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4 Basic Ukulele Chords & 10 Easy Songs to Play for Beginners

Are you ready to learn some tunes using basic ukulele chords? The great news is, learning just a few ukulele chords means you can learn hundreds of easy beginner ukulele songs. Once you have your uke in hand, you’ll be cranking out uke songs in no time. All you need to do is learn the basics, and get a few easy ukulele chords under your fingers.

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To play the most songs, the most important basic ukulele chords to learn are C chord, D chord, G chord, and Em chord. These set you up to play a ton of songs, and each of them is easy to learn. Once you familiarize yourself with these chord diagrams, you can play any one of the easy ukulele songs here, including hits from Bob Dylan, Adele, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Here’s what those chords look like when written in a ukulele chords chart:

To play the songs in this blog post, all you’ll need to do is learn the fingerings of four chords and get comfortable transitioning between them. 

How Do I Start Playing Uke?

Holding Your Ukulele

First, it’s time to pick up your instrument. Holding your ukulele, look for the headstock, neck, and body of your instrument. Were you able to identify each of these pieces? The headstock has 4 tuners on it. 2 on the left and 2 on the right. The neck has 4 strings and the fretboard. The body of your instrument has the soundhole, bridge, and saddle. 

The Right Hand

To hold your ukulele, in the perfect position, use your right hand to hold your ukulele where the neck meets the body. Using your right hand, bring your instrument to your chest. The back of the body of your ukulele should be held against your chest. You will notice the neck of your instrument is pointing to approximately 2pm. You should be able to support your ukulele with your right hand while you adjust the neck positioning. The neck should point towards the left side of your body. The saddle and bridge should be on the far right. 

The Left Hand

Using your left hand to make a pac-man shape. Bring the pac-man shape up to the neck of your instrument close to your headstock. Notice where your thumb and fingers are. Notice what position your wrist is in. Your wrist should have a natural rotation. Your thumb should be inline with your one finger. This is important to note. You will want to maintain this hand posture as you begin to move through various chord fingerings. 

String Names

Now that you have your ukulele held in the proper position, let’s take a look at the names of strings. With the neck of your ukulele on the left side of your body, look down. You should see 4 strings. The string closest to the top is called “string 4.” This string is also known as the G-string. The fourth string is tuned to G. 

The next string down is “string 3.” The third string is known as the C-String. This string is tuned to C. 

The next string down is “string 2.” The second string is known as the E-String. The second string is tuned to E. 

The bottom string is called “string 1.” This string is known as the A-string. The one string is tuned to A. 

It is important to note that when looking down at your strings, while in proper position, the number of the strings is in reverse order. String 4 is on top, string 1 is on the bottom. This will be helpful for you to know when you start reading tabs. 

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Now that you know the names of each string, it is time to tune your ukulele. We will tune the ukulele starting at string 4. This is the G-string. You will need a tuner. Your ukulele may have a tuner built in. If not you can use a tuner that attaches to the headstock. Another option is to use a tuner app on your smartphone. Holding the ukulele in the correct position, use your thumb of the right hand and strum down on the 4th string. Check your tuner. If the note you played is higher or lower than G you will need to adjust the tuner head attached to the G-string. 

To find the tuner head for the G-string, put your finger on the G-string. Follow the G-string to the top of the headstock. You will see what tuner the string wraps around. This is the tuner you will turn to adjust the length of your string. Once you’ve successfully tuned your 4th string to G it is time to repeat the process on the C-string. 

Pluck your C-string with your thumb. Check your tuner to see if the note played is higher, lower, or directly on C.  Adjust the correct tuner to get your C-string in tune. Continue the same process on the E-string and A-string.  

If your instrument is new, played often, or has old strings you may need to adjust your tuning more often. You should check your tuning before you play. After time you may be able to tune your ukulele by ear. This takes some practice but is great for when you don’t have a tuner handy. 

How to Play 10 Easy Ukulele Songs with 4 Chords

Some of the greatest compositions of all time have just three or four chords, but don’t let their simplicity fool you! We picked these 10 easy uke songs so that you can experience the joy of playing the uke as quickly as possible. You can use these tunes as a launching pad to motivate you to practice and take your musical journey to new heights. Or, you can just sit back and enjoy just how far four ukulele chords can take you!

