Ukulele Songs

Ukulele Songs

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Beginner Series


12 Bar Blues Strumming

Rock Class 101 Original

In this lesson, we will be learning 2 strumming rhythms (one including a backbeat/slap) for a 12 Bar Blues in the key of A.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Christmas

A simple take on this classic, playful Christmas duet.

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.

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.

Our First Song

Rock Class 101 Original

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

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


Bad Moon Rising

Creedence Clearwater Revival

'Bad Moon Rising' is an upbeat and feel good tune. The rhythm combines aspects of the vocal melody, while keeping true to what the guitar player plays on the record. This is a great tune to work on for strumming practice.

Blank Space

Taylor Swift *

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

Down by the Bay

Raffi

This arrangement uses a pick, which is more commonly used in guitar playing.

Eastern Uke

Rock Class 101 Original

I composed 'Eastern Uke' with the Beginner/Intermediate player in mind. As the name implies, this is a fun 'Eastern' sounding tune!

Fingerpicking Etude

Rock Class 101 Original

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

Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley

'Hallelujah' is a song originally written by Leonard Cohen, but most famously covered by Jeff Buckley. Our arrangement is based off of Jeff's interpretation. This piece is purely about emotion and the way notes are articulated. Dynamics play an important role throughout the entire song.

Halloween

Movie Theme

John Carpenter's theme for 'Halloween' is a great example of using a motif to build a composition.

Happy Birthday

Traditional

The classic birthday anthem with a twist! This is one of those songs that should be in everyone's repertoire.

Heart and Soul

Hoagy Carmichael

'Heart and Soul' is a classic piano tune, that translates well to the ukulele. This is a simple and fun arrangement you can get down in an afternoon.

I Don't Know My Name

Grace VanderWaal

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

I'm Yours

Jason Mraz

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

Jingle Bells

Christmas

This arrangement of 'Jingle Bells' is suitable for the beginner to intermediate player.

Norwegian Wood

The Beatles

This arrangement is a great introduction to playing chord melodies. There are two melodies in the song. The first is the most recognizable, but the second is beautiful too.

Ode To Joy

Ludwig van Beethoven

A classical fingerstyle take on a timeless song.

Riptide

Vance Joy

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

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 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.

Silent Night

Christmas

‘Silent Night’ is a great beginner’s finger-picking song.

SpongeBob SquarePants Theme

TV Show

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

Stranger Things Theme

TV Show

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

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Traditional American

'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' is the most classic American Baseball tune there is. A childhood favorite, this song is a blast to play and can be learned in under an hour.

The Andy Griffith Show Theme

TV Show

This is a cute tune with a catchy melody that can be easily learned in an afternoon.

Uke Blues

Rock Class 101 Original

This arrangement makes use of combining strumming and licks (short solos) one after the other. It follows a standard 12 bar blues form in the key of A with a medium tempo.

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.

When the Saints Go Marching In

Traditional

Made popular by Louis Armstrong, our arrangement is a fingerstyle take on this classic gospel hymn.

Wipe Out

The Surfaris

'Wipe Out' features a memorable guitar hook and drum beat set in a 12 bar blues. Our arrangement was written to emphasize these two aspects. This is a simple and fun arrangement you can get down in an afternoon.

You Are My Sunshine

Children's Song

A classic children’s anthem, ‘You Are My Sunshine’ is a simple song with a handful of chords and a catchy melody. This arrangement contains 3 versions labeled as Melodies: A, B, & C. Think of it as beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Level 2


Aloha ʻOe

Queen Liliʻuokalani

A traditional Hawaiian song consisting of only 3 chords and a beautiful melody.

Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

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

Don't Stop Believin'

Journey

'Don't Stop Believin' is a staple of classic rock radio. Our arrangement condenses the song slightly, while staying true to all the melodies and guitar riffs that made it a classic!

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.

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.

Hedwig's Theme

Movie Theme

This arrangement contains the most memorable parts from the enchanting theme to Harry Potter.

Here Comes the Sun

The Beatles

'Here Comes the Sun' is a classic Beatles tune and is absolutely perfect for the ukulele! This arrangement stays true to the melody and is a great tune for fingerstyle playing.

