Pop Songs

Pop Songs

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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. 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Still Into You

Paramore

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

Level 2


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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.

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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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My Girl

The Temptations

A classic soul hit from the 60’s; this arrangement covers everything, from the iconic intro riff to the smoothly delivered vocal lines.

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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.

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Rockin' Robin

J. Thomas *

A classic 60’s hit; learn an upbeat rhythmic pattern and bluesy solo that you can play over a full band backing track!

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Rockin' Robin (U-Bass)

J. Thomas *

A classic 60’s hit; learn a melodic bass line that you can play over a full band backing track!

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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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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.

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Father Figure

George Michael

Combining elements of the original recording with a live orchestral performance, this arrangement encompasses the beauty behind George Michael’s brilliant songwriting.
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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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Fly Me to the Moon

Frank Sinatra

'Fly Me to the Moon' is a classic tune with a strong melody line that adapted well to the ukulele. I had a lot of fun with this arrangement and every time I play it I think of Bud Fox and Gordon Gekko!
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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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Perfect

Ed Sheeran

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

Stand By Me
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Stand By Me

Ben E. King

A classic 60's hit, this arrangement covers everything from the iconic bass intro to the smoothly delivered vocal lines.

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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.

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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.

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Trouble

Taylor Swift

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

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When Doves Cry

Prince

This arrangement is chock-full of the elements that made Prince great; from sick guitar licks to funky piano riffs and an attitude driven lyrical melody.

Level 4


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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.

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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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La Bamba

Ritchie Valens *

‘La Bamba’ features a catchy guitar riff and an irresistible dance inducing groove! Our arrangement is based off of Los Lobos’ version featured in the 1987 movie, La Bamba.

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Mr. Sandman

The Chordettes

A beautiful melody arranged as a fingerstyle piece. This arrangement features tapped harmonics which add a unique dynamic to the performance.

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Tu De Que Vas

Franco De Vita

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


* 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.