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.
A low-G string will sound most like a guitar, but a high-g will be fine too.
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.
One of my favorite parts of this song is the use of dynamics. From one part to the next there is lots of variation in instrumentation density and volume. By sure not to use the same strum at the same volume the whole way through. Listen to the recording for ideas of where to leave space and stop playing for emphasis.
I decided to keep the chords here as simple as possible in the easy key of Am. But if you need to look up how to play some of them, you can use these chord charts.
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>
Here are more songs like this one.