I Have a Little Dreidel

Hanukkah

A Hanukkah classic, this tune features two melodies set to an upbeat tempo.

I Took A Pill In Ibiza

Mike Posner

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

Jingle Bell Rock

Bobby Helms

Probably one of my favorite Holiday tunes, this song adapted well to the ukulele. My arrangement weighs heavy on Brian Setzer's version.

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.

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

Justin Bieber

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

O' Christmas Tree

Christmas

A classic Christmas song, 'O' Christmas Tree' features two melodies. The first is relatively simple and straight-forward, but the second can be quite tricky.

Pokemon Theme

TV Show

This song is an epic cartoon intro that sounds like an 80’s rock anthem!

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

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.

Santa Fe

Ottmar Liebert

'Santa Fe' is a Spanish-influenced piece that contains 3 melodies. It is a great example for developing finger-picking and rhythm.

Sirius

The Alan Parsons Project *

This arrangement makes use of a loop pedal to recreate the instruments used on the record. Backing tracks are included for playing the melody and solo if you do not have a loop pedal.

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.

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.

Take the 'A' Train

Duke Ellington

'Take the 'A' Train' is a jazz standard. I loved it from the first moment I played it in the 'Real Book' in music college. This arrangement has a laid back groove/feel. It's a great 'first' jazz piece to learn.

The Little Drummer Boy

Christmas

'The Little Drummer Boy' is a Christmas classic. Our arrangement features harmonies that walk the melody up and down while keeping a steady drum-like beat throughout.

The Munsters Theme

TV Show

'The Munsters Theme' features catchy melodies and a very cool chord progression in the B Melody. In the tab, I have labeled the arrangement into three parts: A, B, and C Melody.

Waimanalo Blues

Country Comfort *

Originally recorded by Country Comfort, our arrangement is based on a live performance featuring Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

What Do You Mean?

Justin Bieber

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

Zelda’s Lullaby

Video Game Theme

A beautiful piece from the video game series: Zelda. This arrangement features 3 Melodies labeled: A, B and C. Melody C is a variation on melody A and is unique to the arrangement.

Level 3


Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

Van Halen

This arrangement is an advanced lesson that features many guitar techniques that defined Eddie's playing. Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and legato licks are all incorporated in this arrangement.

Auld Lang Syne

Traditional (New Years)

The traditional song for New Years, this arrangement of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ was written for the fingerstyle player in mind.

Banana Pancakes

Jack Johnson

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

Birthday

The Beatles

This arrangement cycles through all the parts of the original recording including the drum breakdown.

Canon in D

Johann Pachelbel

This arrangement of 'Canon' cycles through the form 8 times, giving us 8 variations on the classic song. Think of it this way: The song is 5 chords, played over 4 bars. These 4 bars are repeated 8 times, but played differently each time, thus creating 8 'themes'.

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.

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.

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!

Frosty The Snowman

Holiday Season

‘Frosty the Snowman’ is a classic Holiday song that is fun for the whole family! This arrangement has a swung eighth note feel throughout and is a great piece for practicing fingerpicking.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky

Rock Class 101 Original

This song is a lesson on how to take a melody and compose your own arrangement around it. Thus, a more fitting name would be: Variations on '(Ghost) Riders in the Sky'.

If I Only Had A Brain

The Wizard Of Oz

‘If I Only Had a Brain’ is hands down my favorite tune from The Wizard of Oz. This arrangement features two melodies.

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

J.S. Bach

This arrangement relies on a steady and moderate tempo keeping the eighth note triplets even. I would recommend playing along to a metronome.

Linus and Lucy

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The classic piano theme featured in "A Charlie Brown Christmas", this arrangement contains the iconic melodies you love plus the jazz breakdown.

She Talks To Angels

The Black Crowes

'She Talks To Angels' features an iconic guitar riff with catchy rhythmic strumming.

Something

The Beatles

This arrangement makes use of free-time and expression for the first half. When the bridge and solo kick in, we are right back into a steady beat.

