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30 Easy ‘Ukulele Songs For Beginners

3 or 4 chord easy ‘ukulele songs are a necessity for beginning players. Perfecting your simple strumming and chording techniques require a sandbox of fun, easy music. Enter 3 or 4 chord songs. They fit the bill of giving you plenty to practice without being too hard.

They can be kind of hard to find if you’re not sure what you’re looking for; that’s why I made this list. All of these songs are certifiably easy to play and also sound cool at the same time.

The biggest tip I can give to beginning ‘ukulele players is: take your time. Be sure to pick a song and work all the way through it. It’s tempting with lists like this to strum a little bit of each song and then try the next, but it’s really important to become proficient at playing several complete tunes instead of pieces of all of them. Easy songs are awesome because they are just that – easy! So be sure to excel at the easiness of them.

With that said, happy strumming!

Rock/Pop Songs:

All Along the Watchtower
Bob Dylan/Hendrix (Am, G, F)
Counting Stars
One Republic (Am, C, G, F)
Down On The Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival (C, F, G7)
Happy
Pharrell Williams (E7, C, Bm7)
I Won’t Back Down
Tom Petty (Em, G, D, C)
Jambalaya
Hank Williams (C, G7)
Jet Airliner
Steve Miller Band (C, Bb, F)
Leaving on a Jet Plane
John Denver (C, F, G)
Love Me Do
The Beatles (C, F, G7)
Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffett (D, A, G, D7)
Octopus’s Garden
The Beatles (C, F, Am, G)
Whistle
Flo Rida (Am, F, C, G)

Contemporary Island Jams:

Big Ship
One Groove/Brother Noland (F, Bb, C)
Cane Fire
Peter Moon Band (Am, G, F)
Country Road
Paula Fuga and Jack Johnson (C, Dm, Am)
Heartache
One Groove (C, F, G)
Island Style
John Cruz (C, F, G7)
Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u
Olomana (C, F, G7)
Shine On
John Cruz (C, G7)

Reggae:

One Day
Matisyahu (C, G, Am, F)
One Love
Bob Marley (C, F, G, Am)

Traditional:

Amazing Grace
Traditional
Happy Birthday
Traditional

Hawaiian Songs:

While probably not as familiar, Hawaiian songs are great for learning ‘ukulele because of the very simple chords they often use. There are many, many Hawaiian songs that follow the same exact chord progression (order). These songs are all standards and should be easy to look up on Youtube so you can strum along:

E Huli Makou
David Chung (F, G7, C7)
E Ku’u Morning Dew
Eddie Kamae (G, Am, D7)
Haleakala Hula
Alice Namakelua (C, F, G7)
I Kona
Ledward Kaapana and I Kona (C, G7)
Kaulana Na Pua
Ellen Prendergast (C, F, G7)
Koke’e
Dennis Kamakahi (C, F, G7)
Maori Brown Eyes
Palolo (C, G7, F, D7)

A Tip on Learning New Songs:

Work on one aspect at a time. It really helps to break a song down by chords, strum, and vocals. If you try and do everything at once you’re going to struggle. Get familiar with the chords first – look them up, write them down, learn to finger them. Then take a look at a simple strum without trying to hold chords. Then sing through the song without trying to play. Once everything is easy separately, start adding pieces together – strum (muted) and sing or strum and hold chords. Then try and do it all at once. The idea is to get everything running on autopilot in one form or another. If you are trying to play it all at once with brute determination and thinking power, you might be able too, but it will feel way harder than it should.

More ‘Ukulele Songs
For those who want more options or a challenge, the Songs page covers all level of tunes.
Looking For Tabs?
They can be found here sorted by difficulty.

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Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

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