5 Easy Ukulele Songs to Play This Summer

5 Easy Ukulele Songs For Summer

There are dozens of easy ukulele songs to learn! Even if you don’t have a musical background, getting started on the ukulele is fun and easy. You can find a decent starter ukulele at your local music shop for around $40, and there are tons of free resources available online to help you strum your first chord.

To get started learning some easy ukulele songs, check out these great YouTube tutorials. We’ve picked out five easy uke songs to help you learn how to play the ukulele. In order to get the best sound, remember to tune your ukulele before playing. If you need help check out this helpful guide on how to tune a ukulele.

5 Easy Ukulele Songs to Learn

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, because you will need it to play tons of songs in the future! This strumming pattern might take you some time to master, but 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. Of all the easy uke songs, this one is sure to 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 strumming pattern, this easy ukulele 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. We told you that chord progression would come in handy!

5. “Twist and Shout” and “La Bamba” 

This is technically song five and six on our list, because with one chord progression you can quickly learn to play two easy ukulele songs!

If you want even more easy songs to play once you’ve got these down, check out our ultimate list of the best ukulele songs. Learn the 4 basic uke chords and practice with these 10 songs for beginners.

Need some help with your new uke? Check out the free online ukulele classes at TakeLessons Live. Private lessons with a ukulele teacher are also a great idea. A ukulele teacher can help you learn good technique, show you how to properly tune your instrument, and give you feedback on your playing skills. Good luck learning these easy uke songs!

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5 replies
    • Megan L.
      Megan L. says:

      The traditional way to strum a ukulele is with your fingers. Most ukuleles don’t have a pick guard to protect the wood from being scratched by a pick. If you’re having trouble mastering the right way to strum your uke, working with a ukulele teacher is a great way to learn proper technique. Have fun with your uke and happy strumming!

    • Fake Name
      Fake Name says:

      I have been using a pick, and it is easier on your fingers and makes the ukulele louder, but it does have a certain difference because the strings are not like guitar strings. I still use it for some songs, but I would recommend getting used to using your fingers anyways. If you really want to use a pick there are felt ones that you can get, and I’m not sure, but they probably don’t make that weird sound. But I know what you mean, and truthfully, yes, you can use a pick, its just not recommended for many songs.

    • Anesa
      Anesa says:

      umm… well my music teacher said using a pic is a bad habit and at first ur fingers might hurt but in a couple weeks you wont be able to feel it


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