Learn the Chord Shapes and a Simple Down-Strum Pattern

Finger each chord carefully, making sure you’re sounding all of the notes clearly. To make sure of this, try playing each string individually and adjust your fingers as needed if you hear muted or muddy notes. Before you attempt to play any of these songs, first practice each chord with a down strum, using your right-hand thumb.

These ukulele songs for beginners are all in the time signature known as 4/4, meaning there are four beats in every measure, and each one of those beats is a quarter note. So, to prepare for learning these songs, play each chord four times. Start with the G chord, playing several measures of four consecutive down strums at a slow tempo. Then move on to the C chord, then back to the G chord, and then the D chord. Try tapping your foot as you play the chords, strumming each chord for four counts. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Ukulele Rhythms (

Though learning a single chord is easy enough, recalling different chord shapes and seamlessly switching between them takes some practice. Don’t worry if you find it frustrating to switch between different chords at first. Over time, you will build up your muscle memory and you won’t even need to think about where your fingers need to go.

Optional Rhythmic Strumming Pattern

Once you have that simple down strum and foot-tapping working, you can try this more interesting strumming pattern consisting of:

Down, Down-Up-Down, Down-Up-Down, Down-Up-Down, Down-Up-Down, Down-Up-Down, Down-Up

This pattern is fairly easy, though it might look harder than it is. Just break it down to an independent down strum to start off with, followed by 5 groups of Down-Up-Down, ending with Down-Up. You can either use your thumb or a felt pick. Please note: the down stroke (down strum) symbol most commonly used is: Π and the up stroke (up strum) symbol most commonly used is: ∨.

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Now, Pick an Easy Ukulele Song!

Once you’re relatively comfortable moving from chord to chord, you’re ready to try playing one of the uke songs listed below. Remember to take it slow at first, and gradually increase the tempo as you get more comfortable. Don’t expect to play along with the recording right away!

In the beginning, it’s ideal to start with a song that you’re already familiar with. This will help you get the chord changes right and will allow you to sing or hum the melody as you play. You can then move on to more novel and challenging tunes! Check out this list of popular easy songs on ukulele for beginners. 

1. “Blowin’ In The Wind” – Bob Dylan

Blowin’ In The Wind is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm 87

For the verse: G gets 2 beats. C gets 2 beats. G gets 4 beats. G gets 2 beats. C gets 2 beats. D gets 4 beats. Repeat. For the refrain: Every chord gets 2 beats, except the last G chord. The last G-Chord gets 4 beats. 

  • Verses: G, C, G, G, C, D, G, C, G, G, C, D
  • “The answer my friend” refrains: C, D, G, Em, C, D, G

2. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 150

For the verse: The pattern is G-C-G-D. Each chord gets 4 beats. This repeats 4 times, followed by C-D-G-Em-C-D-G each for 4 beats each. Then, play a D-chord and sustain the chord. For the refrain: Play the D-chord for 8 beats.  Then play G-C-G-D-G-C-G-D each chord for 4 beats. This song is played verse, verse, refrain, verse, refrain

Verses: G, C, G, D, G, C, G, D, G, C, G, D, G, C, G, D, C, D, G, Em, C, D, G

  • “Do you remember when we used to sing: ”sha-la-la-la-la-la-la” refrains: D, G, C, G, D, G, C, G, D, C, D, G, Em, C, D, G

3. “22” – Taylor Swift

“22” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 103

The verse of “22” is pretty simple. The pattern is G-D-C-D each chord gets 2 beats. 

The chorus is a little tricky. G-D-C-C-D-C-D-D each chord gets 2 beats. This repeats twice, then it’s back to the pattern of the verse. 

  • G, D, C, D

4. “I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty

“I Won’t Back Down” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 115

The verse of “I Won’t Back Down” is pretty simple. The pattern is listed below. The Em and D chord each get 2 beats. The G and C chord each get 4 beats.

The chorus is fun, but kinda tricky at first. Play a quick C-G-C as the chorus begins. Next play G-D and then G-C. Each of these chord changes is half of a beat. This means the C-G-C is a total of one and a half beats. You may have to listen a few times to hear timing correctly.

