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Ukulele

   
  The basics

There are heaps of web pages and YouTube videos showing you how to play the ukulele.
Here's a few useful ones:

Video on tuning the ukulele
Chord chart
Video showing 11 basic chords
Web based chord generator
Strumming techniques

Bruce has also put together his own little guide to Strumming and Picking Techniques.

When you get a little more advanced, you may want to try some of these chord variations;
different chord inversions that add variety and interest to your playing:
Movable chords, open string chords and chord inversions.

Oh, and you can listen to Bruce's song How To Tune the Ukulele! (Track 13 on the CD "Balance")

Tunes

The tunes below are graded by ease, basically according to the chords that are in them.
The easy ones have C, Am, F, G, G7 and C7.
Within each category they arranged alphabetically.
As you go down the categories progressively more chords - and more difficult ones - are introduced.
If you don't know the song, just type the title into Google or YouTube and you'll find the original, and quite possibly a ukulele cover version.

Good luck and happy playing!

GRADED BY DIFFICULTY

Very easy
  1. One chord wonders (tunes with only one chord)

  2. Ain't No Sunshine
  3. All I Have to Do is Dream
  4. Barbara Ann
  5. Blue Moon (without bridge)
  6. Camptown Races
  7. El Condor Pasa
  8. Five Years Time
  9. Happy Birthday
  10. Horse with No Name
  11. I Walk the Line
  12. Iko Iko
  13. I'm on Fire
  14. Jamaica Farewell
  15. Jambalaya
  16. Keep on the Sunny Side
  17. Kumbaya
  18. La Bamba
  19. My Island Home
  20. Octopus' Garden
  21. Pu'uanahulu
  22. Riptide
  23. Silent Night
  24. Singing'in the Rain
  25. Sloop John B (simple version)
  26. Smoke on the Water (tab)
  27. Sound of Silence
  28. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  29. This Land is Your Land
  30. Three Little Birds (Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing)
  31. Throw Your Arms Around Me
  32. True Colours
  33. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  34. Twist and Shout
  35. Under the Boardwalk
  36. We Will Rock You
  37. You are my Sunshine

And here's a site with Nursery rhymes - mostly easy.

And here's a bunch of Christmas songs - mostly easy.

Pretty Easy
  1. All of Me (John Legend)
  2. Anarchy in the UK
  3. As Tears Go By
  4. Auld Lang Syne
  5. Be Careful What You Pray For
  6. Blue Suede Shoes
  7. Brown Eyed Girl
  8. Catch My Disease
  9. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
  10. Count on Me
  11. Dance Me to the End of Love
  12. Donít Worry, Be Happy
  13. Doo Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Doo
  14. Eve of Destruction
  15. Every Breath You Take
  16. Folsom Prison Blues
  17. Happy Christmas(War is Over) (D&G)
  18. I Heard it Through the Grape Vine
  19. Iím a Believer
  20. Iím Yours (in C)    Iím Yours (in G)
  21. If I had a Hammer
  22. It's a Long Way to the Top
  23. Jolene
  24. Nine Million Bicycles
  25. No Woman No Cry
  26. Nutbush City Limits
  27. Opportunity
  28. Que Sera Sera
  29. Rawhide
  30. Save the Last Dance for Me
  31. Should I Stay or Should I Go
  32. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  33. Stand by Me
  34. The Times They are A-changin'
  35. The Passenger
  36. To Her Door
  37. Wonderful World (Sam Cooke)
  38. Yellow Submarine
  39. Yil Lull

Medium 1
  1. All I Want is You
  2. Arthur Godfrey's Ukulele Song
  3. Bad Moon Rising
  4. Blueberry Hill
  5. California Dreaming
  6. Chariots of Fire (tab)
  7. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  8. Crocodile Rock
  9. Downtown
  10. Five foot Two
  11. From Little Things Big Things Grow
  12. Hallelujah
  13. Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
  14. I am Australian
  15. Imagine
  16. Make You Feel My Love
  17. Pushbike Song
  18. Rise (Eddie Vedder)
  19. Road to Gundagai
  20. Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
  21. Sloop John B
  22. Spanish Harlem
  23. Spicks and Specks
  24. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  25. Tequila (tab)
  26. Toast and Marmalade for Tea
  27. Ukulele Lady
  28. Under the Milky Way Tonight
  29. Wonderwall
  30. Why Don't Women Like Me?
  31. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  32. Without You (I Can't Live if Living is Without You)
  33. Your Cheatiní Heart

