Modern Songs

Modern Songs

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Beginner Series


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Fingerpicking Etude no. 3

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, we will be using a 4 finger approach for fingerpicking a simple 3 chord song.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 13

Rock Class 101 Original

This etude is jam-packed with concepts and playing techniques that will help the beginner player transition to the intermediate level.

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Fingerpicking & Strumming

Rock Class 101 Original

This piece contains 3 melodies that utilize many of the techniques and concepts we have learned throughout the Definitive Beginner's Guide to Ukulele Course.

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Green Tea

Rock Class 101 Original *

Learn a relaxing, bluesy chord melody which you can jam along to with a bass and cajon backing track (or play as a stand alone piece).

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Our First Song

Rock Class 101 Original

In this lesson, we will be combining fingerpicking and strumming to create and play our first tune!

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Strumming Etude no. 2

Rock Class 101 Original

For this etude, we will be playing some unique chords to help break away from the generic sounding “G, C, F” strumming tunes.

Level 1


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Blank Space

Taylor Swift *

This song is a great introduction to fingerpicking multiple strings at a time.

FP Etude
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Fingerpicking Etude

Rock Class 101 Original

I composed this etude for the beginner fingerstyle player. This song utilizes a four finger approach.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 4

Rock Class 101 Original

This etude is a great study for understanding dynamics and breaking out of the “comfort zone” (frets 1-5) by utilizing the entire neck for fingerpicking chords.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 10: "DayDreaming"

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you’ll learn a cute sounding melody that is played with a swung rhythmic feel.

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I Don't Know My Name

Grace VanderWaal

The song that catapulted America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal to overnight fame.

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I'm Yours

Jason Mraz

I had a lot of fun arranging this tune! The backbeat (slaps) absolutely make the arrangement stand out.

riptide
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Riptide

Vance Joy

Vance Joy is one of today’s up and coming artists that is bringing the ukulele back into the spotlight!

seeyouagain
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See You Again

Wiz Khalifa

My favorite part of this song is the piano melody that plays in the beginning. I brought it to this arrangement by using right hand tapping.

shake
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Shake It Off

Taylor Swift

‘Shake It Off’ is a simple three chord tune. Our arrangement makes use of some cool techniques to really bring out the melody notes. These techniques include: Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

SBSP
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SpongeBob SquarePants Theme

TV Show

This is a great beginner fingerstyle piece that can be easily learned in an hour.

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Still Into You

Paramore

An intimate arrangement that combines fingerpicking and strumming to create a beautiful backdrop for the vocals.

Stranger Things
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Stranger Things Theme

TV Show

An 80's inspired synth theme with a hint of Halloween.

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The Walking Dead Theme

TV Show

The theme song to the hit TV show, this piece uses only 3 chords to conjure up feelings of suspense and fright.

Uke Duet
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Ukulele Duet

Rock Class 101 Original *

This song uses a combination of basic open chords played with a back beat strum pattern and a melody that incorporates a few techniques.

Level 2


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Everlong

Foo Fighters

This arrangement for ‘Everlong’ is broken into a few sections: Riff (intro/outro), Verse, Pre-Chorus, and Chorus. I mainly took inspiration from the acoustic version played by Dave Grohl, thus I would recommend giving it a listen before you begin learning this song.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 5

Rock Class 101 Original

Two beautiful melodies that are fingerpicked entirely using Travis picking.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 7

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn an airy sounding piece that creatively makes use of harmonics.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 8

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn an elegant ukulele ballad.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 11

Rock Class 101 Original

In this ukulele etude, you will be working to develop precision in your right hand picking and strumming attack. As our focal point is on the right hand, the piece itself is a bluesy inspired 3 chord jam.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 14

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn a syncopated strumming pattern that will not only challenge you rhythmically, but will also help towards increasing reach in your left hand pinky.

GOT
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Game Of Thrones Theme

TV Show

The theme from the popular T.V. show, this arrangement is a fingerstyle piece that uses a motif to build a composition.

ITAPII
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I Took A Pill In Ibiza

Mike Posner

This arrangement contains elements of the original song and the hit remix version by Seeb.

letitgo
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Let It Go

Frozen (Demi Lovato)

When this movie came out, this song blew up and was easily the most requested song to teach from my students.

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Love

Matt White

The most iconic part of this song is the arpeggio keyboard lick and I brought it to this arrangement in ’80’s tapping style!