  • Verses: Em, D, G, Em, D, G, Em D, C, Em, D, G
  • Choruses: C, D, C, D, C, D, Em,, D, G, Em, D, G

5. “Someone Like You” – Adele

“Someone Like You” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 68

The verse is pretty simple. The pattern is G-G-Em-C Each chord gets 4 beats. It is helpful to count each beat as 1e&a, 2e&a, etc… If you’d like to practice your finger picking, this is a great song to practice with. The fingerpicking pattern is 4,3,2,1. The pre-chorus is D-Em-C-C Each chord gets 2 beats. 

  • Verses, Choruses and Bridge: G, D, Em, C
  • Pre-chorus: D, Em, C, D, Em, C

6. “Your Mama Don’t Dance” – Loggins & Messina

“Your Mama Don’t Dance” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 142

The verse has the following pattern:




Each chord of the verse gets 4 beats. The chorus has the same pattern as the verse. The bridge is a little different. 

The pattern for the bridge is:




Each chord of the bridge gets 4 beats. This song is formatted as chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus.

  • Verses: G, C, G, C, G, D, C, G
  • Bridge: C, C, C, C, D, C, G

7. “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 117.

The verses are: G-G-D-G each chord gets 8 beats. The chorus is: C-D-G-Em This repeats twice. Each chord gets 4 beats.  Followed by: C-D-G-G Each chord gets 4 beats. The format of this song is verse, chorus, verse, chorus, chorus.

  • Verses: G to D (for verses),
  • Choruses: C, D, G, Em, D C, D, G, Em, D——C, D, G, Em, D—–C, D, G

8. “Bring It On Home” – classic blues song recorded by countless artists

“Bring It On Home” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 112 based on the Sonny Boy Williamson II rendition.

The verse and chorus of this song are the same format. Once you have the format memorized, this is a great song to practice soloing on. 

  • G, D, G, C, G, D, G, C, G, D

9. “This Magic Moment” – Jay And The Americans, Lou Reed, etc.

“This Magic Moment” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 139. This is based on The Drifters version of the song.

The verse of the song is G-E-C-D. Each chord gets 8 beats. The chorus is Em-C-G-D. Each chord gets 8 beats. This song can also be counted in half time using a bpm of 70 

  • Verses: G, Em, C, D
  • Pre-chorus: Em, C, G, D
  • Choruses: G, Em, C, G, Em, G, Em

10. “Tougher Than The Rest” – Bruce Springsteen

“Tougher Than the Rest” is in 4/4 time. This means you’ll count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Four beats in each measure. The bpm is 99. 

The chord progression for the verses and bridge is listed below. This song is a little different from the rest of the songs on this list. The rhythm pattern for each chord is different. Meaning each chord is held for a different number of beats. You will have to listen to the words of the song and listen to when the chord changes along with each word. “Tougher Than the Rest” is not a difficult song, but it will require you to listen. Using a chord chart like one found on Ultimate Guitar would be very helpful.

Verses: G, C, D, C, G, D (for verses)

  • Bridge: Em, C, G, C, D, G, Em, C, G, C, G, D, G

Looking for more uke tunes? Here are 10 more easy ukulele practice songs for beginners.

Remember, listen to these songs as you’re learning and play along so you can hear where the ukulele chord progressions happen. You can also look them up on a site like Ultimate Guitar, which shows where the chord changes occur relative to the lyrics of the song.

Why Learn to Play the Ukulele?

The ukulele is a beginner-friendly instrument that you’re never too young or old to try out. From the first time you pick up the uke, you’ll be amazed at just how accessible this instrument is. With just a few easy ukulele chords songs, you can play a variety of tunes that sound great and are fun to sing along with.

A few extra bonuses – the ukulele is affordable, portable, and has a warm, uplifting tone. If you think the ukulele is only fit for breezy tropical tunes, think again. You can use a uke for virtually any song, especially those originally written for the guitar. You’ll find that our list covers everything from folk favorites to pop anthems, and that’s just a small taste of what’s possible with this instrument.

