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20 Easy and Hip Songs for ‘Ukulele

One of the hardest parts about leaning to play the ‘ukulele is finding songs that are easy to play and sound cool at the same time. There seems to be a stigma surrounding beginner songs that makes people believe easy tunes have to be boring. This is not the case. It’s easy to write a good complicated song, but very difficult to do the same with a simple one. Some of the best music only has three chords.

A lot of times one or two chord songs are pitched at beginners. That’s great, but there aren’t that many and a lot of times those songs are boring. With just three chords you can play some pretty recognizable tunes. Three chords makes for a challenge, but not an overwhelming one.

Mainstream Songs:

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:

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.

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