37 Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners You Can Learn Today
Let’s be honest, you didn’t start learning the ukulele to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” or “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain.” But too often that’s what you’re stuck doing as a beginning ukulele player. It’s boring, and it’s a little bit discouraging.
Most of the simple ‘ukulele tabs found here are picking arrangements of the song’s melody. Some use some chord strums to fill out the sound around the single notes – called “solo fingerpicking arrangements.” These are marked and are the hardest pieces here. I tried to create each so that it fits in an easy range on the instrument and has the simplest fingering possible.
~Wednesday 19th of September 2018~
After the major chords, we have the minor chords. Minor chords are widely used and they can give the song a more intimate feel, while major chords are more uptempo and happy. The ones that are most important to learn when you are just starting out are Am, Dm and Em. For your reference I have listed all of the minor chords below.
Easy Ukulele Chords for Beginners
Uke chord charts have four vertical lines that represent the four strings of your ukulele. If you’re familiar with playing guitar, you may notice that reading a uke tab is very similar to reading a guitar tab! The first vertical line on the chart displayed above can be your thickest string, which is usually your G string.
11 Must-Know Ukulele Chords for Beginners
We’ll be looking at the most essential and common ukulele chords. All these chords are in the first position, or first variation, meaning that these chords are located between the first five frets. The frets are the vertical edges that lay across the fretboard.
Other music instructors or students might have chosen otherwise. Maybe based on the importance of the diatonic C Major scale (C,D,E,F,G,A,B), they choose those chords as the seven most essential notes for the construction of major, minor, or other chords for the ukulele. I find the four aspects I mentioned above to be the cornerstones to achieve a faster musical result, especially when I am working with beginners.
Below you’ll find chord diagrams for these easy ukulele chords. Finger them carefully, making sure you’re sounding all the notes clearly. Adjust your fingers as needed if you hear muted or muddy notes or chords. Before you attempt to play any of these songs, first practice each chord with a down strum, using your right hand thumb.
The most essential and common ukulele chords you need to know as a beginner
Learning to play a musical instrument can be overwhelming at first, especially if you see other people playing with so much ease that it seems second nature to them. Even famous musicians started from zero, so you always need to keep your chin up and keep going. In this article, we have tried to come up with what we consider to be the most essential and fundamental beginner ukulele chords to learn and master, in order to progress and ultimately become a competent ukulele player.
Fingerpicking can be a little bit daunting if you’re only used to strumming chords on your ukulele. Here’s my approach to get you started with ukulele fingerpicking the simple way. You’ll be up and running in no time. It’s easy when you know how…
Christmas is Coming! – by Al Wood
To enable you to translate music on the page into music that you play on your ukulele, chord diagrams and tablature – or ‘tab’ – help to make life easier. This Cheat Sheet explains these handy helpers and serves up a selection of the chords you’re most likely to use when playing your uke.