If you don’t already own a uke, you can start by choosing from the three most common ukulele sizes for your first instrument: the soprano, concert, or tenor. They all use the same tuning, but the main difference is in body size (tenor is the largest). You should be able to purchase a starter uke for between $50 and $100.

Need some extra help mastering these ukulele chords and songs? Nothing beats working with a teacher one-on-one. Your uke teacher will give you a fun and engaging pathway to uke proficiency, so you can get a big sound out of this little instrument.

By taking online or in-person lessons with an experienced ukulele teacher, your skills will noticeably improve in a short period of time. With every lesson, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your musical goals. Search for a ukulele teacher and start playing ukulele today!

Jeff S. teaches ukulele and guitar lessons in Perth Amboy, NJ. He is both a songwriter and performer, and has taught music business and songwriting at various universities and music schools. Learn more about Jeff S here!


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10 Ukulele Wedding Songs with Chords

Ukulele Wedding Songs

Music is often performed at weddings. The songs are played live by instrumentalists or pre-recorded songs are used. Usually, these songs are played based on the culture and the will of the couple. In fact, music becomes a huge addition to the wedding to make the mood of a special moment like your speeches and shows or to begin a party after being finished the formality.

However, when there is a question to choose your best wedding song, almost every couple wishes to select anything that reverberates them as a couple. From the list of ukulele wedding songs, a couple will be able to select some popular wedding songs.

So, it is time to choose a uke wedding song from the below list.

1. All Of Me by John Legend

“All of Me” is the song that got the ‘Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Nonclassical’, in 2015. According to IFPI, it became the 3rd highest-selling song with 12.3 million equivalent units worldwide (sales plus streaming) in 2014. John Legend has sung this song.

Songwriters: John Stephens‎ and ‎Toby Gad

Album: All Of Me (Spanish Version) 

Released: 2013

Genre: R&B, soul, pop

Chords Used: Em, C, G, D, Am

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2. I Will by The Beatles

“I Will” is a beautiful love song. The Beatles performed this song. This song can be used as one of the ukulele wedding songs.

Songwriter: Lennon–McCartney

Album: The Beatles

Released: 1968

Genre: Folk-pop

Chords Used: A, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, G, G7

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3. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley

Many artists have recorded this song over the four decades. For four weeks, Elvis Presley’s version of the song peaked the no.1 on the British charts in 1962. The RIAA gave a platinum certificate as the single for United State sales in excess of 1,000,000 copies.

Songwriter: Elvis Presley

Album: Blue Hawaii

Released: 1961

Genre: Pop

Chords Used: A, Bm, B7, Db7, D, Em, Gbm, G

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4. Grow Old With Me by John Lennon

“Grow Old With Me” is a very romantic song that is performed by John Lennon. This is an emotional melody that isn’t tied in with blinding feeling, however, remembered and committed. This is a prominent wedding song.

Songwriter: John Lennon

Album: Milk and Honey

Released: 1984

Genre: Pop

Chords Used: F, G, Dm, G7, Em

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5. Marry Me by Thomas Rhett

This is a song where the expositor beholds the desired girl to wed someone else. The song won the Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year in 2018. “Marry Me” is an excellent wedding song for the ukulele.

Songwriter: Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley, and Jesse Frasure

Album: Life Changes

Released: 2017

Genre: Country

Chords Used: G, D, Bm, A, F#, Em

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6. In My Life by The Beatles

It is one of the Beatles’ most popular songs about nostalgia and 5th on the list of the Beatles’ “100 greatest songs”. Acclaimed Music says that this song is the 160th most popular music in the history of popular music.

Songwriter: Lennon–McCartney

Album: Rubber Soul 

Released: 1965

Genre: Rock

Chords Used: A, A7, Bm, D, Dm, E, Gbm, G

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7. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

“A Thousand Years” was scribed about the relationship of love between the characters of Edward and Bella from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Christina Perri recorded this song in 2011.

Songwriter: ‎Christina Perri‎ and ‎David Hodges

Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1: The Score

Released: 2011

Genre: Pop, Stage & Screen

Chords Used: C, D, Em, G

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8. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder

“You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” was performed by Stevie Wonder who won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1973. This song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Songwriter: Stevie Wonder

Album: Talking Book

Released: 1972

Genre: R&B/Soul

Chords Used: A, Am, Bm, C, Cmaj7, D, Dm, D7, E, E7, Em7, F, G7, Gdim

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9. Till There Was You by The Beatles

Many artists had sung this song before The Beatles sang. In 1963, The Beatles recorded the song again.

