How to Play Ukulele: 5 Easy Ukulele Songs


Once you’ve mastered playing chords on the ukulele, you’re ready to move on to tackling some songs. Here are 5 easy ukulele songs that are great for beginners. Remember, it’s okay to start slow and gradually increase your speed until you’re playing the song at its normal tempo.


This French folk song is light and breezy. With just two chords for you to master, this is a great song to practice singing
while playing once you get the chord transitions down.

Tabs and chords for Alouette

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

This children’s classic uses three basic chords.

Tabs and chords for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Old MacDonald

“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” is another classic children’s song that is easy to play on the ukulele.

Tabs and chords for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Amazing Grace

This hymn is a little more challenging. Once you’ve mastered simpler songs, try adding “Amazing Grace” to your repertoire.

Tabs and chords for Amazing Grace

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

This classic Eric Clapton ballad is a bit more challenging than the other songs, but certainly doable for a beginner. Just remember to stay focused on learning the chords and start slow!

Tabs and chords for Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Use these songs as a jumping off point to get started playing the ukulele. There are lots of other great resources online that can help you learn to play just about any ukulele song you can think of. In fact, if you’re looking for more songs to play, here is a guide that lists songs based on category and experience level.

If you feel like you need a bit more help learning how to play ukulele, music lessons are another great option to explore. When you take private music lessons, your teacher can tailor lesson plans to you, to make sure you learn what you really want to know!

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