part 2

Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles Part 2

Here Comes The Sun Continued

Song Difficulty: 5

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The Scientist by Coldplay

The Scientist by Coldplay

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

Song Difficulty: 3

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Yer So Bad by Tom Petty

Yer So Bad by Tom Petty

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

Song Difficulty: 3

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Love Me Tender by Elvis

Love Me Tender by Elvis

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.

Song Difficulty: 6

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All Apologies by Nirvana

All Apologies by Nirvana

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

Song Difficulty: 4

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We're Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes

We're Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Me and Bobby McGee - Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee - Joplin

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Soul Sister by Train

Soul Sister by Train

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Fire and Rain by James Taylor

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

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.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Let it Be by the Beatles

Let it Be by the Beatles

In this lesson we will be learning Let It Be by the Beatles. The song uses C, F, G, and Am chords.

Song Difficulty: 1

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Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine by John Lennon

In this lesson we will learn Imagine by John Lennon. This song makes use of another good finger picking technique.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hotel California by the Eagles

Hotel California by the Eagles

In this lesson we will be learning the classic Hotel California by the Eagles. This tune uses finger picking technique in the intro.

Song Difficulty: 4

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The Weight by The Band

The Weight by The Band

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

Learn how to play this classic Neil Diamond tune. Relatively simple song with just a few chords in key of B

Song Difficulty: 3

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Harvest Moon by Neil Young

Harvest Moon by Neil Young

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

Song Difficulty: 4

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Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

In this lesson we will learn Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead. Fairly simple tune applying mostly open chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Wildflowers by Tom Petty

Wildflowers by Tom Petty

Learn Wildflowers by Tom Petty.  This great acoustic tune transfers nicely to the ukulele.  Relatively easy to play.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles

Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles

Simple tune with 4 chords. E, A, B, and F#m. The strumming pattern is pretty much the same throughout.

Song Difficulty: 3

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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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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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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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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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Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues

Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues

Nights in White Satin is written in 6/8 time signature and requires relatively simple chord knowledge and strumming capabilities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mr. BoJangles by Jerry Jeff Walker

Mr. BoJangles by Jerry Jeff Walker

Try this classic acoustic folk song adapted for ukulele.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Cold Cold Cold by Cage The Elephant

Cold Cold Cold by Cage The Elephant

This song requires knowing Gm, F, Bb barre chord, and D. We will cover the chords for all the parts plus the strumming pattern.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Here Comes The Sun ukulele by The Beatles Part 1

Here Comes The Sun ukulele by The Beatles Part 1

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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American Pie by Don McLean

American Pie by Don McLean

Easy song with a lot of chords and arrangement.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Yellow - Coldplay

Yellow - Coldplay

Learn Coldplay's break out first hit, Yellow.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Honey Pie by The Beatles

Honey Pie by The Beatles

Great tune for ukulele with its old ragtime feel. Lots of chords in this one but nothing terribly difficult.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Rebel Rebel by David Bowie

Rebel Rebel by David Bowie

This tune consists mostly of a riff based out of D and E. Other chords used are A and Bm.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

In this lesson we will learn this classic Dusty Springfield song with a very recognizable intro riff.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Ripple by The Grateful Dead

Ripple by The Grateful Dead

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Knockin On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan

Knockin On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan

Simple uke tune using just 4 chords. G, D, Am, and C. Applies the same chord progression throughout the entire tune

Song Difficulty: 2

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Hound Dog by Elvis

Hound Dog by Elvis

Easy 3 chord bluesy rock n roll tune. C, F7, and G

Song Difficulty: 3

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Simple Man by Lynard Skynard

Simple Man by Lynard Skynard

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

Song Difficulty: 2

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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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House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals

House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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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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