Songwriter: Meredith Willson

Album: With the Beatles

Released: 1963

Genre: Pop

Chords Used: A7, C, C6, D7, Dm, Em, Ebm, F, Fm, G7, Gdim, Gaug

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10. The Way I Am by Charlie Puth

“The Way I Am” has been described as an introspective and autobiographical track. Charlie Puth, an American singer, has sung this song.

Songwriters: Charlie Puth and Jacob Kasher

Album: The Way I Am

Released: 2018

Genre: Pop

Chords Used: Am, Dm, F, G

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Already, you have read this post on wedding songs for the ukulele. Now, Choose your best wedding songs on ukulele and enjoy the marriage ceremony.

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Meladze Valery – “Foreigner” chords

F - DM - AM - G

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Meladze Valery - “Foreigned”

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MELADZE Valery - “Foreigned”
Words of song and chords

verse 1

Runned, Bel, Bela, BM EM EM 900
Silenced voices, covered eyes,
Bm Em
The band drowned in girlish tears. nine0013
I know everything will be fine


Give me the first dance,
Take me with you,

I am a foreigner, BM0074 And everywhere I seem to belong.
Like a boat in the ocean,
Lost my shore.
I'm a foreigner everywhere,
Take me home, mother.

Verse 2

Bm 9 Em
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split the heavens into pieces of glass,
sentences to words close to enemies,
on the island, God for gods.
I know everything will be fine


Give me the first dance,
Take me with you,

I am a foreigner everywhere,
, I would like my own.
Like a boat in the ocean,
Lost my shore.
I'm a foreigner everywhere,
Take me home, mother.

Give me the first dance,
Take me with you,

I am a foreigner everywhere,
and they would like my own.
Bm Em
Like a boat on the ocean
Bm F#
My shore is lost.
I'm a foreigner everywhere,
Take me home, mother.

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How to learn to play the ukulele? Five practical tips | Learning

The ukulele is a small guitar. Hawaii is considered to be the birthplace of this instrument. There are ukuleles with four strings and eight-strings (with twin strings). The name of this musical instrument is translated as "jumping flea". This is due to the fact that while playing the ukulele, the musician's fingers jump along the strings, similar to the movements of a flea.

The ukulele comes in several varieties: soprano, concert, tenor, baritone and bass. The size of the guitar varies from 53 to 76 cm.

To learn how to play the ukulele from scratch, follow the practical tips.

1. Seat and hand position

To master the ukulele, you need to start with the seat. Many novice musicians forget about this, which leads to problems later on. Proper seating is the key to good performance on a musical instrument.

No matter what kind of ukulele you choose, you should sit with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed while playing. Hands should move freely. In other words, nothing should interfere with the musician. nine0074 Photo: Depositphotos

2. Rhythm

There can be no sound without rhythm. Therefore, when mastering the ukulele, you should pay more attention to this.

Many people think that the sense of rhythm is innate, but this is not true. You can develop a sense of rhythm with the help of simple exercises using a metronome on your smartphone. Rhythm is the basis of any music, and anyone who dreams of playing the guitar well should develop rhythm.

3. Gradual complication

Despite the fact that the ukulele is one of the easiest musical instruments to learn, you should not rush to play complex, virtuoso pieces. Start by playing simple chords, different strumming patterns, and work your way up slowly. First you need to master the simple basics, and only then move on to more complex works.

4. Slow tempo

All novice musicians should pay attention to the synchronization of sound assimilation by the ears and hand movements. The human brain is initially difficult to absorb a large amount of new information, so it needs help. To do this, you need to play slowly those passages from the works that turn out perfectly. Only then can you master the usual fast pace of the game. This is the only way to learn how to play perfectly in the future. nine0074 Photo: Depositphotos

5. Regular practice

To constantly improve your ukulele playing, you need to practice regularly. Experienced musicians recommend practicing often, but with a shorter duration of classes, so the assimilation of the material will be productive.

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