Love Yourself
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Love Yourself

Justin Bieber

'Love Yourself' is a great song for working on adding a backbeat to your playing.
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Radioactive

Imagine Dragons

'Radioactive' manages to take a simple 4 chord progression and turn it into one of rock's biggest hits in recent years.

rude
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Rude

Magic!

‘Rude’ is a reggae inspired pop tune with chords strummed on beats 2 and 4. Muting between the chord hits is important for this style of music, because it gives the strums a more percussive quality.

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Someone Like You

Adele *

This arrangement was written to accompany a vocal performance. Thus, this lesson includes a backing track (sans uke) featuring Stephen Cox on bass and Vanessa Graniero on vocals.

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Strumming Etude

Rock Class 101 Original

This piece is a boot camp for strumming that introduces the thumb as a viable tool for up-strums.

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Thumb Etude

Rock Class 101 Original

In our very first Thumb Etude, we will be combining interesting rhythms with a touch of Eastern music to create a unique sounding piece.

WDYM
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What Do You Mean?

Justin Bieber

‘What Do You Mean?’ features catchy melody lines in a stripped-down 4 chord progression.

Level 3


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A Thousand Years

Christina Perri

Featured in the motion picture, Twilight, this hauntingly beautiful melody is an excellent study for the intermediate to advanced fingerstyle player.

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Banana Pancakes

Jack Johnson

I used ‘Poetic License’ on this arrangement and rewrote the melody to incorporate some ‘dreamy-esque’ chord changes.

FP Etude 2
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Fingerpicking Etude no. 2

Rock Class 101 Original

Continuing our fingerpicking series, this lesson uses a three finger approach. The song is comprised of 4 parts: the Into and Melodies A, B, C.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 6

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, we will incorporate diminished licks in a minor key to create a unique sound.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 9

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn 3 themes; two of which involve multiple forms of fingerpicking, while one is solely dedicated to triplet picking.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 15

Rock Class 101 Original

Learn an eerie sounding fingerstyle etude that combines tritones, diminished chords, and the whole tone scale to create a Halloween-esque vibe.

Fingerpicking Etude no. 17

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you’ll learn how to subtly use dynamics to create a significant emotional impact.

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Hey, Soul Sister

Train

One of the most popular ukulele pop songs! Our fingerstyle arrangement covers the entire song and is perfect for the intermediate player.

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Moon

Taimane

In our inaugural lesson for Low G ukulele, you'll learn Taimane’s hauntingly beautiful composition, “Moon”.

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Perfect

Ed Sheeran

An elegant fingerstyle adaption of the global hit song that is "perfect" for the intermediate player.

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Seven Nation Army

The White Stripes

What do you get when you add an iconic riff + a simple beat? The best "garage rock" song ever!

staywithme
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Stay With Me

Sam Smith

‘Stay with Me’ is a simple three chord tune. Our arrangement makes use of using alternate versions of the three chords to bring out unique and colorful tones.

TOL
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Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran

A popular request on Rock Class 101, this arrangement features various techniques and a percussive backbeat.

trouble
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Trouble

Taylor Swift

This arrangement of ‘Trouble’ was written for the finger-style player in mind.

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Under The Bridge

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been known for having some great rhythmic songs and this is definitely one of them!

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Wagon Wheel

Darius Rucker

I had a lot of fun arranging this tune! Throughout the song there is a backbeat (slaps). The final solo does not come from the original or any re-recorded versions of the song. It is written in G Major Pentatonic and follows the chord changes in the song.

Level 4


familyguy
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Family Guy Theme

TV Show

Giggity! Family Guy is definitely one of the coolest TV theme’s around!

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Havana

Camila Cabello

Our arrangement of “Havana” stays true to its Latin roots while splicing in an array of tasteful techniques.

fire
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I See Fire

Ed Sheeran

One of Rock Class 101's most popular arrangements, 'I See Fire' is an epic song featuring a very cool tapping lick.

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Tu De Que Vas

Franco De Vita

‘Tu De Que Vas’ features beautiful melodies with a few interesting chord changes.

YGAFIM
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You've Got A Friend In Me

Movie Theme

A classic Disney / Pixar movie tune, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ contains great melodies with a swung eighth note feel.


* Songs that feature a blue asterisk include play-along backing tracks.
* All Songs feature complete Tabs, Chord Graphs, and Notation. Click HERE for a detailed explanation on how to read sheet music.