(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow

The Wizard of OZ

Probably the most popular song on ukulele, ‘Over the Rainbow’ is a classic. My arrangement weighs heavy on Tommy Emmanuel’s version.

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.

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.

Superman Theme

Movie Theme

This arrangement covers the iconic melodies that made the original orchestral score a classic.

The Irish Washerwoman

Irish Jig

'The Irish Washerwoman' is a traditional Irish Jig. It is a modal tune revolving around two chords, except during the walk down in the ‘B Melody’.

Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran

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

Three Little Birds

Bob Marley

A classic Bob Marley tune and one that fits well on the uke!

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

Tiny Tim

Probably the first name that comes to mind when you mention ukulele to someone is Tiny Tim. As goofy as he was, the man was an excellent musician. Not many people are aware that Tiny Tim did not write this song. Though, my arrangement is based on his version.

Trouble

Taylor Swift

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

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!

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.

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


Amazing Grace

Traditional

This arrangement uses a swung feel and features 3 variations on the melody.

Cantina Band

Star Wars Movie Song

‘Cantina Band’ is a jazz based song featured in the movie ‘Star Wars’.

Family Guy Theme

TV Show

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

Freight Train

Elizabeth Cotten

A vintage-esque uke tune, this arrangement is filled with catchy melodies and challenging rhythmic work.

Habanera (Carmen)

Georges Bizet

One of the most famous arias from the opera ‘Carmen’, this enchanting melody builds upon dynamics, chromatic runs, and key changes to create an everlasting piece.

Hide Away

Freddie King

‘Hideaway’ is an iconic blues guitar standard that every great player has covered. My interpretation weighs heavy on SRV’s version.

If I Fell

The Beatles

This arrangement of 'If I Fell' was written for the fingerstyle player in mind.

In My Life

The Beatles

‘In My Life’ has always been one of my favorite songs due to it’s simplistic beauty. It’s one of the songs that really resonates in people.

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.

Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry

The song that inspired millions of people to pick up a guitar! I was one of them. Who remembers that scene in Back to the Future, I mean how cool, right? This is definitely one of the most popular arrangements on Rock Class 101 and it has every right to be!

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.

Landslide

Fleetwood Mac

'Landslide' is a great example of Travis Picking. Travis picking, named after Merle Travis, is a repetitive right hand picking pattern where the underlying chords continually change. Travis picking is great practice for fingerstyle playing.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas

A fingerstyle take on a classic Christmas melody that is a delight to play.

She's Always A Woman

Billy Joel

This arrangement of ‘She’s Always a Woman’ was written for the finger-style player in mind.

Spanish Ukulele

Gary Moore

This song is an arrangement of ‘Spanish Guitar’ by Gary Moore. It features two beautiful melodies in an ABA format.

Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin *

An 8 minute opus compressed to just under 3. I tried to pull the best parts of the song and play them at least once throughout this arrangement.

Sultans Of Swing

Dire Straits *

Featuring a killer groove, ‘Sultans Of Swing’ is an ideal song for working on rhythm and soloing technique.

The Chicken

Jaco Pastorius *

‘The Chicken’ is a Jazz-Funk based groove with a catchy melody and a great bass line. This arrangement features two backing tracks. One for rhythm playing, the other for lead.

The Pink Panther Theme

Henry Mancini

'The Pink Panther Theme' is a jazz infused movie theme that has engraved itself in pop culture. Our arrangement makes use of percussive effects, syncopated rhythm hits, and dynamics to create an accurate tribute to the original recording. 

Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Johann Sebastian Bach

A hauntingly beautiful organ piece by the great German composer J.S. Bach. Our arrangement contains some of the most memorable themes from this timeless piece.

Tu De Que Vas

Franco De Vita

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

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.

Waltzing Matilda

Australian Bush Ballad

‘Waltzing Matilda’ is Australia’s best known bush ballad and serves as the unofficial national anthem.

What A Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

This arrangement of ‘What a Wonderful World’ was written for the finger-style player in mind.

With A Little Help From My Friends

The Beatles

This arrangement takes us through the entire song while expanding upon the melody and harmony.


* Songs that feature a blue asterisk include play-along backing tracks.
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