Nothing says Summer quite like the sound of a ukulele! With the days getting longer and the mercury rising, now is a great time to pick up a uke and make a splash at this season’s barbeques, bonfires, and pool parties.
Even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before, getting started on the ukulele is fun, easy, and inexpensive. You can find a decent starter ukulele at your local music shop for around $40, plus there are tons of resources available online to help you strum your first chord.
For starters, check out these great YouTube tutorials. We picked out five of our favorite easy ukulele songs to get you strumming this Summer.
Remember, in order to get the best sound, your ukulele has to be in tune. If you need help, check out this guide on how to tune a ukulele.
1. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
This mellow favorite has just 4 easy chords: C, G, Am, and F. Get familiar with this chord progression now, because you will be it to play tons of songs in the future! The strumming pattern might take you some time to master, so feel free to pause the video and go as slow as you need to.
2. “You Are My Sunshine” – Jimmy Davis
Using just three chords, C, F, and G, you can play this instantly recognizable classic tune. With a little luck, you might even get a sing-along going!
3. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
Who doesn’t love singing along to “Stand By Me”? Once you master the strum pattern, this song is a piece of cake.
4. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
Remember the chords from “I’m Yours”? Play with them in a different order and you’ll be strumming “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. I told you that chord progression would come in handy!
5. “Twist and Shout” – Bert Russell and “La Bamba” – Mexican Folk Song
This is technically song five and six on our list, because with one chord progression you can play two easy ukulele songs!
If you need some more songs to play once you’ve got these down, check out our ultimate list of ukulele songs.
For more help with your new uke, private lessons with a great ukulele teacher can’t be beat! Your teacher can help you learn good technique, show you how to tune your instrument, and give you live feedback on how you’re doing. Getting started with lessons is easy, and your teacher will be able to tailor your lessons so you learn what you really want to play. To get started, search for your perfect teacher now!
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