Song Chords

Mele Kalikimaka Ukulele Tab

Mele Kalikimaka ‘Ukulele Tab

I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, but out of all the sappy, December 25th tunes you can play on your ‘ukulele, Mele Kalikimaka is my favorite. I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett singing this song on his album, Christmas Island, but everyone will have their own favorite rendition. Santa only knows, this […] Read More

Hanohano Ka Lei Pīkake: Keali’i Reichel

As far as contemporary Hawaiian music goes, Keali’i Reichel is one of my favorite artists. Everything he does is great, live or in the studio. Hanohano Ka Lei Pīkake is a simple tune so it’s natural to teach it to beginning students. You don’t find an easy and great-sounding song everyday. The problem is singing […] Read More

Uluwehi O Ke Kai – Hapa

This is a Hawaiian standard written by Edith Kanaka’ole about picking seaweed. Hapa popularized it on their self-titled debut and it has since become the contemporary version everyone turns to. Uluwehi O Ke Kai has only three chords and follows a common progression used in many Hawaiian songs. I put this version in the key […] Read More

Shine On by John Cruz

When comes to great, simple writing in the contemporary Hawaiian genre, it’s hard to beat John Cruz. He’s a master of doing interesting things with easy chords while keeping his melodies catchy. Acoustic Soul is Cruz’s first album and contains Shine On. This song is simple – one of those fabled two-chord tunes – but […] Read More

Noho Paipai – Song Sheet

Here is a classic Hawaiian tune that should be part of any Hawaiian-style ‘ukulele player’s set list. With a great move to A7 in the middle of the verse and a slick cycle back to the root in resolving 7ths, it’s a great song to jazz up with extended chords. And of course the vamp […] Read More

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