One of the superhits from the past few years, Counting Stars actually follows a very simple chord progression that should be manageable for most ‘ukulele beginners.
A |--------0-----| E |--------0-----| C |-----0-----0--| G |--2-----------|
Use your thumb to pick the top two strings and then pluck up with your index and middle fingers for the pair of notes on the E and A-strings, returning back to the thumb for the last pick.
Repeat this right hand pattern twice for each chord.
The original recording is in the key of C#m so if you want to play along, either transpose or use a capo on the 4th fret. I decided to keep the Counting Stars ‘ukulele chords here as simple as possible in the easy key of Am.
Chorus: Am C Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep G F Dreaming about the things that we could be Am C But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard, G Said, no more counting dollars F We'll be counting stars, (yeah we'll be counting stars) Am C I see this life like a swinging vine, swing my heart across the line G F In my face is flashing signs, seek it out and ye shall find Am C Oh, but I'm not that old, young, but I'm not that bold G F I don't think the world is sold, I'm just doing what we're told Am C G F I feel something so right, doing the wrong thing Am C G F I feel something so wrong, doing the right thing F I could lie, could lie, could lie F/ Everything that kills me makes me feel alive Chorus X2> Am C I feel the love and I feel it burn, down this river, every turn G F Hope is a four-letter word, make that money, watch it burn Am C Oh, but I'm not that old, young, but I'm not that bold G F I don't think the world is sold, I'm just doing what we're told Am C G F I feel something so wrong, doing the right thing F I could lie, could lie, could lie F/ Everything that drowns me makes me wanna fly Chorus X2> Am Take that money, Watch it burn, Sink in the river, The lessons are learned (x3) F Dm Everything that kills me makes feel alive Chorus X2>
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