Medium 2
  1. Ain't She Sweet
  2. All of Me (Simons & Marks)
  3. Anniversary Waltz
  4. Blue Skies
  5. Delilah
  6. Let It Be
  7. Love Me Tender
  8. Peter Gunn (tab)
  9. Somebody that I Used to Know
  10. Space Oddity
  11. Teddy Bearsí Picnic
  12. Tennessee Waltz
  13. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (tab)
  14. Tiptoe through the Tulips
  15. Yesterday

Hard
  1. As Time Goes By
  2. Blue Moon (with bridge)
  3. Bye Bye Love
  4. Chapel of Love
  5. Feel like Funkin' It Up (tab)
  6. Mr Sandman
              ALPHABETICAL

Ain't No Sunshine
Ain't She Sweet
All I Have to Do is Dream
All I Want is You
All of Me (John Legend)
All of Me (Simons & Marks)
Anarchy in the UK
Anniversary Waltz
Arthur Godfrey's Ukulele Song
As Tears Go By
As Time Goes By
Auld Lang Syne
Bad Moon Rising
Barbara Ann
Be Careful What You Pray For
Blueberry Hill
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Blue Suede Shoes
Brown Eyed Girl
Bye Bye Love
California Dreaming
Camptown Races
Catch My Disease
Chapel of Love
Chariots of Fire (tab)
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
Christmas songs (mostly easy)
Count on Me
Crocodile Rock
Dance Me to the End of Love
Delilah
Donít Worry, Be Happy
Doo Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Doo
Downtown
El Condor Pasa
Eve of Destruction
Every Breath You Take
Feel like Funkin' It Up (tab)
Five foot Two
Five Years Time
Folsom Prison Blues
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Hallelujah
Happy Birthday
Happy Christmas(War is Over) (D&G)
Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
Horse with No Name
I am Australian
If I had a Hammer
I Heard it Through the Grape Vine
Iko Iko
I'm on Fire
Iím Yours (in C)   Iím Yours (in G)
Iím a Believer
Imagine
It's a Long Way to the Top
I Walk the Line
Jamaica Farewell
Jambalaya
Jolene
Keep on the Sunny Side
Kumbaya
La Bamba
Let It Be
Love Me Tender
Make You Feel My Love
Mr Sandman
My Island Home
Nine Million Bicycles
No Woman No Cry
Nutbush City Limits
Octopus' Garden
One chord wonders (tunes with 1chord)
Opportunity
Peter Gunn (tab)
Pu'uanahulu
Pushbike Song
Que Sera Sera
Rawhide Riptide
Rise (Eddie Vedder)
Road to Gundagai
Save the Last Dance for Me
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Silent Night
Singing'in the Rain
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
Sloop John B
Smoke on the Water
Somebody that I Used to Know Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Sound of Silence
Space Oddity
Spanish Harlem
Spicks and Specks
Stand by Me
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Take Me Home, Country Roads
Teddy Bearsí Picnic
Tennessee Waltz
Tequila (tab)
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (tab)
The Passenger
The Times They are A-changin'
This Land is Your Land
Three Little Birds (Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing)
Throw Your Arms Around Me
Toast and Marmalade for Tea
To Her Door
True Colours
Tiptoe through the Tulips
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Twist and Shout
Ukulele Lady
Under the Boardwalk
Under the Milky Way Tonight
We Will Rock You
Why Don't Women Like Me?
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Without You (I Can't Live if Living is Without You)
Wonderful World (Sam Cooke)
Wonderwall
Yellow Submarine
Yesterday
Yil Lull
You are my Sunshine
Your Cheatiní Heart
 
  If you want more . . .

Here are some useful websites. Some of the tunes listed above came from these sites. Other tunes were put together by Bruce.

Mark Jackson (The Sum of the Parts)
Dr Uke
Ukulele Hunt
The Uke
Got a Ukulele
Uketricks (YouTube channel)