Ed Sheeran’s track “Wonderwall” works particularly well when played on the ukulele. Though you will have to expand your chordal repertoire a little bit, its overall structure remains straightforward.
1. Take Me Away by The Beatles
Chuck Berry originally wrote this tune, but the Beach Boys brought it back into prominence by revamping it in the 60s. Their version features an infectious funk groove and will be accessible to ukulele players of any skill level; using only three chords with an easy strumming pattern of D-DU-UDU you should find no trouble learning this song!
The most iconic Beatles track, this timeless track serves as an outstanding demonstration of how simple chords can create such an infectiously catchy tune. Additionally, playing this duet style tune on ukulele allows for easy duet style playing experience.
As an added treat for fans of The Beatles, John Lennon wrote and didn’t officially record this song with them – making it extra special! Ringo takes lead vocals in this country-influenced ukulele song for beginners.
Hank Williams is next up on this list and his classic track about Creole and Cajun food known as Jambalaya should be part of every new ukulele player’s repertoire. Like many of the tracks here, it serves as an effective means of exploring how you can play to different moods or feelings by altering strumming patterns.
2. Jambalaya by Hank Williams
Classic country tune that is great fun to learn on the ukulele! The chords are straightforward and the strumming pattern offers an engaging experience, perfect for practicing rhythm. One key point about this song: bass part of strum should be more forceful than usual for more authentic sounding strums.
This song is also ideal for trying muted sixth string playing to ease strain on fingers. Beginners can benefit from using bass strum patterns; though doing this requires hitting lower strings more often – but will still sound great and be easier on hands.
While many know Hank Williams as a country artist, he also had a significant impact on rock and roll music. One song which highlights that is “This Song”, as it blends elements from country and rockabilly in equal measures with tremendous crossover appeal – it would likely have hit number one during its heyday but is not nearly as widely-known today.
Like “Take Me Away”, this song demonstrates just how easily songs that were originally intended to be performed on larger instruments can translate to the ukulele. Learning this tune will not only give you plenty of enjoyment when traveling with your ukulele but will also provide plenty of use if ever taking yours on tour!
3. The A Team by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran has established himself as an exceptional song writer since his debut album ‘Plus’ was released. His lyrics often use metaphors and double entendres in their writing; his song ‘Because’ serves as an excellent example of this style; featuring only four chords and an easy strumming pattern it should be straightforward even for beginning guitarists to master.
If you want to amp up the excitement, incorporating a bouncing accent in the strumming pattern can really add the perfect extra bit of flair and energy for your performance. Furthermore, adding this type of accent will also help your ukulele sound stand out amongst other instruments and become even more distinctive!
An ideal track to play would be Sheeran’s newer song ‘Happier’, co-written with Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco and hinting at past relationship breaks ups. This tune’s pop-rock genre will get people tapping their feet and singing along quickly!
It works really well when played on both G chords and D minor, making this song worth exploring with a low G note ukulele if possible – it will add another level of amusement that doesn’t exist with standard G chords!
4. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by The White Stripes
This fun and upbeat track from The White Stripes works exceptionally well on the ukulele due to its simple chord sequence – just Am, F and C chords used here, some of the basic pop chords. Beginners will find this track especially easy to pick up; additionally you can add an extra dimension by hitting each downstroke of each chord more forcefully – adding some percussion can really bring out its authenticity!
Switch up this list from upbeat songs that keep you moving with their simple rhythms to an emotive track from Van Morrison that demonstrates how ukulele music can convey all sorts of musical emotions. It’s an excellent opportunity to practice strumming pattern and sing along.
This contemporary ukulele hit is perfect for anyone hoping to show off their singing and ukulele skills in front of friends and family. Learn it solo or with someone else, as the key of Bb can easily be reached with just the placement of a capo on the first fret. Plus, this catchy tune makes an excellent cover song!
5. Hakuna Matata by The Lion King
This iconic song from Disney’s beloved 1994 film The Lion King is an ideal introduction to playing ukulele for beginner. Utilizing only three simple chords, this piece can be played without needing a capo or capo-less. Additionally, its tempo can easily be adjusted – speed up for more pop style tunes or slow it down for melodic ballad-esque compositions.
Sam Smith shot to superstardom thanks to this stirring, emotional pop ballad. While its choruses contain more complex chord progressions, most of this song can be built around four simple chords in C – although you may require using a capo in order to match Sam’s original recording’s tempo; otherwise it should be straightforward enough for any level musician.
OneRepublic is another modern pop band whose songs make for excellent ukulele covers, including this hit that features brassy horns and relaxed single strum guitar sections. Playing their cover version is particularly straightforward if a capo on fret 2 is used to remain in key with the original recording.
Ed Sheeran is one of the world’s best-known contemporary singer-songwriter pop artists, and his songs make great beginner ukulele practice material. One such tune by him, which explores love and commitment, can easily be played on the ukulele due to its simple chords and tempo; its variation in intensity also serves as an excellent opportunity to practice building up into dramatic choruses before backing down for subsequent verses.
6. Over the Rainbow by The Wizard of Oz
Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic and should be studied by every ukulele player. Beginners should find it straightforward, while experts will find this an impressive way to present an audience-pleasing melody for singing along purposes.
Adele’s Someone Like You is another popular song to learn on ukulele, although its complexity makes it somewhat challenging. Beginning with an easy G-D-Em-C progression for its verse section and repeating five times during prechorus before going onto chorus is still manageable for anyone starting out on learning the instrument.
Lava by John Legend is an easy and fun song to learn on the ukulele. Utilizing only seven basic chords, Lava features both verse and chorus sections with an easy C-E7-G-C-G progression throughout.
Imagine is a powerful song by John Lennon that invokes peace and unity around the globe. Released as a protest song in 1971, Imagine became an anthem for counterculture movements worldwide. Learning this piece on ukulele should be straightforward – try strumming in an ascending pattern for maximum effectiveness; our strumming technique lessons may come in handy here as well!